Sunday, February 24, 2013

I'm not a collector, really.

Throughout my life, I've collected various things. One of the first collections that comes to mind are the shells that I used to find on our trips to the beach. I live in an area surrounded on three sides by water, so it meant  those trips were rather frequent. It also meant I had two large plastic totes full of random shells, that just stayed in storage. Once in a great while I would pull out a tote and look through the shells. Then one day they got put away and that was it. The next time they were opened was when we were moving into my folks' new home. Even then, it was only to find out what were in the containers. Once I realized they were full of shells, they went into the garbage pile. Any interest I'd had in sea shells had disappeared long ago.

Comic books were the next thing to catch my interest. I was probably 9 or 10 when my folks bought me a bunch of comics for Christmas. I was instantly hooked. I started picking up one or two books whenever we went to the grocery store. Soon, I had amassed over 100 comics. One of my cousins, who was about 10 years older, gave me her entire collection.. She had a rather decent collection of Marvel comics from the 80's, and that pretty much tripled my collection in one day. My mom helped contribute to my collection when she stumbled across a couple garbage bags full of comics at a flea market one weekend. That added another couple hundred books to the pile. It didn't take long for me to amass quite a collection, and at one point I had over 1,000 books. Now that was a collection that I could actually enjoy. Some nights I would grab a stack of comics and just spend hours reading through them.

Much like the shell collection, eventually I started losing interest in comic books. The last time I remember actually buying one off the rack, I was 15 or 16 years old. It was a random copy of X-Men, and I had absolutely no idea what was going on in the story. I think I read through it once, then packed it away in a box with the rest of my books. After that, the collection pretty much spent all of its time packed away in the closet. A couple years later, and I was on my way to college. Since I had very limited space, the comics had to stay at home. There they stayed for the next 6 years. Around the time I was moving my stuff into my girlfriend's house, I pulled them out again and looked through all the books I had collected. Whatever fascination I had toward comics had dissipated over the years. Now they were a burden that had to be lugged back and forth, no easy task since the trunk they were stored in weighed close to 80 lbs. I made the decision to donate them to a local Goodwill-type store. Then, at least, someone else could have the opportunity to enjoy them.

I've gone through this sort of thing several times now. After comic books it was knives, and after that it was video games. Each time I would build up a collection, only to end up getting rid of just about everything. It wasn't until recently that I started thinking about all of this, and why I can't seem to hold on to things. At first, I was worried it might be a form of ADD or OCD, but it didn't seem to affect other aspects of my life. If you've ever seen an episode of Hoarders, you'll almost always see a scene where they ask the patient why they keep all the random garbage. Most of the ones I've seen say it's because they have the feeling that they're throwing away something useful, or something important, and they just can't bring themselves to get rid of anything. For me, it seems to be the opposite. I can't bring myself to keep something useful that I'm most likely never going to use. It's the reason why I sold off 90% of my knives. Even now, knowing that I have several Lego sets sitting around, along with a bunch of pieces packed away in a tote gives me that sick feeling in my stomach. I made the comment a couple posts ago about how I wouldn't mind building up a collection of POTF 2 Star Wars figures, and now I'm realizing that I will never let that happen. I wouldn't be able to stand having that many figures standing around and not getting played with.

I guess the one positive about the whole deal is that I never have to worry about clutter, since I tend to sell stuff off now before I accumulate too much. That's another great thing about having a blog. I can take pictures and write about this stuff, and hold on to the memories, rather than having to find a place to keep a bunch of random pieces of plastic.  Most of the stuff I buy will most likely end up being given away or resold on Ebay. Basically, this has been a lot of text just to explain why you'll likely never see me post pictures of an entire collection on here. Often, once I've taken photos and written about something, it's already on its way to another owner. There are some things I'll never part with, like my 25th anniversary Snake Eyes, and other things that hold some sentimental value. With some things, pictures and words just aren't enough.

Sorry about that big wall of text up there. I promise I'll take lots of photos for the next entry, which I'll hopefully get to very soon. Until then, I hope you all have a great rest of your weekend.

6 comments:

  1. You could always send em to me in Mexico! HAHA

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    1. You never know, I might end up sending a fig or two your way..

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  2. As long as you don't sell Bob or the Lego Stunt Zombie minifig, it is ok for me :D

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    1. Don't worry, Bob and the Stunt Zombie aren't going anywhere. :)

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  3. Nice post!

    I get rid of stuff sometimes, but I need to get better at that part of my madness! I do wish I knew more local collectors or others who share my interests, as I'd be glad to trade or pass on things to friends. I just hate how much it costs to ship stuff nowadays!

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    1. Same here. I don't know anyone locally that would even be interested in this kind of stuff. I know there has to be other collectors around here though, because someone has been picking the local WalMart clean.

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