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Culling the Collection, how often do you do it?Culling the Collection, how often do you do it?Ask MFC

TyjosAzariTyjosAzari1個月前
After a very successful cleaning out of one collection here my sights have shifted to culling the Anime collection because I am tired of having a lot of what I do have and it's getting time to clear out a few shelves of figures to get things to where the collection can be displayed in 2 Display Cases and feels like the first thing to go will be Fate series figures.



Cancelled a lot of the remaining preorders that were left to deal with for the year and my current objective is to get rid of more figures and not get anymore since it doesn't make any sense to me to keep adding figures to the collection when it's being downsized.

After getting in a lot of Starships for the Trek collection [20 Starships arrived yesterday] I'm out of space for new figures and things have gotten to where I don't want crowded shelves of figures anymore so it's time to cull the Anime collection.

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I have lost interest in wanting a lot of Anime stuff these days and it's gotten to where having fewer Action Figures is more appealing and shifting everything over to focusing on the main series that I enjoy the most is the best thing to do right now and it's better to get to cleaning out this collection while my momentum is still going from cleaning out 99% of the Transformers collection so this may take me most of next month to complete.



Since Trekking out the other side of the room and filling up the shelves again with books, DVDs, and Starships it looks better to me to have the shelves on the other half of the room decluttered of figures and displaying Starships helps to make things look neater to me and it doesn't feel like it's crowded.

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Working to shift the room over to being focused more on Trek these days so more Anime items will be packed away over the next month.





How often do you cull your collection?

Are you working on downsizing your collection?






-When I start a Collection purge/cull this is how I am.

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found that while it's nice to have figures I don't need a TON of them and after selling off a 100+ and almost an entire bookshelf worth of Transformers and it was a very healthy thing to do and it's had that effect of reducing the urge to get more figures to almost zero I need to downsize a bit from the collection and pack more away to free up some more display space.

-Covid-19 has been a direct cause of the purge of the collection due to wanting to have more emergency funds banked and after a very successful cleaning out with Transformers I can rest a little and not think about that just need to continue to get rid of more and clear the clutter and not get more for the collection.
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Jenthehen1個月前#78135327I cull as I go. I find it helps to stay organized and happy about my collection if I regularly reassess how I feel about my figures (and merch). It's not quote Konmari-ing, but similar ... I often check to see how much figures I own are selling for and think about if I'd rather have that money to put towards other figures or if I still love and want to own the figure. Most figures I've bought I do want to keep (at least for a good long while), but sometimes there's just one that you end up not loving as much as you expected, and you can part with it!

I think this is a good habit. I'm the kind of people who has a hard time getting rid of stuff, even unwanted stuff. Sometimes, I regret not having culled on the spot figures I didn't like anymore or which were a disappointment. Your approach keeps the collection dynamic, which is a good thing I think. I know a few local friends are interested in some figures, so I'll try to sell locally first.
1個月前
I'm in the process of doing it. Not yet sold anything, but I'm evaluating what's going to stay and what will be sold. Like you, I ran out of space, and yes, I now have a lot of it with a new dedicated hobby room.

"found that while it's nice to have figures I don't need a TON of them"

Exactly my thought! I prefer a few that creates a nice display than shelves full of figure which compete for attentions. I like to create clusters of figures with a common theme, generally, 2 or 3 together. It means where most people would fit 6 to 9 figures, I only display a 1/3.

Figures that were a mild disappointement when I unboxed them are gonna dissapear. I'm also seriously thinking about getting rid of almost everything that is 1/8 or smaller. I prefer larger scale, which is also another good reason for cleaning up.
1個月前
Never have done that.

I once worried about running out of space a couple of years ago, as I was filling up my only cabinet and drawers, and closet, quite rapidly with the growth of my collection. This is my closest moment considering that I might have to cull my collection.

Then I moved to my new and current place, found more space for figures, and after that the prices of the figures rocketed to the point that I had to slam the breaks on the hobby, put the growth of my collection to a VERY solid single digit per year.

So the space issue never happened. Till today, I still got fairly good amount of space for displaying nendos and 6-inch like action figures which formed the majority of my collection.

