Aside from model horses, I try not to collect much. I might have a bit of a problem with sheet music and fabric, and the miniature collection is growing steadily… but honest, that’s all! My reasoning with miniatures is that because they are small, they take up less space. 😛
Well, maybe. My stuff fills two plastic boxes already. And this is just what’s “organized.” o_o
I make a lot of my own minis because 1:9 is an odd size, but I love finding pre-made things that work in the scale as well.
Over the last few years I’ve been collecting a lot of Re-Ment sets.
Re-Ment is a Japanese miniature/toy brand. Their pieces are roughly 1:6 scale but that seems to vary, especially with furniture. Many of their older sets are related to food, but in more recent years they have been releasing themed sets featuring characters from Disney, Sanrio, Snoopy and others I’ve never heard of before. (Moomin? Know nothing about him but he’s kind of cute!)
I could easily get carried away with buying whatever I thought was cute, so I set myself some rules.
1: it should be something I could use in my 1:9 scale world
2: is something I’m not confident on making myself
Of course, those “rules” quickly went out the window and I splurged on a few sets I loved. (*cough*SailorMoon*cough*)
Still, I try to keep those “rules” in the back of my mind whenever I feel like hunting stuff down. It doesn’t always work.
Most of my Re-Ments have come from ebay sellers based in China. (my favorite seller is fan21_hk) One thing I’ve noticed is that some sellers raise the prices HIGH, (sometimes ridiculously so) especially on older, complete sets. I’ve also noticed that once a set has been out for a few months, the prices tend to go up. In some cases it’s cheaper to buy a full 8-box set instead of individual boxes.
So if you’re looking for something specific, it may be a good idea to save a search and check for new listings every day.
I love them for their detail. This is probably the reason why I collect them in the first place. I grew up playing with dolls and always dreamed of having tiny, realistic (not PINK) accessories to fill their plastic homes with.
I guess I’ll never grow up. 😛