Even when your financial institution steadiness is feeling the burn from all of the BTS albums and merch you’ve purchased not too long ago, your spend is probably going nowhere close to the extent of this ARMY who spent a staggering $50,000 USD on merch and extra. In a function for MTV, she revealed her astounding assortment and defined simply what BTS means to her.
20-year-old Thuy from California has been a fan of BTS since their rookie days. She started following and supporting the group in 2014 on the age of simply 11, and since then, she’s been an avid ARMY.
Alongside listening to BTS for “at the least 5 hours a day,” Thuy has additionally spent extra on BTS merch than many individuals spend on their faculty tuition. On an episode of MTV’s Existence of the Greatest Standoms, the Californian teen confessed she’s spent “at the least $50,000” on the group thus far.
That features $30,000 USD solely on her merchandise assortment together with an additional $20,000 on live performance tickets, garments the BTS members have worn, and extra.
There’s so much that I’ve poured into it.
Thuy defined that she collects every kind of official merchandise, together with objects from BTS’s excursions, their albums and DVDs, cup sleeves from fan occasions, and fanmade pins and keychains.
I simply love having bodily issues.
She even went so far as shopping for a replica of College Luv Affair signed by all seven members—regardless that it was signed to a lady named Yoobin, not Thuy herself.
I’m unsure whose handwriting it’s, however I did some analysis. I feel it could possibly be [Suga’s] handwriting… Clearly [Yoobin] is just not me, however I actually wished to get myself a signed album, even when it didn’t have my title on it.
One other signed merchandise she owns is a photobook web page with an autograph from maknae Jungkook—considered one of Thuy’s biases. She went on to theme an entire part of her room round it customized along with his BT21 character, Cooky, and Jungkook polaroids.
Talking of BT21, Thuy’s BTS assortment additionally consists of extra character plushies than you possibly can rely, together with a number of Cooky toys in each measurement conceivable.
And Thuy doesn’t simply accumulate objects produced by Huge Hit Music; she additionally has the merchandise from BTS’s model offers, from Chilly Brew to Lemona.
On prime of that, she additionally buys clothes that the members have worn in photoshoots or in public, regardless of the excessive designer worth tags. A few of her items embrace a shirt Jimin wore for Weverse Journal, a shirt Jungkook wore in a dwell broadcast, and Balenciaga sneakers worn by Jungkook and J-Hope. Most of the objects price her upwards of $2,000 USD.
I do wish to put on quite a lot of what they put on, even when it’s dearer.
A number of the different quantities she’s spent embrace $500 USD on BTS books…
$600 USD on BTS-themed pins…
$170 USD on BTS microphones…
$5,000 USD on BTS albums…
and $20,000 on live performance tickets, aircraft tickets, and inns.
Positively lied to my dad and mom, possibly a couple of times, about how a lot I’ve spent… Only for my dad’s psychological stability, I’ve not advised him how a lot I’ve spent. He’s in all probability higher off not realizing.
As huge as Thuy’s assortment is now, it didn’t begin out that means. The teenager says it’s steadily developed in measurement and started along with her displaying little BTS-themed objects in her room. Then, over time, “only one extra,” rapidly become an entire room stuffed with merchandise.
Now it’s like, should you stroll into my room, each nook, each wall that you just look, you’ll in all probability see them.
Naturally, as a real collector, she doesn’t use many of the objects she buys with a view to maintain them in pristine situation. Regardless of the current pandemic, for instance, she hasn’t ever opened her BTS face masks.
Whereas some could say that proudly owning so many merch objects should make them really feel much less precious, Thuy has many purchases which can be significant to her. Her ARMY Bomb lightstick, for instance, “means essentially the most” to her as a result of she’s taken it to so many BTS concert events. She even determined to customise it for BTS’s sadly canceled 2020 world tour, spending 20 hours hand-applying 7,000 rhinestones.
It’s similar to that factor is what you convey to each single live performance to let BTS know that you just’re there… Even should you took away every little thing else in my assortment, I’d nonetheless discover a strategy to go see BTS in live performance and I must convey that mild stick.
After all, even many ARMYs studying this will suppose Thuy’s assortment is excessive—and so they wouldn’t be the primary to have a considerably damaging view of it. The teenager says these round her who don’t get the hype “undoubtedly suppose I’m slightly loopy.” That stated, she added that family members additionally simply pleased to see her feeling pleased. And in the end, all that cash spent comes from the real love Thuy has for BTS.
“I feel they’ve at all times helped me via these actually, actually low factors,” she revealed, explaining that usually surrounds herself with merch to unwind and even cried to BTS’s music when she’s down. “I feel the truth that there’s sort of that outlet and that it feels that somebody is listening there,” she says, “that at all times is so reassuring.” She went on to say that BTS’s album title, The Most Lovely Second in Life, sums up simply how particular the members are to her.
BTS means a lot to me as a result of they’re concerned in each side of my life. Most of my life is devoted in direction of them. Each day I’m doing one thing for them. There’s really nobody like them. They’re particular in and out. They’re such variety boys. They accomplish that a lot for his or her followers. They’re simply, to me, my favourite individuals in the entire world, apart from my household.