So I recently made a momentous change in my life! I got ENGAGED!
Does this mean the end of collecting?
Not for me anyway! My Finacee is both understanding and supportive and with a bit of compromise the toy hobby is still safe. In fact the only real compromise is in my displays. I have fewer toys overall on display but my displays are now much nicer (think less clutter, more art gallery!)
But getting engaged has changed things. Most notably how I get my toys. With a great woman in my life, a home to put together, and wedding plans to make I no longer have the time to make "Toy Runs," hitting multiple stores in search of particular items… Initially I thought I’d do most my shopping via the internet, trading lower retail prices for the convenience and ease of online ordering.
I figured my lady wouldn’t want to endlessly haunt TRUs, Targets and Wal Marts, LOL!
But I discovered I was mistaken. In putting a life and a home together we are out and about often doing shopping for actual necessities. This means I can still squeeze in a trip to TRU or a run down a Target or Wal-Mart toy aisle fairly often!
And I’ve been reasonably successful on these "normal" shopping trips finding DCUC Wave 2, Star Wars Unleashed, Cars, GI Joe and a few other items here and there. So while I do do more online shopping, the retail shopping still works. It’s especially good for items I’m on the fence about. Imports or things I really want I’ll order online, but stuff I’m on the fence on or can ultimatly live without I leave to the luck of retail (Star Wars lives in this category for me now).
This change in my life has also changed my perspective on how much to pay for a toy. Sure, hunting down stuff at retail saves you on the price paid per toy, but gas and more importantly time are the real costs there. I find I don’t mind paying a bit more going online, even on ebay, as it’s worth the time I save. Honestly, I’d much rather pay a bit more for a toy and be able to spend more time with my lady than go on often fruitless toy hunts…
So finding a woman doesn’t mean you have to quit toys, not for this geek anyway. And it’s really nice to know you can enjoy your hobby as part of your life, rather than making it the sole focus of your life, something I was afraid could have eventually happened to me if I wasn’t careful and stayed single too long… ^O^