I’ve been a collector ever since I can remember. I love toys and I’ve loved toys ever since I’ve gotten any. After 18 years, I’m pretty sure I’m going to love them for a long time still. The problem is that my parents just don’t get it and refuse to understand. They have driven me crazy sometimes, telling me to sell everything off and stop acting like a kid. Well, I hate to admit it, but I don’t think I’ll ever stop acting like a kid. People always treat me like a child because I look like one. I get talked down on a lot, since many people I meet thin I’m 14. I don’t really mind it because I love when they ask “how old are you?” They get so embarrassed when I tell them XD!
Anyway, I honestly sometimes feel like selling off my Pokemon collection would make my life easier, but every time I think about it, I can’t do it. I love my collections, because it’s a way for me to have all the Pokemon I’ve taken the time to train in game. It’s a way to show my love for the series and an escape from the harsh reality of the real world when I get to rearrange and display all my items. It makes me happy to collect and I want to continue doing it until I can’t do it anymore. The problem is that they just don’t listen or care. I haven’t lost any money with my current collection, and that’s what I think they’re worried about. My eight Eeveelution Canvas plush essentially pay for my entire Eeveelution collection in value and I have many other rare items that do the same thing. By “pay for” I mean the how much I bought them for ($189.99 for the set) verses how much they are worth ($700-$800 for the set) covers the expenses of the rest of my collection. I can explain this over and over, but they will never listen truly.
I can’t wait to move out. I just want to get away and not worry about them telling me what to do with my money. I don’t have a car and my friends live too far away for me to hang out with them much so I have no other expenses. And I could save the money, but I still am saving the money in theory. The $25 I spend on a plush isn’t wasted, it just becomes a plush. If I get lucky, that plush will go up in value and that $25 I spent becomes $35 in plush value. Once I sell it, I made $10 more then I had. I believe that Pokemon collecting is just like the stock market. Things go up and down in value so you have to invest in the good stock.
The thing is that I don’t care about the money. I care about the plush, the figures and the collection in general. I don’t know what to do about them, but I’m hoping I can move out quickly and take my stuff with me. My collection isn’t that large when it comes to packing. It takes up 2 boxes for figures, 3-4 boxes for plush and 1 box for flats.
I just don’t know what to do anymore. I want to keep on collecting, but it gets harder and harder the more I go on with it. Any advice?