So I moved to this area about a year ago and I have since become really close to my next door neighbor. She knows I collect "toys" and often points out dolls or plushes that she thinks I would like. I have mentioned that I don't tend to buy a lot of goods from box stores (minus my My Little Ponies from Build a Bear). Today, when she was here, my mother, who lives with me, mentioned how expensive one of my cheapest bjd's are (just the base cost of her, not even including her outfit, her eyes, or wig, anything of that) and my friend and her husband started to off hand degrade them. Like suddenly they were no longer cool and beautiful, but creepy and overly expensive. My mom didn't think anything of it and then continued to show off our 1/12 scale work we've done. They were impressed because of our skill to work on such a small scale and the night progressed into a happier tone. (mostly because we made it and didn't buy those) I don't tend to tell people that aren't collectors themselves how much my collections cost. I easily (not easily because I'm not rich) can drop a lot of money on a doll or a plushie if I value the artist's work and I save up for it. I am an artist myself and I try to value my work to reflect my skill and time. I also don't complain when my husband, who is a techy, drops so much money into his computer set up. I didn't judge my neighbor when she has a room larger than my bedroom full of clothes and shoes. I guess this is part rant, part social questioning about how do you deal with people who judge you for your hobbies. I am just a little butt-hurt and I need some dolly friends to rant with haha.