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Offline Foxfurie

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Why do you buy what you buy?
« on: August 06, 2012, 01:05:01 PM »
I just wondered what people's motivation was for their collecting and why they buy the pieces they do? Do you buy it because it might be worth something or because you like it?

As I am a real newbie I only have five or six pieces at the moment and most of them aren't worth anything at all, I collect things because I like them or because they are pretty, or that they "match" or "go with" other things I own (not just glass).

I think my favourite piece is my glass lamp base, but also because it has sentimental value - here it is lurking in my bathroom where it lives. Does anyone else have a really favourite thing they love more than any of their other pieces? (probably easier when you only have a few like me)

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Re: Why do you buy what you buy?
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2012, 01:10:55 PM »
I buy stuff that speaks to me nicely, or stuff that  just screams at me.
I have to like it. (or know somebody else who will)
Cheers, Sue (M)

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Re: Why do you buy what you buy?
« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2012, 01:26:24 PM »
I think I know what you meant about screaming at you... I am trying to convince an american seller to post something international for me... negotiation is not going as well as I would like... But I HAVE to buy one of these

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Boyd-Glass-Sly-the-Fox-Sunshine-Vaseline-glows-under-black-light-/310415268391?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4846311a27#ht_500wt_1224

I'd like the Janku one or a Steuben one but I think my husband would kill me outright if I did!


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Re: Why do you buy what you buy?
« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2012, 01:51:52 PM »
You need to work on him, obviously. (your husband, not the seller. I'm sure another glowing fox will turn up with somebody who isn't going to be so difficult.)
Does he have hobbies he spends money on?
You can always work the idea that in the secondary market, anything you buy might well sell to somebody else - you don't actually loose all your outlay the way you do in the primary market.
Many folk do find it's a hobby that can, if you're sensible, almost pay for itself.
The best thing to do is convert him to glass too.  8)
Cheers, Sue (M)

Three Wise Women would have asked for directions, arrived on time, delivered the baby, cleaned the stables and made a casserole...

And there WOULD have been peace on earth.


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Re: Why do you buy what you buy?
« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2012, 02:00:41 PM »
I think as long as I don't buy hundreds of pieces, so he thinks I have magpie syndrome ("oooh shiny things") then I will be allowed to keep buying the odd one or two. He is pretty much a minimalist person and would rather we threw all the ornaments out! Annoyingly he only spends money on computer games and I don't want to get in a tizz about that or he'll stop and then he'll be under my feet  ;D ::)

I can't imagine I'd ever make any money at it. I wouldn't even know where to start. I do have to say I am very jealous of the collections I have seen on some of the threads, they are amazing! So many beautiful pieces.


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Re: Why do you buy what you buy?
« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2012, 02:05:37 PM »
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I think as long as I don't buy hundreds of pieces,
Famous last words. The only way to learn what to buy that will make money is to read books, read this board and other similar ones, look at and handle as much glass as possible, look at ebay sales. etc., etc.


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Re: Why do you buy what you buy?
« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2012, 02:32:53 PM »
First thing you should learn is check out other sites when buying new glass as eBay is often a suckers bet. If you bought the one you are looking at your total would be $21.94. You might say money by checking other sites rather than eBay. Here is one that is $4 less for the same thing & shipping might be cheaper also.
This site is found by Googling Boyd Vaseline Sly Fox: http://www.opensalts.net/sly.pdf


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Re: Why do you buy what you buy?
« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2012, 03:03:22 PM »
I only buy what I love (or can live with if I'm buying it because I think it is interesting and I want to research it).  And then it goes into my collection.  Everything I buy goes on display or has been on display in my home at some point, because I bought it because it 'spoke' to me.  i.e. I loved it when I bought it and imagined it would fit with other things in my home.
If I need to sell something to buy other things (which I do now as my collection of various ceramics and glass got completely out of hand - well it did according to my husband sigghh) then at least I can sell it with a sense of 'knowing' it I suppose. 

I would weigh up how much you really want an item that costs that much to post abroad and as Ohio says, do some research first to see if you could find it cheaper.

Have fun.  Search this board first before buying :)  it may save you many pennies.
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Re: Why do you buy what you buy?
« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2012, 03:27:20 PM »
ah, husbands and glass...hmm.

Got rid of husband so now have more room & money for glass rofl.

New toyboy is far more tolerant of my need for glass and carries it all for me on our outings :-D


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Re: Why do you buy what you buy?
« Reply #9 on: August 06, 2012, 04:24:38 PM »
Toyboys are just great, aren't they?  8)
Mine isn't nearly as rich as the vile-ex - but he's so much more generous, in every way.  ;D
Cheers, Sue (M)

Three Wise Women would have asked for directions, arrived on time, delivered the baby, cleaned the stables and made a casserole...

And there WOULD have been peace on earth.

 



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