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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Are Collectors Nuts?

This may be one of those sobering moments when I look into the mirror and ask myself: "Am I a complete nutcase?" Why? Well...

One of the reasons I'm broke nine days out of ten — after paying my taxes, ridiculous medical bills and modest mortgage — is that I'm an avid collector of hardcover comic strips (not soft-'n-silky Ted Baker suits). Avid is somewhat of an understatement. You could say I need help, and I wouldn't disagree with you. On top of that, OCD is my middle name, so when I unboxed my long awaited birthday present only to find it half destroyed, I wanted to bite somebody's head off.

But I digress.

I was just wondering, after all those years of 'knowing' you, if perhaps you are a collector as well. Or maybe you used to be one? If so, what do you collect? What is it you like about collecting what anyone else might call "useless stuff"? Why does it make you happy or, if the word broke comes into play, unhappy? If you're not a collector, does collecting stuff seem like a complete waste of time to you?

My reason for collecting comics is escapism. It's that simple. Plus I like 'em to look good in the process. I'm weird and greedy that way.

Feel free to tell me I'm nuts, mental and seriously going overboard.

Be gentle.

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70 comments:

  1. I collect DVDs although not as much as before. You could say I collect guitars but after six I kind of ran out of room. I guess I just need a bigger house.

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    1. You truly are The Flash. DVDs... I've got about 300 of those. Yes, I remember you collecting guitars. Sounds like a pretty expensive hobby to me. I know, look who's talking. Maybe we should collect houses?

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  2. I collected various things as a kid, like stamps, rocks, and postcards. I'm more of a minimalist these days, looking for things to get rid of.

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    1. Collecting in reverse. I'd never heard of such a thing. :) You are special.

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    1. I should've known. Adam's here to CRACK a joke. Good one, though.

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  4. As long as you don't go hoarding away
    Saving everything like a left over food tray,
    We say no nuts is had
    Can't take the dough with you at your pad
    Can't take stuff either I suppose
    But it brings highs and not lows
    So go for it
    If others don't like it, except maybe Angie, who gives a shit
    I used to collect away
    But took up way too much room at my bay
    Plus, sure sucked away the dough
    So now I just give it a no
    Minimalist as can be
    The cats have more things than me
    Although I do write books by the ton
    That can be an expensive hobby run
    So there is that
    We all have something, unless living in a cardboard box, where we're at

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  5. Books. It is a serious addiction. There is a six foot bookcase in most rooms in the house (sometimes two) and some of them are stacked two and three deep. And there are piles too...

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    1. Sounds like you're describing my house haha. Stacked two deep. It's the only way. The largest book I own is 20 inches long meaning it's too big for any of my seven bookcases. It's a pile consisting of one :)

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  6. So, what was your long awaited birthday gift that got half destroyed? I collect a few things, I like stones and have too many. I collect dreams and have them stored in journals. Someday, when I am no longer in this world, someone will read these and think WTH... oh well.

    I hope you had a nice birthday Blue!

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    1. Stones as in diamonds? I knew it! You're the new mayor of Bora. RRRRRRRich! No?

      Mmmmmmmmm.

      As for that birthday present, I had ordered this huge omnibus that ost me a frigging 150 bucks and it was all damaged and scratched. Yes, I'm going to sue them.

      Maybe that someone will say, "That makes perfect sense to me."

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    2. Haha you made me laugh, I wish I had diamonds galore, I’d sell them and move to another shore.

      I collect stones, as the kind you find on the ground. I also collect healing stones. Whenever I go some place new I pick up a stone.

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    3. Ps I do like jewelry though ...

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    4. Blue diamonds are rare, I am not sure where I would wear them Blue. I am sure they would be beautiful.I could wear them to work,enjoying their beauty in my little cubicle by the window.

      I do have a blue sapphire ring, I acquired after a dream that I had to dive into the murk and mud of life... lol...

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    5. Ps the dreams I collect are my own, one cannot take another’s dream unless the dreams are intwined. I am more of a planter of dreams for others. I know totally off topic, but then again I am a bit off... lol..

