An obsessive-compulsive delight.
I have a growing problem with collecting. And it wasn’t until recently that I realized most people, not just me, have an odd habit of collecting things. Some collect furniture, others collect stamps, bottle caps, guns, badges, coasters, posters, lava lamps — not even clothing clad Chihuahua are safe from abysmal hoarding hands of mankind.
Where do these innate tendencies to collect and store things of little or no value come from? These frivolous objects will certainly outlive our squirrely existences. We can argue collecting is an obsession, but I’d rather like to think of collecting as a healthy dose of therapy.
People will collect things to inspire them, to bring joy/fulfillment to their lives, and quite possibly impress or shock other people. My own nerdtastic collection of board games has grown so large it has taken over half my closet. The worst part is that it has become self-aware and seeks to take over the rest of my den. For me, the games are a nice escape from the everyday norm, but the real beauty of it all is the fantastic artwork they contain.
Hoarders of the world unite! We all have our reasons for collecting. List yours and check out a few of our own crazy collections from Melamed Riley:
John Butler – Bushmills Irish whiskey bottles and Golden Retrievers
Bill Roddy – Racing medals, from all the marathons and races participated in
Kathleen Battin – State quarters and old advertisements from the 70s or earlier
Joseph Hughes – Vintage packaging and signage (like ‘30s through the ‘60s) to keep around as design inspiration
Darla Dackiewicz – Mystery, sci-fi, or fantasy books, currently The Dresden Files, books by Jim Butcher
Nicole Melville – I have a pretty sweet sticker collection from when I was little that includes “Where’s the beef?” puffy stickers from the original 1980’s Wendy’s campaign. I also have a complete set of “Shirt Tales” stickers, including Mr. Dinkle.
Some people collect coasters. Our very own Renée Trivett collects coasters from around the world including, England, Germany, California, New York, Massachusetts, and Key West.
Darin Hintz – Antique and vintage stuff pretty much consumes my life. I love polishing and/or refinishing various woods and metals. Have a lot of old cameras and baseball mitts. Vintage aquariums and bicycles.
Patrick Bensi – my example has to be Keystone Light case inserts, also known as case liners. When I was in college, my roommates and I collected every single one on account of us buying 2-3 cases of the stuff a week. Those case inserts have since been lost, but I just got the first in a new series of liners starring Keystone Light spokesman “Keith Stone,” and I hope to finish the collection at some point. It would bring me so much pride.