Throughout my 30 years in the Home Shopping Industry, I’ve discovered that our customers love to collect. In the 1980’s, die cast cars, dolls, and capitamonte were the hottest collectibles.
Once the 90’s rolled around, sports collectibles, coins, and beanie babies were on the must buy lists of home shopping customers.
Today, watches, Tiffany style lighting, and Waterford Crystal are the collectibles of choice.
I think collecting is an essential childhood hobby. It creates opportunities for curiosity and learning. It teaches kids how to take care of objects, spend money wisely, and cooperate when negotiating and trading. As kids, most of us collected marbles, trading cards, stamps, coins, etc. My children collected rocks and gems as they were curious about all of the gems I sold. Did you collect anything when you were a child? What was your favorite thing to collect and your prized possession? I wonder if kids collect as much as we used to back in the day . . .
I, personally, am not a collector of things at all. So, it’s curious to me why people become collectors. Really no one in my family collected anything, except my grandmother who had a plate collection on her wall. It makes me think that collecting begins as a family tradition . . . my parents really only collected family memorabilia, so I do the same in order to preserve the past. We preserve the kids’ photos, artwork, ribbons, letters of accomplishment, etc.
So, I’m curious . . .
What do you collect?
Why do you collect?
How did you get started?
Is it a family tradition, passion, obsession, habit?
Do you collect for investment purposes, perceiving the items will increase in value over the years?
Do you collect for status?
Has your collecting turned into hoarding?
What do you wish you had never collected?
What do you collect that Evine doesn’t sell that you’d like to see us offer?
If you do collect things we offer, what are you missing in your collection that you’d like to see?
Please let me know, I’d love to hear about it!