I know that there is a category for collectibles, but I have a question that is more general:
Question: What is the correlation between one's proximity to Disneyland and their tendancy to buy Disneyland (park-related) collectibles?
In other words, if you live in or around Anaheim, are you more or less likely to collect park collectibles? Since you can see the park on a regular basis, you may not feel the need to have these things in your home. (I know I've heard a lot of dedicated cast members express this philosophy.)
By collectibles I am thinking about things like attraction posters (either mini or full size), big figures (like the Pirate auctioneer), sculptures (like the set of bronze Partners statues) and other attraction collectibles (like the reproduction of the Barker Bird from the Disneyland 50th anniversary collection). Not so much your run-of-the mill souvenirs. For the sake of argument, keep pins out of it, since they are an phenomenon unto themselves.
I, for example, live in Minnesota and only get to one of the parks (usually Disneyland) a couple times a year. Therefore I REALLY feel the "need" to collect Disneyland related items/collectibles. Our home is filled with them. In fact, our kitchen is adorned with items from Main Street USA, our living room - Fantasyland, our den - Frontierland, our bedrooms and bathroom - Adventureland, our basement - Tomorrowland and Toon Town, and our upstairs - New Orleans Sqaure. Yes, we are nuts and big time collectors.
I ask myself: Would I collect all this stuff if I lived 30 minutes from Disneyland, or Walt Disney World? For me, I think the answer would be 'Yes.'
I'm curious what the case is for all of you! Thanks.