Find other collectors who are passionate about the systems that you don't use or have lost interest in, and trade (or donate to) with them. I used to collect for any/every gaming system that I could get my hands on, but at some point realized that I just didn't have a significant attachment to a bunch of the consoles. So I've slowly parted with a lot of games/consoles - and I'm always surprised to see how happy people are when they receive a small parcel with part of their childhood in it. And, on that note, these same people have been gracious to send me games/hardware that I collect actively! You'd be shocked at how much more room you have after you get rid of the experiential dead-weight
Post by David Murray on Nov 2, 2009 16:21:18 GMT -5
I guess I'm coming in late on this conversation. But I've had to downsize several times over the years. One of the things I started doing was looking at each system and asking myself these questions:
Am I ever going to use this again?
Can it be moved to the attic?
Is it worth anything on ebay?
Do I already have 10 just like it?
I realized long ago that nobody else in my family cares about my antique computers. So when I die, all of that stuff is probably going to a landfill somewhere. So what good does it do to "rescue" another commodore 64 from a dumpster if it is going to wind up there anyway. Might as well make better use of the space in my house.
So I ended up selling some of the systems on ebay that were valuable like the Commodore 128D and a few others. Mainly because I knew I'd never use those again. Then I tried to narrow it down to at least 1 working unit of each model
Then I got some plastic crates and filled them with my old computer stuff and moved 80% of my collection to the attic. I then kept my favorite 20% or so and moved it to the top of my closet. and I threw a lot of old junk in the trash.. it was hard to do, but now that years has passed I'm glad to have been able to use the space for more important things.
I am beginning to have a grip on reality just by reading David's...as a matter of fact everytime I do a clean-up or re-arrangement of my retro stuff, I get that same feeling wondering who cares about these stuff except me (in the house of course).
Robert: Finding one "extended retro family" does not comeby easily locally. I used to have a group of Commodore enthusiasts. They all have moved to "Windows". As matter of fact, I was their end reciever for their old stuffs.