Past Hence: Letting Go
inJanuary 14, 2011 - 10:44am
I just sold a beautiful anniversary special edition Fenton epergne. I should be pleased, and I am, but I also have a hollow feeling. As soon as I saw it would sell, the first thing I said was “Woo-hoo!”, and then an instant later, “I should have kept that one.” I know I can’t keep everything (no matter how hard I seem to try), because I just do not have room for it all, and what is the point if it has to stay stored away in a box because of lack of space? I do keep some things that I really like for a little while before selling them, but this piece was just too big to do that.
I can keep the picture and when I look at it, I can say, “For a time, that was mine.” Ah, well, waxing poetic won’t change anything, and I will find good use for the money it brought to me. I still wish I had kept the Swarovski Tropical Fish I sold a few years ago, but so far I have managed to survive without them, and the customers who bought them are extremely happy. They say to buy the things you like, I am sometimes just a little taken aback by how much I may like something, particularly after it has already been sold. I do have my collections of smaller items that I keep, like my vintage Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Toilet Water bottle that I spent the time photographing and writing a description for before rescuing it to be mine for keeps. Or at least until I am ready to let it go.
My husband will just have to put up another shelf for my recently acquired Beswick horses, because I anticipate a great sense of loss if I list all of them. Most things I have no problem with selling and shipping out, but there are some things that I do get emotionally attached to. I just wish I would realize this before I have already sold them.
By Diana Behlmar