Why Do People Collect Things? in Ramble On Posted October 10, 2010 Good topic. My wife thinks people who collect things are extremely smart, etc, etc. Last night we saw the movie Wall Street. There was a line in the movie about collectors being insecure and obsessive compulsive. I went to an art show recently. One of the featured artists took pictures reflecting peoples obsessions with collecting (and the negative toll it took on their well being). One photo showed a pile of fortune cookies on one side of a table. On the other side of the table was a pile of the actual fortunes.