antiques and collectibles I'd like to buy & keep for myself if I could
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As a collector these past 23 years, I finally understand what that old 'buying good' advice means. It's passion tempered with the smarts. It means thinking along the lines of what's good, what's better and then best. It means deliberation over impulse when buying. These lessons were learned at some cost. Now I find myself in a position where I have to start letting some of my things go. I recall my wishful thinking on how certain dealers in my past should have been (made more honest mistakes than the other sort, ya know?) and realize I could b my own wish fulfillment.
Another lesson learned is that 'smalls' are generally better buys due to their portability. Living in NYC hasn't dimmed my appreciation for a fine turn of the century watercolor or that gorgeous Sevres lamp but, hoo boy, they really are more fragile/easily damaged than small antiques. So I think I'll deal with smalls.
Did I day deal? Misleading perhaps because I'm really just a hobbyist. It doesn't mean less committed or less professional. It just means a tiny yet quality shop where I can't pretend not to know that the Victorian earring with the 14K stamp is not really pre-1901 when Queenie died but from the 1930s or 1960s revival of Victorian styles. Not that there's anything at all wrong with revivals. It's the misrepresentation that got to me as I gained experience as a collector. There's no such excuse when one is handling only a tiny inventory, is there? I hope not. With this thought in mind, I intend to state a jewelry resource book for comparable items to those I'm selling. That is when I can find comparable items in my tiny library on small antiques and jewelry.
I welcome question even the challenging kind so long as they're couched in civil terms. Questions add to my learning process but rudeness gets in the way.
I used to have an RL shop called The Silver Brolly almost 10 years ago. It was only a Bronzer before closing as I had to get a second job. Nowadays I sell on/off on Ebay with 781 rating of 100%. Ebay is a story told by far more articulate folks than I am but I'd willingly link or send to auction a Ruby Lane item just to provide a positive testimonial of sorts. One does not, after all, get 100% rating buying & selling without a certain integrity.