I was searching for a deep answer, one that made me feel less attached to material objects that according to "them," should be meaningless. I came up empty though. In the end, it just makes me happy.
And that's okay.
It pleases me to look around my house or my desk at the office and see that I'm surrounded by stories and franchises I love. I like pointing my favorite figures out to friends who are visiting for the first time and tell stories of why I got them and how. Each piece has a memory that goes with it.
This Star Wars LEGO set was the first such set I put together. I received it from a friend for Christmas, and I put it together when I was sick a few days later... and then I sent my boyfriend at the time out to Target to bring me more LEGO sets because it was distracting, a bit addicting, and a lot fun. Now I've had to stop purchasing them because I just don't have the space to display them.
|(I clearly need to dust.)|
This Coraline figure was my first Comic-Con exclusive purchase and is one of my favorite toys.
I doubt I remember the story for every item on my shelves and some of them are as simple as "I adore this character and must have this toy," but for the most part, they all have a history.
I buy what I like. It means I have action figures from different generations, different styles, and a lot of random pieces. I don't purchase items because I'm thinking about how much they will be worth later (just not my thing, I know it can work out well for others with a lot more patience and capital than me). Most of my toys are out of the box and on display because I'm not concerned about resale and I want them to be seen. The ones that are still in boxes just have really cooling packaging (like my Polly Pockets from San Diego Comic-Con).
The show Collector's Intervention made me think about these collecting habits. Though I don't have a collection that's anywhere close to those seen on the show, it wasn't bad to stop and think about why I buy what I buy. Even if you are far from needing an intervention, it's good to take a look around your house and think about your possessions and why you have them. There's definitely a line, but I think it's different for everyone.
Do you have any collections? Tell me about it or even better, share photos!