Why the Heck Do We Collect?

Welcome to my CollectibleCool blog – for all of us who love collecting. No, we’re not hoarders, though these days there seems to be a certain disapproval from some who frown on keeping anything (blame interior design and hoarder reality shows). We just take great pleasure in the finding and owning of awesome stuff.

But why do we enjoy it so much?

The fact is that people always have. Most of us aren’t collecting in the hope of someday making a lot of money off the collection. My experience is that the majority have a strong emotional connection to whatever it is they collect. Our collections remind us of our childhood, or connect us to a period of history that we are interested in. Some do it because they love the “thrill of the hunt.” Some have struggled through bad times, such as the Depression era, and now the collection helps remind them that they no longer have to struggle. And some do it because the stuff is just so darn cute we can’t resist having more than one!

My mother was a quiet but extremely determined collector. She loved china thimbles, Swedish annual plates, small pitchers, British porcelain items, Beatrix Potter figurines, stone carvings, penguins, European ephemera… Neatly organized throughout the house, her collections fascinated people – you never got bored visiting Mom. She was attached to them because they reminded her of places she had been, and her love for Victorian England in particular. I grew up watching my mother prowling the yard sales, garage sales, and auctions – making herself into an expert and a picker for antiques shops throughout our region.

Today I am following in her footsteps, spending a lot of time locating unique and unusual items and selling some of them (but certainly not all!) on Etsy.com. Please pay me a visit at CollectibleCool today!

Why do you collect? What are your favorite memories about collecting – did you have someone who inspired you, as my mother did me? Or did you get into it in a different way? Share your story!


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