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Have you ever experienced Tolkien collecting burnout?
Never! How dare you even think that!
I've had some doubts, but got better.
I'm burned out now, ask me later if I recover.
I'm selling my collection, interested?
I don't collect Tolkien


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Collector burnout discussion
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Skwish mentioned in another thread that she was going through a patch of burnout in Tolkien collecting. In addition to the attached poll, I'd love to hear various comments and thoughts on this topic here.

From my personal perspective - every interest waxes and wanes over the years, and Tolkien collecting is a passion that takes a long, long time and a lot of dedicated effort. It is also an endless field - I firmly believe that there is no possible way to have everything (just ask Wayne and Christina)). I find when I get a bit overwhelmed with a particular field of interest that something else pops up - thus the sporadic updates to various areas of the Guide (puzzles, fanzines, etc.) Would love to have additional contributors for their own areas of interest!

But just from sheer overwhelming quantity - I can certainly understand someone hitting a patch of burnout. I have also gone through patches of spousal burnout ("and just where do you plan to put this latest box of smelly old papers?") but somehow we always manage to pull through.

Posted on: 2008/4/22 22:37
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I also have experienced the "spousal" form of burnout. For me, though, it has come in the form of,

"You spent how much on those books?!?!"

The resulting guilt has led to things like,

"Don't worry, honey, I'll sell some other books to make up for the new ones."

So goes my collecting experience. The collection grows and grows until it hits a (usually financial) breaking point, then it retracts. After a while it continues to grow again. It's almost like a living thing, hopefully improving with age. It isn't altogether a bad system. My collection stays relatively modest in size, but I feel it has become higher quality.

You are right, Rowns, you will never get everything, but that is part of the beauty of it. There is always room for improvement and growth, which is what keeps a collector going. Now, help me come up with an excuse/explanation for that 1982 Super Deluxe Silmarillion I need to buy!

Posted on: 2008/4/24 18:01


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Now, help me come up with an excuse/explanation for that 1982 Super Deluxe Silmarillion I need to buy!

Try finding a signed one though! I'm seriously looking at acquiring a copy (& getting my excuses ready!)... anyone selling?

BH

Posted on: 2008/4/25 14:51
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We've got the unsigned one - but the moment a signed one comes up, I'm mortgaging my soul in order to get one!

- wellinghall

Posted on: 2008/4/25 23:39


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I have vicariously experienced collector burnout through the aforementioned spousal affliction! I can not tell you how happy I was to hear that I am not the only collector to experience this!! (Something to do with misery loving company?) I am so like you all that it is scary. I just bought a lot of 18 calendars on eBay just to get a single (French) JRRT calendar in there that I was looking for, and I, like alpingloin, promised to sell all of the extras. And like Rowns, I have been asked where I plan to store the next one(s). I feel like Frodo reaching for the ring and begging Sam to help him stop. As there a Collectors Anonymous meeting somewhere that I could attend?

Away from The Green Hill Country,

Parmastahir

Posted on: 2008/4/26 3:59
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