Single Malt Scotch
Rare US Coins
"Nostalgia just ain't what it used to be"--Anonymous
This is turning out to be such an interesting thread.
Oh my, cooking can be expensive! If you care about your equipment and ingredients... I have many times put hundreds into the ingredients alone. The time spent preparing it is a whole 'nother issue, if you take a whole day off that adds up.
gaming, magic the gathering, the latest electronics/pc upgrades, wine-collecting, and lots of clothes shopping.
yes, i'm materialistic, to the core, baby.
guitar cigars and liquor
Video production is the only other thing I really will sink money into, but it can occasionally take a good chunk.
Computers & Photography. I have Nikon D90. Lenses are Nikon 80-200 2.8, Nikon 35 1.8, Tamron 17-50 2.8. Alien Bees B1600, Vagabond mini, Nikon SB600 and some Yongnuo flashes.
Classic Cars. My current car is a 1967 Mustang GTA Fastback. Have bought and sold many classics the past 15 years.
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Photography, Archery, Firearms, Paintball.
My girlfriend is an expensive hobby.
My most expensive hobby is my hubby! His hobbies of cars, cycling, addiction to random sports e.g. Windsurfing, kite surfing which are all short lived but he must have all the kit, best in the range. We have a garage and a shed full to bursting with the mo longer used kit. Let me point out we live as far from the past as it I possible to be in the UK.
Oh and the grown up children are pretty expensive to run as well, what will University for one and helping set the other up in his own home.
Being a perfumista and shoe-aholic are cheap in comparison
Glassblowing/flameworking, which I made a career out of, cars and guns.
i like clothing & of course automobiles.
swiss watches as well as others have mentioned.
currently saving to purchase a patek philippe grand complication and a rolex daytona.
in re: to autmobiles, i have a preference for english and german vehicles, namely bentley, rolls royce, land rover range rover, mercedes benz(s class , s class amgs, cl class, cl class amgs).
clothing i like a lot of companies which offer the kind of style i go for which is the simple gentleman look: button up shirts, half zip cashmeres, cable knit cashmeres, blazers, khaki trousers etc.
gitman brothers is a good brand still making clothes in the USA. jos a bank is a standard of course. ralph lauren certainly.
i have a real big addiction to neck ties.
hermes being my preference, but also have many from yves saint laurent, lanvin, versace, salvatore ferragamo, dunhill, christian dior, amongst others.
i also enjoy going out and eating well, i dont know if that counts as criteria which would qualify for this discussion but i do spend quite a bit of money on dining.
also enjoy 'popping bottles'(lol) @ the top night clubs all around the country. as some my know, def is not cheap, esp when you have a taste only for the better champagnes(armand de brignac, louis roederer,dom perignon etc), vodkas(prefer mainly belvedere), and scotch.
i also have begun trading options in my very little spare time, i have done well but i have not done so with full commitment. i look forward to completely making that my focus, and seeing where that leads me.
again, good thread and i am anxious to read more from the members of this forum.
noticed i made a mistake in which patek philippe i was saving for.
it turns out the model which i covet is the complication, rather than the mentioned grand complication which is nearly one hundred and thirty thousand dollars more expensive!
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Actually, the reason I was able to start getting into fragrances is because I DON'T have many hobbies. I play slowpitch softball in the summer, and for awhile, I was collecting some of the best slowpitch bats. However, my wife and I were trying to go to Hawaii for our ten-year anniversary, so I sold all the bats that I didn't need/use to help collect funds.
I'm a teacher. An English teacher. This means I'm constantly reading/grading essays. I don't have time for many hobbies. Nor do I have the money I enjoy working out...but I own p90x, so I do most of it at home. I enjoy writing, which doesn't cost anything. My wife and I enjoy a good wine and have discussed joining a nice Wine of the Month club...but that's about it.
"We don't fail because we aim too high and miss, but because we aim too low and hit" - Les Brown
"When you're all alone, when no one is watching, and there's no one around to impress, that is who you are" - Greg Laurie
+1, only I had to all but give them up recently. Orders from the better half and all.Cuban Cigars.
Single malt scotch is nice, but I wouldn't call it a hobby for myself. Same with clothes, food (not cooking) etc.
Sailing tops out my fragrance obsession by several orders of magnitude in terms of cost, but it's a sport. Historical wargaming (table-top) is surprisingly pricey, and I'd definately call it a hobby, but the hobby aspects (painting, gaming and modeling) are quite inexpensive.
