My mother has always been a collector of things in real life and has gone through a number of phases. There was a house phase and everything in our house had houses on it, there were plates with pictures of houses, house magnets, house boarder paper and house miniatures all over the place. Then there was a duck phase, it looked like pond threw up in our home and the ducks ran wild. Now we are in the angel phase my dad once said “there are so many angels in our house if they ever came to life they could pick the thing up and fly away with it.” Some collectors collect things for value but my mom collects things purely out of “like” and most things end up in the basement or at a garage sale someday.
My mom’s passion for collecting wasn’t passed on to me in the “real world” sense. I personally can’t stand clutter and the having a bunch of random things around the house drives me nuts. For a while I almost felt that people were imposing collecting on me. For instance, I have a cat, so to some people that means – hmmm, Jodi has a cat so I must get her things with cats on it. Over the years gifts to me have included random items with cats on it, I’ve received cat magnets, picture frames and t-shirts, socks ect…. Now, I don’t want to seem ungrateful but part of me just wants to tell people – Dude, just because I have a cat does not mean I want stuff with cats on it.
While I sniff at “real world” collecting, I’ve found that I have become quite addicted to virtual collecting via Pinterest. Some of my favorite pin boards include collections of nail polish designs, do it yourself ideas, recipes and art. I could spend hours on the site browsing and pinning away without even realizing how much time has passed. This has made me wonder what virtual collecting offers that actual collecting doesn’t. I think the answer is that virtual collecting offers a potential experience instead of just stuff. For instance, I could make that recipe someday or I could paint my nails like that. While this explains some of the boards there are others that just offer pure enjoyment like the art board or cute animal pictures board. I guess in the end, Pinterest offers the experience of collecting as much and whatever you like without running the risk of ending up with piles of unwanted junk or sinking your well-earned wages into an army of precious moment dolls.
What’s your favorite Pinterest Pinboard?