Psychology of collecting

ROBBYBOBBY64

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I love glass, do you like glass? I have always wondered what makes us so drawn to bottle collecting. Past the primitive oooh...shiny aspect of it's lure. I thought this was interesting on the psychology of collecting. Am I collecting or hoarding? A little of both I guess. Oh well. What do you think about being psycho-analyzed. What's your diagnosis? Lol!
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Mailman1960

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I love glass, do you like glass? I have always wondered what makes us so drawn to bottle collecting. Past the primitive oooh...shiny aspect of it's lure. I thought this was interesting on the psychology of collecting. Am I collecting or hoarding? A little of both I guess. Oh well. What do you think about being psycho-analyzed. What's your diagnosis? Lol!
ROBBYBOBBY64.
My daughter said she is going to start taking my lunch money (geek)
 

Dogo

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I have been collecting for 50 years and still don't know. I keep saying I want to thin out the collections, but find it impossible to start. We don't go to shows because walking can be an issue (and there are none nearby), but that is probably the only reason I have not added to the collections lately
 

ROBBYBOBBY64

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I have been collecting for 50 years and still don't know. I keep saying I want to thin out the collections, but find it impossible to start. We don't go to shows because walking can be an issue (and there are none nearby), but that is probably the only reason I have not added to the collections lately
I feel the same way. Not the walking thing. My girlfriend wants to find bottles with me but is in a transport chair because her legs work on and off. It's not easy. Her legs are not getting any better but it is what it is. Just happy to be alive.
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Mjbottle

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Good question Robbybobby, ive always wondered about the psychology of us collectors and why it is we do what we do, personaly i think we are born collectors since ive been collecting different things at different times since i was about 5 years old, i always had a tendancy to be looking down at the ground for "treasures" as i called them, and searching for things i liked like bottle caps and lake glass and collecting has always been part of my life.as they say in the article though i believe my collecting to be healthy because i get alot of positive feelings from it by sharing it with other people. I always noticed that not everybody collects but i have never met a person who didnt enjoy looking at a collection and maybe hearing a story or two. I enjoyed reading what you posted from wikipedia there are some realy interesting points thanks for posting!
 

ROBBYBOBBY64

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Good question Robbybobby, ive always wondered about the psychology of us collectors and why it is we do what we do, personaly i think we are born collectors since ive been collecting different things at different times since i was about 5 years old, i always had a tendancy to be looking down at the ground for "treasures" as i called them, and searching for things i liked like bottle caps and lake glass and collecting has always been part of my life.as they say in the article though i believe my collecting to be healthy because i get alot of positive feelings from it by sharing it with other people. I always noticed that not everybody collects but i have never met a person who didnt enjoy looking at a collection and maybe hearing a story or two. I enjoyed reading what you posted from wikipedia there are some realy interesting points thanks for posting!
My thoughts are that collecting is like hoarding. Hoards are hidden while collections are usually displayed. Hoarding can be caused be a traumatic event that happened in our life. A death or illness maybe a divorce? I wonder if collecting can be caused by the same thing. Being poor could turn people into hoarders why not collectors too? I also believe that anyone who sells collectables should know more about the psychology. Basically i believe it could help make you a better seller. Just another thought from the weird mind of....
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ROBBYBOBBY64

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So true Mjbottle. I love sharing experiences, stories and knowledge about bottles. I have learned so much on this site. I love the members. They are always here for you no matter what time of day or night it is. Don't you people sleep! Lol! I read every thread that is posted. Thanks for your thoughts.
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Mailman1960

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So true Mjbottle. I love sharing experiences, stories and knowledge about bottles. I have learned so much on this site. I love the members. They are always here for you no matter what time of day or night it is. Don't you people sleep! Lol! I read every thread that is posted. Thanks for your thoughts.
ROBBYBOBBY64.
You're giving us way too much to think about, like the thousands and thousands of matchbooks that I have that I should selling, as of August 20th I will be selling baseball card, matchbooks, bottles I have collected and much more. Giddy up
 

butchndad

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I love glass, do you like glass? I have always wondered what makes us so drawn to bottle collecting. Past the primitive oooh...shiny aspect of it's lure. I thought this was interesting on the psychology of collecting. Am I collecting or hoarding? A little of both I guess. Oh well. What do you think about being psycho-analyzed. What's your diagnosis? Lol!
ROBBYBOBBY64.

great question, probably a slightly different answer from each person. I'm convinced collecting was passed in the DNA i got from my mother. As a kid, baseball cards, comic books but also anything i saw and liked, i picked up and kept. As an adult i picked up and brought home rocks and shells and anything i found that i liked. I collected books (fine printing and private presses) until it got to be too expensive and i sold my collection to a dealer. Eight plus years ago we moved to Jersey City and live in what used to be the Joseph Dixon Crucible Company site so of course i started collecting Dixoniana have have hundreds of items from Civil War era stock certificates to advertising to crucibles ranging from a couple of inches to a couple of feet tall. Just before the pandemic started, i started going to Big Brook in New Jersey and collecting Cretaceous shark teeth (and a whole host of stuff from that era all the way to modern bone). I found the base of a pontiled bottle there and that's what started me on bottles. Bottom line is i like to hunt and find
 

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