_DSC8512I have seen people really get caught up in the whole collections thing. Some would purchase a small trinket from each place they visit on road trips or vacations to remember where they were. Others simply a single item they like and keep purchasing different variations of the same item. There are literally thousands of items like this from lighthouses to animals.

You know it when you see a shelving unit in someones home lined with one type of collection or another, or even multiple collections. I don’t know the reasons behind these collections other than maybe creating a label for one’s self to show the world like “I love Birds”.

I know that for some folks they find great joy in attaining these collections and it makes them happy which is cool. For me they more stuff I sitting around the more stress I feel. If I am a collector of anything I would have to say that it is money. I love to earn it, respect it and put it away to finance those things I believe are dear to me. As I don’t like any form of debt which also stresses me out, I strive diligently to try to pay off any type of loans being credit cards, auto loans or mortgages as quickly as possible.

Some people believe that their collections will increase in value throughout the years and this may be very true but in doing so there always has to be a purchaser who is willing to pay for the collection. There is also the cost of maintenance to keep these items in next to new condition and even storage costs. Meanwhile the money I save from avoiding and paying off interest on loans becomes worth hundreds of times more in monetary value than the collections of others when sold.

I suppose that the difference is that there are little emotions attached to paying of debt where there can be many emotions in play with having a collection. I try to keep my emotions in balance with those things that really mean a great deal to me like family and friends. It is hard for me to attach much emotions to things. Even the car I drive means nothing more than a form of transportation from one place to another. And with that thought in mind there are also people who collect cars. Yea, I just don’t get it…

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At 53 years old I am starting to realize how life changes both physically and emotionally. I strive for a life of simplicity. I am winning the battle with type II diabetes, created a plan to have all debt paid off in 4 years including the house, taking advantage of every opportunity to live life to it's fullest through adventures in nature, hiking, biking, loving and learning.
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31 Responses to Collections

  1. evanlaar1922 says:

    These are memories – mementos to help recapture a time and place and instead of a difference piece, most gravitate to a particular item of interest. My wife is koalas and mine are coins. When we look at each of them when can remember where and when we were and retell our favourite stories. Money – Lord have mercy – what memory box do you have if money is what you collect?

    • Well, actually I do take pictures and we like to go through those pictures time and again on the computer and recapture those times. My wife and I both get stuff overload where we can’t even stay in a department store for too long before becoming overwhelmed. Our home is our refuge and we both love the fact that we only have a few items like family pictures displayed.

  2. facetfully says:

    Your post makes perfect sense to me. That said, I/we do collect. We have done a lot of reducing cluttering things around our home and the minimalist approach appeals to me. My passions change with time. I was a photographer and keep thinking I will get back to it, but how many “images” does one need? I have become more of a documenter in that area, taking pictures to document people, places and times. Much to my husband and’s dismay, I do collect fabric and crafting supplies. Luckily for both of us, I have a room dedicated to all that, so it doesn’t cause too many problems! Our other collection is coffee mugs. We decided that getting something we would use as a souvenir of travels made more sense thaN things to sit on that shelf you mention. Live and let live – we don’t have to live in someone else’s home! I guess I had better go think about sorting out my craft room!

  3. gitfitsite says:

    So true. I had a friend once who said that you don’t own ‘things’, they own you!

  4. pruninglife says:

    Haha, I just wrote my blog post for today then saw yours. Seems we both have collections on the brain! Great post!

  5. kkeevins says:

    Lol. I was with you, until you said you don’t attach emotion to paying off debt. I cried MANY a tear of joy upon paying off a student or car loan!!! πŸ˜‚
    –Kathy from:

  6. hsampson says:

    I used to collect many things but it is so hard to get rid of them later that I stopped to gather things and memories are taking their place.
    Thanks Billy, loved this one!

  7. My extensive collection of frogs came from a move from one house with lots of frogs, I greatly enjoyed, to a newer house, new landscaping and no frogs. My comment to my co-workers started my one saying “I have frogs in my pond!” After I mentioned that we had an official “frog release” party at my house on our lunch hour, my boss commented, “You can’t move frogs; you have to transport tadpoles.” Another joyful lunch, and yes, resulting in a few frogs that didn’t get eaten. That touched off a collection that for years each holiday, birthday, or Christmas, resulted in little knicky-knacky frogs. I loved each and every one, and as they began to get broken or we couldn’t take with us when we moved, I mourned. Each was special and touched off that memory of those sweet co-workers. I guess it’s silly to miss my frogs. But I do.

  8. Gail says:

    I feel the same as you. Can’t pay off debt fast enough and detest clutter and dust collectors. I enjoy independence and open space. When I want to see collections, I go to a museum.

  9. suzewannabe says:

    I don’t get it either.

    Last year, we looked at retirement homes and the selling agent said “This is the pelican room”. The house is still on the market.

    I still have my ex’s baseball card collection that is pretty much worthless. Might be worth more donated.


  10. I’m with you. We have a rule that if you buy something, such as a new shirt then we throw out an old one! Too much stuff stresses me out and I always have a charity bag on the go too.

  11. I have a friend who goes way over the top with her collection of Halloween tchotchkes every year, even though her children are long-since out of the nest. Myself, I am a life-long *themed* Christmas collector of many persuasions. I start getting excited about digging it all out again with the first cold day in autumn (and frequently begin the process at that time as well – though I don’t put up *everything* every year).

