Thursday, October 08, 2009

Collections

Theme Thursday is upon us again. This week: Collection

If you don’t collect, you’re one of “them”, not one of “us”. We are collectors. We know about you non-collectors with your easy to move homes and such. Us, it takes us three large moving vans just to move our collections.

We know the thrill that comes from watching the guy on “Antique Roadhouse.” that brings in the unreleased upside down plane on the postage stamp wanting to know if it is valuable. Duh! Try 600K, buddy…

Sure, our houses might have trails and a map to go through it because our collection long ago crept out of its collection room and into every conceivable nook and cranny in the entire house. That fourteen car garage we built even though we don’t have a car? Yep, it’s converted into a museum for more of our collection. So what? We’re not hoarders, we have organization. Hoarders don’t have organization.

We also have collector swaps. Hoarders don’t swap things. We get together and trade items we need in our collection to other collectors. They have the items we want and we have the items they want. That is…until you get so advanced with your collections that what everybody wants, nobody has and so then you talk about what you’d do if you got what nobody can get and where you’d put it and on and on…

We know more about some mundane item than even the inventor of that item knew. That’s what we do! We study our collection items endlessly. We research about them. We try to find them where nobody else has looked. If I were a vintage yo-yo, where would I be thirty years later?”

Clever collectors collect things nobody thinks of collecting and then once they have everything; they write a collecting book on it with really high values. They make all the money on their book from collectors and then they sell their collections for lots more money. Then they go and collect something else nobody thought of.

Collectors follow a similar pattern. Those with the collecting gene are predictable. For example, collectors will reach their mid-30s and reminisce about their teen years and all of the cool things they wanted but couldn’t afford back then. So, with extra money now they begin to buy up all that stuff. That’s why the 50s cars skyrocketed in price in the 70s. That’s why the muscle cars from the 70s skyrocketed in price in the 90s. It’s that cycle coming to fruition. Mark my words…you can make money if you’re willing to wait a full generation for it. Example: I had a stack of “Whacky Package” stickers that I didn’t use from the 70s and just kept them in a stack until I sold them on ebay 20 years later for over $500. Just for keeping them around for 20 years!

You want to invest in collections today and make money tomorrow? Here are a few suggestions: cell phones, pdas, musical players will all be collectibles in the future. If you have some of the more obscure ones with boxes and manuals; they’ll be like gold. Don’t believe me? Did you know an original Apple computer kit is worth six digits?

Oh yes, I’m a collector. I have the largest crayon collection in the world. Here are some pictures of my collection room (and this is only half the room).


I know what I’m talking about…because I’m one of “us”

92 comments:

monica said...

Oh I'm so glad :o) I once collected empty coca cola cans, the plan was to glue them together, put a glass plate on top, and dada! a coffe table ( or a coke table, as in coca cola that is!!) but after a couple of years my mom threw my big black plastic bag of appr 200 cans away... wonder why...

Candie Bracci said...

OMG!!You know my real identity!I absolutely DO have so much respect for you right now(might pass in a minute)cause of that room!Awesome!

Mrsupole said...

I think I am a hoarder, or I have too many collections of stuff cause I seem to collect kitchen gadgets. I do have an old Magnavox stereo system from around the 1930's and it still works which is amazing. And I have an 8-Track Player that still works. I have an Intellivision game set that works, an Nintendo 64. Well maybe I also collect electronic things too. Yeah I am just a hoarder I guess with a few small collections. But I do have a fairly large and I mean large collection of Princess House Crystal. Cabinets full of it and boxes of it and it is in every room in the house where it can be on display. So I am not sure if I am a hoarder or a collecter or a mix of both. I'll let you decide. And please do not ask about why my house also looks like a bookstore, hmmmmmm. But I was just wondering if the few hundred cookbooks count as part of the kitchen gadget collection? Just another conspiracy going on here again.

God bless.

Deb said...

Impressive crayons! I collect dog hair tumbleweeds. You know them, those little balls of dog hair that float out from under furniture, around corners, following air currents when company walks in. I already have enough to make three German Shepherds.

Kurt said...

I collect friends' art. I figure only one of them has to become famous, and I can retire selling their work.

