Im lucky, I have my own study where I can display whatever I want.
For some reason, my wife will only let me display the badges that I framed for our son,on the hall wall, which he collected whilst in Iraq with the British army a couple of years ago!!
I'm hoping that he can get me some badges etc during this current tour of Afghanistan so that I can do the same, but he is having problems getting any because of where he is based in the country!
Guys i loved the humourous replies ,and that i am not a lone with this adiction.I REMEMBER SOMEONE SAYING THAT OF ALL THE ADICTIONS ,COLLECTING IS THE MOST POSITIVE ONE.Ooops shouting again,happy and apeacfull new year to you all.
I consider myself fortunate that my girlfriend loves collecting the same things that I do (militaria, fossils, and books). Well, she loves books and fossils, and doesnt mind militaria, she leaves that side of the collecting to me .
We have the books on our bookshelves in plain view, and most of the fossils are proudly displayed. However, the military stuff, especially anything with a swastika, is usually not displayed because its just too much trouble to explain when people come over. Also, I dont collect it to show it off, I collect it because it interests me, and relics need a good home.
She and I are both history majors/aspiring school teachers, so we collect anything historically significant, especially WWII items.
I was allowed to have some TR in the living room ....
Always looking for Belgian Congo stuff!
Some of us are born to collect. Somewhere in our DNA the collecting gene was turned on. I started out with rocks and arrowheads when I was maybe 8 years old. The collections have changed over the years (I still have the arrowheads -45years later)
I have found that I have use a lot of self discipline to remain focused on one or two collections or my house would so full of stuff, you would not be able to walk.
My wife is a collector also. She collects buttons, old silverware, thimbles and dolls (everywhere I look in my house there is some creepy doll looking back at me. ) I would not call my house a museum, more like a garage sale gone bad.
My advice, stay focused on one or two collecting areas. Don't spend above your budget, If it makes you happy--who cares what anyone else thinks.
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I was addicted to the "Hokey-Pokey" but I've turned
My name is Mick,and im a collectorholic,
it wouldnt bother me so much except for my kids running around in rags and shoeless