... is not the same as hoarding.
I'm sure we've all seen the TV shows with houses full of garbage. This is NOT what collectors do. Collectors carefully display (or, when needed, wrap, box, and store) their prized possessions.
I've collected a variety of things over the years. As my life circumstances changed, the size of my collection changed. As my interests changed, one collection when out the door while another came in.
For me, it's the thrill of the hunt. I love going to a yard sale or thrift store and finding a vintage piece of china at a great price, taking it home, washing it, and finding just the right place for it. Then, later, sitting in the room and admiring my pretties.
Currently, I collect...