Brian Miller said...

wow. that is an amazing crayon room. i am one of them. i collect...

Nessa said...

Where's my coloring book?

subtorp77 said...

Holy colouring books, Batman! And I thought I had a collection! Tho' you may want to hide all the Howdy Doody stuff (my Mom just might want to nick it form you, heh, heh )...

moooooog35 said...

Nothing says "Man Town" like a pool table and 7000 boxes of Crayolas.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

wow!!! not only are you serious you set the gold standard in displaying your collection, holy coloring book is right!! but I expect all of your crayons are in pristine condition.

have you visited the crayola factory in easton pa?

CatLadyLarew said...

I always wanted one of those big boxes of Crayolas with the built in sharpener. That would be so cool!
But the big question is... do you actually color with the crayons or are you a connoisseur who wants them to remain pristine?
(If you actually use them, can I come to your house to play?)

CatLadyLarew said...

Oh, and do you use crayons instead of chalk on your pool cues?

Perpetual Chocoholic said...

I loooove the smell of crayola crayons! I don't collect them though because I don't have a pool table to line them up around.

Beth said...

As an avid collector, perhaps you know my son? The one who moved out but left his baseball card, G. I. Joe, coin and rock collections here. I’m going to be a wealthy woman when I log on to eBay.
At least he took his aquariums...

Quirkyloon said...

Ah! I can toetally relate (misspelling intentional).

I collect my clipped toe nails.

How much do you think I could get that for that on Ebay?

Some of them are over fifteen years old.

Would you like to see a picture?

heh heh heh

VE said...

monica - Ha! That sounds typical of a non-collector to throw a collector's stuff away!

VE said...

candie - And I make the gnomes dust every box! They hate me...

VE said...

mrsupole - We'll call you a horllector. It's like Hannibal Lector but without all the yucky cannibal stuff. Actually, sounds like you hoard collections...

VE said...

deb - Dog hair tumbleweeds...good one. Nobody has a collection book on those. You could be writing the definitive work on them!

VE said...

kurt - I do that too...but living in Portland, not too many of my friends are artistic so I only have about three or four pieces sprinkled around the house.

VE said...

brian - I suspected from your writing that you did. Collectors know other collectors...

VE said...

nessa - Ha! Far away from my room! Actually...I have a coloring book from the 1870s...

VE said...

catladylarew - I NEVER color with them. I have an original Crayola wooden canister, still sealed, from 1903 that I haven't even seen the crayons because I don't want to ruin the label opening it. But I do have a lot of extra boxes of crayons that can be used for coloring; my kids were never out of fresh crayons growing up.

VE said...

subtorp77 - She's gonna have to fight for my howdy doody boxes; I like those!

VE said...

moooooog35 - Ha! Good one. Of course...some of us need to compensate with manly things...and some of us don't.

VE said...

mouse - Funny...I've never visited the Crayola factory but I've been on the phone with a number of their VPs and directors before (I have more knowledge about their product history than they do). I've been to the Smithsonian to see their Crayola collection (it was very small)

VE said...

perpetual chocoholic - Yes, the pool table really ties in the room...and can you imagine the smell of 70,000 crayons?

VE said...

beth - My dad has a bunch of my stuff too. There must be something behind that tradition...

Dreamhaven said...

You color my world.
Crayola must love you.
You're a rainbow in disguise.
Happy TT

VE said...

quirkyloon - Puppies and rainbows...puppies and rainbows!

VE said...

dreamhaven - I've got you colored...I mean covered!

ReformingGeek said...

Not much else to do in Oregon, huh?

Elizabeth said...

I'm a tosser. If I haven't used somthing in a year, it's gone! I was ruthless when I cleaned out the garage this summer. My husband, on the other hand, has 6 big cardboard boxed full of baseball cards. He also has a Steve Largent Life Cereal box form the 70's he's very proud of.

Elizabeth said...

Oh, and I meant to say Holy Moly!! That is an amazing collection! What made you start collecting crayons?

Roy Scribner said...

Whacky Packs! Holy crow, I was obsessed with those things for a couple years in the 3rd & 4th grade.

nonamedufus said...

Yikes! Where do you keep all the colouring books?

