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www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/nov/09/why-do-we...

The many and varied psychological motivations for collecting are uniquely human

nationalpsychologist.com/2007/01/the-psychology-of...

Why do we collect things, e.g., Cracker Jack toys to manhole covers? Some people collect for investment, yet one must wonder how a penny can become worth thousands of dollars. Some collect for pure enjoyment – it’s fun. Some collect to expand their social lives, attending swap meets and exchanging information with like-minded souls.

www.ha.com/intelligent-collector/why-do-we-collect-things...

Why Do We Collect Things? My friend, John Jay Pittman, though not a wealthy man to begin with, built a vast and famous coin collection. He accomplished that feat by studying relentlessly, then shrewdly investing a large percentage of his limited income as a middle manager for Eastman Kodak and his wife's income as a schoolteacher.

www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2011/12/29/why-we-collect-stuff

Why We Collect Stuff. Introduction. Blank Archives/Getty Images View slide show» People collect just about anything: stamps, dolls, porcelain figures, rocks, Homer Simpson memorabilia. ...

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychology_of_collecting

Psychologists have often taken a Freudian perspective when describing why people collect. They highlight the controlling and impulsive dark side to collecting, the need for people to have "an object of desire." This desire, and hence the innate propensity to collect, begins at birth.

www.countryliving.com/.../antiques/g3484/things-people-collect

WHY CUTTING BOARDS: I like the idea of collecting things that are kind of unique—they aren’t something most people collect. THE ONE THAT ALMOST GOT AWAY: I initially walked away from the pig, but then I realized I couldn’t not buy a pig cutting board. HOW I GOT IN THE GAME: I have a real love ...

www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2011/12/29/why-we-collect...

Collections Are Objects of Desire. Philipp Blom is a cultural historian, writer and journalist who lives in Vienna. ... Why We Collect Stuff. What drives people to collect things? And when does ...

www.thesprucecrafts.com/why-collect-dolls-774464

Collectors gather all sorts of things for entertainment--coins, stamps, dolls, toys. Today, however, our culture is very different, and many people have trouble understanding collections and those who collect. This article will put forth several reasons why people might collect dolls.

hobbylark.com/collecting/Why-People-Collect-Stuff-and-How...

Amateurs should just collect what they love and not collect with the expectation of selling for a lot more than they paid. Yes, some people have made money from their collections, but collections are fads. What’s valuable today may turn out to be something you can’t even give away tomorrow. Remember Beanie Babies.

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Getty is only one of the many people through history who have gone to great lengths to collect art – searching, spending, and even stealing to satisfy their cravings. But what motivates these collectors? Debates about why people collect art date back at least to the first century CE.