I became a fan of Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon when I was in high school. I managed to scrap together enough money to buy the comic books, and I used to record the TV episodes on VHS tapes.
After college, I started working full-time while selling my artwork online. From 2006-2012, I built the majority of my collection. It started with DVD box sets and dolls. I don't think I meant to end up with four and a half bookcases, but here we are and now I have over 600 licensed items!
The series is in revival with the 25th anniversary, a new animated series, and stage musicals in Japan. A few things in the collection I bought while I was in Japan in 2013, which was my greatest Sailor Moon experience! I got to meet up with other collectors and fans while doing a LOT of shopping! Most of these friends are people I've known online for years so it was really incredible to hang out with them and share our love of Sailor Moon.
In the last few years, there's been an avalanche of new merchandise coming out in the USA and Japan. It's been challenging to try to keep up with the new stuff while also keeping an eye on collecting the vintage merch. The prices for the older items have also skyrocketed! This means a lot of my wish list items are unaffordable for me right now, but I'm in it for the long run so I'm hopeful.
In 2014, I had a daughter, so I'm not as focused on merchandise news as I was in the past. Though I don't have as much time and money to dedicate to my hobby, I love waking up every day to my sparkling, shiny collection