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SharonBoggon
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25 Sep 2018
05:17:58am
I realised I joined this forum, lurked and forgot to introduce myself - so here goes…

I am a returning collector after a break of 25 years. I was gifted an accumulation used WW stamps (8 large plastic crates worth - all off paper). Last year I started to sort them. I went online to do more research, and in doing so I remembered how much fun stamps could be and how relaxing the hobby was. So, I thought I would sort out this accumulation first, get things in order a bit, and then decide what I wanted to collect. At the moment I am enjoying doing that.

I collected as a child. My mother collected stamps and ran the school stamp club. Later on she was very active with stamps and at local stamp club ran the approval books and was even president for a stretch. I collected as an adult but life got busy and I simply did not have time to be a working mother and pay attention to the collection.
Since I was last an active collector the internet has happened! I see people are very involved as the internet has allowed people to communicate easily about their interests. When I was active most people specialised in one country but I notice there are many WW collectors. I am interested in Used stamps and am starting to shape my new found collecting interests.

At the moment apart from the ‘Grand Sort’ I am focusing on Australia. Then I will tackle each country as I get to it. Great Britain will be next as I have about 3-4 shoe boxes full of stuff. New Zealand is the same- about 2 shoe boxes. I have purchased more stock books and will roll up my sleeves on those countries too but I have a hunch my interests will settle on a couple of groups of countries such as used Scandinavia or Western Europe. Or I might just give in to the urge to declare myself a WW collector! Since I am not rich so I will start the collection at 1900 and keep the option open to stop at 2000 - so effectively the 20th century.

Anyway that is the state of play at the moment - thanks for reading.
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Cactusjack
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25 Sep 2018
08:32:35am
re: Waving to everyone from Downunder

Hello Sharon,

Welcome back to stamp collecting and Stamporama. There is a ton of stamp expertise here and it is free for the asking.

Jim

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Winedrinker
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25 Sep 2018
02:28:31pm
re: Waving to everyone from Downunder

Welcome from Florida. I collect Australia, Great Briton, U.S. and colonial Africa. There are times I wish I collected only one country. On the other hand, collecting more areas provides for a more diverse experience and a larger view of the world. The advantage of collecting one country is you can put all your resources there, and up up with one shiny diamond -- rather than several semi-precious stones. Also, fewer catalogues!

Those who collect World Wide are crazed fearless warriors who tread upon every corner of the planet. (I wonder if they have a Napoleonic complex?)

Cheers!
Wine

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BenFranklin1902
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Tom in Exton, PA
25 Sep 2018
03:00:30pm

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re: Waving to everyone from Downunder

Welcome Sharon!

Three years ago I was in your shoes... I considered myself Rip Van Winkle as I approached the changes in the hobby and how technology has affected it since 1980!

Remember, there are no rules. Collect what you find you like. Wander a bit, you never know where a path will lead.

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SharonBoggon
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25 Sep 2018
06:49:55pm
re: Waving to everyone from Downunder

Jim - thanks for the welcome and I agree I have been reading posts on this forum avidly. I think forums such as this stimulate interests further and it is one of the advantages of the internet.Wave

Wine- I agree about the advantage of focusing on one country and I did that in the past. I am going to keep my options open for the moment and allow my curiosity to wander as I am getting so much (unexpected) pleasure sorting this WW accumulation. I am just loving finding something I don't know about googling it and getting lost in the rabbit warren.Thinking

Ben - thanks for the welcome - you are right about the internet and even using a computer for inventory, album pages etc It really is another hobby almost. I have a hunch I will enjoy a wider collecting area scope this time around and it is due in part to the fact that there are so many resources online and it is easy to find out about particular issues.
Hypnotized

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malcolm197
26 Sep 2018
05:09:49am
re: Waving to everyone from Downunder

I think you are on the right lines.

I am a world wide collector, but I do tend to concentrate on one country at a time - usually decided by the largest accumulation of unsorted stamps near the top of the pile.

I am in a GB Machin phase at the moment, but you really do need a second string for when the concentration becomes too intense- especially with a "difficult" or complex issue. Remember it is a hobby not an obsession (well for most of us - gardening is an obsession for me!).

There are a number of worldwide collectors here, I am one of those who knows a little about a lot, but not a lot about anything. However I can usually point you in the right direction -and remember the only stupid question is the one you are afraid to ask - we don't bite just knaw with our gums ( some of us don't have any teeth anyway !)

Malcolm

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SharonBoggon
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26 Sep 2018
09:51:20am
re: Waving to everyone from Downunder

Thanks Malcom - you made me smile as I am sitting here all aches and pains after a bit of a garden blitz - it's spring in Australia and we are renovating our garden. We were hit by fire 14 years ago and lost the garden. (lucky for us we did not lose the house - 5 houses in a street of 18 went up) Anyway we planted a lot of quick growing stuff and now its had its day. Much of what we have planted is dying off at the end of its life span. So time to replant again - its fun but lots of work! in the garden again tomorrow!

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