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Why we collect


why we collect
Collecting is a hobby that can last a lifetime. It is not so much about the monetary value of the collected items as it is about an emotional connection to those items. People often start collecting as children: simple things such as rocks or stamps or a particular type of toy, which may or may not continue into adulthood.

One may collect items from an inner need to sort and organize one's collection. This collecting need may also stem from an attempt to fill a void in one's life, to provide a purpose by finding rare pieces to add to the collection. Collecting, organizing, and maintaining a collecting also provides a safety zone in which one is in complete control. Collect what you like, and ignore the rest.

In some cases, one might choose to collect a popular item such as stamps or Barbie dolls for the joy of interacting with others who collect the same thing. This sense of community can be reassuring to those who are otherwise socially inept. It becomes an opportunity to share finds with others, search for rare pieces, and otherwise satisfy the need inherent in humans to be part of a larger group.

Collecting vs hoarding

Collecting is not the same as hoarding. Collecting is about the care, organization, and display of the items within one's collection. With a well-organized collection, the collector can put his or her hands on any given piece at any time.

Hoarding, on the other hand, is about simply possessing the items with no consideration for organization or even the value of the item. Seemingly valueless items such as actual garbage are hoarded to the point of filling the hoarder's residence with haphazard piles of the hoard. Asking a hoarder to locate a specific item will prove more difficult than locating the Holy Grail.

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