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Words of a collector

 I may have some pieces that are considered important, but most of the objects are things that evoke a feeling of visual pleasure. I think that part of the pleasure of collecting is to go out and find that great object and then introduce it into your environment."


-James Marinaccio in Art and Antiques October 2001



The consequences of collecting


I have been collecting items from estate and home sales for a number of years. Some have presented objects of rarity and beauty. These have included pottery, glass, and costume jewelry.


I have used strategies to find the best sales. Newspaper advertisements used to list sales. Now, the internet has become the best way to find sales.


As a young wife and mother, I talked my neighbor and friend into coming along on my Saturday search for items of interest. We worked together. After assessing the list of sales, we created a map. This helped us save on gas and on time as we travelled about in the car. 


We looked for special types of merchandise, and concentrated on those pieces that made our home more interesting.


We looked for paintings, glass vases, rugs, furniture, pottery and jewelry.


We truly enjoyed seeing and purchasing items of age and merit. We were able to buy used pieces we could never have purchased at retail.  



When can collecting impact the family budget?


Although it is lovely to shop and select favorite items, there may be problems. It is one thing to host an older coffee set, and another to find sufficient space to house it.


We may be tempted to spend money on something we will only use occasionally.




How to thoughtfully attend sales.



We finally decided we needed to draft a policy governing what we would purchase. It included the following:


·        We made a survey of our needs.

·        Lists described what was really essential.

·        Duplicate items were purchased only when needed.

·        Only needed items were purchased.

·        All purchased all things with cash.


Did our strategy help?


With time, some things changed.


We started appreciating items we already had. Shopping experiences were discussed.


Former finds were added to the décor of our homes.


We found different activities for Saturday.



Lori Blatzheim



Lori Blatzheim is a wife, mother, grandmother, writer, thrift advocate, and retired nurse. She knows that use of Thrift can help people because she has experienced the benefits.

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