Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by ldhair, Aug 6, 2022.
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Yet it gives us pleasure... and you cannot deny it...
Here is a perfect example... the other day...I found down on my work bench a small piece of ply wood.
The size was a tad bit bigger than a dollar bill....and the reason it was that size as it was .... it was the end block of a pack of $1000 one dollar bills.
My father would bring these home for me from the bank ...way before they wraped blocks with plastic bands and bags...the money ..well $1 notes was a $1000 in a brick the top had the serial numbers and bank branch , and were steel strap banded together.
I made bird houses for boy scout projects as well other things ...even wrapped sand paper around the board to use as a sanding block.
Yet I still have 1 left....why? As it has no value to another ....other then a small piece of 1/4" ply wood.
But yet I cannot toss it in the trash.... you're not alone.... nor are you crazy... you appreciate stuff ,find value....that others see no rhyme or reason...but again you do...and that's what matters my friend. Not being in or out of control... as you are in control....of what gives you pleasure in life...
hey .. did I ever show you a picture of my old Cadillac ?
if it's outta' control .. just buy another safe.
Or another Cadillac
Now there's a collectable for you. Should drive it over to PCGS to be graded.
Today, I have even less time. I hope to start the research on each coin very soon. With all the information out there, I'm sure I will find some hidden treasures.
Yes! That time, years ago now, when I bought a coin at a show, brought it home, and soon realized that I already had a nearly identical coin in my collection was the moment I paused and took a long look at why I collect. Am I collecting or just hoarding? Has this so-called "collecting" actually become an addiction? Why was I even doing it?
At the time, buying coins felt more impulsive than enjoyable, as if I should examine every single coin that I ever came across as though it might be a previously unknown 1913 Liberty Nickel or some other insane rarity. After some reflection, I really pulled back and became a lot more picky and deliberative in what I brought home. For one, I allowed myself to leave coin shows empty-handed, something that had literally caused me bouts of mild depression previously. Also, I stopped collecting pocket change and I threw all of the (mostly) quarters I had accumulated back into circulation. Billions of those get minted and, though I enjoy looking at them in circulation, I don't need piles of them sitting in my closet just taking up space. I stopped collecting mint sets because they too just took up space and I rarely, if ever, took them out to look at them.
Looking back, I think coin "collecting" for me became a slightly unhealthy obsession. Many of those past purchases I now deeply regret, because I wanted more to buy them at the time rather than actually possess them over time. Now, I try to take a long view: do I really want this coin for some substantial reason? Or do I just want to add to an indiscriminate pile? I haven't attended an in-person show in a while because, like auctions, in that environment I fall prey to the "heat of the moment" impulse that, 80% of the time, I later regret.
Internet buying has its downsides, but it does allow me to sit back and really think about whether I want a particular coin. More than once, I've deliberated for days. More than once, I've not bought something because it felt more like a need to merely buy something rather than the need to buy that particular thing for a good and solid reason.
Now I buy a lot less a lot less often. When I do buy something, it tends to be a higher quality piece at a generally higher price. Where I used to buy many $10 - $50 dollar coins in rapid succession within a month, I now buy maybe a few $200 - $1000 coins over many months or a year. I'm far more satisfied with the things that I've purchased since I started taking the time to think about what I'm buying. I also focus more on what I do have rather than what I don't have. There will always be far more things you don't have and it's a futile pursuit to try to get them all. Overall, I enjoy the hobby a lot more and I no longer have to look on things that I bought out of a mere impulse to accumulate.
Talk about too much stuff. Me too. In fact, we raised 6 kids and have accumulated so much stuff that it is taking over. On birthdays and Christmas we just tell the kids to take something home with them, take anything. And don't buy us anymore stuff. My wife and I don't buy stuff for our celebration days.
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