“I’m not a bad collector or a lazy collector; I’m an overwhelmed and confused collector. ”www.inherited-values.com”, posted on 6 January 2010.
Once upon a time in my life I was organized. I think it was before kids. It was definitely, before the title “antiques dealer” was added to my resume. It’s just that acquiring vintage goodness is just so much for fun than putting it away. In addition, organizing it is a challenge of monumental proportions. But when my teenage daughter told me, the other day that one reason she hibernates in her room so much is because the antiques have overtaken the rest of the house, the proverbial ton of bricks hit me, it’s time to make a change. Starting right now.
I’ve never been one to make New Year’s resolutions, since integrity is pretty high up there on my list of values. And it just doesn’t seem right to make promises that I know I’m going to break. But it’s high time to turn over a new leaf, especially if I ever want to see my daughter again. So, I think I’ll make some resolutions that I can keep, some that are vintage related. Note: There’ll be nothing about dieting in this list. . . .
Resolution #1 – I won’t buy any additional vintage merchandise unless I have a place to put it. Even if there is an incredible estate sale and the people running it know squat about values and are practically giving things away. Or if a hoarder dies and I get exclusive rights to the property. Or even if my father-in-law decides to give me everything vintage that’s left in his bomb shelter (oh, wait – that would be okay because I wouldn’t be buying it).
Qualifier to #1. I asked Santa to bring me a bigger house for Christmas because I needed more room to store my stuff. And I’ve been pretty good. But he didn’t bring me the bigger house. That could be a problem.
Resolution #2 – I will put away my vintage acquisitions before going out to get more. That way people will think I’m a regular person and not a hoarder. And my family won’t harm themselves stepping over boxes and storage tubs while trying to get to the refrigerator. And I’ll be able to find the ______ that I bought three weeks ago that someone now wants to buy and somehow has forever disappeared.
Qualifier to #2. Since I didn’t get the 20,000 square feet I wanted for Christmas, it’s time for Plan B. So as a present to myself AND my entire family, I’m hiring a professional organizer to help me figure out how to keep stuff put away. She’s gonna be my Annie Sullivan, my miracle worker. Collin David of Collectors Quest says, “the ability to organize and stay organized” is one of the essential traits of being a collector, “because collecting takes up space. Being able to understand and monitor that space is essential to a successful collection.”
Resolution #3 – I will only purchase vintage items that add to the collections I already have, or that I know I can sell. Good thing I collect almost everything, got my bases covered on this one. Just have to watch out for Resolution #1. That will be the deal breaker.
Resolution #4 – I will not spend more in gas money when going to pick something up than what the item itself is worth. No-brainer. Just gotta remember it . . . even when it comes to miles-long yard sales and out-of-state flea markets. (Of course, I might have to pick up a few extra things while I’m there to justify the gas money. . . .)
Resolution #5 – I will not hide vintage purchases from my better half. I’ve always been fortunate in that my husband has humored me by looking at my acquisitions when I come home from a junking adventure. But I do have to admit that once or twice I’ve snuck things into the house that I didn’t really want him to see – things that cost too much or that he might question their usefulness or ________ or _________. No more. Now – I might not point out every vintage purchase, but no more hiding. And hey, he’s a guy after all. It’ll be fun to see how long it takes him to notice.
Resolution #6 – This year, I will get my collections on display and/or organized. Yup, it’s time to figure out what to do with my camera collection. And my vintage jewelry-making supplies. And my printed tablecloths from the 50s. And so on. I will do this. Oh yes I will. I think I can, I think I can. . . .
Resolution #7 – Google “how to keep New Year’s resolutions. . .”