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Old 12-19-2009, 12:09 AM   #1
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Your Collection

I was over in another thread and thought this would be a fun idea.

Everyone has a collection of physical media somewhere in their house or in a storage shed. Something they can go back and look at or forward to at any time.

So what's your prized possession? Would you ever sell it? Or would you ever get rid of the "collection" you currently have in favor of more tech-savvy toys.

Would you shred your library and just digitize it all?
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Old 12-19-2009, 12:12 AM   #2
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I'll start.

My prized possession is a 1934 hardback copy of Bram Stoker's Dracula. The binding is starting to fall apart and the pages are yellow and brittle with age.

I found it when cleaning out my grandmother's closet after her passing several years ago. I think it's a beautiful piece of nostalgia. I've never even so much as opened it for fear of damaging its frail body.

My second choice would be the original DragonLance Chronicles trilogy. They were reissued for the first time in hardcover several years ago. For the holidays I got a signed set of first editions.

I don't think I could ever part with my book collection, or my DVD collection. They've already traveled through two states and three moves.
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Old 12-19-2009, 12:29 AM   #3
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Old 12-19-2009, 03:53 AM   #4
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I don't think I could ever part with my book collection, or my DVD collection. They've already traveled through two states and three moves.
With me, it's my extensive "Doctor Who" collection. It's just always been a part of my life, and I can't imagine being without it.
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Old 12-19-2009, 04:16 AM   #5
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Having grown up with parents who are both collect-a-holics and who live in a house which looks more like a museum than somewhere to live, stuffed to the brim with antiques (junk to me) which you are not allowed to touch, being forced to spend tedious weekends when I was young trawling around antique fairs, shops and the like ... it has rather put me off seriously collecting anything.

I do love my gadgets but I don't actually collect them as I keep on selling old gadgets to pay for new ones. So 'collections' of anything don't mean much to me.

Unfortunately hubby is also a bit of a collect-a-holic and doesn't seem to throw much if anything away. He collects shoes, coats, aftershave (which he had to build a whole custom shelf for in his double wardrobe) and books which is why I now love ereading devices!

Seems like most people just love to collect things.
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Old 12-19-2009, 09:35 AM   #6
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Old 12-19-2009, 09:59 AM   #7
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Old 12-19-2009, 10:00 AM   #8
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For me, this falls into three stages.

Stage 1. Don't accumulate any more physical stuff. Doing this is coming along.

Stage 2. Dematerialize what I have. In progress.

Stage 3. Get rid of the leftover physical items. This is harder. Since I have a place for most of it already, I don't feel a pressure to get rid of things properly shelved. Then, in addition, there's the write-off costs. I have several hundred fine edition books. I might get a quarter of the costs back, more likely an eighth. I'd rather keep the splendour....

Now a have a few signed editions that I would like to keep anyway (signed E.E.Smith Lensman books, for example), but those number less than 50.

I guess it boils down to - if I move I'll sell, but not until then.


(add on - Once I dematerialize an item and have it properly backed up, my attachment to the existing physical item drops dramatically. To quote A.C.Clarke in 2001. "As one Dave Bowman was destroyed, another Dave Bowman became immortal.")

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So what's your prized possession? Would you ever sell it?
With me, it is my ever growing collection of Yank the Army Weekly magazines from WII. No, I would never sell them.
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