Collect it Because You Love it

Collections and the very act of acquiring items that we truly enjoy is an important aspect of being human. It gives us a feel good feeling to be surrounded by items that we admire or are fascinated by. Collecting is a hobby that stimulates not only our emotions but also our imagination.

The items that interest you are of value to you and it is this desirability that makes it a collectible. The items a child gathers as keepsakes are as personally important to them as are those items acquired by adults. These items are valuable so long as someone wishes to acquire them.

Each and every collection is beyond value to the person who has taken the time to acquire it. Dad might own a rare coin collection valued in the thousands of dollars but it is no more valuable to him than little Tracy’s collection of stickers is to her. Each hobby is no less important intrinsically than any other and could one day be equal in dollar worth should chance decide it.

Personally it is a highly rewarding hobby. It might be old porcelain or china dishes, old fishing lures, rare coins, or odd shaped marbles that you are fascinated by but each item added into the set magnifies the quality of the task. The thrill of the hunt and the acquisition of these possessions can be exhilarating.

Our collectibles have the power to make us want to share our feelings, our memories, and our thoughts with others. Sometimes even to share out hearts. These items can be highly emotional. They can bring back moments in time that we had almost lost, cause us to laugh, and to relax.

These items are a creative addition to how we fill our leisure hours and an important part of our emotional experiences. Whether we save them for their investment value or their sentimental one these are the items that we care enough for to want to collect them.

They are a hobby that bring pleasure to our leisure hours. Each item only as valuable as the pleasure that it brings to us. Some people get their thrill by acquiring and displaying their sets while others jump for joy when they sell an item for a higher price than they paid for it. Collecting is a personal pursuit. We each have our reasons why we do it and the way in which we value these treasures.

We tend to invest a fair amount of time into our collections and our acquiring of items for them. This is how they come to merit the title of a hobby rather than just possessions as do other items that exist within our world.

Our hobbies occupy our time. They interest and amuse us to bring us a sense of enjoyment and fulfillment. 

It is this emotional satisfaction that is the true value of a keepsake and which makes no one collection more valuable than another. There are many reasons why these items are important to the holder but each is based on being of benefit to the person who owns it.

Some of the strangest collections in the world are sets that their owners would never dream of parting with for any amount of money.

A few unusual memorabilia are balls of string, used batteries, rocks, erasers, spin tops, bottle caps, buttons, match book covers, moss, shot glasses, butterflies, bugs, and yes even dirt. You may not find these items appealing enough to collect but there are thousands of people out there who do. A collectible is anything that someone cares enough about to collect.

So where do you find items? That all depends on what it is that you collect but a few good areas to search out are online auctions, garage sales, and thrift stores. Word of mouth will also tend to garner you some unique finds so ask around. You never know what items a neighbour or friend is willing to let go of when they realize that you are interested in acquiring it.