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    6. I wish I could collect dreams. Would have to be able to remember them in the first place, though. Wear them... all the time :)

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    7. blue diamonds ;) Do they come in a pair? oh, the shame...I am leaving now...

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  7. Running shoes/clothes? LOL.

    I was chastised by a friend recently who "collects" recipe books. She gave me one & I said I'd have to toss an old one to make space for the new one - she said "Oh, you're one of THOSE" with contempt! Ha. I need space for my running shoes not cook books :-) :-) :-)

    PS she may have over 1,000 & have just had her husband build her a library to accommodate more....

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    1. Over 1,000 recipe books? Thatnk you for sharing that,. I suddenly feel so normal, which isn't a good thing either, come to think of it. But still...

      How many running shoes does AlleyCat own?

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    2. Glad that made you feel better. Hmm running shoes.....4 in current running rotation; + 1 x pair of trail runners I don't like & will sell; + 4 retired pairs that apparently I will use for gardening at some point, only thing is I don't garden much & when I do it's in what ever is on my feet LOL: + 2 x retired pairs I wear to work. I donated 6 retired pairs that I didn't use for gardening last year to a mob called on your feet.

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    3. Tell me... do you happy to do your bit of gardening running-style? (Yes, I made that word up.) So, you run around your garden, look around and trim a few branches here and there? No? Just wondering ;) But um.... that's quite a few running shoes you've been collecting there. How many running shoes do I have, you wonder? Well, I'm pretty sure I have zero running shoes. Depressing, I know.

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    4. hahaha I could try that Blue - running-style gardening!!! But no, I'm usually just a bit of regular put a few dead head off the roses type of gardener & hope my folks arrive soon for a visit to rescue everything else :-)

      Well, I don't have any comics so that's probably more depressing than your lack of running shoes!!!!

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    5. I could recommend a comic book about running... Yes, I mean The Flash haha! How did you guess?

      I'm sure you've got green fingers.

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  8. That's awesome that you collect something that you like. Sorry to hear the birthday box you received was half destroyed.

    When I was 12 I collected stamps.
    When I was in my 20's I collected Unicorns but most got broken during a move.
    For the past 20 years I've collected romance books and it's my biggest collection to date. I have about 2000 books.
    I might start collecting something else...something small that doesn't take up so much room. Like dust bunnies. lol

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    1. 2,000 books... I like the sound of that, Mary.

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    2. Which one is your favorite? I like romantic movies. Maybe it's about time I read a romantic book as well.

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  9. Nothing wrong with collecting. I go for anime igurines and Hello Kitty toys, myself.

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    1. There you go. A true collector. Obviously the aim of this post is to assure me I'm not crazy. ;) Anime figurines can be a bit pricey, or not? Anything you're still looking for?

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  10. I collected things like Troll Dolls when I was a kid, but nothing since. I prefer to collect memories these days instead of filling my house with stuff I don't need. That's not to say that I don't get excited when my best friend or favorite niece bring me something with The Nightmare Before Christmas on it. While I don't actively collect it, I have amassed quite a few trinkets from that movie over the years because of my awesome friends and family gifting me things all the time.

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    1. The Nightmare Before Christmas... I love it. Jack Skellington!

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  11. First off, happy belated! Secondly, I used to buy books like I was out of my mind. Luckily I've started going to the library or else I'd have some serious issues as well

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    1. Thank you, Rooth, my friend. I feel old but pretend I'm not. It's a trick I can barely pull off. What kind of books are you interested in?

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  12. I still collect My Little Ponies (the original ones from the 80's). The collection at the moment is worth at least $5,000. Comics are much more valuable I think.

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    1. Well, look what the cat dragged in. Hello Mich. Yes, comics can be extremely valuable. If my house were to ever burn down to the ground, I'd be the darkest shade of blue imaginable. But $5,000 is pretty impressive.

