If you have been following me for awhile, you know I like my stuff. I love yard sales and I am quite experienced on EBay and Etsy. I do lots of swaps and have TONS of miniatures, lots of ATCs (Artist Trading Cards) and now I am doing charms for charm bracelets. I have a small house (about 1600 square feet); the house was smaller when we bought it, about 1200 square feet but we enclosed a porch that added to the space and gave us a TV room and eventually for me a little art studio space.
Now why would I bring this up. One of my friend has apparently been mentioning my acquisition tales to her friend. It just so happens that her friend owned this house quite a few years ago. Her friend asked "Is Sheila a Hoarder?" My friend was adamant that NO, she organizes her stuff.
Now what do I consider a hoarder. I know there is a technical definition, but I believe a hoarder puts their health and safety along with the health and safety of their family at risk. I don't do that. Have I mentioned that my husband runs his business out of our home and has clients showing up all day. It would be a severe problem if his clients couldn't get into the house.
Now, what is a collector. In my opinion, it's someone who collects items that complement a larger grouping of the same and/or similar items. Generally, and certainly in my collections, it is someone who purges their collections from time to time to improve the quality of the collection.
I collect Raggedy Ann's Here , snowmen Here, doll chairs Here, dollhouses Here, elephants Here and probably a lot of other stuff that I forget from time to time. Here's a picture of one half of my living room (the other half is my husband's office) Here
I don't understand people who don't collect things. I collect lots of things and my life is always interesting. Never confuse a Collector for a Hoarder.
I'm giving you a little link to a YouTube video. My sister tipped me off to this video. She thinks I must have been that way as a child because I've always liked my stuff.