Q. I admit it (but don't tell my husband). I bought into the whole Beanie Baby craze and have over 200 of the little stuffed bears. Obviously that is too many to display (isn't it?) and I always hoped that they would become a scarce collector's item and appreciate in value. I hate to keep them stored in boxes but don't have space to display. Help!
Organizationally speaking, there is no rule about the number of
bears that should be displayed, so if showing off all 200 makes you happy,
do it (of course then you'll have to tell your husband!).
However, you may
be feeling guilty or ashamed of your behavior, so ask yourself why. Are you
shopping to fill a void in your heart, satisfy an unmet need or fix
something that can't really be fixed with more Beanie Babies?
Should you be
spending money on other things, or saving it? Do you and your husband
disagree on money management matters or use money to exert power over the
Communication and honesty will help you sort this out, and the
sooner the better. Tricky as this can be, your time and effort will be well
If none of these issues applies, there is no reason why you can not install
additional shelves - home centers sell kits that make this very easy to do-or
buy racking or fixturing to display your Beanie Babies.
If they are that
important to you, they should come out of the box; something else of less
importance can be put in storage (or donated to charity). If your collection
is simply an investment with no emotional stake, assess the market and make
your decision about keeping or selling.
If you want to hold onto them but
not see them, storage boxes are the answer until you are ready to revisit.
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