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    a collector of things

    I'm new on the forum and finding my way around. I hope I'm in the right spot for my question [I did put this question under English phrasal verbs, but now think I should put any question here? *sorry, not only new here, totally new at forums as well]

    Is there an expression for somebody who likes to collect things, in the sense that he doesn't thrown them out, 'is case it may be useful one day in the future?'
    To clarify [maybe], in Dutch we say somebody is a hamster, you know the animal that collects the food in its cheeks *however, I don't believe this is the correct English expression.
    Any suggestions?

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    Re: a collector of things

    A stasher maybe? I'm not sure if this word exists, but if it existed it would mean that I think

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    Re: a collector of things

    Hoarder. It can be taken to the point of mental illness.

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