hoarding to me, is a devastating mental illness, that spirals so out of control that it impedes the hoarder from having healthy loving relationships;
creates havoc on all family members and friends;
and takes a long time to try and recondition their thought processes.
i too am a "collector"...
can't resist them bargains, lol.
but i can also understand and acknowledge that i probably didn't need those bargain italian leather shoes that weren't even my size.
hoarders cannot understand these concepts.
i do however, possess one (conscious) borderline quality that may qualify me as a hoarder...
as i do not know when or how to stop buying vintage fabrics.
whether it is fabric from a bolt, a tablecloth, a skirt, a bedspread (etc)...
if i love the fabric and it is a steal of a price, i get it.
go ahead...just ask the gazillion packed boxes in my garage.