I’m pretty sure the majority of us collect something. Ranging from software, hardware, fine china, yards of fabric, pillows, plushies, or books – there’s a collector in all of us. Some people are pretty adamant that they don’t collect anything, but the harder they think, sometimes they start to realise that, actually, oh shit…I Collect A Thing.
Collecting is like comfort eating. It’s a pat on the back for hard work, or a general sense of self-gratification. Some of us only collect stuff because we can’t resist a good bargain, so we collect eclectically
try saying that ten times fast , others just really like the shape and glow of glass bottles (i.e: myself) and seeing an aesthetic grow in size. Some of us know when “enough glass bottles is enough,” aaaaaand some of us will never get enough.
People who buy books, music, games, and figurines for instance are able to easily collect a metric-ton of [item] because those items are fairly easy to organise and store. You can have ceiling-to-floor collections and still have room for furniture. I mean, not indefinitely, but you all know the image of a collector who’s covered almost every wall-inch of their house with films, or books, or general items that slot snugly together in uniform rows.
I know a man in his 60s who has been collecting CDs all his life. His home is ram-packed with music. Thanks to the digital age, he can now buy whole terabytes of music and still have room to sleep at night! I have seen a few duplicates around his home though… Eek!
I’ve gone through phases of collecting, like I used to collect china (mostly figurines) as a little girl. We’d trot along to the local market or a boot-sale, and I’d spend my pocket money on ladies in pretty dresses or cats being cute. Later, it was Polly Pockets. Then glass bottles. All of which I still have in the attic. It’s redonculously hard to get rid of collections, right? You spent so much time gathering all the pieces, and the ones you just couldn’t let walk away.
Now, I collect books, original art and RPG video games, like, not even intentionally. I simply want to get involved with all those juicy stories. Most recently I’ve started collecting Williamson tea tins. They are sooo beautiful. It is super hard not to throw all my money at every elephant design out there.
Tell me that you don’t collect something and I won’t believe you. Unless your name is Garrett Gee and you sold your house and all your possessions because SnapChat gave you $54 million for an app and now you’re travelling the world with your family.
So, come on. What do you collect?