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Should I buy something to start collecting or is it just a waste?

Asked by jamzzy (885points) June 9th, 2010

I own 68 pairs of shoes (that still fit me 30 more if you count the ones that are snug), all from different events, stores, gifts, a lot of hard work as far as searching goes, and a lot more work as far as just getting people to sell them to me. I wear all my shoes, I even have a rotating pattern that uses the rainbow to make sure all my shoes see the light of day (unless its raining, than I wear my fillers). The other day I was browsing around a little place my friend and me know about downtown where this guy has shoes a little earlier than most people, and I see a pair of jordan 15s ( and I KNOW I would never wear them, because i dont really feel them, but I like them.

I would almost be perfectly fine with letting them sit on my shelf for ever just to show them off to people, but never sell them. Should I buy them?

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YARNLADY's avatar

Depends on what you mean. When you buy something, you have benefited the seller, so it’s not a complete waste. After you are no longer around, the collection can be given to a charitable thrift store, so it won’t be a waste.

poofandmook's avatar

those are hideous

I know from working at Footaction how expensive Jordans are… if you don’t intend to wear them, I would save the money for something you would wear, or donate it to a good cause. Something like shoes won’t be valuable in x-years, so it wouldn’t be like an investment. And if some day, they’re just going to be donated, you could’ve taken that 100+ dollars and bought lots of pairs of shoes to donate… you know what I mean?

rebbel's avatar

Start collecting?
68 pairs and you talk about start collecting? ~
Those shoes in the pic are probably the ugliest shoes that i have ever seen. No offense.

Likeradar's avatar

If it’s something you can afford and feel good about owning, why not? They’re no more useless than some people’s Precious Moments collections, mug collections, mini-giraffe collections, etc.
Sure, it would be “better” to donate the money to charity, but we all buy shit we don’t really need.

YARNLADY's avatar

That picture doesn’t do the shoe justice. They look like cute little booties on your feet.

augustlan's avatar

It sounds to me like you’re already collecting shoes, but so far only functional shoes. If shoes are your “thing”, go ahead and collect the non-functional ones that catch your fancy. I collect lots of stuff that I don’t use (baby cups, the letter N, birds). I display them, but there’s no function beyond decorative. It’s your money. :)

SeventhSense's avatar

It’s just a waste unless it’s a commodity. Collect antiques, gold and silver which will always have value. As for the Beanie babies, here today, gone tomorrow.

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