"Why on earth is all of your doll stuff still in plastic and boxes, etc? Do you ever play with your stuff?" Vanessa in Comment for "FS: Kenmore My First Kitchen on eBay"
Well, let's see ... why so many things still in boxes? I don't want stuff to get dusty? I can always have something new to open? If I open it, I will lose it among the other stuff? The box graphics and the doll pose are too precious to undo? I got it on sale and am not sure I really want to keep it? Wouldn’t that be unfair to someone else who would miss that just-opened-freshness? Suppose I “kicked it” tomorrow, how will my family identify what is left? Of course, their first thoughts will be, “how to distribute these fine collectibles to deserving enthusiasts?” Or I go into a coma after being hit by a driver who willfully ignores the “pedestrians have the right of way law in the state of Pennsylvania?” Whew. Ummm … surely I am not the only collector/enthusiast who has anxieties about the fate of my collection after I am no longer capable of overseeing it? Let’s see a “show of hands” …
I suppose that is part of the reason. I can still set the boxes up in a corner if I just wanted to retain the artwork. But to keep the dolls still there ... that's more for saving them, preserving them for some future generation to appreciate. Like I am the onliest bastion for modern dolls and action figures. No one else has ever or would ever be able to record these wonderful creations if I did not. Only now ... grace of the Internet ... I don't have to be the only bastion for the preservation of modern dolls and action figures. There are MANY others recording and photographing modern dolls - some, many even, better at photography than me.
(Aside to the peanut gallery, okay, photography is NOT my strong point.)
So I really don't have to preserve ... by golly, I can PLAY. I can enjoy them.
Flash image to self and dolls and action figures running unimpeded down a long brightly lit corridor.
"Free at last, free at last!"
Okay, hyperbole is, if not my strong point, a familiar one. But I do feel that there is a difference between being a collector-caterpillar and evolving into a enthusiast-butterfly. Enthusiasts have wings to fly!