Most people have at least one collection of some kind, some have more. The collection can be comprised of small things like stamps, or large things like furniture. It can be compiled of complete sets, or random items. It can be worth a lot of money, or sentimental value only. Almost anything can be a collectible, if the person collecting wishes to gather the items. The only thing that almost all collections have in common is the fact that the person collecting the item feels passionately about it.
So why do it? Why do these people use up their limited space and waste their hard earned money? The reasons are as varied as the collectibles.
One of the top reasons given for collecting is money. For some collectors, money is a motivation, but very few of them actually collect as an investment. Most will say this, however, as a justification for their spending.
In many cases, a collector has been able to get their collection for free, or very little money. You can buy a lot of items for one or two pieces of your collection, then re-sell the rest- usually for a slight profit. In many cases, a collector has been able to get their collection for free, or very little money. Some people have actually made money by gathering their collection together.
Many people collect because of childhood memories. Maybe this person like a show or movie as a child, then got the lunchbox or some toy. Later, as an adult, that person sees some items from the show, and decides to buy them because of fond memories.
Some people choose to collect as a way to give something of who they are to their children as a possible legacy. What may be worth very little today can be worth quite a bit in the future. This collection can then be given to the child/children when the person passes on. It can also be given earlier to help the child pay for college expenses or to get a good start on life. Of course, the child-now an adult-may decide to hold on to these things and pass them on to his/her children in turn. At least that is the secret hope of many of these collectors.
Many people collect an object simply because they find that the object is beautiful. That person wants the item displayed in their home so others people they know can see the beauty of that object. This is generally where such collectibles as figurines, paintings, dolls, and the like come from.
There are may people who had little growing up, then made a better life for his/herself as an adult. These people sometimes choose to collect things to make up for what they did not have as a child.
Then there are many people who had little growing up, but still have to worry about making ends meet as an adult. Some of these people may have had to let their parents sell their possessions during lean times, or because the family was moving and they could not take much of their stuff with them. For these people, a collection is not only about having the item, but it also provides a sense of security as well. This possession is always there to sell in case of financial trouble- and the longer it can be kept, the better you are doing.
Collections can be a symbol of status and/or wealth. This is especially true of high-end collectibles. These items are usually shown off as a not-so-subtle “Look at what I have” statement. However, high-end collectors are not the only ones who use their collection as a status symbol: many people in fan clubs do this, as can the solitary collector.
A few collections have even happened by accident. This can start with a gift of some kind that the recipient really likes, so that person uses or displays it. Another person sees that item being enjoyed and decides to give a similar gift. The whole thing can snowball from there. Pretty soon, this person suddenly falls into the category of “collector,” even if it the items were not wanted that much anyway.
One of the best parts about collecting is the thrill of the hunt. Many collections have been gathered by careful combing through boxes and tables at a yard sale or flea market, a sudden find at an auction, going through listings in the paper or online, or even an unexpected find at a store. And when you find that item, it’s a wonderful feeling. This is especially true if you have been looking for a long time for the item -or if the item is rare.
The only thing that remains the same in all collections is that the person doing the collecting usually enjoys having the items around, for whatever reason. And that is the true reason for many collections.