Jan. 28, 2019
John's Corner January 28th 2019 collecting
This week I thought I’d give a little personal insight into collecting. Anyone who knows me well knows that I do not collect musical instruments. I made that decision when I decided to become a vintage instrument dealer. I reckoned that you cannot collect that with which you made your living. Those who tried to do both were always holding back the best stuff from customers. I think one of our reasons for success is that we don’t collect. However over the years Julie and I did collect many other things. English and Dutch pottery, Victorian furniture, Czechoslovakian glass, fine prints and paintings. When we sold the big mansion on East Ave. we began the process of “downsizing”. It was painful as many things sold for such a fraction of what we thought they might be worth!
Now is the dust has settled and as I look around and see what’s now available for such a great price I’m going to start buying again.....pottery, glass, paintings etc. I never bought things because I thought they were investments, I bought it because I liked it. Now I can be even more discerning because the prices are great and the things still tug at my heart strings. Lesson number one: the time to buy is when prices are falling!
This Maxfield Parrish “Daybreak” greets me every morning.
An early 1800s Russian "Icon" entitled “Mary, Seeker of the Lost” that I bought 20 years ago after a Texas guitar show.
Mistinguet...the French dance hall queen in an early 1900s original poster purchased from Chuck Fayne before he moved to Australia.