Ok, here I go...
My name is Elliott, and I'm a gearaholic!
I never throw anything away if it's got some life in it. I started backpacking in 1972 and I've got just about everything I ever purchased unless it broke or wore out. I outfitted myself and my wife through two gear revolutions: old-style traditional (external frame packs, double A-frame tent) to traditional (internal frame packs, dome tent), then to lightweight/UL (no-frame pack, tarp). I further outfitted three kids through the latter revolution.
I also like to sew, fabric is cheap, so I make lots of stuff. Finally a lot of the older stuff is fine for multi-day kayak trips where weight is not much of a concern.
I occasionally lend the older stuff to groups of friends, and I plan (hope) to have to take lots of grandkids camping. This is why I keep at all, at least this is what I tell my wife.