As of now I have sold off most of my World War I military item collection.
This was several years of intensive study and vigilance to find many rare pieces of web gear, uniforms and equipment. At it's peak I had a full side of my room filled with these items. In total I may have spent well over $20,000.
After time had passed and I moved on to other interests, such as motorcycles, I decided to sell my collection back on the market piece by piece. Some items were vary hard to part with as I may not ever see one again, but it was an assuring thought to know that I had them for a time. WWI was never the most popular conflict in the American militaria collecting world, and I only had a handful of fellow collector that were intensive as I was. Still, it was good to have made good friends and connections along the way.
Many of my items made their way to Europe, as there seems to be a larger demand for these things there.
So, now that I am down to only a few items left, I can use the money earned to pursue another interest in life. I think I'll travel a bit.