There is just no motivation, that's all.
1個月前
did a figure cull awhile before tis covid situation blows up and do not foresee myself doing another one since I am pretty pleased and contented with all the figures which I have now.

may do a merch cull again to focus more on figure collecting. then again, I do not have much merch as compared to figures.
1個月前
Jenthehen Otaku at Law
I cull as I go. I find it helps to stay organized and happy about my collection if I regularly reassess how I feel about my figures (and merch). It's not quote Konmari-ing, but similar ... I often check to see how much figures I own are selling for and think about if I'd rather have that money to put towards other figures or if I still love and want to own the figure. Most figures I've bought I do want to keep (at least for a good long while), but sometimes there's just one that you end up not loving as much as you expected, and you can part with it!
1個月前
Usually whenever I seriously start running out of space (which is often because my room's small lol) or if I'm not too attached to a figure or show and needs funds. If I have friends who like figures from a series I have, it's sometimes worth considering gifting them because I know they'll go to someone who'll like them and take good care of them.
1個月前
not as often as i should, but usually things that prompt me to do this are
-running out of room (i don't want clutter, i want to see most of what i have)
-forgetting what i have on hand (if i forgot, did i really want it)
-moving onto a new fandom (usually i'll get pickier with the merch from my older fandoms because my old fandom has become less of a soft spot so i can be harsher in my judgement of what i dislike and like.)
-if i need money for something, id consider selling stuff too
1個月前
jumpluff1個月前#78096578Btw, having seen your posts over the years, I really agree with your assessment of your true love, lol (space things, vehicle style stuff). It's what makes you happy and I think it's a good idea for you to focus on that. I also applaud your wise decision to build up savings during a global emergency, especially since we're in a recession/potential depression. And I wish you good fortune in everything.

One of the things I do love about what I'm doing is I'm making a few other folks very happy and one of the buyers that has been coming back to get my figures has been getting stuff for his kid who is playing with them and that makes it all worth it to me to send stuff here that's been sitting around gathering dust or sitting in storage to where it's going to be fully appreciated and right now financial solvency is my primary objective for the year and my bills have been paid and with there being so much here there is no rational reason to keep a ton of stuff I really don't want anymore and no logic in getting more of it so this clean out has been very healthy and worth it.

Already sold what Anime stuff I put up for sale a few hours ago to a return buyer and at the rate i'm selling things off I'll probably hit about $2,500 or more in sales total for clearing out action figures and anime from this collection since the end of last month.

Looking at the recession and depression that's barreling towards society I can't keep doing a lot with collecting plus it's kinda dull to collect other stuff these days outside of what I enjoy the most so thankfully what I am collecting I am almost finished with that and that makes it very easy to save up now with little left to look for my time as an active collector should be over by the end of next month.
1個月前
jumpluff Pegasus Knight
Btw, having seen your posts over the years, I really agree with your assessment of your true love, lol (space things, vehicle style stuff). It's what makes you happy and I think it's a good idea for you to focus on that. I also applaud your wise decision to build up savings during a global emergency, especially since we're in a recession/potential depression. And I wish you good fortune in everything.
1個月前
jumpluff Pegasus Knight
I can only see it happening if something arose that made it difficult to keep my figures (serious financial difficulty or housing issue where space was limited). Thankfully, neither are on the cards for me any time soon, and I hope it'll stay that way. I've maintained consistent interest in the series I collect for a long time (15 years for one, 9 years for the other), and both have sentimental meaning to me; I also think the figures are pretty enough that I'd want to display them either way. I'm also engaged to someone I met after I started collecting figures and who supports my hobby, so that isn't a problem either.

I live in Australia, which limits my potential buyers, and hate selling stuff online anyway. I also have trouble getting rid of stuff I'm attached to (just cannot KonMari at all). So I've been buying in a fairly planned way for years now.

Tbh I have too many figures for the space I have already, in the sense they're not displayed nicely but they do fit in the space I have. I imagine I'll be living in a smaller living space in the future, but the figures are one of the few things I'm unwilling to downsize on. So I'm hoping I can get a second cabinet or more shelving then in order to make an attractive display. (I've not done it yet because I've been planning to move for ages, but it's been delayed a lot by the government.) But the point is that I can make do with one cabinet and some shared shelving already if push comes to shove.
1個月前
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