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November 17, 2011


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Never collected any of the items listed.
I do hold on to old or interesting coins, but not from a collector's standpoint. I guess the closest thing I ever got to "collecting" anything was buying music (tapes/CDs) when I was younger. Still probably not enough to be considered a serious "collection" or anything.

Moving frequently (which I do) means NOT acquiring tons of stuff, because then you have to move tons of stuff. I try to keep my possessions down to mostly what I need to survive.

That said, I'm always fascinated at shows like Hoarders. It's amazing how much STUFF people can collect! One thing is always common in those cases: They are people who rarely, if ever, move. They have houses of their own, and they never have to move. Thus, they're able to collect literal *tons* of stuff. People who are always on the move, do not (usually) collect.

You haven't heard of Cabbage Patch Dolls?

I agree that these items are not good 'investments'. You aren't going to make money buying them at retail and holding on to them with the hopes they'll appreciate.

But the title declares them 'completely worthless' which I don't think is true. I mean the first item in the article is Hummel figures and they say they sell for $50 on ebay. Since when is $50 in value = "completely worthless"? You can find people buying and selling any of those items on ebay so they do have worth. Of course the going fair market value may only be 1-5% of what you paid but thats not 'worthless'.

We collected Precious moments (very small collection) but they are only ones that had meaning to us.

My mom Hummels once again a rememberance of he kids.

My son old video games. He has an original atari and pong along with othes units he bought a garage sales for cheap.

I used to like to collect Australian COOGI, and Canadian TUNDRA, sweaters which are made on very unique computer controlled 3-D looms. Over several years I bought them "used" on eBay but now with 30, I have run out of space in my closet and my wife has taken over all the other closets. Also "used" on eBay I collect very expensive brands of plain color long sleeved shirts made from a wood fiber called Tencel which I like very much because of its softness and ability not to crease. I still buy one if I can get it at a real steal but am also almost out of space for those as well. I must admit I get a thrill when I can get a $200+ shirt in fantastic condition for less than $15-$20. Since the economy turned down the buys on eBay seem to have improved. I also use a special program that keeps my bid secret until 5 seconds before the auction ends, a procedure called "Sniping".

jim --

I meant we didn't have any of the others -- not that I hadn't heard of them.

I collect dust.

All kidding aside, I collect coins and paper money. My collection is mostly for my enjoyment, but I will one day will it to my son who can either continue the collection or sell it in an emergency if he really needs the cash. I collect shot glasses from places I have been and I collect logo golf balls from golf courses I have played. Both of those are for enjoyment only.

I have a fairly large Thomas Kinkade print in my dining room. I didn't get it to resell. I enjoy its appearance.

I don't collect any of the things on the list. But if you have the money & space, collecting things you really like is fine IMO, because why not? (Barring going to extremes like hoarders do, of course!)

I think some people have collector DNA and others do not. I have a lot of stuff (mainly DVD movies, music CDs, shoes, dishes, wine) but I'm not a collector because I just buy the stuff to use it (wear it, watch it, listen to it, drink it), I throw out the packaging even for the disks because it's in the way, and I don't care if anyone thinks I have a collection or not. Buying something mainly to resell it strikes me as as a gamble.

I don't collect anything.,but I did find an old 3-cent stamp a few weeks ago. It was from 1943. I though maybe it might have some value being so old. I looked it up on the internet, and sure enough it had gone up in value. It was now worth 20-cents. haha.

I collect things and then make things out of them. Does that count? For example, I bought an old vintage doily-type of table cloth. My soon-to-be hubby just rolled his eyes. But I got nothing but compliments on my vintage-inspired dyed-red dress at our friends wedding. I'm a crafty type of gal though...I'm always collecting things and then making stuff for gifts or my Etsy shop. Usually, I don't make money, but it's fun to do. Although, I have to keep my collection of stuffs in check to avoid becoming a hoarder. My motto is, if I haven't made anything with it in 1 year, I'm not going to and it's gotta go.

I used to tell people, when they said how poor Americans were, that, if so, why are most families collecting stuff? My husband collected John Deere farm toys and, after he died, I sold them for about $3k. It was not what he paid for them, since I sold them in 2009. But, after his death, it was a great help to me in paying bills.

I collected Star Trek books and memoribilia. I have a lot of it and love it. My husband said we were a perfect pair - he was down to earth and I was up in the air. lol. I used to never ever get rid of my books, but with the lack of space, I have given away about 5k booksof all kinds, over the last 25 years, to auxilliary houses near hospitals, to local libraries and to my workplace - a mental institution. More fun to share what I had enjoyed.

As to value, I have 101 metal pennies from WWII. They are worth $.03 to $.17 and above for very rare ones. I had a dealer tell me years ago that they weren't worth much, only about $.15 each. I informed him that I would love to make 15% profit on everything I owned.

We collected items we loved. That made us feel good and we did not especially want to get rich on them. And we never spent a fortune on them. He bought a 1940? AC tractor and combine from a collectible business. It is big, but I just can't remember it's name right now. It cost him $375, but it was an exact replica of one his father bought new and used. When my husband died, it went to one of his brothers and will stay in the family. We feel they were worth every bit of what they cost to us, as they brought us wonderful memories.

I loved it when my wife was an avid Precious Moments collector mostly because it gave me an automatic gift to give her on most every occasion without me agonizing over it.

That diesd away (after hundreds of figurines still in curio cabinets) and next came jewelry. Many years of jewelry until she now has just about one of everything.

Now, I am back to agonizing.

LOL! The collecting gene is one that apparently is missing from my brain. Never could figure out why people did that. Guess it's because my mother made me clean house when I was a little kid: I developed an aversion to having to dust things!

I beg to differ. I collected Cabbage Patch Dolls for my daughter in the 80's and she sold them and got a super good price for them. She sold 5 of them to seperate people and she made good money from them.

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