If the poll hadn’t had “mail” after “junk” I would not have had to come here. It isn’t all junk… some of it is stuff that I might use one day. And it occasionally comes in very handy to have something, IF I can actually find it when I need it.
Oh. Also cat hair…
FWIW, I’ve gotten pretty good at throwing out the junk mail so it no longer constitutes a collection.
@speediedelivery I, too, make sure I grab a state-shaped one from every state I go to when I can. There are a couple I didn’t get on my first trip, so it means I have to go back until my state collection is complete!
@Al_Coholic@blaineg yeah my problem is my husband and a friend of ours buy me games to entice me to play. Honest to god if i wanted to play, i would buy it. the games i like i have hundreds of hours in (like well over 300 hours in the sims). And then there’s European truck simulator taunting me in my list with its 2 hours played. I don’t even know how i got 2 hours. i did not enjoy driving a truck for 2 hours fighting off hateful other drivers.
i collect: Weapons - particularly swords (my husband knows me well - a hand made katana was our 15th anniversary gift!), but also sai, tonfa, and bokken. Dragons - figurines and art, not real ones (yet). Strays - usually cats & dogs, but in the past parrots/birds, chinchillas, hedgehogs… i can’t say no to an abandoned animal.
Hot Wheels. Though I’ve always just grabbed what I like, never trying for specific sets or themes. I started when they were introduced in 1968, and a dollar was a big deal to a little kid. I still have many of my originals, largely due to a loving and tolerant mom.
I again started collecting some a few years back, and I’ve been startled by two signs of aging:
Apparently my sense of “what I like” is stronger than my sense of “what I have”, and I’ve too often brought home a new treasure only to find I already have it. Oh well, the nieces and nephews have enjoyed the duplicates.
The second shock was this year is the 50th anniversary of Hot Wheels. How did that happen?
Real copper pennies come to me in change and never leave. Ever. I gave up on state quarters after filling in several collector books, but I still collect the park quarters and any bicentennials. And I still find one or two silver coins a year in change.
My wife thinks I collect too many books, just because my favorites get two copies; a reader set and a ‘keep safe’ set.
@blaineg@TheFLP I’m the t shirt hoarder in our house. I work at a college so every event ends up doling out t shirts to staff who work the events. And being in student services, i work many events a year. I have dozens of SAU Tech t shirts. And so many Arkansas razorback shirts. And my mom gives me t shirts with cats on them. I have a closet full of them. And i refuse to get rid of any of them.
@lifftchi I haven’t booted it lately, but it ran last time I tried. It’s a 1989 IBM RT micro-channel box that had the first 486DX CPU (first on-chip math co-processor) running at a blazing 25 MHz. It originally ran SCO-UNIX on 8 MB of RAM and a 200 MB SCSI drive, but it’s been “upgraded” with Windows 3.1, 24 MB RAM and a 540 MB drive. It is lightning fast with that setup. I first got online with a 2400 baud external modem and 16-bit Netscape Navigator. Those were the good old days!
Still have my Apple ][plus and //GS computers; both still work fine; surprisingly even the old Disk-][ floppy drive and most of my 60+ floppy disk stash and boxes of games are still viable. But the collection was DEC (Digital Equipment Corporation) systems… I was once able to run a 9 node cluster at home… but I had to divest. Only a couple machines left.
@2many2no@wew Back in the day I started getting people to pool some cash to buy the latest Fred Fish Amiga disks. That wound up with me becoming the secretary/librarian for the local Amiga user group, and then putting together disks for the user group as well. AUSM Disks! Amiga User’s Society Members. How’s that for a tortured acronym?
@2many2no@blaineg I sorta leaned the other way. All my friends were into the pirate scene. I’ve researched it, and they say that pirating didn’t bring down Commodore, but it was rampant.
I went to the Commodore bankruptcy auction in PA, and bought a bridgeboard and a few interesting prototypes.
They were selling huge box lots for a few dollars.
Then, years later, I got into webOS…that too crumbled and died.
@2many2no@blaineg@cpierce@wew Tragic. My //GS is a Woz Edition, and my Apple ][plus became a Woz edition when the Woz visited a local Las Vegas Apple Computer dealer when the winter CES was in town and signed it for me
@jsh139 Nice! My husband collects football jerseys. He has a few cleats and gloves. He spends hours photo matching and searching for what is out there for sale. It keeps him out of other kinds of trouble!
@pooflady my mother collects nativity sets. I bet she’s got close to 100 now… she also collects fontanini figurines. She’s got well over 100 of those. Takes her forever to put that stuff out every year
@pooflady Ha! Years ago, someone gave me a few miniature porcelain animal figurines. Being polite, I put them on a table. After noticing them, people started giving me them as gifts and i ended up with a collection of things I didn’t even like.
And speaking of video games, I’ve got a couple of Vectrex systems, a lot of the games, and the elusive 3D Imager.
It’s a vector CRT, so it’s perfect for knockoffs of old vector arcade games like Asteroids, Space Wars and Tempest. It’s a B&W screen, so the games had transparent color overlays for the screen to give some color. The 3D Imager used a spinning wheel to alternately block one eye, and also create color with more flexibility than the screen overlays.
A lot of homebrew games have been created in the last few decades, and they may outnumber the original releases by now.
One of mine is dead now, so I’ll have to go through it and replace the capacitors.
I’ve also got a massive 19" vector display that I’ve been dreaming of hooking up to a Vectrex for about 20 years or so.
My first one was bought from a big chain toy store during the GCE/Vextrex bankruptcy sale, so it was pretty cheap. I bought my second one online in the pre-eBay days, and it came with the 3D Imager. That was a real find. It seemed expensive at the time, but I think it was in the neighborhood of $200 for the bundle.
And with Vectrex on my mind, I just bought my first Sean Kelly multicart tonight, having lusted after one for decades! Turns out he just did a new version of it last year.
Whatever my hoarding parents dump on me and they say it is worth something or will be worth something. I keep out of guilt or they might ask for it back. Old canning jars,old dishware,copper that should just be melted.avon cars…ugh ,my poor attic.
Anything German Shepherd related. Shortly after I discovered EBay years ago I made the mistake of searching German Shepherd. I was perfectly fine with the shit I already had until I saw all the stuff that I didn’t have…now there’s Amazon… my house (and car decals)is a shrine to the mighty GSD
Plus I have the entire collection of presidential dollar coins, a whole roll each. And proof sets and mint sets from 1957 thru 2017, courtesy of my Dad❤
@turtle_2014 About 300 of mine are CMF, including the Simpsons and Lego Movie CMFs. Another couple hundred Star Wars, some Lego Ideas figs, Marvel, Classic Space, and a handful of other themes. Which is your favorite CMF, either in your collection or out of all of them? I’d have to go with either Lady Liberty or the Serenader. Here’s my Mariachi band, as well as my “costumes” collection.
I collect cookbooks and weird kitchen gadgets. The husband collects old computers (he’s got a bunch of them from the 80s - several ataris, commodore 64, etc), video game systems (including a couple of famcom computers), and other random nerdy stuff like that
I used to collect guitars, got to over 30, (small collection I know) mostly unusual or small luthier shops. Hamer, Steinberger, Breedlove, Stump Preacher, Larivee, Yairi, PRS, and the obligatory Strats, Teles and Les Paul. Marriage changed that.
Now the only thing I am allowed to collect are Meh buttons.