I am a collector by nature. I can’t help but try to put together a collection of anything even remotely shiny or highly detailed. I’m Generation X, the Generation of Second Childhood, which colors my choices greatly. I have quite a few, including collections of:
- money (non-valuable) from around the world (mostly lost);
- dice of all kinds and sizes;
- diecast warships, largely Japanese aircraft carriers and destroyers;
- diecast military aircraft;
- rubber model dinosaurs;
- Star Wars and Star Trek Micro Machines (both nearly complete);
- Star Wars Action Fleet (pretty much complete, multiples of many of them)
- other later 90s-early aughts Star Wars action figures and vehicles (nowhere near complete);
… also a library of paleontology-related publications including some rarities.
The Lego collection (just unpacked)
Most of the ships
Some of the rubber dinos
My son has a collection of fine diecast model cars at my place, but he’s not really materialistic at all. When I was a kid, in addition to the coins and dice I had a collection of small spherical objects (balls, roll-on deodorant applicators, a sub-collection of marbles), a very small collection of model brass cannons from museum gift shops, a ton of model ships (many Japanese destroyers), planes, and tanks, and a large collection of tabletop games and gaming miniatures. I have given up a few collections as an adult, including most of my rock and fossil collection (that hurt).
What are your non-riff-related collections? Feel free to add pictures. Questions: what are your plans for your collections after your death (sell for me). Do you keep your stuff in the box (I don’t)? Do you keep the box (sometimes)? Where do you get your stuff (ebay mostly)? Do you sell as well as buy (nope)? How did you get into your collecting (Dad)? Where and how do you display your stuff (it is much of my decor)?