Collectors Are A Strange Breed


| 1/29/2014 9:51:00 AM


Tags: Collecting, Collectors, Hobbies, Sports Memorabilia, Displays, Lois Hoffman,

Country MoonThere is not one thing out there that someone somewhere doesn’t collect. Anything from the norm of sports memorabilia, toys, dishes, etc. to the not-so-norm of barbed-wire fence and various kinds of knots.

People scour yard sales and auctions and spend days sometimes traveling to various shows to add a certain item to their collections. This I totally do not understand even though I have been married to a collector for 27 years.

It all started when our son, like most boys 12 years old, wanted to collect baseball cards. A couple years later he decided he liked girls better than cards so Jim took over the collection until he wanted it back. Ha! Since then he has filled the basement and two rooms upstairs with sports memorabilia. Then, digging through some of his mother’s boxes, he found a jar of marbles that she had kept. That opened up a whole other box of worms. We now have jars and jars - and jars and jars - of marbles on our front porch.

Jars of Marbles 

Obviously, I am not part of the norm not being a collector. After all, where would Ebay and Craig’s List be without collectors. Trading items over and over is what fuels these markets. Perhaps the strangest part is that many of these items are worth way more if they are in the original packaging and have never been opened. What fun is that! I am not alone on this one, our two grandsons will never understand what fun it is to merely look at a new sports figure or toy and not be able to touch and play.

On that note, we have all these items that are either framed and hung on the wall or displayed on shelves for the sheer joy of looking at them. They continually need dusted - or not. They need to be protected from sunlight (fading) and they cannot be too hot, too cold, too damp or too dry. We run a de-humidifier in the basement and a humidifier upstairs.




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