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Also, I would like to add that this is a healthy hobby. Some people go out and murder people, or hurt themselves to deal with stress. Some people drink, smoke, etc because they are bored. Some people collect bottle caps. Don't think you are weird for your hobby !!!
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I collect because, as my Mum says, childhood is only once a life! I will keep and collect SF when I have kids to, obviously! I also collect because it is such a joy to play with these gorgeus animals!

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Loved reading everyone's stories here emoticon. My heart breaks for everyone that had difficult times though emoticon

My fascination started because when I was little, Forest Families was the one toy my mom wouldn't buy for me because she thought the felt would wear to quickly, making it an impractical toy. Meanwhile, my cousin had nearly all of them and wouldn't always let me touch them. I envied her so!

When I saw SFs back in SA a few years back I was giddy with the thought of buying some for myself (now that I was old enough to make my own decisions emoticon ). I started with the Renard mom and son picnic set and WHAM! the SF fever had me emoticon

Now I use them to write stories for my darling baby girl - I hope to print them into a picture book for her when she's a bit older. I also find so much joy in handling the miniature pieces, posing them just so, and writing tales of fancy around them.

Some days I do feel guilty - a lot of money goes into this hobby as most of you can attest. But most hobbies ARE expensive and I could be doing so many other destructive things. I think having a hobby that brings you joy and that you can save up for is healthy - I plan which items I need next and I carefully save for each new piece. I don't just go throwing money at the store emoticon

And if one day I get tired of them - though I highly doubt it - my daughter will probably be more than happy to have them emoticon

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This thread caught my eyes and i thought i'd share my own reasons for collecting after you all shared yours. I'm 24 so i've always grown up with sylvanians.

I had a happy yet difficult childhood - you see i'm dyspraxic, dyslexic, language disorder and i seemed to have been well behind all of my friends in my mainstream school - which was difficult and more so as everyone got older. But one of the Only things that made my world happy.. was my sylvanians - i collected untill i was in year 9 and even after then i was constently looking in the argoss catalog wanting the new ones. My sencondary special school was ok but i still suffered from being young.. and hiding the fact i was struggling.
Then before i knew it my younger sister (who i used to play with and collect with) - by 4 yrs - didnt want to know and then i left for college and before i knew it - mum had put the majourity of them in the loft! emoticon
Then for the past 8 years i've been in and out of depression because i couldnt cope with the adult world - all i wanted was to get the sylvanians back and play... eventually i did last summer when i had pretty much hit rock bottom - I just said can we Please get them back down!
And since having them back i'm happier thats for sure because now i have my "friends" back! Its then when i said i'm going to get the ones i've always wanted and i basically went crazy buying things - i go through phases when i'm low or happy - i can go weeks without a purchase then a few weeks later i'll go crazy! especially when my world seems soo difficult!
I also discovered in the sumer that i'm also autistic... so years of hiding behind a mask and pretending the world was ok and i was ok with it took its toll on me... which is why depression took over... but now i understand my world and well... my sylvanian friends are Here for life and i'm Never going to let them go.
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I collected as a child and then discovered them again in 2003 as an adult. Then I discovered the world of Japanese Sylvanians.

Initially I collected because I wanted to get figures I couldn't get when I was a child like the Honeybears or Oakwoods. Then I collected the new Flair ranges and begun to collect JP figures and some Calico Critters.

However, recently I know I tend to buy more figures when I'm feeling low. I know this isn't just the case with Sylvanians but other things like clothes, makeup and music too. My collection now is probably as big as I'll ever let it get. It's started to take over hence why I sell figures every now and then. I get bored of them, or really want them, until I have them and once I do, I don't want them any more. I've suffered with anxiety since becoming an adult. Despite the job I do I don't think I'm a natural adult which sounds a bit strange but what I mean is I still think of myself in my head as being a teenager. I'm starting to feel a bit more adult in the last 6 months. I just coped much better in childhood than I now do in the big adult wide world. I think sometimes Sylvanians help keep the child in me alive that bit longer. The anxiety has always been quite mild and manageable, mostly appearing only in social situations. But the last 6 months it's got quite bad where it's there most days. It's taken me a while to identify and realise that really. That's why I've been selling off some figures/items plus non sylvanian items for a simpler more streamlined clutter free life. Also I really really really take people's comments to heart now and don't deal too well with criticism. Well in the sense that I believe the criticism and become highly critical of myself. That's why I posted recently about unkind comments because they just trigger off the anxiety all over again.

I've decided that my life priorities are now quite different and are continuing to change. I've got a close family member who is incredibly poorly and the outlook is not great.

I do like this topic because it's enabled many of us to discuss the reasons why we collect and I guess it shows how comfortable some of us feel within the collecting community on here. At the age of 27 I am finally learning to walk my own path through life, even if it deviates from what people may perceive to be the norm.

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I appreciate that this topic was started and that so many people shared.
Hayley, from just the short time since I joined the forum I can tell that you put a lot of work into everything you do. You probably do need a little break from ebay, school and whatever else causes you stress.
It had always bothered me too when someone is critical because I put 100% into everything I do and always try to do the right thing.
But try to let it go because nobody has the right to judge your feelings or actions.
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If the truth be known I think many people buy things when they are feeling low. I know I do too. At least you can bear to part with things Hayley. I have bouts of selling things when I run out of space. I suppose there will come a day when I have to part with some of my Sylvanians, but until then I will plod along with the little cuties. emoticon
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I bought things when I was low, but then I sold/got ride of them. I dont open things if I'm not sure, like the CC bears, Sheep etc.



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