Some collectors like to hunt for things that remind them of their travels or special events. What could be more fun? Our ancestors enjoyed them, too, and souvenirs were made for almost every location and occasion. Think beyond foreign currency and silver spoons – here are 10 souvenirs our readers collect, including a few more you might never have considered.

1. Postcards from places you visit. Make sure it has the name of the destination or an interesting scene. Some collectors also want unique postage marks or unusual stamps. Buy cards to send to family and friends and send one to yourself so you will have the canceled stamp which often includes the location and the date you were there.

2. Jewelry such as a bracelet or pin from a local artist – pricier but a usable collectible. Try to find pieces using local materials like stones. Make sure it has a maker’s mark.

3. Hotel items with branding – key cards, letterhead stationery, bill folios – as well as other branded trinkets are available for purchase in a hotel gift shop. Don’t steal the towels or robes! These are for sale, too.

4. Drinking glasses, shot glasses or mugs with interesting artwork depicting a location, attraction or restaurant. Other restaurant memorabilia are fun also – menus, drink coasters and the old favorite (and getting harder to find), matchbooks.

5. Local craft beer. Enjoy at your destination and bring some home. Save the bottles and/or the caps. Ask for labels.

6. Ticket stubs from airlines, train and ground transportation travel, as well as admission ticket stubs from attractions and events. Take a photo to display with it. Stubs from sporting events are selling well.

7. Elongated pennies. Find them in the local currency or stamped with the place or attraction. There are even albums to use for display and websites that list where machines are – all over the world.

8. Dish towels. Look for artsy ones with prints that are indigenous to the location. Even better if they are locally made.

9. Wooden spoons, to use. Not just for decoration. Look for local wood and craftsmen.

10. Pieces – from old buildings or special events. The floor of the old Boston Garden was cut into small pieces and sold, along with bricks, seats and other bits from the building. Pieces of suspension cable from the Golden Gate Bridge were sold when it was replaced in 1976. Small pieces of brick were sold that had been salvaged from a foundation repair of Abraham Lincoln’s home in Springfield, Illinois. And Terry has a small segment of cable from a transatlantic cable.