My mother has a great collection of pewter serving pieces and another of milk glass. In the 80s and early 90s, my dad used to collect Happy Meal toys. When McDonald's started having the toys all tie in with films or toy companies he stopped. Some of these sets are really cute and seasonal!
I guess that hoarding can help with collecting in the long run, but does the hoarder benefit from holding on to all that "stuff"? I've rarely heard of one who has, usually because they will only give up their items to family or friends who promise to keep it as a collection. They rarely will sell any of it, and throwing it out would just be crazy talk in a hoarder's world!
Here is the official hoarder, circa 1986, in his lair!
I think after all this rambling about collecting and hoarding I've made a decision. If I'm holding on to something in a box for someday, it needs to go! There is someone out there who will use it and keep it out and have some great conversation pieces to share with friends, while with me the items will just stay in a box and be sad.
For those who have a collection which you love and add to, I'm sure eBay is one of your best friends! I have 2 other sites that specialize in collectibles. GoAntiques and Collectibles Today. They are also good for getting pricing ideas.If you are interested in checking out some of the things I've found in my dad's basement, check out any of my Vintage Thingies Thursday posts, listed on the left sidebar.