Open Thread Tuesdays: User or Collector?

On other blogs that I’ve been part of, we’ve occasionally set aside a post every once in a while for discussion. I would love to get a dialog going between all of the online pencil bloggers, users, and collectors, because I think we can all benefit from sharing advice, tips, specific interests, etc.

So here goes: I’ll post a topic to get us started, and feel free to keep us on my topic, or start your own. No real guidelines, just keep it clean (as I know you will).

Larry Derrenberger, of Elkhart, Ind. (my home state!). This image was part of an article about the annual American Pencil Collectors Society convention at Minnesota State University in 2006. Full article and photo credit here.

TOPIC: My interest in pencils started with using and reviewing pencils, new ones that were available in the consumer market. I still love them. However, I also delight in finding old, vintage pencils and those with advertising or slogans on the barrel. There seems to often be a schism between pencil “users”, and pencil “collectors“. Where do you find yourself, or are you a citizen of both worlds like me? Why?