Okay, you’ve lived without your doll collection for a really long time. It’s been a few years since you took them all out just to count and admire. Have you ever wondered though why you see some products think, “Oh that collection is so pretty, I want it all.” There is a reason things come in “lines” or “series” and we suspect it’s more than a production reason. Some items meet the same need, smell the same, and look the same but are sold as separate pieces of a series. These unnecessary things replace the need to buy doctor, vet, librarian Barbie with grown-up collections. This all while begging the question are we obsessive collectors at heart?
The 4-year-old I babysit loves to lay out her princess dresses, Fancy Nancy series, and plastic fruit in rows and just look at it, her head tilted approvingly to the side. When I found myself with four of the Baby Lips Line from Maybelline New York, I ended up lining them up and doing the exact same thing. They looked so pretty all together. But hey don’t judge—here are some other products you’d probably love to collect and gaze at when you need some order.
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If you’re cool enough to collect Nike Dunks, which most of us aren’t you probably line those suckers up in your room, or on your closet shelf. You enjoy looking at them from time to time in their neon, patterned, glory.
There are so, many iPhone Covers in the world that if you happen to find a manufacturer who produces a shell that fits right, you won’t want to let it go. Bonus points if it comes in various colors that you obviously need to line up in your drawer and switch depending on your mood, outfit, holiday etc.
Colorful and small, just like your toy fruit collection as a kid. Even if your nails are currently polished in clear, or chipped ballet slipper, having the red, the purple, and even black just makes the universe feel right.
Degrees are not unnecessary but the piece of paper surely is (unless I guess you’re a doctor or lawyer). Still, diplomas are collectibles that just look great together, all sittin there, on the wall, telling you how awesome you are, and how you gotta get back to work to pay for them.
Every turquoise ring has the same effect, so why do we have more than we have fingers? It’s because they look fabulous in a jewelry box.
Will you ever really go to Indiana, moreover when you do go to Indiana will you really consult a guide book and not Yelp? No of course not. But you want the guidebook in your general presence next to the other ten guidebooks from the series that you have flipped through and considered packing for a second before you remembered you bought the iPad mini. It will help you visualize all the world has to offer and feed your obsessive collection desire.
Have you ever been to Ikea? If so you know exactly the kind of obsessive collectors triggers in the show room. You need about two-sets: one for the winter and one for the summer. We don’t need four or seven matching sets to switch out every-other month, and yet we so badly want them to—yes—line up and admire.
Let’s get this straight there is no reason to keep 17 copies of Nylon Magazine, or any magazine for that matter even the New Yorker. The only reason you’re keeping them instead of cutting out your favorite article is either a) to impress guests, or b) because you love stacking them up or fanning them out to look at their pretty covers colors.
Having a collection of Sperry’s is actually not an impractical thing. Since you probably wear them without socks, they probably smell and you can switch them out to cut down on your social alienation. Since Sperrys come in original brown, du-sperrys for the girly days, silver, or plaid Sperrys, its probably best to collect them all.
Possibly the best trend of the decade, one that every girl or boy can pull off. They add a touch of deliberate fun in a form that’s not a high maintenance top. Wouldn’t it be great if we opened our closet door and saw the rainbow? Obviously.
What cat lover doesn’t want multiple cats. Lining them up might be a bit of a challenge though.