VE said...

reforminggeek - Oddly...there is! But I still like my collection...

VE said...

elizabeth - I don't let things overrun; I've weeded out things before they get overrun. Even my collection is only as big as the one room; that's my limit. I don't want it creeping out to elsewhere in the house.

VE said...

roy - You should have kept them! Now they're worth big $$$$

VE said...

nonamedufus - Far, far away!

Gladys said...

do you collect condoms too?

I am not a collector. I used to be but I have moved 8 bazzillion times. Do you know how hard it is to move 47,000 glass sculptures 8 bazillion times? Lets just say I then became a collector of super glue.

Roy Scribner said...

VE - I have a firm policy of never holding onto anything of potential future value.

Jacki said...

I wish I had been able to hold onto my toys from childhood, but with my dad in the Navy and moving around all the time (and the military limiting how much stuff they would ship), we couldn't keep a whole lot.

But I now collect several things....shoes, clothes, postcards from around the world, and cookbooks.

AngelMay said...

Please don't hate me - I'm one of "them". I once gave away a complete collection of PlayBoy Magazines to the milkman - or some such other hanger-around. No wonder my first husband and I got divorced. Of course, I had no idea they were worth anything at the time...

Great collection! Really fun. From the photo I can't tell if you have duplicates or if they are all unique. What's the story?

Jasmine said...

Wow, that is dedication.

VE said...

gladys - No, no condoms for me. I've been tutored!

VE said...

roy - You'd do well in the Junk Bond dept...

VE said...

jacki - I have the postcards from around the world too. They are no above my desk in my home office (since I don't work). I'll have to snap a picture of my desk and post it sometime.

VE said...

angelmay - Playboys can be worth money I've heard...as long as they're not "sticky" ;)

The story is that every box you see is unique and most of them don't have the crayons used at all. The crayon boxes date back to the 1800s; I have many from the early 1900s. I have 80% of the crayon products Crayola ever made but I also have crayons from hundreds of other companies. Even I never knew how many companies made them. The non-Crayola brands are more interesting to me because they have cool graphics on many of them. I have a WWII Popeye crayon box where he's loading a crayon into a surface-to-air missle launcher. Top that! ha...

VE said...

jasmine - Or obsession...it's all in how you spin it...

lifeshighway said...

Stunned beyond words by the crayon room...

My son left complete sets of marvel comics and x-men trading cards. The "special" holographic cards are individually sealed. Once day, if he doesn't come and pick up his crap, I will be visiting Mr. Ebay.

e said...

I love your Crayon Room! It is the first collection of crayons I've ever seen...Happy TT.

VE said...

lifeshighway - Better yet, sell him the cards back when he's 30 something and feeling nostalgic...

VE said...

e - Yes, there aren't too many of us. I mean...could you imagine a whole bunch of VEs running around? Madness...

Wings said...

WOW! You know of what you speak! And that is one amazing crayon collection! Thanks for sharing. :)

Skip Simpson said...

That, is beyond a doubt, the most impressive crayon collection I've seen in my life! Did you have to install special air conditioning to keep them from melting? LOL! Great post, and happy TT!

Tom said...

wow! So tell me, according to Crayola, what is the color of your pool table felt?

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Baino said...

Dunno why but there's something oddly predictable with you collecting crayons! Me . . . I'm a 'tosser'unless of course there's a sentimental reason for hanging onto stuff. How is it these things always seem to gravitate towards the 'pool' room. We have a saying here when someone gives you a particularly 'tacky' gift "That's going straight to the pool room!"

Roy said...

That is one incredible collection! If I were to do that, though, they'd all be empty boxes; I use my crayons!

Betsy said...

At first I thought this was a joke, but I see you are serious...this is your room and your crayon collection! OMG...are you in the Guiness Book of Records? You should be! So...what is your favorite crayola color? Mine was midnight blue and magenta when I was a kid.

The Incredible Woody said...

I used to be a hoard, er, collector until I started packing to move. I've decided to leave it all behind for someone else to collect!

Megan said...

Post of the day. Hands...er...crayons down!

Janna said...

Somewhere I have a big stack of Wacky Packages stickers...
Wow, five hundred bucks??
Really???!

Starrlight said...

