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April 2018

Publisher's Page: Click & Collect
Romy Sia
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To me, one of the greatest benefits the internet has brought is how easy and satisfying it has made collecting compared to pre-internet age. This is true to all kinds of collecting – arts, antiques, books, coins, dolls, model trains, stamps, vintage cars, wines, watches, etc.

But why do people collect? And what’s the difference between collecting and hoarding?

First of all, collectors feel proud of their possessions. They keep their possessions well organized and maintained. They find joy in their possessions and are proud to display them for others. More importantly, collectors study, research and attend shows and exhibits with others who share their passion and interest. They gain specialized knowledge and expertise about their collection.

Hoarding, on the other hand, is a mental disorder. Hoarders feel embarrassed by their possessions. They have clutter that often results in the loss of functional living space and are often in debt.

So why do people collect? First, I would say to get back control. An American psychologist who is an avid collector of toy miniatures said in describing a collector mindset: “In your adult life, no matter how rich or successful you are, your life is still controlled by someone -- spouse, manager, government, or whatever telling you what to do. But when you collect, you are in control. You decide the theme, the size and the scale. In toy miniatures, you can move your armies, your tanks and planes, be the general and refight WW2.”

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Second is the joy of pursuing and buying. Whether browsing a store, perusing an antique market, or searching the Web for a coveted item, searching and buying is addictively fun.

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Recently, I caught the bug of collecting toy miniatures (WW2, Imperial China and Old Streets of Hong Kong…so far). And every visit to the King & Country shop in Pacific Place in Hong Kong transforms me back to my 12-year old self. Back to a world of wonder and simple joys. It was an age of innocence that I thought I had lost forever. Amongst King & Country collectors, I’m happy to know that I’m in good company with Phil Collins, Rod Stewart, and Mike Myers (Austin Powers).

Share your collection stories and send me some photos which may get published in our future issues. Cheers!

 

Best of health,
Romy Sia
romy@healthyoptions.com.ph

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