I used to collect and restore straight-razors, but quickly moved into buying and using Kamisori razors exclusively, but that's more about being a consumer, on the collecting side at least. Collecting hones and whetstones on the other hand has a hobby-like quality to it, lapping new stones and so on, not to mention using them. This is surprisingly pricey, and has led to an interest in buying blades of all sorts from kitchen knives to pocketknives because I enjoy honing so much.
My no.1 hobbies for time-spent though are also my cheapest and most fulfilling; writing, and reading. I've thought about collecting books but somehow it seems silly.
Again, this is more about being a consumer, but I do have an unhealthy love for English suits. I'm looking at a fifth from Gieves & Hawkes, but while this could cost freakish amounts of money I'm not interested in collecting and when you simply want something to look good and feel good in it's not too bad when you consider that such things can last lifetimes.
Art deco silver and vintage jewelery, again this could cost more than everything else combined but one or two pieces a year satisfies me.
I collect coins. twice as expensive as my fragrance hobby. I love it.
Guitars and piano play a big part in my life and tattoos - though it's a somewhat finite thing given I'll run out of skin at some point!
Tom Ford Black Orchid
Acqua di Parma Colonia
Creed Baie de Genievre
Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan
Serge Lutens Rahat Loukoum
Serge Lutens Douce Amere
Parfum d'Empire Aziyade
MFK Lumiere Noire
Etat Libre d'Orange Noel au Balcon
Etat Libre d'Orange Delicious Closet Queen
Guerlain Habit Rouge
There ain't no devil - that's just god when he's drunk
Tennis, badminton, and squash rackets + accessories. I recently bought 150$ worth of strings and grips and am loving them. Why are all my hobbies so expensive? It's probably just me...
Gaming, general gadgetry, nail polish (I don't have 700 like some people but I do have some nicer brands which can get pricey) and cosmetics, also hula hooping - I have a travel hoop that splits up into parts so I can carry it in a bag. So far I only have 2 hoops, hopefully getting a few more eventually.
This is a very interesting thread to read. Good idea.
In addition to fragrance I love travel. This has taken me toa lot of places that I dreamt about as a kid. A also have a passion for theater, which has lead to several trips to NYC and London. Finally, I collect old vinyl. Nothing sounds better IMO.
The ability to remain gracious and sober, is indeed, a mild form of insanity.
I split my love of good clothes, Frags and gardening. Gardening is the one thing in life that I am inately good at and I love it, but buying and maintaing your gardens can get exspensive. Good clothes go without saying price wise!
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I collect shoes and expensive clothes, especially denim. Some of the stuff I buy I never wear, it just sits in my closet. I think I have a problem.
contemporary Asian art
* Most drawn to complex florals, chypres and orientals. Collect the best, forget the rest *
One would be collecting antique, keywound, chiming clocks.
Poker and books right now, used to be really into golf and psychedelics.
Cameras (SOny Nex-5n)
Car (Mercedes c36 AMG)
Gadgets and electronics, Home Theater
Before I got into fragrances, I was a photography nut. (And there was a time for several years when the two hobbies overlapped, increasing the financial pain.) I'm not intending to start another Nikon vs. Canon fanboy war, but I was (and still am) a Canon user, starting with an Elan 7E film body. I then got the original Digital Rebel as a gift (and sold the Elan 7E right before the market for film SLRs collapsed). I built up my lens collection, added a flash, and changed camera bags twice. I also used several printers before deciding that I could print my photos at Walmart better and for less. I still use the Digital Rebel from time to time, and it still takes excellent pictures almost nine years later.
More recently, I have become a big fan of Express clothes. And for a very good reason: their clothes are well-made and about as hip as you can get while remaining suitable for the office. (For a while, I also owned their Express Honor fragrance before I gave the bottle to a friend.) They are a little pricey, but all of my Express clothes put together aren't as expensive as the Canon 70-300mm Diffractive Optics lens that's in my camera collection.
Other current expensive and not-so-expensive hobbies of mine:
-Cell phones. I briefly worked in this business before I graduated from college and entered the advertising field. While the phones may not be expensive (and you typically only buy one every two years), the plans can get pricey.
-Listening to music. As you can tell from my signature, I'm a big My Chem fan, but my interests range from classical to dubstep. The only genres that I don't like are country and hip-hop. (Tip: To cut down expenses in this field, I rip CDs from the local library.)
-Visiting amusement and theme parks. I got back from a very fun trip to Disney World recently, and I visit Cedar Point (a three hour drive from home) at least once a season. Over the past 2 years, I have also paid visits to Kings Island and Universal Orlando.
Over the years I've collected watches, but stopped because it was way too expensive. My hobbies now include travelling, reading, and fitness. I've always been a sports nut.
Some day's you're the statue and some days you're the pigeon.