First was watches. I was completely indiscriminate and on an online shopathon, buying and owning over 30 watches at one time and almost never wearing any of them. Met a guy who sold watches, started to understand that knowing a bit about something instead of just diving in was a good thing. So I sold all I had, bought two higher end watches (being about 20 they were only around $200-300) and decided I was happy with one dive watch and one dress.
Then, about 24, found the love of my life, microbrews! So I started collecting coasters. Initially it was just from places I had been to and drank at. I surrounded my cubical walls at work with them. Then others started to bring me some. I felt honored so I accepted and filled all 3 walls shortly. I quickly grew bored with them though, decided to scrap and start with something fresh. Too bad, it was the only free collection I've ever had. Lol
So about 26 y/o and back to watches, and my first experience with online forums for sourcing. It was over! What a bunch of enablers we all are. Terrible places, truly! Lol Anyway, I realized that dive watches were my thing. I began to buy high end Swiss made boutique divers. I set a cap of $2k for myself and actually never exceeded it, very proud of myself there. This was probably my deepest passion in collecting, still have remnants of the bug. I bought several timepieces over about 2 years. But I had completed my collection, had a color for every outfit I wear to match with so it was done.
Then came high end rare wood pens. Found a guy on the watch forum who made his own, very beautiful writing utensils so I bought a few. Then I added some of those tactical pens to it and then I realized I never wrote anything that wasn't done on a keyboard. Lol Still have the pens but they sit in a display case with my watches going unused. Occasionally when I dress up in a tux I'll add a pen to the breast pocket for show.
Anyway, when finding those "tactical" pens I came across knives. Oooohhh, manly. So I bought a few cool looking ones, quickly found I never carried them on me because of a lack of convenience and or comfort and quit. Still have two for the random need, but gave the rest away. Short lived like the pens.
Also on the knife site were flashlights. Yup, that's right, I began to collect torches (as they're called across the pond). Studied lumens and candlepower and throw or cast. Some flash or strobe and some just simply blind you. Another hobby fast to fall though.
Then my most recent, guns!!! This was my second most passionate collection/hobby. There is no greater or manly a feeling than blowing up a can of soup or pop can! Just the loud bang, the retort, the recoil and hitting your Mark, there is nothing better. I mainly bought handguns, but also picked up a shotty for home defense and high capacity rapid fire rifle for going bank robber crazy on a tree stump or something. Lol I even got my concealed carry permit and do so daily. I still love shooting more than anything I've ever done. It's unrivaled! But, just like with watches, I soon had all I needed. One bad thing about my gun collection, I sold a couple of my most prized watches to afford some of them. Still hate myself for that deeply!
That ended a week ago, and now I've stumbled into colognes and sunglasses.
What about you guys and gals?