About One Man's TreasureA friend once said, “Anything more than two is a collection.” I realized how true that was when I looked around my house. But it also made me think how each collection is a unique window into the owner. The real beauty is in the fact that no two collections are ever alike.
I look back to see my own evolution as a collector (and now, dealer). The list is long, beginning with 1933/1939 World’s Fair memorabilia, Chase brass, vaseline glass and Shawnee Corn King (all perfectly boxed waiting for a comeback or for that someone who wants an instant collection) – to those where my interest has peaked but I still enjoy as old friends around me every day (Deco clocks, vintage pocket games, gold watches – though I still see a Reverso or Patek in my future!). Finally, the collections that now provide me with the thrill of the hunt include silver trophies, barware, cufflinks and advertising memorabilia.
Collecting also puts opportunities for the eclectic within reach (1950s Heinz Soup Diner display complete with heating pots anyone?), allowing me to change and evolve continually. But throughout my collecting, I have always abided by two rules: 1. Only buy what I like, even for resale, and 2. When I see it what I like, buy it on the spot. Based on budgetary restrictions, I can’t always follow rule #2 (don’t we all have stories of the prize that got away? Mine was a complete set of Royal Bayreuth Devil pieces – not for everyone but if you haven’t seen it, take a look. Amazing).
I trust that One Man's Treasure will become part of your own collecting journey, or at least open your eyes to something new and interesting that you haven’t seen before.