If you’ve read my blog for any length of time you might know that I tend to insist that I am not a ‘collector’, which frankly is total crap. The true story is that I am in denial.
I do have one basic rule about collecting though, which is that I never spend a lot of money on my ‘collectibles’. OK, no, I don’t always stick to the rule either. But I have been around the block enough times to know that I will grow tired of my collection at some point and by then no one else will really want it either. It’s highly unlikely that I will ever get any money back out of it.
Case in point, my chintzware collection. Vintage chintzware saw a resurgence in the 80’s and 90’s. I loved it at the time and I purchased it whenever I found it. But over the past several years I’ve moved away from the flowery-ness of it. So now I’ve sold most of it.
Even though many of my pieces had been purchased at garage sales, there were a few that I paid top dollar for at shops or online. I know I didn’t get my money back out of those and that taught me a valuable lesson; collectibles go out of style and lose their value. Usually right about the same time that you get tired of them, everyone else does too.
Or maybe that’s just me? What can I say, I am highly influenced by trends.
So when I collect things it’s just because I love them, not because I think they’ll be valuable one day. Which brings me to my latest collection, vintage suitcases.
I just added a new one. I recently stopped into La Garage on my lunch hour and purchased this for $23.50.
I loved the camel color leather trim and handle. Plus the fact that it’s called the “Travel Joy” doesn’t hurt either!
I’ve mentioned La Garage before, it’s a shop just a few blocks away from me (in No St Paul) that buys out estates. So it’s like an estate sale in a shop. Their furniture is always priced too high for me to buy it, paint it, and resell it ($269 for a dresser). But the pieces they have are all in great shape and don’t appear to need repairs or refinishing. If you like unpainted vintage pieces, La Garage might be a great resource for you.
Although it’s lower than what you might pay in a vintage shop, the $23.50 is a bit on the high end of what I normally pay for a vintage suitcase. For example, sometimes I get really lucky and find a stash of vintage cases at a garage sale for $2 to $3 each.
In the past several people have asked me where I find all of my vintage suitcases. In addition to La Garage and garage sales, I’ve also found a few nice ones at occasional sales like this pair that I purchased for $12 each last summer.
Currently I am stacking all of my vintage cases next to the Welsh cupboard in my dining room. The stack is growing!
So, in case you are keeping track, although I’m not really a collector, besides vintage suitcases I also don’t really collect ironstone …
tiny dressers …
vintage alarm clocks …
vintage cameras …
blue bird china …
oh, and let’s not forget the vintage Christmas ornaments …
Good grief! Maybe I need a 12-step program after all.
How about you, do you ‘not really’ collect anything?