Why do I collect old things? Like you, I have a fascination with objects from the past. Whether it’s an old camera, a film reel or an old Be...read more
Why do I collect old things? Like you, I have a fascination with objects from the past. Whether it’s an old camera, a film reel or an old Beatles record, I may decide to start a collection. Why? The first, and most obvious reason, is that items from the past become rarer as time goes on. Things get crashed, trashed, and bashed, intentionally or by accident, and the amount of working or intact items decreases. People like you and me also have a tendency to want rare things as well, and in the minds of many, including myself, there are “ooooh!”s and “ahhh!”s when something rare and interesting is seen. If something is rare, people (myself included) will place it at more value than something common, probably because they want it, and there is short supply. Another reason why I may want old things is to have a piece of history, especially if the object is in that person’s category of interest. This goes along with the fact that if something isn’t being made anymore, it becomes precious.
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