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Strange New Worlds Issue 14 -
Possession Obsession: The Case Against Hoarding
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by Jane Frank
Director of Worlds of Wonder
Gallery, Washington DC
You May be A Pack Rat ...
You are a hoarder if (check all those that apply):
q You cant pass up the opportunity
to acquire another example of something you already own . . . if the price is right.
q When you refer to your collection, it is in
terms of multiples, (i.e., "I have hundreds of comics in my closet" or "I
have a few sets, some of them incomplete.") as opposed to "Oh, yes. I have one
q The idea of buying in quantity turns you on.
Even collections in which only 50% of the material might be useful or of good quality.
Youll figure out what to do with the rest of the material after youve bought
q When asked where youre going to put
another one, youre fond of replying, "Dont worry, Ill find a space
for it somewhere."
q Dusting has become impossible, or at least
improbable. When you think of dusting at all, it is as a yearly event.
q You spend a lot of time worrying about what
could be the next "hot" collectible; time that could be spent learning how to
maximize your existing collections.
q You find yourself thinking about what you
should collect without giving much thought to what you already collect.
q Youve lost track of your collection. You
dont know exactly what you own.
q You frequently misplace things in your
collection. You know youve got it, but where? Once found, you may not remember its
name, or where you got it, or why you have it.
q Youre fond of quoting Franks Law
"Collections expand to fill the available space."
q You cant bear to sell or trade anything,
for fear that you may be giving away something irreplaceable or selling it before
its reached its peak.
q Friends, when referring to you, say stuff like
"Its his thing." Relatives thinks its a sickness. You think
youre having fun.
q When you are able to replace an object in your
collection with a superior example, you dont sell off the inferior one.
q To the question "What do you
collect?" youre apt to answer, "A little of this and a little of
that," or, "Everything I can."
q The phrase "pruning your collection"
holds no meaning.
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