Containing the cost of collection obsession
Most people collect something. Before you disagree, take a good look around—becoming a collector can sneak up on you. For example, I didn’t mean to collect things that resemble pigs, but when I gather the little guys up, they do start to resemble a herd.
When most people think of collecting, they think of stamps and coins; however, you can collect almost anything. Following is a list of commonly collected items.
Those who are more serious about collecting spend significant time and effort in their collections. There are even technical names to describe passionate collectors. You might have heard someone described as an audiophile, but did you know that a collector of recipes is called a receptarist?
Some collectors who teeter on the brink of obsession have assembled some rather crazy collections, like the woman who amassed more than 220,000 ball point pens. While I’m guessing that ball point pens are pretty cheap and easy to acquire (I accidently picked up two on yesterday’s shopping trip!), other collections are not as wallet-friendly.
According to CostHelper.com:
-Approximately 5.7 million people collect stamps, spending $1.18 billion each year.
-A typical hobbyist coin collector might spend $100 to $300 a month on this hobby.
-A typical doll collector might spend anywhere from $40 to $400 a month on this hobby.
-to rekindle childhood memories
-to have fun
-because they are fans
-to achieve a sense of fulfillment
-as an investment
-Collect what you love. If you really enjoy your collection, it has value. Avoid collecting items that are sure to quickly lose your interest. (Also, be aware that once people find out you collect something, you are likely to get them as gifts for the rest of your life!)
-Budget for your hobby. Because collecting is a want rather than a need, you will have to be disciplined with your spending. Going into debt to add to your collection is not a wise financial move.
-Don’t count on the cash. Even experienced investors’ collections are subject to fluctuating values. That means that your collection might not be worth much when you most need the money.
-Shop around. Rather than buying things on a whim, shop around for the best deals. You might find great bargains at garage sales, flea markets, and thrift stores.
-Do your research. If you do hope to collect something of value, it helps to do some research. Whether you collect for fun or profit, consider joining a collecting club to help you connect with like-minded collectors.Finally, if your budget or minimalist tendencies don’t allow for much collecting of stuff, remember that collecting memories is free and priceless.
My unintentional pig collection.
*I just can't resist jogging your memory about the Seinfeld episode where Jerry "drugs" his girlfriend with turkey, wine, and home movies so that he can play with her collection of old toys.