ever consider quitting collecting?

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  1. xSuicide Squadx

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    @eckotyper That “would I keep it” mindset has definitely been a HUGE factor for helpin’ me curb my spendin’ and collecting habits. I’m also a slightly rare case where I often times want to get a hold of something just to photograph it, but can’t see myself holdin’ onto it past that. Even with toys you’re absolutely sure of there’s always the possibility of sellin’ down the road. But like you said, just gotta be brutally honest with yourself!
     
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    I don't think I'll ever quit collecting (weird, because I'm the only one in my family who collects--anything!). I've been fairly focused from the start of collecting (toys and other stuff). For the most part, I don't want to part with 90% of the stuff I have. I'm finally un-binning and un-bagging toys and setting up shelves (and buying more shelves!). At some point I'll have to sell some stuff, because there's just an overwhelming amount of stuff! :shock: I've always adopted things with the sole mentality of loving something from my stand point/preferences (not as an investment, fad, or status symbol), and especially not with any intention of wanting to sell them in the future. A lot of stuff has definitely increased in value (some considerably) -- toys, art, etc..., but I can't see myself selling them. There will probably be some toys I'll have to set aside for a sale here some day (mainly out of necessity of wanting to display "higher loves" on a shelf, and not store anything in bins anymore). The main problem is I don't know how to price them :x -- perhaps donating some to the Suicide Prevention Raffle is way easier and gives back more warm fuzzies :). On the whole, I love my collection! :razz:
     
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    I've also come to the realization that just because i love a sculpt, it doesn't mean I need 100 different versions. I've mostly been collecting in twos. If i have 2 versions of a sculpt, I'm very content with that. Obviously there are exceptions, but its good to start setting limitations on your collection before you're head over heels in debt and bins full of toys you're not even getting to enjoy.
     
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    Around 5 or so years in and I've probably hit the wall a lot of OGs already have - where it becomes essential to focus on select lines and trim the collection. I don't think I show signs of quitting anytime soon but goddamn (!) this month I did mental gymnastics until all my money (after the essentials budget has been put aside) was gone. I kind of surprised myself! Not only that but I have a million pipe dreams which I forget about funding half the time because I always end up chasing a great bargain which I reason to myself won't come around again. However - there is progress. I am slowing my role down since the early days. I only need to slow it down even further me thinks!
     
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    I had a dude hit me up offering a toy he bought less than a week ago. Did an emergency come up? Did he not have the money? Nope, he just decided he wants to focus on painted stuff. I mean, you realized that hours after you bought the thing at a 300% markup?

    A totally different dude posts about his "grails" while shuffling them out the door 10 minutes later. Dude is moving merchandise like a dope boy that gets high off his own supply.

    Too many people have the "buy now, figure out if I want it later" mentality. I think that's the one thing that makes limited edition hobbies a bit more...problematic than many others; that mentality that if you don't get it RIGHT NOW you may NEVER get it so they throw out stupid money vacuuming up every fucking thing they see just in case. It's like people get filled with existential dread because they might miss out on a toy. When you realize the next toy is coming out tomorrow and you won't have to pay a huge markup, this shit gets a lot easier. There were a bunch of toys that came out recently and I thought "yeah, I would LIKE to have this, but if it showed up in the mail tomorrow I wouldn't be ecstatic to open the package".

    Setting boundaries for yourself is key.

    Even then I've had trouble unloading things I thought would be easy to sell at cost. Buying shit assuming you can always sell it later can be very misguided, and dudes unloading thousands on some shit are probably gonna regret that down the road.

    Maybe this is just my bias showing, but I hate it when people buy shit and just throw it in a bin forever. This is supposed to either toys you enjoy playing with or art you appreciate. If your enjoyment comes primarily from owning shit others can't have, then maybe you should just invest in gold or something

    This is something I've been trying to focus on a bit more. I paid a bunch for some Ishi pieces because they never seem to enter the western hemisphere anymore. But lately toys I wanted to hunt for like some choice MHV pieces I'm kinda just realizing I can fly to DV and pick shit up for the same some flippers want for a run they got through a lotto a couple of weeks ago
     
  6. The Moog

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    Absolutely. No need to quit forever, just slow it down and make every piece count.
     
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    I’m quitting for a while. I just got a call from my mechanic yesterday saying that my engine needs to be replaced so basically my car died and I don’t have money for a new one. Fuck me.
     
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    Mostly putting this here because I want to look back in a long while and think about it. I'm at that first juncture where I'm starting to do my homework, watching the source material that inspired this hobby and tracing the lineages of sculpts, paints and the artists behind them. It's given me a lot of fulfillment, and helped me find a joy in all of this besides accumulating stuff. But pulling that thread has also made me look back at stuff I was absolutely crazy for when I began, and realise I no longer feel the same connection with some of it. It's not an "I quit" kind of feeling, more "I'm starting to understand what I really enjoy."

    It'll be fun to read this later and realise I was just as goddamn clueless at the time of writing :lol:
     
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    Haha. All you have to do is remember to come back in 2028 to reflect. ;)
     
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