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How does your SO react to your collections?
« on: October 23, 2021, 03:01:37 AM »
Whether it be ponies, dolls, or otherwise... how does your significant other view your collection(s)?

What prompted this question was a thread on Reddit (arguably my first mistake) in which men were asked what they thought of girls who collected toys. The general consensus: creepy, unless the men were figure collectors themselves.

I've been single all my life, so SOs are out of the question... but most of my friends and extended family members found the collection odd, if not slightly endearing. Toy collecting isn't something I publicly advertise unless you walk into my room -  there's a couple custom ponies on my dresser, and a plush leopard keychain clipped to my purse. I'm of the opinion that it isn't a hobby that makes you immature, but a lack of responsibility, laziness, and respect does.

What are your experience(s)?

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Re: How does your SO react to your collections?
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2021, 03:49:06 AM »
Fascination. She tries to explain things to me in pony terms related to her own interests.
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Re: How does your SO react to your collections?
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2021, 05:59:04 AM »
I don't have a SO but sometimes I worry what my mom would think if she found my six ponies.
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Re: How does your SO react to your collections?
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2021, 06:29:20 AM »
I do not have one, but I hope my future girlfriend will also collect toys of some sort. It would be fun to go hunting for things together, gift giving would be a bit easier (they might just have a wishlist) and we can house the collections and geek out together! What could be better?
Though my friends and family have reacted with amusement or a bit of surprise at just how much stuff is in my collections.
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Re: How does your SO react to your collections?
« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2021, 09:34:10 AM »
I've been with my SO since 2011, we met in 2010. He's completely OK with the ponies, and other collections I have started over the years. It makes him happy that it makes me happy, and while not super interested maybe, he lets me talk his ears off about it when I'm in the mood for it.
I wouldn't be with him if he didn't respect my interests. I did that mistake in the past and it left horrible mental scars (that, and a bunch of other things, but beside the point), and I often feel ashamed of my collection, but he helps me out of those funks.

He in turn loves collecting jackets and guitars. completely fine by me! ^^
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Re: How does your SO react to your collections?
« Reply #5 on: October 23, 2021, 01:17:19 PM »
it doesn't bother him. he's the reason i started collecting. he got tired of me complaining that my mom gave away my care bears when i was a kid. and told me to go on ebay and replace them. well that spun out of control :)

he only gets annoyed if my collection gets messy. or if i spend too much money on them at times when i shouldn't be spending money.
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Re: How does your SO react to your collections?
« Reply #6 on: October 23, 2021, 01:34:03 PM »
my husband simply can't say anything about my collections when his collections fill the garage and we have a house full of shared collections...
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Re: How does your SO react to your collections?
« Reply #7 on: October 23, 2021, 03:22:06 PM »
Single here, but I'm friends with a few of my exes and they all know about my collections and think it's cool. But then, they also collect stuff and are big nerds :lol:

I'm pretty open about collecting ponies and other toys and I've never run into anyone who thought it was weird or got freaked out or made fun of me or anything.

I also collect skulls and bones/organic remains. THIS collection has been side-eyed before. Some people think it's creepy or that I'm super weird (I am, but that's beside the point :P ) but my ponies? Nah. Everyone is cool with it.
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Re: How does your SO react to your collections?
« Reply #8 on: October 23, 2021, 05:13:02 PM »
We're both collectors, so we often buy each other stuff.
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Re: How does your SO react to your collections?
« Reply #9 on: October 24, 2021, 01:12:54 AM »
It doesn't bother my husband. :) He does listen with interest when I tell about them. He helped me assemble the closet where the ponies are.

(He is even more interested in real animal skulls and bones I have taken home from the forests, which I also collect. .So BlackCurtains, we have the same collectible!  :heart: )
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Re: How does your SO react to your collections?
« Reply #10 on: October 24, 2021, 12:49:09 PM »
My partner sent me a couple ponies exclusive to his country as a gift and I send him any duplicates I pic up that he wants :) He's not specifically a "collector" but he has a handful of ponies he particularly likes. He's a treasure :good:

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Re: How does your SO react to your collections?
« Reply #11 on: October 24, 2021, 03:01:11 PM »
My husband is totally supportive. The first Valentine's Day after FiM started airing, he let me pick out a brushable Rarity for it, he's gotten me MLP tshirts from WeLoveFine for my birthday, and a couple years ago he let me pick out a replica Moonstone at Cracker Barrel when it was the anniversary of when we met that year. Honestly I check with him before I buy anything so the amount of ponies on my bookshelves, the MLP plushies in our bedroom, the MLP books I have and the wall decals in my art studio I think says it all about how supportive he is about my collection. Heck. He likes MLP himself.
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Re: How does your SO react to your collections?
« Reply #12 on: October 24, 2021, 03:28:42 PM »
No SO here, but my friends find it endearing. Some of them have even expressed playful envy at my Pokemon collection :P and they support it through gifts. But I think it helps that I have the type of personality where I'm more likely to be perceived as innocently childish at worst, which is a million times better than being called a creep!

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Re: How does your SO react to your collections?
« Reply #13 on: October 24, 2021, 04:10:36 PM »
(He is even more interested in real animal skulls and bones I have taken home from the forests, which I also collect. .So BlackCurtains, we have the same collectible!  :heart: )

Awesome! We've got a lot in common :frolic:
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Re: How does your SO react to your collections?
« Reply #14 on: October 24, 2021, 04:49:53 PM »
My partner is totally fine with my collections, both ponies (which I don't display anymore these days, but of course he knows what's inside the boxes in the corner of the spare bedroom) and my large collection of childrens' and YA books. To him, it's just "one of these things".

 

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