But is there really any meaning to any form of collecting? Isn't it all just the accumulation of stuff no matter how selective you may be?
Well, in theory, collecting should have some personal meaning, regardless of what you collect, otherwise it's mindless consumerism, but I see what you're saying. The problem is that more often than not, I see many collectors go into automaton mode, buying anything & everything that comes out, and it shouldn't be that way. Maybe that's why I like watching "Collection Intervention" on Sci-Fi so much.
I have caught myself buying things and asking later "why did I buy that?" I wish I would have saved my money for this other thing (Kubricks in my case) that I like more and that I have more of a connection to.
I think I may have seen something like Collection Intervention - this older couple had a specially built barn to house their Cabbage Patch collection. They built a merry go round for their dolls and had "playdates" with other collectors (as if their dolls were real children). It made me feel better about myself!
I thought, "Well at least I'm not that crazy."