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I'm writing a song and I'm trying to come up with a word for a place, a room, a shop, or even a piece of furniture where people store old things or collectible objects. The idea is to imply that something is old or is more like a collection piece now by saying it is getting saved there (in the song).

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    A museum...
    – Jim
    Jul 25 '18 at 6:21
  • An attic.......?
    – user 66974
    Jul 25 '18 at 6:22
  • A safe? A shoebox? An antique store?
    – jmrpink
    Jul 25 '18 at 13:25
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    display cabinet?
    – bookmanu
    Jul 25 '18 at 15:08
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    What words have you already considered and rejected, and why? You need to provide more criteria for what is acceptable and what isn't. Jul 25 '18 at 15:44
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A hutch or a curio cabinet would be used to store curiosities within someone's house or apartment. If you're speaking of china specifically, a china cabinet would work.

A shop/place where used or old collectible items are sold could be an antique store, vintage shop, thrift store, flea market, swap meet (regional), estate sale (implies that a collector is going to the deceased's house rather than a store), or even a garage sale depending on what you're going for.

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    Brilliant ideas!!
    – jmrpink
    Jul 25 '18 at 16:43
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It’s called a lumber room. The term is common in English literature, since the writers of a certain period (think Jane Austen) tended to set their stories in the large houses that contained them.

There is a short story by Saki, called The Lumber Room, which can be read online in several places, including East of the Web, from which I copied the following passage, which describes what young Nicholas sees as he escapes from his severe aunt and finds his way into the forbidden space:

...objects of delight and interest claiming his instant attention; there were quaint twisted candlesticks in the shape of snakes, and a teapot fashioned like a china duck, out of whose open beak the tea was supposed to come. How dull and shapeless the nursery teapot seemed in comparison! And there was a carved sandalwood box packed tight with aromatic cotton-wool, and between the layers of cotton-wool were little brass figures, hump-necked bulls, and peacocks and goblins, delightful to see and to handle.

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Possibly the use of one of the definitions of "gallery", "archive", or "repository" would be suitable, or use of the mere description of something as a "curio" (often used with cabinet) implying such an object's place as part of a "collection".

https://www.thefreedictionary.com/gallery

https://www.thefreedictionary.com/archive

https://www.thefreedictionary.com/repository

https://www.thefreedictionary.com/curio

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