I started loving Pokemon as soon as it came out. I'd buy all the merchandise I could get my hands on, and this continued through Gen 2. As Gen 3 came out, I got bored with the collecting, and only played the games. When Gen 4 came out, I pretty much got rid of all the merchandise because I just wasn't interested anymore. I still played and loved the games though.
Then Gen 5 came out. It sparked something inside of me and I wanted to start collecting again, but unfortunately there isn't anywhere around here that sells Pokemon merchandise anymore, which is why I'm so glad I've found this community :)
Here are the things I have left from when I first started collecting - not very much I know :/
These were bought for me by a friend when I wanted to start collecting again :)
And these are what I've managed to pick up from my local Tesco - the only shop around here that sells ANY Pokemon stuff :(
And that is my (small) Pokemon collection! I'm hoping I can find loads of stuff from this community to add to my collection and hopefully it will keep on growing! I'm also looking forward to getting some X/Y merchandise :)