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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 Lulu, Amazon and the iBookstore. It can be read on any computer, smartphone, or tablet.