I have been trying to avoid becoming a stamp collector. Since the hobby is not nearly as prevalent as it used to be, you would think that would be easy. Financially, I will never be a big time stamp collector, but I think I have dipped my toes into the world of philately.
You see, I bought some stamp collecting magazines. Why? Curiosity mostly. Normally, I would just borrow these things from my library and hopefully get it out of my system without too much cost to myself. Sadly, my library does not cater to the philatelist. I could complain, or try to order the material in…but that just seems like a bit too much work.
Today, while browsing through the bookstore I came upon three publications that they sell and decided to buy them. The British one was the most expensive, but also the thickest. The Canadian ones were very reasonable, and seem quite packed with information. I haven’t had time to dig deep into them, but I am sure I will find some interesting things.
Things like this are probably on offer at stamp stores/shops? collecting stations? I don’t know what to call those places. Stamp dealers? However, there are none in my local area. I am sure I could find one if I looked in the city.
The bookstore had no books on stamp collecting, but they had magazines. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. Despite their size, they don’t seem to carry everything. Even online bookstores don’t seem to have much.
I suppose I could have just gone online, but I prefer magazines. I can read them in a variety of places and they are so portable. Maybe I just prefer the glossy pages to that of the computer screen.
Does this mean I am going to be a stamp collector? As I said before, unless this blog or my other blog take off and I start to get some extra income, I doubt it. I will still be fascinated by stamps and what other cultures deem worthy of commemorating this way, though.
I did buy the Formula1 stamps and the Canada 150 stamps. They looked too good to pass up. I didn’t buy the Star Trek stamps, though. Now. if only I could get those Calvin and Hobbes Stamps.