There comes a time in a collectors life that makes you take a good
hard look at why you collect. That time has come for me. I am having
My first instinct was to say, "That's it, I'm done. No more Ebay,
no more flea markets!" but we all know that is not going to happen.
So I had to prioritize, regroup, and redisplay.
first step was to go through what I had and decide if it was really
something I wanted to collect. I ended up selling a good amount on Ebay and other things are still in plastic tubs in my laundry room. There
was a lot of stuff that I looked at and thought to myself "Why
did I buy this?" A lot of "toy Crack" fell into this
I went about re-displaying what had passed the muster. I had recently
finished remodeling my basement, and I was now ready to fill my toy
room. When you go back and visually handle and re-sort the pieces you
have, it gives you a new perspective and focus. I thought I was done
with Jumbo Machinders, but once I re-displayed them, I fell in love
all over again.
I then decided that none of my future purchases would be impulse buys.
I would research, decide if it meets all my criteria, and find the best
price. I find I buy fewer toys that way, and I am generally happier
with what I have.
collecting can feel like an addiction. If you find you are trying to
scale back your collection, and you have these urges or needs to buy
something for your collection out of habit, take a deep breath and try
to think if you really need it. You will find that by being selective
n your purchases, you will have a quality collection years down the