Collections – Why Do People Collect Things?
- March 19, 2017
- Posted by: marlenedubois
- Category: Home Health Aide Training
There were seashells everywhere. The room was furnished with couches along with chairs that has a seashell pattern on the upholstery.There were lamps with shades covered with shells. Sculptures made of shells along with books about seashells sat on the tables. Family photos in seashell- encrusted frames lined the shelves. A curio cabinet was filled with more shells. I was visiting the home of a fresh acquaintance. She collects seashells. A special room in her home was dedicated to shells. There were shells coming from all over the globe everywhere in that will room. Even the business card she gave me was decorated that has a photo of a large shell.
People have a natural tendency to collect things. Seashells may not be their passion although whether its coins, stamps, postcards, spoons, or more bizarre things like teabags, chocolate bar wrappers or traffic signs we human beings seem inclined to be collectors. Dr. Steve Anderson, a neurologist at the University of Iowa says our need to collect may harken back to an earlier point in our evolution, since many animals hoard things, especially food.
According to Susan Pearce, author of the book Interpreting Objects along with Collections one in three North Americans collects something. There are many different kinds of collections along with collectors.
Some collections are souvenirs or mementos of a place. I once visited the home of a couple who collect masks every time they travel. One wall of their dining room can be covered with traditional painted masks coming from South Africa, Egypt, Vietnam, the Philippines along with dozens of different places. When they are on a trip they never have to stop along with think about what to buy as a souvenir. They just look for a mask to add to their collection.
Some collections are gifts. I know a man who gives his mother a china plate every Mother’s Day that has a message or saying about mothers on the idea. He hunts through antique stores along with curio shops, often for weeks, until he finds a plate along that has a design that will he hasn’t already purchased. His mother has more than twenty such plates in her collection.
Some collections are of practical use. I have friends who are world travelers along with collect Starbucks Coffee mugs coming from every place they visit. There are Starbucks franchises in more than forty countries. Our friends don’t have forty different mugs although certainly enough for a fairly large group of coffee drinking guests.
The desire to learn fresh things can also be the impetus behind a collection. I know someone who collects military artifacts coming from the globe Wars. He has uniforms, machinery, vehicles, sheet music, maps, books, flags along with photographs. His collection has helped him learn a great deal about military history.
Some people collect things because of their monetary value. I used to work that has a woman who collected Barbie Dolls. She assured me someday she could sell her collection along with make a mint of money.
Susan Pearce says there are some collections which she terms ‘magic’. There can be no rhyme or reason for collecting them although they have a certain appeal or attraction for the collector. I imagine that will might apply to a collection of snow globes or a large collection of Superman memorabilia.
Collections can remind us of positive experiences along with important people in our lives. They can help us learn fresh things. They can be practical or magical. If you’re not a collector you might want to think about becoming one. Collections can enrich our lives.