j_ule (j_ule) wrote in pkmncollectors,

Let's get a little meta: when is "enough" enough?

Hey fellow Pokemon collectors.

I thought it would be fun and quite enlightening to get a little meta-collecting from time to time.

Seeing how we are all collectors, I still notice how everyone of us has different collecting habits. Some members only keep small collections, and some collections are almost bursting whole rooms.
I guess we have more or less all come to the point at one time in our "careers" when we looked at our collection while holding yet another package filled with new items in our hands, asking ourselves where the hell to put this now.

So, I'd like to ask around, where do you personally see the limits of your collections?
I guess we have a huge variety of members here, some very young who have only a room within their parents' houses, some students who only have small rooms in a dorm or people who live in small apartments, but also people who work full-time and got a house where they either live alone or together with their partners.
So I am really interested in how you personally handle things. When do you consider your collection "enough"? Do you fill whole rooms with it or do you just keep a little collection or some small items as decoration? Have you ever come to a point when you were worried that your collection habits might run out of hand?
Do you have a collection goal when you say, the day I got this specific item I will stop collecting?

For me personally, it's hard to imagine to ever stop collecting because in a way, searching for and getting new stuff is what's basically the fun of collecting, and that's also what basically enables us to constantly share our collection with others. So it's really hard for me to imagine how one day, I will have "completed" my collection and stop sharing new stuff with others. At the same time, I know that I will not have room for much more at the moment seeing that I only live in a two-room apartment with my partner.

The second thing I'd like to hear your opinions about and experiences with is how other people see your collecting habits, or how you'd personally define "healthy" collecting habits? Have you ever come across people who gave you the look because "your whole room full of Pokemon was really strange"? Or have you ever looked at a collection of someone else (maybe also someone who collects other things than Pokemon) and thought omg I'd never collect that much?

I have the feeling that collectors, or generally people who are very passionate about a specific thing in their life, and thus dedicating great amounts of time to their favorite hobbies get stigmatized easily. It's comparable to the idea that when you play video games for 1-2 hours a day, you are okay, but when it exceeds the 4 hour mark, you are a weirdo, a basement-dweller, and "you should get your life straight and do something productive." I have the feeling society sees things as positive as long as they are mediocre, neither too much nor too little. People who are extensively passionate about things are often regarded as the weird kids: the nerds, the geeks, the eager beavers, the queer artists or intellectuals, and last but not less unsettling for society's mediocre brain: the hoarders, the strange hobbyists.
I for myself have the feeling that there can be something like "hoarding", when it becomes an illness, and when the person loses control over what they collect. However, I also think that much of the stigmatization of collectors has its roots in uneducated prejudices about collecting behaviors, and, as I said, in the general idea that things become weird when they transgress the border of the mediocre. Personally, I hate when people try to prescribe what a reasonable life means. In my view, as long as you don't hurt others, meaning as long as you don't depend on others (and even here, one has to differentiate further) at what you do, you're the one to decide what to do with your life, and, most importantly, what to do with your free-time.

What do you think? Please make the comment section burst with your ideas and thoughts on that topic. :)
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