|08-22-2008, 08:59 PM||#51|
Cobra dog trainer
Join Date: Sep 2007
I drove around with empty vehicle and dvd pack boxes in my trunk,so my girlfriend wouldn't see them.I snuck them into the trash cans,on trash day.She doesn't have a problem with my "toys",it's the money I put into them.I only hide, when hasbro release a lot of good stuff at once.
|08-23-2008, 01:14 AM||#52|
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Orange County
That's... just... weird.
Afraid to tell another person that you collect toys...
I'd understand if we were collecting cereal boxes... or tuna can labels... and yes, there are people that collect these sort of things... (and I'm not bashing them or anything...)
The only person I don't tell that I collect toys are strangers at stores that I think are scalpers... that's about it.
Shouldn't need to hide stuff like this... there's only a couple of things in life you might "need" to hide... and this is definitely not one of them.
If you need an example of something that you might "need" to hide... just picture yourself, wearing a gas mask, in a church, with a donkey. Whatever weirdness that you just thought of.... that's the sort of thing you should probably hide.
|08-23-2008, 03:47 AM||#53|
Iron Grenadier Sorcerer
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: The Silent Castle
I haven't had this problem with significant others. There's a whole lot of other things far more unattractive about me than the fact I collect toys.
I did have it with my parents, though. In college and grad school, when I would drive up to visit them, I of course would hit just about every Wal-Mart, Target and TRU along the way and often find things, and then have to hide them in the trunk of my car or smuggle them inside late at night. My parents reacted as if I were on drugs. I think my mother even cried one time: "You're a grown man buying...toys!? I'm so...disappointed."
I remember one time I hid an AT-AT (yes, the POTF2 one, back in the day when TRU and KB had them for $10-20 on clearance) in my aunt's guest bedroom closet while I was up visiting, and she called me and asked me about it (she was always a lot more tolerant of my collecting than other family members). She said "Uh, there's this big Star Wars thing in the guest room closet and I was just calling to make sure it's yours." I had left it at her house because her house is on the way to my parents' house and I'd spent the night with her and just left the toys I'd picked up on my trip at her house to get on the way back.
As such, when some of you talk about your family and your significant others helping you in your hunt, I can't help but be a little jealous. I walk alone down the toy aisle...humming Green Day.
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|08-23-2008, 04:02 AM||#54|
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Tukwila WA
I didnt have much time to read it all, but I will say this... If your collecting is an obsesion and not just a hobby, it might be a problem.
I have this young lady I'm intedrested in. Her and her family had come over for lunch after church, along with some of our other friends. Her mom and dad came down to the basement and saw all the model cars I have built and also the ones I still have in box's. They were both impressed, in a good way. They also know I'm love my Matchox and Hot Wheels, but not so much the Joe's. That is an old flam that has just started again. I have told them I was getting into it a little and they thought nothing of it. They know I pay my bills, maintain my cars, help mom and dad with the house, and pay rent...
As long as your a responsible person and it just a hobby, they why not tell them? They just might get a kick out of it...
|08-23-2008, 04:12 AM||#55|
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: stockton california
my lady supports me cause i spend money on her....pay my bills on time....help my parents,,,, maintain a home and car.....so i can drop some scratch on stuff cause all my oblagations come 1st and my hobbies last...plus the fact that she thinks i am cool and cute she can deal with it...besides she collects bobble heads and old 1940's/50's clotheing and magazines
the only thing is she can't get her freek on cause the figures are watching LOL hence no nookie in the toy box
|08-23-2008, 04:15 AM||#56|
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Miami, FL
I can't hide it...People come over to my place, co-workers, family, friends. It's who I am. Today one of my co-workers came over with his girlfriend, he quickly caught a glimpse of the few 25th figures I own sitting on the shelve. His Girl admitted that she thought it was cool that he collected Batman Action-figures and thought it was completely normal. And it is. My wife doesn't seem to agree but I'm not going to hide it.
|08-23-2008, 10:30 AM||#57|
Join Date: Nov 2007
We should all be ashamed. hahahaha This thread reads like a Opra show.
|08-23-2008, 12:17 PM||#58|
Join Date: Apr 2008
I agree there. As far as my family goes and very close friends and such they are the only ones who know my business with collecting. If I were to tell people at work or strangers, they may not understand the same way we do.
I did go through a phase for some time though of hiding my hobby from everyone. Mostly because I was scared of what people thought. That of course stemmed from hearing what others say. I can remember hearing people I know saying things like "You know those weird guys who go to Wal-Mart to collect kid toys" or "Yeah he is a real winner" when someone was older was looking at toys.
That really bothered me because I thought maybe people would think I'm weird or something.
But now just my family and close friends know my hobby and they seem to accept it just fine. In fact some of my family look for me.
|08-23-2008, 12:20 PM||#59|
Lookin' For A Path
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Dagobah, with Yoda
NEVER, NEVER, NEVER apologize for who you are, and the things that you like, the things that you like to do. The right person will already know this.
Too often we meet people that seem to have absolutely no problem telling us how to live our lives, what to do with our time, and when to do whatever. I wonder why these people seem to feel they have that right. Maybe they are perfect or something. I'm being sarcastic of course... I just know that personally, I don't take the time to tell them what they should be doing.
If you're like a lot of people, you collect joes because you like GI JOE in cartoons and comics. You've probably met people that have no interest in cartoons, comics, science-fiction, adventure stories, super-heroes, or perhaps from your own angle, anything interesting or fun! It could be that you'll have nothing in common with someone like that.
Collecting the toys that are made (now better than ever) is just part of all those interests.
To yourself be true, and the right ones to you shall come.
Your Friend and Mentor,
Just kidding. I'm not a Jedi yet.
|08-23-2008, 12:20 PM||#60|
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Apache Junction, AZ
First off, kudos for just coming here to see who else is in the same boat and not coming here for advice on dealing w/ toys in an adult life!
Well, if you come from the school of thought that keeping the truth from somebody is the same as purposely telling them falsities, then I would be considered a liar and/or closet collector.
I like GI Joe, porn, and Italian food. I'm not proud of it, per se, it's just something I enjoy...And I really don't feel the need to advertise it to ppl who know my real name, but then again, in my real life I'm appreciated and rewarded for my quirkiness. Regardless, I put the porn, Joes, and Spaghetti-Os back into the closet when the wife comes home.
I tell ppl (when they find out) I treat it w/ the attitude of others collecting paintings, cars, or sculptures...then again, I haven't seen too many of them act like children when they don't get their way.
The huge difference between my lady and this current game of collecting Joes at retail: I don't seem to mind so much when she's f***ing me.
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