I recently have been trying figure out why people collect things. Psychological studies have yet to form any sort of conclusion as to why it is in our nature. So, I started interviewing people I know who have large collections of any kind, and asking for their ideas as to why they do it.
Jerry started as a private orchid collector and eventually turned his collecting hobby into a business. He now owns an outstanding orchid-specific greenhouse, breeding countless orchids of every variety imaginable and selling them to other collectors all around the world. A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Jerry to talk with him about his collection and business.
"I think collecting is basic human nature. It wasn't too long ago in human history that we switched from hunter-gatherers to farmers. And it has been even less time since we were able to produce surplus. It's in our nature to get as much of everything we can."