In my most recent haul of 165,000 cards that I have been going through, I found something quite interesting. First, I found a packet of star wars cards. Then I found about 2,000 other star wars cards. My son is a *HUGE* star wars fan (He even wrote a fan letter to George Lucas!) Immediately, when my wife and I find something having to do with star wars, we consider getting it for our son, but more often than not, we don't - we don't want him to be one of those kids who has everything, and turns out to be a spoiled brat. He has a lot as it is.
Why? You may ask - well, when I was a kid, I was really into the book series of the Bobsey Twins. I just loved their books. I would save up my money and buy one as often as I could, and I would just devour its contents. One day, my folks went to a garage sale, and what did they find? An ENTIRE VOLUME of Bobsey Twins books! They were excited, I'm sure - much like I was when I found these Star Wars cards, but a strange thing happened. Do you how many of those books I read? None. I didn't read a single one of them. I was super interested when I had to buy them, and the quantity was scare for me, but when it was plentiful and free, I simply didn't have a desire to read anymore.
Rather than give him all 2,000, (he doesn't know I have these) I pulled out one and showed it to him. I told him if he can be good for mom (she homeschools him) during school work today, that I will give him that one card.
Guess what? He is ecstatic about it! Super happy. I told my wife I think I have a stockpile of what can get him through until college now.
I guess kids really don't need a glut of "stuff" to be happy. There is truly something to be said about having to earn things, and being happy/content with what you have.