A Collection of Accumulations

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What is the difference between a collection and an accumulation? A collection is two or more items that were purposefully hunted for and gathered together into a group because they share similar characteristics and qualities. An accumulation is also a grouping of similar objects, however, there was no purposeful intention to access these things... there was no hunting involved.

I have lots of accumulations: cards, books, music, movies, Legos, toys, shoes, purses, makeup, quilts, cooking utensils, knives, ceramic pigs, photos...

Somehow, over time, and quite by accident--almost, these things came into my possession. Some were gifted to me. Others I purchased. I do have lots of things. Too many of the wrong things and not enough of the more pragmatic objects that would make my life more enjoyable and even more productive. In other words, it would be beneficial and pleasurable to have less chotchkies and more electronics! A tablet would be nice, as would a giant, high-definition, in-home movie theater screen. I could think of endless things I'd find practical use for. But in the meantime, sedimentary layers of dust are building up on many of the things that I have accumulated over the years--most of which are in an offsite storage unit across town. That tells you just how salient these items are to my everyday existence and happiness. And nope, I don't even have the privilege of touching or viewing these stored items. It's as if they don't even exist, really. But, I do have to pay $50.00 a month just to keep/maintain them. After a year's time, that comes to $600.00. Is all that stuff even worth $600.00? In another year, will its value increase to $1,200.00? No, it won't. Therefore I really need to rethink this set-up.

Some stuff I have at my flat... stuff I use, such as my music, movies, digital books... and some other stuff, due to it needing to be in a climate controlled environment rather than the storage unit, which is subject to temperature extremes.

Anyhow, I thought I'd share a few pics of some of my accumulations. Keep in mind these are not collections. Don't let the similarities between the objects fool you into thinking otherwise.


A collection of accumulations ( pics were hunted/selected from my flickr account and gathered into a collection)...

Portable digital music players--all but one are iPods...

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Morrissey concert tickets... kept them, for some odd reason, haha...

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Target gift cards... lifted them when shopping at Target in Flagstaff, AZ between 2005-2010. People buy and sell these on eBay. Want to guess why I took a pic of my accumulation? Sell, sell! Oh, but they call them collectibles on that site...

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Books...

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I will add more pics of accumulations in the future. Stay tuned.
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