Great story time thread Burtonnut!
My parents bought me He-Man toys as a kid. I still have a picture or two of me playing with them. Years later I found myself out of work and trying to make ends meet. On top of my job search, I wanted something that would make me some extra money, even when I started working again. I decided to run an experiment of starting a small Ebay business in my off hours. I purchased collections of vintage He-Man figures on Ebay and pieced them out, selling the figures individually, right back on Ebay.
At first I was able to make a nice profit, which I put back into the 'business' by purchasing more materials, a scale, packing tape dispensor, etc. I had lots of Excel files and figures to calculate out how much each 'lot' of figures were worth. In the end I made a few bad purchases and broke even, deciding it wasn't worth the effort. What I got out of it was a reeducation and introduction to my early childhood passion. The Classics figures came out. I promised myself I wouldn't buy any, but ended up caving and resolving to buy only He-Man and Skeletor. Then one day my friend gave back a display case I had bought for him as a gift, and suddenly I had an excuse to buy a dozen of them! Two more display cases later and I have the whole set!
I bought up some vintage vehicles and playsets to display them with, and lately I've been picking up some of the same vintage figures I used to sell on Ebay, but now I'm keeping them for my own personal collection. The first vintage figures in my new collection were He-Man and BattleCat, which I searched a long while for on Ebay because I wanted them to be in super mint condition. Now I'm collecting some of the commemorative figures for a MOC collection, and I'm even buying the comic books and coloring books! Where will it end!