It's Okay To Keep, Sometimes.


    Sometimes you’ll run across something so interesting, so good, that you just can’t bear to sell it. You know what? That’s okay. I’ve fallen in love with a few things, not very many, and I really don’t want to sell them. 

    Keeping things sometimes is okay. You just can’t keep everything. That would make you a hoarder and I don’t want to see you on an episode of “Hoarders.” We antique dealers dance a fine line.

    The key difference, is the selling. We collect these really cool pieces, we sell them at a markup, and make a profit. If you do this for any number of years, you are going to collect a few pieces.

    I have a modest collection of antique photos, Barney the ox, and a Polaroid SX-70. Now that’s not a lot of things, but I have to really, really like something to keep it. There is a psychology behind it, why we collect things. 

    It reminds us of days gone by, and we want to recapture those moments in tangible objects that we can hold in our hands. For some, and this is a slippery slope, it fills a void. Now, I’m not a psychologist, but I don’t think it’s healthy to fill a hole in your life with “stuff.” That makes you a hoarder. When you try to fill the void with stuff you get emotionally attached to it, and that makes it hard to let go. 

    I won’t get too deep into that, if you want to hear it from someone who knows what they’re taking about I suggest you read “Collections of Nothing” by William Davies King. The whole book is about the psychology of collecting. It’ll give you some insight into the act of collecting.

    Now, what I was getting at is that people like to relive those warm fuzzies. I get a warm fuzzy when I come across a toy car. I loved playing with cars growing up, and I have a few examples on the shop as of the writing of this blog.

    I’m not planning on keeping the cars, I want to sell them. I’ve never had a problem letting go, but sometimes, people do. If you’re one of those, this won’t be an easy business for you. If I kept everything that gave me a warm fuzzy I’d have probably four things for sale.

    Keeping this short and sweet, once in a while, it’s okay to keep something. Believe me, if I come across another Chancay burial doll, I’m keeping it.

Brooke Gilbert