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  13. Some of the things I collect are select items related to the following interests (as listed on my Blogger profile): movie memorabilia, early TV memorabilia, comic books and comic strips (Golden Age, Tijuana Bibles, Jack Kirby, Will Eisner's "Spirit", Dick Tracy, "Terry and the Pirates" and other Milton Caniff creations, "Sugar and Spike", "Jingle Jangle Comics", "Gulf Funny Weekly", Batman, "Sparky Watts", Captain America, early Marvel comics, the Golden Age Justice Society of America, Frank Miller, Alan Moore, the original Green Lantern and Starman, the James Robinson Starman, Famous Monsters of Filmland, Moby Dick (and whaling in general), Liberty Magazine (both the 1920s-1950s incarnation and the 1970s revival), Jack Benny, OTR (Old Time Radio), Speedy Alka-Seltzer, Harold Lloyd, Julie London, Lili St. Cyr, Irish McCalla, Red Skelton, Katharine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, Johnny Carson, Beany & Cecil, Rocky and Bullwinkle, JFK, Cindy Crawford, Ted Williams, Dorothy Parker and the Algonquin Round Table, Jimmy Stewart, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Twin Peaks, Eddie Cantor, Zorro, The Lone Ranger, The Shadow, Doc Savage, Jean Harlow, Poppin' Fresh the Pillsbury Doughboy, Rasputin, Orson Welles, Ernie Kovacs, Frank Sinatra, Colonel Harland Sanders & Kentucky Fried Chicken (not "KFC" thank you very much!), Elizabeth Taylor, Natalie Wood, Hedy Lamarr, Ava Gardner, Charlie Chaplin, Gene Tierney, Sofia Vergara, Buster Keaton, Aria Giovanni, Hyapatia Lee, Charles Dickens, Edgar Allan Poe, Lucky Strike (green label only!), Douglas Fairbanks Sr., Boston kiddie show hosts, assorted late 1950s and early to mid-1960s toys, assorted late 1950s and early to mid-1960s children's books, mid-1960s cub scout items, Schlitz Light and Billy Beer, Abraham Lincoln, Breaking Bad. And I'm leaving out some of my more recent interests!

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  14. I collect glass bottles. I'm pretty sure my husband thinks I'm nuts. :)

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  15. You could buy so much more comics if you'd stop paying taxes... just saying... comics can be read in prisons too.... not that I'd know.

    I collect worlds... wait, what.... I wasn't supposed to say that.... watched the end of Krypton last night...

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    1. They would make me their bitch, so I'm afraid I have to pass. Would you have a world to spare?

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  16. Yeah, you're nuts but thats why we love you! I tend to collect nice paper or beautiful notebooks. In fact, anything to do with stationery makes me drool. Other than that, I am trying to rid myself of posessions so its just me in my jeans and boots. Oh wait, I forgot boots. I collect cowboy boots. Love them.

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    1. What you need is personalized stationery. You know it's true. Cowboy boots... Is that a fact. Well, I love strong women who love cowboy boots. Just saying. No, let's get you some personalized stationery. What did you have in mind?

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  17. If it's readable it's worthy of collection (well most of the time). Enjoy your escapism.
    Hugs

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  18. I use to collect stones and crystals, and Royal Crown Derby paperweights. I just looked at my collections one day and thought, why am I doing this? LOL! So, I stopped. If your collection makes you happy, keep doing it! Happy Birthday Blue!
    Thanks for your great comment on my blog!

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    1. Royal Crown Derby paperweights... The frog and the duck? Well, they are beautiful. Did you sell them?

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  19. Over the years I have had various collections … but no longer! I have kept things that are special to me but I am more minimalist these days. Is it my age, or that I simply do not have the room!!! LOL!

    If people enjoy collecting things, that's great.

    All the best Jan

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    1. No longer? What are you saying? No... longer? ;)

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  20. i've collected different things at different points of my life. as a child, i collected stamps, then as a teenager, i collected posters and photos of NKOTB (sometimes i hid Jordan Knight in my underwear at school), as a young adult, i had no time to
    collect anything - but i had a love for notebooks, and they kept coming my way due to the nature of my work. then in mid 30s - hmm, that's when the expensive collectibles began. Bags. but thankfully, it was a short phase. i just buy cheaper bags now. i also collect yarns, and craft stuff because they make me happy and give me a sense of escapism, without which, i think i'll actually go nuts. so, in this regard, i think your obsession witg these comics are keeping you sane. and now, due to the nature of my job again, i've gathered many, many workout shoes, particularly running and hiking ones (since i review them, or sometimes brands just feel obligated to send a pair to the fitness editor).