I am not cool. I am merely a pack rat due to inherent laziness =)

Sandra Leigh said...

As a non-collector,I am awestruck. Just how often have you moved house?

lime said...

i collect dust. does that count?

Suldog said...

Damn. That's an amazing collection. I love the smell of crayons. It brings me back to childhood, every time. I've often (well, at least once) said that it should be mandatory for every person in the United States to carry a pack of Crayolas in their pocket. Then, when they're stressed out, they just reach into their pocket and pull out the crayons, take a sniff, and mellow out. Unless they were unmercifully teased in kindergarten for wetting their pants or something, in which case this is a horrible idea.

mama-face said...

Yikes,You have a 14 car garage? And you're a yard sale stalker too, right? Now this post I believe showcases the real you. It's about time you let your guard down.

Perpetual Chocoholic said...

I want to see a snapshot of your postcards above your desk! Do you send the postcards to yourself?

VE said...

wings - Yeah, there really couldn't have been a more fitting theme than the one this week.

VE said...

skip - Actually, I've worried about that before because I have some older boxes that have definitely melted the crayons...but then again, I live in Portland, OR so we needn't worry about such problems here.

VE said...

tom - Excellent question. Let's be obscure and go with "Venetian Red", a color that only existed from 1903 through 1948. Crayola doesn't even admit that color exists.

VE said...

M.bug - I only used broken piece when I was a kid too...because I'd immediately break them with my grip!

VE said...

baino - I normally agree with the whole "pool room" mentality. By changing the felt color to red and then putting the collection around the walls with good lighting; I've eliminated that mentality at our place.

VE said...

roy - I've got piles of spare boxes I could do that with...

VE said...

betsy - That's odd...midnight blue was my favorite color too. Actually, perhaps its not that odd because the blue colors are favored by most folks.

VE said...

incredible woody - If you think about it, the whole collecting thing is weird. The stuff just passes from one life to the next. It's not like you can take it with you. But then again, there's something about having it all together. I'll tell you though, I don't like moving it.

VE said...

megan - Woohoo..post of the day! Wait, the day is almost over. Damn. Tomorrow is another day...

VE said...

janna - They're still worth money but you missed the peak window by about 10 years. I forgot to mention that there's a window to these things. For example, Rockabilly collecting is now about dead compared to what it was in the 80s. Those guys should have sold long ago because no new generations care...

VE said...

starrlight - Laziness is good. I'm all for that...just don't ask me to do anything to support it.

VE said...

sandra - I've now moved the collection three times. It was three times too many.

VE said...

lime - Only if you display it on nice shelving in a well lit area!

VE said...

suldog - That could be a good mental health or prison technique. Start pumping crayon smell throughout...

VE said...

mama-face - You're getting closer; but in reality I only know people like that. My collection is contained in one room and I don't actively collect much anymore because I can't find anything new.

VE said...

perpetual chocoholic - I'll add that to the request list. I don't mail them to myself though; I just pick one up from somewhere and bring it back. I'd be too worried about it not making it home to mail them.

nursemyra said...

I believe you've seen the majority of my collection. It's on show every friday :-)

Jaime said...

i'd LOVE to get rid of hubby's collection of papers that he's never going to need ever again. but they've been boxed up and moved with us to 3 different houses now.

think he'll notice if one small part of his collection goes missing???

VE said...

nursemyra - And you wear it well! ;)

VE said...

jaime - Slowly replace each box with an empty one. He'll never know. Then, when you move...say "these are empty" and reuse them for something you really need to store. Problem solved!

Maureen said...

Holy crap, VE... you're ONE OF US!

One of us. One of us.

I love your crayon collection! That is amazing! I sure hope you have AC. I would hate to see those things melt.

You probably already know I'm a nut, er collector too... probably have the largest Star Wars collection in Canada. I also have a good sized Pirates collection, got over 500 Beanies for daughter, and even got hubby into collecting Spiderman and Batman stuff. Yeah, I can totally relate to the "paths" through the house line.

(Just catching up once again on all the posts I've missed over the past 10 days!)

VE said...

maureen - Oh, I knew you were one of us. In fact, you are on the executive board for "us". I have AC...it's called Portland, OR!