It can happen almost without noticing, this collecting thing. Seeing a new artist at a show, perhaps seeing a piece of their work in someone else’s collection or in an exhibit somewhere, maybe just a casual remark or mention by a friend or in an online group. You begin to look for the artist’s work and soon you own a small perfect example of their amazing creation.
Never mind that it is entirely different from all the miniatures you own. It brings a thrill every time you see it even if it doesn’t work with any of your other treasures.
Soon other treasures from this artist join the first one and one day it is a collection… a rather large collection that still doesn’t fit in with the other lovelies you’ve accumulated.
An interim measure is created (see No Room at the Inn) and soon out grown. Then that invisible corner is turned and the perfect new home for these treasures is being designed and other treasures sought to provide a suitable atmosphere for the now ever growing collection.
In the blink of an eye there is a full blown new home for that one small treasure that has mysteriously multiplied and taken on a life of it’s own.