One otaku’s treasure is another otaku’s treasure
Ever since I have taken the plunge in anime merchandise collecting, it would be safe to say that majority of items in my collection are all brand new when I bought them. A lot of them represent the blood, sweat, and tears of working for Woolworths for the 3 and half years that I was working there, and the more recent stuff is from my current job. However, you don’t need to have a a lot of money to indulge yourself with anime merchandise (well that really depends on how much you want) as there is another source to get some awesome loot. And that is none other than your fellow otaku.
Your fellow otaku is a great source for loot as there will be a time when they must part with what is precious to them. Various reasons would befall your fellow otaku to do such a thing, such as running out of room, in desperate need of cash, have lost that BURNING PASSION, or quite possibly even be their significant other. Well whatever the reason may be, it benefit those who wish to satisfy their hunger for anime merchandise.
My fellow Sister Princess loving twin Phil (Uninformed from Tsundere Time) came to a point where he had so much stuff from his trip to Japan back in August that he had to sell some of his precious loot to make room for the new stuff. Luckily for me I got a look at the list of items he was selling and made some prompt purchases, as you can see from the picture above. Originally I had 9 figures, but the other 5 were for friends who also had a glimpse at the list, but I can tell you this, I got these for a very decent price. But the price isn’t the point here, but the actual products themselves. The benefit of buying pre-loved items is that they may be rare in some cases, or even of things that you never knew existed. For me, the Sumino figure is something I had been looking for for a number of years, even in Japan. You can’t believe how happy I am right now.
Although purchasing these pre-loved goods also made me think about my own situation. I keep saying that I’m reaching the brink of capacity in my room, yet I keep purchasing goods as if it was nothing. But there will be a time when I will reach full capacity in my room, but will it come to me having to sell the parts of my collection that I have spent so long building up? For me personally, no I wouldn’t. Most of my collection, if not all, I remember quite clearly of when I bought it, or the excitement of a package arriving at my doorstep. Sure enough there will probably be a time when I will stop purchasing merchandise, but I would probably keep my collection in it’s entirety. Although I have sold some of my collection so far, mainly just magazines and the 5 Shuffle figures. Such a shame as I’m sure there are quite a number of people who would love to have the items that I hold in my collection, such as the Ayu backpack from Kanon, the large Akari towel from ARIA, or even my Utamaru plushy from Da Capo.
So this brings a question. Would you ever sell parts of your collection, or even your entire collection when the time comes? What kind of “rare” items do you hold in your collection that make many other envy you?