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20 January 2013 @ 08:23 pm
Collecting  
This icon is a good representation of how I feel sometimes.

Collecting for me is beginning to lose it's spark, which is a shame considering how much time, money and effort I've spent putting into my collections. My Pokémon stuff just sits there for months, even years for some parts, and I feel like it's wasted there when someone would really love to have this stuff, and it's not that I don't massively appreciate and love it but, I don't know, it feels like they'be blended in to the scenery a bit and I sorta forget that they're even there. I haven't been excited by new merch announcements in a really long time either. 
I haven't actually posted about gen 6 yet, I'm excited but at the same time, I'm not and I don't know why?! Idk I feel like Gen 5 has so much potential and I'm not ready for it to end, but I think that's because of the world wide release, meaning that Gen 5 only had 2 1/2 years in the UK (well by the time Gen 6 roles around). The starters and legendaries are nice designs, nothing I'm in love with but I like them! I love the new battle and wild Pokémon graphics, I'm not sure about the 3D overworld, but it might grow on me! I like the chibi when it's pixelated but I'm not sure about the chibi when it's 3D.

But my anime figure collection has cost so so so so so much more, it's a little crazy when I think about it. Here is a link to my collection, along with a checklist of what I have on order, which I am looking forward to watch slowly drop, as after these figures, there doesn't seem too many in production that I care about massively, more will come along, I'm sure, but probably not as many. I want to get rid of so many, and looking at some sometimes makes me feel uneasy knowing that they just...stand there, and are piles of cash just stood there. I don't know, it makes me feel so greedy and I don't know why.

Today I bought an accessory for a figma that I love, something that I have wanted for a long time, and it was 58% off, so I immediately bought it, yet I feel guilty already? Idk. Yet at the same time I'm extremely excited that I got something of that quality for just under 2,000 yen, I don't know.

I need some help here, I need reminding of why I love these figures, why I love my collection, why I do it!! But I've lost sight of that a bit with so much going on at once, and it feels like money just leaves my bank and I accept it.
 
 
 
Pii pika pikachuu?: Himalayan Monalpacificpikachu on January 20th, 2013 09:15 pm (UTC)
Maybe it's time to re-prioritize? Maybe do some weeding of things you won't miss, and seriously go through each item and try to decide what you still love and what you're not as wild about. I think we all have some things in our collection that we're just kind of "Meh," about, and those items tend to just take up space and, if sold, might free up some money that you could use for things or experiences that you want more.

Don't do anything too drastic, as sometimes collectors (including myself) just go through short funks and selling certain things would be regrettable later, but I think re-prioritizing and weeding is never really a bad thing. It'll help you feel less cluttered hopefully, and more focused on what you really want.

If you're on the fence about some things, you could stick them in a box out of sight for a while, and if you don't miss them, I think that's a good sign that you're ready to part with that stuff. If you think about it/miss it, then you can just go take them out of the box and no harm done!
riolulz: Mamo bouncyriolulz on January 20th, 2013 09:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you, that's really helpful! I do have a lot that I need to sell, I just need to get the boxes out and make some listings.

I think I'll use that box method! Since there are some I have that are worth a fair bit yet I don't think I'd miss them!

Thank you :D!
kyogreskyogres on January 20th, 2013 09:58 pm (UTC)
I think everyone goes through this from time to time. I know I did during gen 4.

I agree with pacificpikachu's advice about collection weeding and sticking things in boxes temporarily. That's what I do with my Pokemon plush. If I don't miss them after a specified amount of time (usually a few weeks to a few months) then I know that it's time to sell them.
riolulzriolulz on January 24th, 2013 07:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you, I really like that suggestion, it really appeals to me!
(sorry for an awfully late reply)