Good evening everyone!
I am, obviously, a new member in the community. I'm very happy to be here! My goal by joining is to hang out with collectors and hopefully learn more about collecting, and also to make new Poke-friends. <3
I will try my very best to keep this introduction short. :'| GOOD FIRST IMPRESSION, GO!
To start, I am a 21-year-old girl living in (French) Québec, Canada. C: I first experienced Pokemon in my childhood. I used to watch the show when I was little, and my very first Pokemon game was Pokemon Yellow, with my GameBoy Color. Sad story, that same Pokemon Yellow cartridge died some months ago. :[ I found another one though, thankfully!
I found this cool community via HappyJolteon
! I was looking, out of curiosity, for a Reshiram plush on Google, and I stumbled across one of their sales posts. When I saw their Reshiram/Zekrom plush set, I just couldn't pass it up. I purchased both, and after looking around a little, I found a link to this place. This LJ is now my new wallet black hole. I check daily for new sales. And stop myself from buying everything that even mildly interests me. > __ >
I like using a lot of smileys and SOMETIMES CAPS FOR AMUSING EMPHASIS. :'D But I assure you I am not immature or annoying (maybe). I am actually very timid and I will most likely lurk and just check for sales posts. x'D Spend all the money.
Like I said earlier, my goal is to learn about collecting, in general and as a hobby. I personally LOVE the Pokemon plush toys and they are the merchandise I buy the most. Only very recently have I diverged into keychains and figurines as well, but plush toys are still my major want.
So... I understand people here like pictures. :'U I took pictures especially for this post. Of some of the things I have. My room is a complete MESS, and I feel like I have so many things that I couldn't snap a picture of everything I have. x'D So I took pictures of the most available things I had right now. I hope that'll be enough for now! Maybe this will motivate me to continue fixing my room to put up everything I do have in terms of Poke-merch.
One thing before you check the pictures — please know... I am not a collector per se. I just buy things because, I LOVE THIS POKEMON, I WANT THIS TOY. x'D I want to change that, though! Sadly, I do mean that... I believe a majority of what I have are bootlegs. X: I didn't necessarily buy them all from eBay, some I bought from anime conventions. Some of them are also from before I even knew about bootlegs. So with that mind, I apologize for any hardcore collector's eyes that will burn from these pictures. I give you permission to educate me on how to spot bootlegs beyond their obvious flaws. x'D
OKAY IS THIS LONG ENOUGH? OKAY PICTURES NOW.( Collapse )
Hopefully, I will be motivated to fix my room and put up my little newbie collection up better, instead of scrambled pictures. This isn't all that I have, I actually have few more handful of plush everywhere. If I keep searching, I might just end up finding my old 1999 Pokemon plush. I remember having Charizard, Eevee, Jigglypuff, Bulbasaur, Psyduck, and Meowth. :3 I also remember having HUGE pillow-friends sort of plushies of Pikachu and Charmander. They're very old though, and they moved between our duplex and our house since they were storage items — I'm not sure where they are now. :[ Maybe I'll find them again, though!
That said, I'm very happy to be here. <3 I hope to learn more about collecting and getting a better eye for bootlegs and fake merchandise. I'm very eager to learn.
And so, my closing question: what attracts you guys to collecting? Coming from a home where buying things — especially 'duplicate' or 'similar' things — is a little taboo because SPACE, HOMG, how do you explain the desire to collect? How do you justify the prices of some Pokedolls, such as some Pokedolls going over $100? To you, is collecting just something that can't be explained, or is there a reason why you're attracted to it? I'm really curious to know! <3
And finally, to close this... I'm happy to meet you guys, and I'm excited to hang out!
EDIT 25/10/12: Thank you so much for everyone's warm welcomes and even HELP with my questions above! <3 I'm even more happy and excited to be here. C: I've loved all your stories and discussions about collecting, and now I'm even more excited to dwell into the topic and hobby more.
Also, I would like to thank PikaFreakRachel for reminding me we only live once. And for ultimately being the one convincing argument I needed to break and buy myself the cutest talky Oshawott plush
ever made. My wallet doesn't thank you, though (but it will surely forgive you).
Oh my Gawd, I am so excited to receive it. This is the only thing I HATE about buying online. The waaaaaaait. ;3; I think I'll jump on the unboxing bandwagon and record it when I unbox it once it gets here. x'D I haven't a talky plush since the old talky Pikachu, so homg. I can't wait to get it.