I honestly can’t speak for other collectors, but for me being a collector means being organized. Collections can get so easily out of control, and an overwhelming collection means anxiety. So the last few weekends have been most welcome.
I have documented it a lot on Facebook and Instagram, but I needed an overhaul. Badly. Not just for my own well-being, but for the sake of the blog as well. I love showcasing new stuff, but I enjoy the features on older stuff as well, and when it is hard to access what you want to show, doing the features I want becomes difficult.
So starting a few weeks ago, I gutted my office. My goal was to create a space that is more pleasant to work in, and is organized enough to allow for the features I like to do. So the drab tan walls turned blue, my small desk and video space got bigger, and my bulky vintage Matchbox display moved to Las Vegas and two Carney wall displays took its place. I even added some lamps and other details to make the space more inviting for me and any other visitors. More “Feng-shui” and less “collector”.
I also organized my office storage. I bought more shelves and drawers to house my loose collection, which surprisingly fits in my office closet. The premium brands I collect, TLV, Kyosho, Auto World, M2, all got the drawer space they need.
That was all in early April. This last weekend was all about organization. My wife and daughters had planned a trip to Arizona, so for the last 2-3 days I hunkered down and got things organized. My Matchbox collection especially needed to be put back together, as did some Hot Wheels, Auto World, and Tomica Limited Vintage. So I nerded out and organized how I prefer – models stored by diecast brand, organized in alphabetical order by carmaker – and put it all back together.
Lastly, I loaded the Carney wall displays. I have had three white 108-slot displays for awhile, and added two more on the wall that serves as a backdrop for the YouTube videos. When I talked to Carney about doing more all-white displays, they suggested clear shelves with a white back, so that light can travel through it better. I agree with them. The new displays look awesome, and it was a blast to fill them up yesterday. (Incidentally, Carney doesn’t list the white-back displays, but they will make them. Just contact them on their website. I might see if they can list them as well.)
So, the overhaul is done, and it feels awesome. And why am I writing about this, and why should you care? Honestly, you probably shouldn’t. But this is my blog, and sometimes serves as a bit of a journal for me. Plus, collection storage AND collection sanity seems to be a valid topic for a blog about collecting toy cars.
Also, if you enjoy this blog, and I hope you do, this allows me to get back to the content I really enjoy sharing. New stuff and previews of course, but tie-ins to older models, other brands, etc. Because now I know where all this shit is! Hooray?
It feels good to be photographing one model, and if something comes to mind I can just turn to my closet – doors replaced with curtains for easy access – and grab it.
I have lots to feature, some cool stuff to do, and I hope you enjoy it. Now to get to work.