This BTS collection of a Vietnamese ARMY costs as much as expensive universities!
Even if you empty your pocket to buy BTS albums and accessories, you can hardly be on the same level as this ARMY, who spent up to $50,000 for BTS.
Appearing on MTV recently, this girl showed off her collection and explained how much BTS means to her.
Thuy Pham, 18, from California, has been a fan of BTS since the boys were rookies. She has been following and supporting the group since 2014, when she was 11 years old, and is now an avid ARMY.
Besides listening to BTS music “at least five hours a day”, Thuy spends more money on BTS than many others do on college. She confessed to having spent “at least $50,000” on BTS so far.
That figure includes $30,000 for merchandise collection and 20,000 for concert tickets, clothes BTS used to wear…
“I spent on it a lot,” Thuy said. Besides, she only collects official merchandise, which includes items from tours, albums, DVDs, mugs from fan events, and BTS pins and keychains.
Thuy even bought a copy of School Luv Affair signed by the seven members – even though it was meant for a girl named Yoobin, not Thuy.
“I’m not sure whose handwriting this is, but I did some research. Probably Suga’s. Obviously, I’m not Yoobin, but I really want an autographed album, even though it doesn’t have my name on it,” Thuy shared.
Another autographed item is a picture book signed by Jungkook – one of Thuy’s biases. She has a separate area for Jungkook and Cooky.
Speaking of BT21, Thuy has countless BT21 characters, of different sizes.
Not only does she collect BigHit-produced items, but Thuy also buys items from BTS-related brands, from Cold Brew to Lemona.
More than that, she buys clothes that the members have worn in photo shoots or public appearances, regardless of the price. Many of them cost up to $2,000. “I like to wear what they wear, even though it’s expensive,” said Thuy.
Some other expenses can be mentioned such as 500 USD for BTS books…
$600 for BTS-themed pins alone…
170 USD for BTS microphone….
$5,000 for BTS album…
$20,000 for concert tickets, airline tickets, and hotels.
“I certainly lied to my parents, maybe once or twice, about the amount of money spent. To save my dad from being stunned, I didn’t talk about the money spent. It’s better that dad never knew,” Thuy said honestly.
Initially, Thuy did not intend to keep such a mαѕѕive collection. But with the thought of “just one more item”, she has flooded the room with BTS items.
Of course, as a collector, Thuy doesn’t use up all the items she bought, but leaves them in their original state. For example, even in the midst of the pandemic, she did not use her BTS mask.
While many can say that the more you own, the less valuable things are, Thuy finds shopping very meaningful to her. For example, the Bomb light stick “means the most” as it accompanies her to many BTS concerts.
Because the BTS 2020 tour was canceled, she decided to “upgrade” it, spending 20 hours adding 7,000 more rhinestones.
Surely many people will find that the amount of money spent on such goods is too much. Thuy herself also understands that many “certainly think I’m a bit crazy”. However, Thuy has her reasons.
“I think they always get me through tough times,” she revealed that she likes to be surrounded by items and even cries when she listens to BTS music when she is sad. All this comforts her, showing that someone listens to her.
“BTS means a lot to me because they are involved in every aspect of my life. Most of my life is directed towards them. Every day, I do som̾e̾t̾h ̾ing with them.
There really is no one like them. They are exceptional inside and out. Kind boys. They did a lot for the fans. They are the people I love the most in the world, besides my family,” Thuy said.