^this, unfortunately I did not keep all the hardware I ever had, and a lot of it that I collected got thrown out by my parents at some point too 🙁
I've been buying little things on and off for the last 20 years (which in turn has partly been thrown out again as mentioned)... but it's only been in the last years that I actually really got back into old hardware (probably also in part because I'm so fed up with new stuff).
and even just in that year prices have risen sharply for pretty much everything... so I've kind of fallen into the mindset that I should simply get everything I can now... so I have a vast collection to play around with for the decades to come, not just for choice, but also for spare parts if I ever need them.
things don't seem to get cheaper anytime soon and they'll also get more and more scarce as companies have thrown out most of the hardware from that era by now, the huge hauls from past times are probably still going to happen in a lost warehouse here and there, but probably less and less... and it's not like I'm ever part of that anyways.
my current approach to collecting is a little bit like "get one of everything" ^^