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Trash or Cash?

So the Hoarders television program/trashumentary would have us believe that filling our homes with piles of “stuff” is not just disgusting, but hazardous to the health and well-being of the hoarder. Ok.

Then we have American Pickers, where people make money from the piles of “stuff” they’ve hoarded collected. It is not hoarding on those shows, it’s collecting.

Who is right, and why haven’t these two shows met? It’s a match made in trash TV heaven.

Is a person who throws everything away just as screwed up as a person who keeps it all, or just less likely to make some extra cash?

February 12th, 2011|Categories: Television|2 Comments


  1. bmj2k February 12, 2011 at 11:05 PM - Reply

    I’ve always been something of a collector- definitely not a hoarder- and except for a crowded closet I have no problems. Sometimes though I go through phases where I just want to get rid of all the “clutter” and have nothing but room and have minimal possessions. To that extent I halved my comic collection. Once I did some pricing and realized that most of my comics sell, if they could be sold at all, for less than I paid for them. I gave some away, sold a very few, recycled a ton, and went from 15 short boxes to seven. I like the collection even better now because I am left with (mostly) comics that I like or ones with sentimental value. While I kept a few for purely monetary reasons I feel a whole let better about my collection now. And the extra room helps.

    American Pickers? I hate those guys.

    As for Hoarders, I think they are not tough enough on the hoarders, When a person is in danger of losing their home or family, you can’t coddle them. Someone needs to step in, get the hoarder out of the situation, and tell them what WILL happen and then make the decisions for them. These people are incapable of doing what they have to do. I know they have a problem and need therapy, but they also need an intervention if they want to keep their homes. They treat the hoarders with kid gloves.

  2. Jim February 17, 2011 at 7:21 PM - Reply

    Hoarding is an interesting, and sad, affliction. I never quite remember the psychological reasons for the hoarding. You can’t help but feel sorry for those people.

    I caught a few minutes of another new series, My Strange Addiction. Women eating laundry detergent, pottery, cigarette ashes, 250 laxatives per day… This stuff needs to be taken off the television. It’s getting creepy.

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