Bizarre Things That People Collect

alex atkins bookshelf cultureAlthough television shows about hoarding are fascinating and horrifying at the same time, they do open the door to the intriguing world of collecting. Of course, hoarders give collectors a bad name. Whereas the hoarder literally creates a rubbish pile, the collector carefully acquires, organizes, classifies, catalogs, maintains, and shows off his or her orderly prized acquisitions. And why do people collect things? Psychologists believe that collecting helps healthy people (i.e., people without brain trauma) ease their insecurity or anxiety about life or perhaps more specifically, losing their identity (or part of their identity). Collecting allows them to either relive their childhood or make a connection to a happier period in their life (nostalgia). At bottom, collecting allows the collector to keep the past forever in the present.

Just as fascinating about why people collect is what they collect. Just visit Ebay and browse the extensive website: if you can think of it, there is a seller somewhere in the world that is selling that item — proof of the age-old adage that states that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. Another way to get a glimpse of the things that people collect, is to take a look at a book catalog. You will find some common collectibles, like postcards and vinyl records, as well as some bizarre ones, like condoms and oyster cans. Here is a sampling of books for sale — running eight pages long — in a recent catalog for Edward R. Hamilton Bookseller, a discount bookstore based in Connecticut:

Record Album Price Guide: 8th Edition

A Very Vintage Christmas

Antique Pocket Mirrors

Candy Containers for Collectors

Antique Mining Equipment and Collectibles

Rag Darlings: Dolls from the Feedsack Era

Collecting Black Memorabilia: A Picture Price Guide

Paris Postcards: The Golden Age

Peep-Machine Pin-Ups: 1940-1950s Mutoscope Art

Remember Your Rubbers: Collecting Condom Containers

Collectible Rabbit [Figures]

Catholic Collectibles

The Art of the Decal

Door to Door Collectibles: Salves, Lotions, Pills & Potions from W. R. Rawleigh

Purrrrfection: The Cat [Art Objects Depicting Cats]

Sea Glass Seeker

Barbie All Dolled Up: Celebrating 50 Years of Barbie

Doll Kitchens: 1800-1980

Pepsi Memorabilia: Then and Now

Hopalong Cassidy: King of the Cowboy Merchandise

An Unauthorized Guide to Pillsbury Doughboy Collectibibles

The Pocket Guide to Coin-op Vending Machines

Everything Elephants: A Collector’s Pictorial Encyclopedia

Antique Advertising: Country Store Signs and Products

Collectible California Raisins

Oyster Cans

Collectible Aunt Jemim Handbook & Value Guide

Canes from the 17th to 20th Century

McDonald’s Pre-Happy Meal Toys from the 50s, 60s and 70s

The Encyclopedia of Coca-Cola Trays

Star Trek Collectibles: Classic Series, Next Generation, Deep Space 9, Voyager

Photographica: The Fascination with Classic Cameras

Complete Price Guide to Watches 2017

Elsie the Cow and Borden’s Collectibles

The Collector’s World of M&M’s

Cracker Jack: The Unauthorized Guide to Advertising Collectibles

Raggedy Ann & Andy Collectibles

Pez Collectibles

The Shirley Temple Collector’s Guide

Peanuts Gang Collectibles

The Official Casino Chip Price Guide, 3rd Edition

Glass Bells From Around the World

Christmas Revisited [Christmas Collectibles]

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For further reading:
This Day in Collecting History: A Year of Art, Memorabilia & Other Treasures Sold by Michael and Marla McLeod
The World’s Most Expensive Watches by Ariel Adams
Foundations of Coin Collecting by Alan Herbert
The One-Cent Magenta: Inside the Quest to Own the Most Valuable Stamp in the World by James Barron
Rare Books Uncovered: True Stories of Fantastic Finds in Unlikely Places by Rebecca Barry



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