I confess — I am a hoarder, in every MMO I play and especially in World of Warcraft. I’m certainly not the worst kind there is, but I’m still bad enough that I’ll find myself constantly running out of space in my bags due to my need to keep jamming them up seemingly useless crap. This includes seasonal mementos, unique items, RP clothing, special quest rewards, fluff pieces and pretty much anything that feels “collectible” or like it has any value at all (very subjective!)
I’m also a very sentimental person. That I’ve kept everything which has ever elicited an emotional response is probably a safe assumption…and it really doesn’t take much. Hell, if something even looks pretty, it’s a keeper. Hence my Cenarion Helm. Hence the piles of Voodoo Skulls, Happy Fun Rocks, Steamy Romance Novels, and Farmer’s Brooms. Hence my collection of druid idols. Hence those five random pieces of purples from the early days because I can’t for the life of me remember which one out of those was my first epic, so to be safe I just kept them all.
Don’t even get me started on crafting materials and consumables. I might not be big on crafting, but I’m stingy. Why pay someone else to cut a gem when I can do it my own damn self with just a little more effort? So any alt I have gets busted down to crafter or farmer status and becomes a glorified banker mule. At some point, I must have made sure to keep them all well-stocked so I would never lack for mats again, because I discovered the other day that their inventories are just as crammed and only slightly more organized.
Well, enough is enough. Most of these characters I haven’t touched for nearly a year, so now I don’t even know what half this stuff is anymore. More importantly, Cataclysm is coming. Remember how Burning Crusade materials became as useful as nipples on a breastplate after Wrath of the Lich King? It’s now or never to liquidate all of it on the auction house. Ore, gems, cloth, herbs, everything must go while people will still buy ’em!
And to hell with sentimentalism. I’ll still hold on to some seasonal items and a few pieces from one-time-only events, but I’ve come to accept that I can’t afford to keep every single thing that has made me nostalgic. Time to let go. Time to start afresh. Time to have some *gasp!* space in my inventory again.
It’s quite liberating, really. And being 6,000 gold richer in just a little more than a day is the cherry on top.