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Posted 05/17/2021   12:52 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add hoosierboy to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Poll Question:
Do you let non collectors know you collect?

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YES
NO

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Posted 05/17/2021   1:00 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Petert4522 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Missing is "sometimes". Close friends know I collect


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Posted 05/17/2021   7:03 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add RXC to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I voted no, but sometimes would be more accurate. I find that most people are not that interested. If someone has questions I try to respond and not get too far into the weeds. Most non collectors, in my experience are interested in how valuable stamps are. The value of my stamps is not my main focus. The value, to me, is the enjoyment and education they have provided me.
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Posted 05/17/2021   8:04 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add redwoodrandy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Sometimes. Sparingly.
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Posted 05/17/2021   9:30 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add tsmatx to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I don't know any stamp collectors in real life, and have never talked about stamps to non-collectors, so literally nobody knows I collect....except the FedEx guy, and the mailman has his suspicions probably. I did find out long after we worked together that a retired colleague has been a prominent philatelist for a long time (director of specialty stamp society, and part-time dealer)...I never would have guessed. He never mentioned stamps at work.


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Posted 05/17/2021   11:37 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add oldboldandbrash to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Stamps seem to slowly be coming into the mainstream with social media like tiktok and twitter. I won't name the specific account I'm thinking of, but I quite dislike the cheap crap he peddles to unwitting non-stamp collectors who just think it's cute and niche. He's the type to charge 5$ for 50 worldwide stamps, and people pay because they don't know better. But at least more people are being exposed to how cool stamps are
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Posted 05/18/2021   12:24 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add gwanghoops to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Sometimes...and the reaction is always "Really?"
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Posted 05/18/2021   02:41 am  Show Profile Check 51studebaker's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 51studebaker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I typically do not bring it up but I also do not avoid the subject.
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Posted 05/18/2021   03:43 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add erilaz to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I've talked about going to stamp shows and even posted pictures of some of my purchases on a Japanese pop music forum that I frequent, so I clearly make no secret of my collecting.
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Posted 05/18/2021   07:22 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add funcitypapa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I frankly don't get the almost apologetic or embarrassment that I sense from some respondents if, God forbid, someone finds out you are a collector. I don't advertise but if anyone gets to know you at all, your passions, be they motorcycles, classic cars, boats, travel, whatever are going to shine through. After all, that is what makes you unique.
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Posted 05/18/2021   08:18 am  Show Profile Check GeoffHa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I used to be a closet collector, but I had to get rid of them as my collections of printed matter grew.
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Posted 05/18/2021   08:41 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rogdcam to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I will tell somebody but then I have to dispose of the body.........
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Posted 05/18/2021   09:46 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add gmot to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Sure, why not? Most people find it interesting (and not a little bit quirky). It is interesting what hobbies people have - my post office guy is an avid rock collector - which I'd never have known if we hadn't started discussing stamps one day.
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Posted 05/18/2021   10:25 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Calstamp to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

After 40 yrs believe wife and daughters are beginning to suspect. Must be all the white three-ring binders.
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Posted 05/19/2021   12:18 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add worth to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I would vote sometimes. Only if there is a specific reason to tell the person.
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Posted 05/19/2021   04:29 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add blcjr to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I don't go out of the way to tell people, but I don't hide the fact that I do, and quite a few people know that I do. Being retired, if someone asks what I do with my time, I will mention my hobbies and interests that keep me busy.

My first reaction to the thread title, though, was to wonder: you mean there are people who collect closets?
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