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As a guitar player I am all too familiar with this.
We call this G.A.S. (Gear acquisition syndrome)
The constant hunt for the next guitar or piece of gear. The hunt is addicting and like a drug.
What will be the next rare thing I can finally track down and acquire? You find something then 30-60 days later it’s being flipped for the next thing.
I am guilty of this with denim and boots too. Trying to break the habit but smartphones don’t help.
We are a society that has been brainwashed to never be happy with what we have and always WANT something more.
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There are other factors at play, too. In my case, I find that the more I use something, the less I feel a desire to acquire something else instead. It depends on what we're talking about of course and not everyone will react the same way. I guess it's a matter of using versus collecting. 

Another factor is availability or ease of replacement. Some of us crave rare things. That's our collecting side at work. On the other hand, you never know when something will become unavailable, even the more mundane everyday objects (like toilet paper). 
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There was a time when I was more pleased when the postman appears as the content of a delivered parcel. Thenceforce, I knew something was not quit right in my head... That's why I have greatly reduced my collection of clothes in the last few years (there were really many that went through my hands at times). For now, I am happy every time wearing some of it and no longer when I buy something ...
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good thread. right attitude to take: to give objects the same care with which they have been obtained...
I'd need an xl for those who have a spare one of those...

as to desire: there is indeed a long debate as to whether desire is a relation to 'lack'... 
(that object-of-desire which I do not have, so compulsively chase in circles {secretly enjoying my failure to find that object - which is always structurally absent, as posters have stated, once it is found/materialised the psychic charge leaves it and lodges in some other absence} ... certainly online shopping [and consumption as a system of objects] taps into this endless loop quite effectively) 

... or whether desire is productive; it makes us do things, makes the world turn ... the desire to give subjects and objects time and care is certainly a productive action...

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to add to this, Marcel Mauss' esteemed book on gift-giving (first published mid 1920s) and the relations of obligation and solidarity they produce (from an anthropological point of view...)


[not much of a gift, but perhaps an object for the context]


Edited by bartlebyyphonics - 15 Sep 2020 at 6:10am
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There's a quote from a so-so B-movie about a prospector/trapper up in Alaska made about 30 years ago. Talking about looking for gold, he said it's really the looking for it that's the thing. The he said, "On second thought, it's the finding of it." 
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I am going to fall in line and put up my size small Liberty CPO for trade. I bought this new from Pants Shop Avenue when it came out. I didn't wear it as much as I wanted because I should have gotten a medium. It has TONS of life left and deserves someone who would wear it regularly. I am looking for a few things...

John Lofgren M-43 Service Boots Size 7
Buzz Rickson M-43 Service Boots Size 7
Mister Freedom 7161's Size 34 or 36
Mister Freedom Denim Riders Dungarees Size 34 or 36
Mister Freedom 10th Anniversary Indigo Canvas Chinos Size 34 or 36
Mister Freedom 10th Anniversary Indigo Canvas CPO Size Large
Mister Freedom Signal Vest Size Large

What else ya got from MF for trade? 

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Sell me your Mister Freedom stuff. :)
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I feel the same about mine too sometimes. I find I just wear it to work to wear it more but not feeling like it's super amazing anymore.
I love my Okinawa patrol shirt much more. In fact I own two. One that is very a very slim fit and mint not worn in and then another looser one that is so beautifully worn in. I feel like they are two different shirts.

The CPO is a close second though yet still barely wear it.
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For the most part its a consumerism fueld envy.
Its about the hunt, the "getting" it, thats so exciting.

I have a few items, that i dont wear often, but then again, i wear my clothes in rotation, and depending the weather. I had winters, where ive basically just sported my deck jacket, since it was too rainy for a nice coat, or at least i felt like that.

I also keep my warddrobe basic. I get an expensive shirt, eg a blue colored one, i dont really need another in blue.
Same with boots and so on.
Only exception i make is with Jeans... they are meant to wear out, so have 4 pairs of the same jeans i keep wearing in rotation.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote likeacannon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 Oct 2020 at 11:49am
Thanks attackwithstones! I didn’t think anyone else would join in when I originally posted, but after our conversation I think this is a great idea. Maybe I should change the name of the thread to “Are We Insane?” Big smile
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote BlueTrain Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 Oct 2020 at 12:53pm
Someone here mentioned taste and how a person's tastes mature. Well, I think that some point one's tastes become fixed and cease to evolve--at least to some extent. We might realize one day that we're wearing the same style clothes that we wore 30 or 40 years ago, more or less. Of course, some things really haven't changed much in that time, like jeans, although there have been variations in styles. But a few basic styles are still around. Some styling variations are fairly subtle, though, but I haven't seen anyone wearing bell bottoms lately. Were they still in style 30 or 40 years ago?
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