It feels too early to dive into the dating scene again, so instead I've decided to shift my focus back to my true love: Antiques!
I'm both a Collector (dolls, paper ephemera, magazines, vintage clothing, and anything else that strikes my fancy) and a part-time Seller. (Hmm...maybe someday I can quit my full-time "real" job. Wishful thinking...)
I think that most people start off as Collectors, and then when the stuff accumulates to the point where it becomes unmanageable, the Collector naturally moves into Selling - both to get rid of stuff and to get extra cash to be able to buy more. It's a continuous (and often addictive) cycle.
Well, I did it backwards. First a Seller - then a Collector.
I became a Seller on a whim. One Saturday afternoon about 12 years ago, while browsing through an antique mall, I noticed a "Space for Rent" sign. I'm really not much of a risk taker, but something inside nudged me toward the checkout counter where the owner was sitting - and within minutes I found myself writing out a check for the first month's rent.
It was a crazy thing to do! I knew very little about antiques, and owned only a few items myself. How was I going to fill up that entire 20 ft x 12 ft (or whatever it was) space with antiques to sell? Yikes - what did I get myself into!
But I discovered that I was definitely up to the challenge. For better or for worse, antiques very quickly became my all-consuming passion. For the next two, three years my head was constantly buried in antiques and collectibles guides, as I quickly tried to absorb as much information as I could about a wide range of antiques.
I also faithfully attended two antique auctions each week, spending hours at the previews the night before. All of this was a great learning experience but - oh my! - did I ever make some big mistakes. I'm still stuck with a number of clunkers that I had purchased during those green years.
Since then I've learned a few things, and my selling venue shifted three years ago from selling in an antique mall to selling online - eBay. (I'm "Sarsaparilla" - take a peek at what I've got for sale now!)
Another shift: In those first years my primary focus was on Selling - and Collecting was almost an afterthought. Now, even though I really can't afford it, I find that I just don't have the heart to sell most of the things I buy. I want to keep them for myself! I guess that means I've officially become a Collector.
To my readers who also sell antiques: Do you have the same problem? Do you find yourself falling in love with the things you initially bought with "selling for profit" in mind - and then have a tough time giving them up?
In the early years of my antique business, I kept very little for myself. Oh...when I think back to some of the jewels that I bought and then very quickly sold before really having a chance to enjoy them. And often it was for a price that was waaay too low because I didn't know what I was doing!
I'm a little smarter now, but I still occasionally sell things that I wish I could have back - and enjoy for a little while longer...
Seller's Remorse. It's a curse.
Here's my list of Ten Things (in no particular order) That I Wish I Hadn't Sold on eBay:
I said that these 10 items aren't in any particular order - but if I had to pick a Number One, the 1940's coat and purse set is my favorite.
Thank goodness for the magic of photographs.