some small things are collected delibe rately in the home in an attempt to avoid waste . among these i would list string and brown paper , kept by th rifty people when a pa rcel has been opened , to save buying these two r equisites . howeve r , collecting as a serious hobby is quite dif ferent and has many advantages .
fir stly , it provides relaxa tion for leisur e hours , just as looking at one’s t reas ure is always a pleas ur e . one does not have to go outside for amusement , since the collection is housed at home . whatever it con sists of , stamps , records , pictures , model cars , stuffed birds , toy animals , ther e is always something to do in connection with it , f rom finding the right place for the latest addition to verifying facts in refer ence books . consequently, one’s knowledge expands .
secondly , this hobby educates one not only in the chosen subject , but also in gene ral mat ters which have some bearing on it , for instance, to meet like-minded collectors , to get advice , to compare notes , to show off the latest find , and so on . in this way , one’s cir cle of f riends grows .
thirdly , the hobby soon leads to tr avel , perhaps to a meeting in anothe r town , possibly a t rip abroad in sear ch of rare specimen ( for collectors ar e not confined to one country) . over the years one may well become an authority on one’s hobby and will very probably be asked to give informal t alks to little gatherings and then , if succes sful , to large r audience . in so doing self-confidence grows , first from mastering a subject , then f rom being able to talk about it .
in conclusion , collecting , by occupying spar e time so constr uctively , makes a per son contented , with no time for bor edom.