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I Like to Collect Stuff

OK, I admit it, I like to collect stuff. My lover calls it all junk, but for me, it is memories and souvenirs of good times. Not sure when this all started with me. I remember I always loved stuffed animals as a kid, so that was probably the first thing that I collected.

Everytime I have moved as an adult, I will have many more boxes than my partner has. He says that I should be responsible for moving all of my own stuff. But being the good guy that he is, he will help with my stuff too.

So here’s what I have collected over the years:

  1. Madonna memorabilia. I am a huge Madonna fan, and have been collecting items since the early 80’s. My collection consists of albums, CDs, posters, T-shirts, DVDs, but the main part of the collection are all the magazines I have with her on the cover. I am close to almost 400 items in my collection and will be getting more soon.
  2. Janet memorabilia. Also big on Janet Jackson, she is one of the best live performers you will ever see. Again, CDs, posters, T-shirts, and magazines from her amazing career.
  3. Stuffed animals. It all started when I got that Winnie the Pooh bear one Christmas from my family. As time when on, I would get more and more. A new Easter bunny every year, plus souvenirs from amusement parks and zoos. Then as an adult I would treat myself to these things, they made me feel good and reminded me of simpler times. I actually got rid of some last year finally… I had too many to keep track of and/or display.
  4. Birthday cards. I probably have every birthday card I have ever gotten as an adult. They are like a time capsule, and remind me of friends that I used to have, as well as those that continue to be in my life to this day.
  5. Music (CDs, tapes, albums). I have gotten rid of most of the cassettes and albums, and transferred them to digital. But I still have a box of 45s, plus tons of CDs too. A great collection of music from the 80’s up to today. Truth is, I need to get a big hard drive and finally digitize the rest…. Not that I have time to listen to them all.
  6. VHS tapes. Tried to start converting this stuff to DVD, but the converter gave out, and never got another one. So I have a combo VHS/DVD player, but it is not too often I watch a VHS tape. Lots of stuff recorded live off of TV… stuff you can’t find now, plus tons of music video collections, and personal videos too. I can’t bring myself to part with it all.
  7. Photos. I know I am not alone with this one. I took a photography class in college. That probably whet my appetite for photography. Now, I am often the photographer when I go anywhere: family and friend’s parties, vacations, hiking, cruising around town different places like the beach, the mountains, etc. So I have a bunch of photo albums, plus boxes of prints & negatives, as well as now I have taken up making scrapbooks from all the photos. These are the things you would save in a fire.
  8. Concert memorabilia. Didn’t I mention I was a big live music fan? So I have a couple of big binders, with the ticket stubs from every concert (or play) that I have been to, plus my review of the show. Then I also have T-shirts and programs from a lot of the shows too. Some of the rare items I have include: a T-shirt from Michael Jackson’s “Bad” tour, plus one from the Bee Gees “One for All” tour too.
  9. Books. I have yearbooks from college, high school and grammar school. I have celeb bios, amusement park booklets, music and pet books. I have some Joel Osteen books as well as a fun one called “Listmania” where you get to write in your favorites into the book.

10. Christmas decorations. I have Peanuts ornaments I painted as a kid, plus ones I got with my partner, plus tons of lights, ornaments, decorations and more. That’s not including every Christmas card I have ever received, and all the Christmas CDs and videos too. This collection keeps growing every year.

So do you think I’m a hoarder or what? What sorts of things do you collect? I would love to hear from you.

Spice69man is a Los Angeles-based writer and designer. The eBook, A View from the Cheap Seats, can be downloaded from LuluAmazon and the iBookstore. It can be read on any computer, smartphone, or tablet.

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Comments on: "I Like to Collect Stuff" (3)

  1. guy.hubbard@att.net said:

    I can totally relate to the hoarding and to not being able to part with it. You’ve been in my home and you’ve seen the boxes of stuff that I haven’t opened in years. I, too, keep memorabilia. (I guess humans are sentimental and naturally pack rats.) I should discard it but don’t get around to it. I procrastinate about throwing out those parts of my life, although they no longer figure in my life, except for taking up space. It’s amazing how much we all have in common, little things, we’d never expect. You are so fortunate to have such a loving partner. Things we should be thankful for but take for granted. We miss them when they’re gone. Such is life.

  2. I have a weakness for T-shirts. All kinds. Especially Melissa Etheridge tees. I like to buy the vintage ones on eBay.

  3. Marcelo Castilho Rogedo said:

    Well….I collect something about Madonna…but I am concentrating my collection on CDs most of times. Magazines, I sometimes buy when she is on the cover, but to give to my pen pals around the world. I used to be a member of the Official Madonna Fan Club. So, most of times, when I get a Madonna news, a picture…is to send to my worldwide friends…..Besides Madonna I have many other CDs…and I still enjoy listening them….one thing that is interesting that I used to have a huge “immaculate collection” are my postcards…My mother, sisters…when they travelled worldwide, used to give me tons of them. Germany, USA, Italy, France, Spain…I think I have about 800 postcards…I dont collect them anymore, but I keep them in a photo album and I still enjoy it…sometimes I take a look at the postcards….I remember when my sister Angela travelled to Italy once, she came back and gave me 100 Italian postcards! So, my collection consists on CDs, postcards….

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