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    1. and when is your birthday ?

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    2. Ah there you are, and what a treat is this this comment of yours, Jaya J. A sense of escapism is key to who we are. I'm sure your collection of workout shoes is impressive.

      June 14. And you?

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    3. July 1! I just bought a Hedgren bag. But that's because they gave me one during the store opening yesterday, along with a big voucher. So my Christmas gift for someone in the family is done! My shoes - yes, they make sense since I actually use them. Everyday. Hope this week is treating you well.

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    4. It's been a hectic month but I'm doing just fine. Christmas? Did you use the C-word in June? A Hedgren bag... Anything I need to know about that brand?

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    5. Hey it's C in June in Australia. I've just learnt about it too. It's an European brand. Oh today, I received this season's full collection from Under Armour in my size.. I think I'll share. I've more than 30 pieces of clothing from that box.

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    6. Well, good for you! Whatever makes you happy, Jaya J! Life's too short to not do what you want to do. I know, that's not particularly deep but you get the picture, I'm sure. Do share. And did I mention it's almost July 1?

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  21. Hey Blue,

    Yes, I know, you've been eagerly waiting for a comment from me, yep me, shy and modest me.

    Nothing like a comic strip. Then again, the thought of a naked comedian does make me cringe.

    Keep on collecting, dude. I used to collect beer mats.

    Be well and I'm outta' here...crap!..how do you get outta' here.......

    Gary 😳

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    1. Wait... Is it you, Gary? Never scary, always flairy? You sound different but in a good way. So what have you been up to, good sir? And where are your beer mats?

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  22. If you are nuts then I am too. Or was. I used to collect anything that sparkled (the cheap kind... glitter nail polish, glitter paper, glitter paint, a ball with glitter captured inside) I collected books and knick knacks from my travels. But then the issue of dusting them arose... then the problem of space arose... I don't collect as much as I used to, only because I'm also too practical for my own good. Sigh...

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    1. Hello Lynda! Did you say glitter nail polish?

      I'm not familiar with the issue of dusting my books because... I built myself wall-to-wall-floor-to-ceiling bookcases haha! Problem solved. Now as for the problem of space.... that I have a PhD in.

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  23. Your bookcase looks like the HHs, only his is filled with movies.
    Hope your week is productive and pleasant and that there's plenty of time to read;)

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    1. Well, I've got two of those too, Sandra. :) It usually takes me 10 minutes to find the movie I'm looking for... Yes, my filing system is pretty much nonexistent.

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  24. Hi Blue....
    Thanks for visiting! Seems like blogging has become a rarity!
    I collect...among other things....milk glass....there....I said it!
    Paint by Number paintings are also in abundance on the cottage walls...
    I am a true thrifty shopper....love thrift shops....but the pickins are getting slim....
    Guess others have the same idea!
    Having a tropical heatwave over here in Canada...
    Enjoy your Summer Blue...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. Yes, blogging has become a rarity indeed. When I ask my students if thwy blog, they look at me like I'm from outer space, which I am. They just don't know that and neither do I.

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    2. I am in love with Instagram! So easy to post photos there!
      You should look me up!

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    3. I'm not as hip as you, Linda. :)

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  25. Hi, Blue!
    Rather late in the day
    Coming over to you
    A collector once upon a time
    FDC, yes, First Day Covers
    They came in beautiful designs
    Capturing historical events
    Useful for knowledge
    Eventually interest waned
    Not anymore
    Peddled off some
    Of those not significant
    Retained the good ones
    Stashed somewhere
    Taken out to see
    On rare occasions
    Fun when it lasted
    That was where it ended

    Hank

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  26. Hope your 4th was all kinds of fun, Blue:)

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