TINY and realistic-looking erasers modelled after items such as food, cosmetics and cooking utensils, have captured the heart of a 54-year-old housewife from Muar, Johor, who only began collecting them as an adult.
Loh Ai Hiang, who resides in Jalan Abdul Rahman, said she first started collecting the novelty items when she was in her 30s.
She has since amassed more than 3,000 types of erasers in various shapes and sizes.
“When I was growing up, such novelty items were hard to come by as my area was a small rural town.
“I remember when I first saw the cute and colourful erasers on the shelves of some newly opened souvenir shops in town as an adult and I instantly fell in love with them.
“Each time I saw the erasers, I could not resist buying them and slowly, my collection grew over the years, ” she told StarMetro.
Loh said she would take every opportunity to look out for cute erasers to add to her collection, including while shopping for stationery for her son when he was still in school.
Her enthusiasm continued even during her travels to Thailand, Taiwan, Japan and other countries.
She said the erasers in her collection included those modelled after cosmetics, jewellery, mechanical tools, shoes, handbags and vehicles, with sizes ranging from beads to palm-size.
“Some of my favourites are those I purchased in Japan, which are very realistic and intricate such as instant noodle packets, snacks and lipsticks.
“I was especially thrilled to find burger and pizza erasers, which could be disassembled as they were made from individual parts, as well as other delicious-looking ones like buns in bamboo steamers, doughnuts and peanut snacks.
“They look like the real thing but in a much smaller size, ” said the mother-of-one, adding that she had purchased two glass cabinets to display the items at her house and they had since become a conversation starter among visiting friends and family.
Loh said she used to remove the plastic packaging before displaying the erasers but found that the air affected the appearance of her beloved items over time.
She said this caused some of her older erasers to disintegrate. Now she keeps the eraser packaging intact, which also means they are easier to clean and dust.
“I still have a couple of boxes of erasers stashed away as I have run out of display shelves but I will take them out once in a while to admire them.
“Collecting erasers may not be an expensive hobby but it gives me great pleasure just looking at the tiny and cute designs, ” she said.