    I have a show-biz tree that honors my first career, holding memories of the many productions I was fortunate enough to be part of. I put up an angel tree in my bedroom that brings back happy memories of my many Christmases in Manhattan, inspired by that most amazing tree and eighteenth-century Neapolitan creche at the Metropolitan Museum (a gift from wealthy collector Loretta Hines Howard). [Google it, if you’ve never seen it]

    Then there is my Memorial Tree – with tiny treasures honoring every loved-one who has gone beyond (friends, family and all my Shih Tzus). My kitchen tree began with cookie cutters, after one exhausting season when I decided that gingerbread cookies were going to have to be purchased forevermore! It has since morphed into a Nutcracker Suite tree, as I gradually added tiny nutcrackers, dancers, ballet shoes and anthropomorphized mice amid the sugarplums & salt-dough cookies.

    Just when you expected me to stop, I have to mention all the candlesticks, wreaths, garlands, swags and stockings – oh my! – and my living room Victorian tree (jump-started when my tasteful friends brought victoriana to my early tree-decorating parties), And, of course, my office decor must include geese, since I founded The Optimal Functioning Instituteβ„’ on the principles articulated in Henry Clark Noyes’ inspiring Goose Story.

    Because I adore decking the halls beyond any sense of reason, and Christmas do-dahs, can be obscenely expensive, I had to make a rule for myself in my early 20s, when I really had no other choice: hand crafted, garage-sale, thrifted or on-sale post-season ONLY. I made a game of it for the rest of my life (so far!). With *very* few exceptions (excluding gifts from friends), EACH of my trinkets were purchased or created for less than $3 – many free or for 25-50 cents (or less!). I treasure each and every one of them, even the bodacious box of pine cones I collected and spray-painted gold one particularly lean year.

    Other than a few early Byers Choice Carolers after a friend gifted me with several (& assorted artificial trees of many types and sizes), the Christmas Magazines I used to purchase (and still thumb through every year) were actually the most expensive items of my collection. But now there’s Pinterest for inspiration, and not much new to be found in those magazines that recycle old images, so I don’t buy them anymore. I do gift myself with a live wreath most seasons because I cherish the smell. Everything else has to last and store.

    I love to “set the stage” for each new year’s “production,” and my eclectic collection of Christmas Music that you won’t hear in the stores plays in the background from Thanksgiving to Twelfth Night (lots of jazz and Renaissance selections). Humbugs are quickly brought up short!
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMore dot com)
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    • Wow! You are right. That is quite the production you put on each year.

      • It rotates these days. I used to live in a big Italianate Colonial house with a storage room where I could store trees and garlands decorated (like Macy’s on 34th πŸ™‚ ). A bit of moving, hanging & fluffing was the most that it took each December after a bit – almost as easy to put away. NOBODY could do all that every year otherwise. πŸ™‚

        Although a bit over the top for most folks, I suppose, it was all quite lovely. It suited the house to have garlands and a tree in every room and wreath on every door (it had beautiful woodwork, extremely high ceilings, and many fireplaces). Though more than the less Christmas obsessed would want to do, I truly enjoyed it. ::grin:: (At one point in my life, prior to my ADD involvement, I briefly considered running a Christmas shop.)

        Now that I’ve downsized, I can’t quite decide to let those tinier memories of my life go, but last year I pruned the trees. πŸ™‚

      • I am sure that you have tons of photographs to relive those memories.

      • Surprising few, actually – once I found that Christmas trees didn’t photograph well, snapshots lost their appeal in terms of memory fodder. I suppose if I were to bring in a professional, like they do for Christmas magazines . . . but I doubt that I could justify spending more for the photographs than I did on the decorations. πŸ˜‰

  12. whoa – not sure what happened with the signature repeat. Sorry about that. Your comment did inspire a good idea, however – snapping pictures of single ornaments and putting them in an album. Maybe then I would be willing to cull the herd to a single tree’s worth. πŸ™‚

  13. New Journey says:

    I love this post…it makes me smile…my mother had a huge collections of owls…being a sentimental fool…like my sister, we couldn’t through our any of them…along with a huge collection of handmade quilts that have been handed down from woman to woman and then there are the ones that we have all made ….being back at home in California has made me understand just how much, for no better word, crap, I have…I have collected sea shells, and not just small ones…I have huge pieces of corals and large conchs… many it makes my head spin, and you are so spot on about collections not being worth a dime…LOL really its not funny as if I start to add up the amount of money I have spent just on sea shells, I shudder…LOL kat

    • The funny thing about collections is that once you start and people recognize those things you are collecting they associate the items with joy and buy more things to add to the collection.

      • New Journey says:

        Yes they do!!! I collected giraffes when I was a child…lets say I had way to many of them…lol I don’t collect anything anymore…sea shells were pretty safe as most people brought me back a small one and I added it to the big glass containers I have, I only ever ask for rocks, small pebbles, now from people, they look nice in amongst my shells…LOL…I am busy giving away most everything we have…LOL my husbands late wife collected plates, and that’s what everyone gave her, cat and dog plates….he also collect music boxes…he had over 500 when I met him, I have it dwindles down to about 300…LOL crazy ass stuff people collect…..kat

  14. Mo says:

    I tried my hand at selling some Toronto Blue Jay bobbleheads (the team that’s going to win the World Series is year!!! Any baseball fans out there??? Lol.) on a buy and sell website recently. I’m on a mission to pay off my mortgage asap and every little bit helps. I received these bobbleheads for free with the price of admission for some baseball games that I attended in the last year or so. I don’t collect them per say, but for some reason they’ve been sitting in a drawer in my condo for a year now. Long story short – I sold 3 bobbleheads for $165.00! Can you believe that? And I didn’t pay a cent for for them originally. That money is going straight to my mortgage principle and my bobbleheads are going straight to a collector’s shelf. I feel that I won the World Series on this deal – I’ve cleared clutter and made money.

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