I 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…