What else do you collect besides CDs?

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What else do you collect besides CDs?

Postby GoogaMooga » 21 Mar 2021, 10:00

I have always been a collector, it's in my DNA. If there is such a thing as a collector gene, I've got it. In my early childhood in Nigeria in the 1960s, I collected bubble gum cards, "The Last of the Mohicans". We were stuck out in the bush, and sometimes did not have any glue. Of course you could get glue in bigger towns, but when we did not have glue, I'd make a sticky paste out of flour and water, and glue the cards onto the pages of a notebook. When I returned to Denmark in November 1971, I knew what I wanted to collect, comic books. We weren't even out of the airport, before I bought my first comic book, an issue of the German series, "Bessie", which was similar to the popular US dog from movies and comics, Lassie. Still remember the cover. And I still collect comics to this day, although I did take extended breaks, because I had other commitments or interests. Alongside comic books, I discovered stickers. All the kids in Denmark collected stickers in the early 1970s. We'd stop at the petrol stations when we were out for long drives, and I'd ask for stickers, of the automotive kind. Those stickers gave me an interest in graphic design. Next up was vinyl, coinciding with the glam rock boom in 1974. All my pocket money went into those records, and I preferred LPs to singles. It could take months to save up for a long player. By the time I was in high school in Tokyo, 1978 - 82, I discovered Tokyo's second hand record stores, and my collection grew manifold. Then, when I moved to London in 1985, I lived in hostels, always a double room, to save money on rent. No room for a stereo, so I turned to cassette tapes, to play on my Aiwa walkman. Notting Hill Gate Exchange shops were my main place to go, and at that time I got into soul, my favorite genre. Jackson 5 won me over, then Isaac Hayes, Gladys Knight & the Pips, and so on. By 1988 - 1989, I was back in Tokyo, and ready for CDs. The vinyl that I coveted the most was already prohibitively expensive, and CDs were a better deal. Again, second hand CD shops were my thing, Disk Union and Reco Fan in particular. In 1993 I was back in Denmark, with my "foundation collection" from Tokyo. I sold all the vinyl and never looked back. Cult fiction was another passion, started collecting in a big way during my first London sojourn, 1985 - 1989. Again, the Books & Comics Exchange in Notting Hill was the main source, along with Charing Cross Road. I preferred paperbacks to hardcovers. Easier to read in bed, more exciting covers, and they were usually printed on cheap newsprint, giving off that distinct and lovely scent of the yellowing paper. I loved the patina of those things, and would sniff them for pleasure. Zilth Pilchards was even more into the sniffing. Movie posters was another thing I picked up in Tokyo. Got over 200, but have since sold the majority of them. Oh, and did I mention Betamax and VHS tapes? I'd tape off TV in Tokyo, zapping commercial breaks. Fortunately, DVDs and Blu-rays were invented, so goodbye to video. Regrets? Only those pricey early Betamax blanks. Imagine if I had spent my allowance on Silver Age comic books, I'd have been a rich man today. But it wasn't to be. We live and we learn.
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Re: What else do you collect besides CDs?

Postby Diamond Dog » 21 Mar 2021, 12:41

I collect the labels of desiccated coconut containers.
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Postby souphound » 21 Mar 2021, 14:41

When a teenager, I collected coins. Not really going for the rare ones, just complete sets of Canadian coins. I would got to the bank, buy a roll of dimes, go through them taking out any that I was missing, re-roll the rest with a couple of non-needed ones added, go back to the bank and get another.

I then collected hockey cards. Again, trying to complete sets. I had a couple of boxes of the things, all sorted and in binders. Gave them all away to a friend's kid one day, for him to enjoy.

Then, I turned to beer mats. Whenever I saw one that I didn't have in a bar, I'd take one for posterity. I even had a couple of friends bring me some back from trips they took. I still have a couple of (smallish) boxes of the things in a closet that I keep more for future use (make little mats to put under plant pots and the likes).

Since then, I've pretty much been collecting memories.
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Re: What else do you collect besides CDs?

Postby Neige » 21 Mar 2021, 15:50

French comics and graphic novels
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Re: What else do you collect besides CDs?

Postby Matt Wilson » 21 Mar 2021, 19:42

Albino dwarf porn.
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Postby Jeff K » 21 Mar 2021, 20:40

Notifications from debt collectors.
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Re: What else do you collect besides CDs?

Postby Darkness_Fish » 21 Mar 2021, 22:35

Souls.
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Postby Six String » 21 Mar 2021, 23:49

Matt Wilson wrote:Albino dwarf porn.


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Re: What else do you collect besides CDs?

Postby trans-chigley express » 22 Mar 2021, 00:15

Peaks. Wherever I've been had an obsession with collecting or "bagging" the highest hills and mountains. In my youth it was England and Wales (I pretty much completed every peak of note), then moved on to munroes in Scotland (hills higher than 3000ft) but never came close to finishing due to leaving the UK.

In Hong Kong I'm a member of a online Peak bagging challenge that started in Hong Kong but has now spread worldwide with more and more countries added. This involves "collecting" peaks you go up which are recorded on a GPS device synced with the website and automatically updates your total and position on a online leaderboard. You move up the leaderboard as you do more peaks and if you complete all the ones in the list in your country you get a star, then another star if you complete them all again and so on. There's 125 peaks in the Hong Kong list with 1500 players and rising. It gets quite competitive (in a healthy fun way). It's quite addictive too. I'm currently 6th after dropping a couple of places and need to up my game to avoid dropping further.

