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
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
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
We finally decided we needed to draft a policy governing
what we would purchase. It included the following:
We made a survey of our
Lists described what was
Duplicate items were
purchased only when needed.
Only needed items were
All purchased all things
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
We found different activities for Saturday.
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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