I collect because I like to collect and owning a piece of history is a pleasure in its own right and in the main what I collect is affordable and probably cheaper than holidays in the sun or many other hobbies. I do like to grab a bargain whenever I can and I along with some others rarely buy from dealers, and instead I am mostly searching antiques centers/shops, bootsales/fleamarkets, charity shops and Ebay and only sometimes will I pay what I think is the market value, as for me that is part of the fun. Having said that, I have paid full price for many items over the years and have lost money when I needed to sell items, whilst others I have made a profit on. The bargain hunting is part of the fun, but the owning of these items, for however long is the true reward and if as happened today when I drove 25 miles to a boot sale and came back empty handed, I know on another day I'll make a similar journey and come back with some good new additions. All part of the thrill.