I collect nothing material outside of music. Within the music realm I do enjoy collecting Japanese paper sleeve editions and seek them out when shopping for CDs.
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Re: What else do you collect besides CDs?

Postby trans-chigley express » 22 Mar 2021, 00:16

Darkness_Fish wrote:Souls.

So you were the guy I sold mine to.

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Re: What else do you collect besides CDs?

Postby KeithPratt » 22 Mar 2021, 07:24

Boardgames and Italodisco records.

What I have in mind is the "sweet spot" collection notion - because of limited space, one must limit oneself in collecting, which means proscribing a number and then saying "OK that's the maximum amount" and then juggling the collection to fit that.

For example, I have around 220 boardgames and really, because of space, must limit it to 200. So I've got to sell at least 20 in the next year, which will be tough to do. And of course, really good new boardgames come along all the time, so one must be having to sell one in order to accommodate a new one.

My father hoarded books (over 7000) and when he died I inherited them all. I took a handful and whilst I would have loved to taken many more, it simply wasn't possible. Apart from around 1500 books which were taken by a 2nd hand book buyer, none of them had any real intrinsic value, which meant that they were taken by a clearance company. To see a whole load of things that my father had enjoyed buying but not really savoured (most of them were in boxes in the loft) was frustrating and sad at the same time. So collecting must have a purpose and a strategy, at least to me.

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Re: What else do you collect besides CDs?

Postby Rorschach » 22 Mar 2021, 07:27

In the past, I've collected LPs, comics and CDs but I've got rid of all of them as I've 'moved on'.

I sort of have a collection of old laptops because I have no idea of how to wipe the hard drives so I don't fancy chucking them out.
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Re: What else do you collect besides CDs?

Postby Rorschach » 22 Mar 2021, 07:33

KeithPratt wrote:Boardgames and Italodisco records.

What I have in mind is the "sweet spot" collection notion - because of limited space, one must limit oneself in collecting, which means proscribing a number and then saying "OK that's the maximum amount" and then juggling the collection to fit that.

For example, I have around 220 boardgames and really, because of space, must limit it to 200. So I've got to sell at least 20 in the next year, which will be tough to do. And of course, really good new boardgames come along all the time, so one must be having to sell one in order to accommodate a new one.

My father hoarded books (over 7000) and when he died I inherited them all. I took a handful and whilst I would have loved to taken many more, it simply wasn't possible. Apart from around 1500 books which were taken by a 2nd hand book buyer, none of them had any real intrinsic value, which meant that they were taken by a clearance company. To see a whole load of things that my father had enjoyed buying but not really savoured (most of them were in boxes in the loft) was frustrating and sad at the same time. So collecting must have a purpose and a strategy, at least to me.


I wish I had an attitude like that. Whenever I've collected anything the whole point seemed to be to have as much of it as I possibly could, regardless of value to me. That got seriously out of hand with CDs because they were so easy to come by. Thanks to BCB coughing I ended up with thousands and thousands of CDs, or DVDs of MP3s, full of music I would never listen to in a thousand years.

Utterly pointless.

And it took me years before I could bring myself to chuck them all out.
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Postby GoogaMooga » 22 Mar 2021, 07:46

I think no matter how fanatical you are about your collecting hobby, you reach a point where it is simply not practical or feasible to continue unless you do some serious culling. Since it is very difficult to stop altogether, it becomes a matter of refining the collection. For every book I buy now, I must get rid of one, too, as I have reached the saturation point. Same goes for CD, DVD/Blu-ray, and comics. At first it is painful, then it gradually gets easier, until it becomes almost like a sport. I actually feel joy when I find something that I can get rid of now, because it frees up space for even better stuff. Sort of a "reverse treasure hunt".
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Re: What else do you collect besides CDs?

Postby Diamond Dog » 22 Mar 2021, 10:13

Six String wrote:
Matt Wilson wrote:Albino dwarf porn.


Pm coming....


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Postby trans-chigley express » 22 Mar 2021, 10:54

Rorschach wrote:
I wish I had an attitude like that. Whenever I've collected anything the whole point seemed to be to have as much of it as I possibly could, regardless of value to me. That got seriously out of hand with CDs because they were so easy to come by. Thanks to BCB coughing I ended up with thousands and thousands of CDs, or DVDs of MP3s, full of music I would never listen to in a thousand years.

Utterly pointless.

And it took me years before I could bring myself to chuck them all out.

Being forced to sell my LPs when I left the UK and living in tiny apartments has curbed my collection mentality. Even so, CDs have got a little out of hand and I have been forced to replace all plastic cases with polythene bags to accommodate them and upload all mp3 collections to a hard drive and ditch the disks.

Collecting books is simply not an option so they are sold on as soon as read or borrowed from a library. Having something like 200 boardgames in the flat would be impossible so I'm glad have no other physical collection hobbies outside of music. "Collecting" the peaks I mentioned is driven to a certain extent by the same compulsions as physically collecting stuff ("I really need to get particular hill to get the full set" kind of thing) but without the drawbacks of actually cluttering the house up :D

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Postby Minnie the Minx » 22 Mar 2021, 14:48

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Postby Darkness_Fish » 22 Mar 2021, 16:53

trans-chigley express wrote:
Darkness_Fish wrote:Souls.

So you were the guy I sold mine to.

To describe it as "Mint" was a disgrace, too.
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Postby Samoan » 22 Mar 2021, 17:13

Odd earrings.
I really should chuck them. Like gloves, once you've lost one you've lost the pair.
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Postby Minnie the Minx » 22 Mar 2021, 17:28

Good god woman no! You need to channel more Clare Grogan!
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