Other hobbies/collections?

    Other hobbies/collections?

    post #1 of 34
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    I am, in general, a hobbyist, having small collections of all sorts of things. Don't even remember them all really but I'll try...

    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?
    post #2 of 34
    Fine Swiss gold watches, exotic gems, fine art, gold coins, boats, exotic leather foot apparel among others.
    post #3 of 34
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    Originally Posted by hednicView Post

    Fine Swiss gold watches, exotic gems, fine art, gold coins, boats, exotic leather foot apparel among others.

    Don't tell me you have 40k+ posts on watchuseek too?!!!
    post #4 of 34
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    Originally Posted by Mick_TrickView Post

    Don't tell me you have 40k+ posts on watchuseek too?!!!
    No!!!!
    post #5 of 34

    Fishing

    post #6 of 34

    I've been a collector of -

    1)Watches (13yrs)

    2)Vinyl records (approx. 20yrs)

    3) Cassette tapes (35yrs)

    Don't get it twisted, I'm only 40! LOL!!

    post #7 of 34

    Watches (later than fragrances, but still since I was 19, continuing today and counting)

    Male grooming products- especially the DE shaving and the organic products, also nearing the higher end of the segment- since I started (re-) discovering traditional shaving quite recently

    Books (not just rare and expensive ones, in fact any kind of books I feel like reading and/or need for my work, mostly in traditional, non-electronic format too)

    Wines and spirits (both the more collectible, vintage segment, as well as more mainstream ranges)

    Not so much of a collector's passion, but still more of a hobby rather than a mere necessity: recurring new purchases and/or upgrades for existing hardware, software, audio-video, HiFi, HD etc.

    Some timid experimenting with purchases of formal, semi-formal, office wear etc. suits, outfits and accessories - again, both the utilitarian function and also something of a collector's hobby are met

    Anything involving slow food, gourmet, organic etc. cuisine, from recipe books and kitchen appliances to discovering restaurants and other eateries, pubs, pizzerias etc. in most of the possible price ranges, locations etc.

    Downloading, archiving and watching/listening to arthouse, oldies, independent etc. films/various musical pieces, especially Early Music

    Most of the other hobbies with "no age statement" simply came along after I started collecting fragrances, but not immediately. I actually discovered my liking for other hobbies only in my later university years and my early adulthood.


    Edited by Ken_Russell - 7/10/13 at 1:52pm
    post #8 of 34

    Own over 60 watches, so I would say that's another hobby.

    post #9 of 34

    CD'S AND DVD'S.

    post #10 of 34

    There is one thing I will keep on collecting and never feel weighted. Which is this delicate paper oranges are wrapped in. When ever I am moving (and I do so quite often) and carrying this super light box containing my HUGE collection, I am laughing. Ok, some would frame that stuff, like they are ramming needles into butterflies; but I think the most appropriate way to keeping this paper is loose and light.


    Edited by Graphite - 7/18/13 at 4:12pm
    post #11 of 34

    Won't go near the *girly* things like handbags and cosmetics.

    Have always collected vintage Kimonos and various Chinese/Japanese/Korean furniture and objects d'art. The pieces I get a lot of pleasure out of are the various wooden boxes made for geisha make up, wedding day boxes, make up and jewellery boxes, and *secret* boxes (in that there are specific ways to open hidden drawers).

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    Originally Posted by Sea RosesView Post

    Won't go near the *girly* things like handbags and cosmetics.

    Have always collected vintage Kimonos and various Chinese/Japanese/Korean furniture and objects d'art. The pieces I get a lot of pleasure out of are the various wooden boxes made for geisha make up, wedding day boxes, make up and jewellery boxes, and *secret* boxes (in that there are specific ways to open hidden drawers).
    Curious - how did you become interested in that?
    post #13 of 34

    My great grandmother and grandmother collected kimonos from their families who brought them home from travels ( grandmothers family way back were all sea captains).

    My father always brought things from various places ...but it was the presents he gave me from Japan and China that fascinated me from a small child.

    As a teenager I studied and traveled in China. In the early mornings I would visit the markets and *ghost markets* (where people in the early hours disguise selling *old* things in pursuit of the new).

    My mother and I traveled extensively in Japan and South Korea. My mother had an ability to see beautiful objects even though they were often covered in dust.

    post #14 of 34
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    Originally Posted by Sea RosesView Post

    My great grandmother and grandmother collected kimonos from their families who brought them home from travels ( grandmothers family way back were all sea captains).

    My father always brought things from various places ...but it was the presents he gave me from Japan and China that fascinated me from a small child.

    As a teenager I studied and traveled in China. In the early mornings I would visit the markets and *ghost markets* (where people in the early hours disguise selling *old* things in pursuit of the new).

    My mother and I traveled extensively in Japan and South Korea. My mother had an ability to see beautiful objects even though they were often covered in dust.
    What nice memories!
    post #15 of 34

    High end Hi fi equipment

    Salsa Music & Dance

    post #16 of 34

    Thank you so much Mr Hednic......yes they are very lovely memories for me, because they were shared passions with people I loved/love dearly.

    We say in Greek Sto Kalo......which means to always be well! I say this for you!

    post #17 of 34




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