When Does a Collection Go From Cool — to Crazy?

When Does a Collection Go From Cool — to Crazy?

Sarah Rae Smith
Sep 9, 2010

Yesterday we asked you about determining when a collection becomes a collection — but what happens when a habit goes from fun to overwhelming? Where do you draw the line? Do you purchase storage space for part of your goods — or construct a whole new building for them? It always seems to start out so small and harmless…

The photo above shows a small portion of Fred Stoke's oil can collection. You can actually go visit him and take a peek, but he's taken a small collection and branched out into something monsterous. First there was oil cans, now there's automotive memorabilia of all sorts and Fred's even bought and restored an old gas station right on his property.

So at what point do your collecting habits go from picking up a few pieces here and there to needing additional buildings to hold your wares? When do you say enough is enough in your own home? Do you keep things restricted to a single shelf? Allow yourself to pack away a few boxes to rotate throughout the year? Let us know in the comments below!

Image: Flickr member Northbaywanderer licensed for use by Creative Commons

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