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KotiBlogitArtikkeli #40721

I think I'm done.I think I'm done.

gwendal738-2gwendal738-29 päivää sittenDiary
Hi MFC,

I've been meaning to write this diary entry for a while, to be honest, but I've only gotten around to it right now after deliberating and thinking for a few months about my current situation.

I've decided to cut back on figure collecting. I would like to consider it a long hiatus, if you will, but likely it will be a "hiatus" that will continue for the rest of my life.

Don't get me wrong, this hobby still gives me happiness. I do still look at future releases, get excited over some figures being announced, but I am no longer in the collecting frenzy mode I'd been in for the past... I'd say 1.5 years. If I see a figure that I like, either aesthetically or the character/series itself, I'm no longer in the "OMG I MUST PREORDER THAT RIGHT NOW" mode. I tend to now look at the figure for a few days, even weeks, and decide that I've gotten over the hype and will just put it in a list in case I want it down the line.

To be fair, I still DID do that when I was in a collecting frenzy. But now, I spend even longer deliberating before I make a purchase (preorders are considered a definite purchase for me, since I basically preorder from AmiAmi 100% of the time), as that means my money is tied up.

That "tied up" part is really what got to me. I came to the realization a few months back when I have taken up a new hobby (sewing anime plushies, for those who are curious) that really ignites my passion and makes me happy... and yet I can't buy materials because "I have that AmiAmi preorder to pay off this month."

I'm not pressed for cash or in a dire financial situation or anything. I'm not spending beyond my means either. I have savings, and I have enough spending money to go on food, gas, and other necessities. But the fact that my "fun" budget (not just figure collecting, but clothes, makeup, and other things too) is always almost 99% tied up JUST for preorders really got to me. I can't spend on other things that make me happy because of my preorders, and it's really taken a toll on me.

I still have a few preorders I want to make though, and I do still want to pay off the preorders that I have made because even in my preorder frenzy mode I still have just always had the mind to preorder who I REALLY want (so at least I don't regret anything in my preordered list right now, whew!), but I just don't think I will be doing anymore of the crazy monthly loots that I've been doing. I've learned to look at my wishlist and determine what I really need (both in terms of merch and figures), put them in lists, and then focus on getting just those. They are mostly characters that I have a personal attachment to, or characters whose aesthetics just match my preferences 100% (and I don't mean aesthetic preferences now; I mean they're made in a style I've always loved since I was a kid basically). I've also recently refocused back into merch collecting. Not crazy like I was before, but I am planning on making an itabag for a recent obsession of mine, Hypnosis Mic (Mad Trigger Crew, specifically). It's probably not any cheaper than figure collecting because merch tend to have cruel aftermarket prices, but I am really invested in MTC's music and I have never really felt a compelling need to make an itabag for anything else before, until now.

In the end, they're all "just stuff", things that are non-necessities that I can live with not having. So I am happy for myself that I am able to get out of the "I MUST HAVE EVERYTHING IN MY WISHLIST OR ELSE MY COLLECTION WONT BE COMPLETE" thinking. I mean, I still do want the figures in my wishlist, and probably when I am in a better place in life (what I consider a "better place" is when I can spend on ALL my hobbies equally and be equally happy with all of them, but with my current salary that is impossible) I will get them, but for now I will be happy and content with my collection if I am just able to get the ones in my Tourabu and priorities wishlists. I've learned that if I really want a figure, like desperately want it because I've been waiting for it since I was a kid to exist or some other compelling reason, that's the only reason I will preorder something. Otherwise, everything else can stay in my wishlist and will be looked at when I have extra money. If I still want it by then, then I will pay whatever aftermarket price it has if I think it's worth it. I don't have to have everything now. It was hard to think about figures this way, because since I was a kid who'd been watching anime I've wanted the economical freedom and ability to buy all the figures that I want, but I've learned that there are other things in my life that make me happier now, and I want to have the financial ability to focus on those, too.

I am writing this to put my thoughts into words and possibly serve as a reminder for myself why I am taking a "hiatus" in case I am tempted to preorder something I am only caught in the hype of the moment with and not something that is actually important to me (in terms of character/series or aesthetics). If anybody else can find it helpful in their own journey of collecting, then I am glad.

But I will be around. I will still be doing loot posts, but they won't be as crazy after July's. Plus, I want to get back into posting figure reviews as well, something that I'd forgotten I love to do because of the avalanche of items coming in every month, and I want to re-pursue and rediscover my love for photography and also take up figure sculpting, which I've always wanted to try doing, but because of my "fun" budget being tied up for preorders, I haven't had the money to buy materials.
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Well, I can't blame you. it is really nice get break from spent on hobbies they are dang not cheap. xD; orz

Best spent time more watch and read. xDD

I agree with this post. c:
5 päivää sitten
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ladyrainyday (7 päivää sitten) #38576761Nice diary! I think it's always good to leave a figure page in your tabs for a few days or weeks to determine if you really want it. Especially since the AmiAmi boss does not like it when people cancel preorders.

That's actually something I've done even when I was in a preorder frenzy. I dont regret anyone I've preordered because of it, but with this decision i've made I'm going to restrain and cut back *even more* because I hate the feeling of having my money tied up. X'D
7 päivää sitten
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skylinedo (7 päivää sitten) #38575192Go watch more anime

Lol funny enough, I am! And watching more anime has encouraged me to spend *less* on figures, oddly enough. X'D
7 päivää sitten
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Nice diary! I think it's always good to leave a figure page in your tabs for a few days or weeks to determine if you really want it. Especially since the AmiAmi boss does not like it when people cancel preorders.
7 päivää sitten
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skylinedo NEEDS YOUR DOWNVOTE ~TY!
Go watch more anime
7 päivää sitten
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meowcenarie (7 päivää sitten) #38569756Love this! Exactly the kind of revolution I came to this year. Enjoy the hobby, and love my current ones, but realized I wasn't prioritizing some things and needed to cut back. I do not miss having 3+ preorders!

That's really nice, Im happy for you! I hope I feel the same way when my preorders are eventually completed. I bet it will feel liberating not having my money tied up for preorders :D
7 päivää sitten
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Love this! Exactly the kind of revolution I came to this year. Enjoy the hobby, and love my current ones, but realized I wasn't prioritizing some things and needed to cut back. I do not miss having 3+ preorders!
7 päivää sitten
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minorimiyuki (7 päivää sitten) #38563996Never had a good read for a long time.
This might be one of the most mature way to tackle your hobby. Love and support your hobby but do not forget to love and support yourself also.


Ahhh, thank you so much. ;u;' you are too kind.
7 päivää sitten
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Never had a good read for a long time.

This might be one of the most mature way to tackle your hobby. Love and support your hobby but do not forget to love and support yourself also.
7 päivää sitten
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Overyodel (8 päivää sitten) #38553934Loot is fun but I was going on Mandy and buying a ton of cheap stuff like glasses, cards, and tumblers just because I could and honestly I feel better cutting that down to once or twice a year. A couple days ago I had like four Transformers come in the mail and that was fun but before that the largest amount I had gotten all at once was my annual tax return purchase back in February. I feel like I've got a lot of stuff releasing around this point so I'll be happy when I make it through September and things can slow down a bit.

Yeah, that's pretty much me! I mean, I don't regret any of my purchases really, and I am at the point in my life where I think my collection is somewhat complete after all my preorders come in, but when I got my first job and had my own money that I earned to do what I want with, I had that same BUY EVERYTHING BECAUSE I LIKE EVERYTHING mentality. Now I'm glad I've taken a step back from it.
8 päivää sitten
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