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Trash...But Sometimes

It’s Collectable Trash

February 18, 2016

Rotary dial telephones, from the 60’s and 70’s era, are on the rise to becoming one of the latest, desirable must-haves for connoisseurs of antiquated affections. They can be found in a variety of colors, from blood red to chocolate brown. Not to mention a delightful assortment of those oh-so-tasty greens and yellows that were quite the rage during their original years of service. The variety of styles, ranging from desktop to wall hanging as well as hand held, make them easy to display in any home environment, adding a vintage and somewhat novel touch to any room.

So how do you know when something has gone from just being an “old thing lying around your house” to a “desirable must-have for connoisseurs of antiquated affections”? (That sounds so neat and fancy to say). Well, you can either sit on your posterior, scouring internet websites, searching for items that interest you. This method will also let you know if you have good, or at least popular, taste. If an item you are infatuated with doesn’t get many hits, then you know your taste is terrible and your innovative, imaginative interior decorating skills suck.

But aside from than going the “opinion of the world via the internet actually matters” route, you could take the more direct approach. Get off your ass and drift around the local antique stores. If the number of a particular item has increased exponentially in availability, then it’s a good bet that it has reached a trendy collectable status. Which doesn’t make a damn bit of sense. Because if something has become a “trending collectable” then why are the people that already have them collected getting rid of them?

A lot of different people collect a lot of different things, for a lot of different reasons. For some, collecting is all about the business aspect of things. Each purchase is planned and thought through with the sole purpose of reselling an item for more than it was acquired for. Their taste is defined not by personal preference, but by financial gain.

On the other end of the spectrum, there are collectors who focus more on personal preference and have little or no concern for monetary gain. They collect what they like and like what they collect. Though some pieces of their collection may cost or be worth more, it is of little consequence to them.

Then there are the detestable trend setters. These delusional fools will pay any price for any item that may increase their status quo. They’re more worried about what people will think when they see an item artfully displayed in their home, whether they like it or know anything about it, other than it had a hefty price tag and the Joneses have one. Lastly and sadly, there are those who simply collect just to be collecting. There is no rhyme or reason to it, they just have to have a wide assortment of somethings, and in most cases it doesn’t really matter what. These types generally evolve into hoarders.

So how do you define your taste? How do you rate your skills at rating antiques? Are you a trendsetter or just a weirdo when it comes to collecting? How do you know if something you already have has value?

What you like should be what YOU like, regardless of others opinions. When it comes to the price tag, the worth of any item can only be defined by how much someone else is actually willing to pay for it. It’s important to understand that just because something’s old doesn’t mean it’s a desirable must-have for connoisseurs of antiquated affections (had to work that in one more time). Old doesn’t always equal valuable or collectable. If it turns out that your personal opinion is aligned with the popular consensus, then kudos to you. Just don’t let it go to your head and start thinking you’re an expert in antiques or a revolutionary trendsetter. That’ll just make you an uppity a$$hole...and you’ll lose your kudos.

Next week: What the f*** are kudos? Or something entirely irrelevant to anything you could possibly imagine.

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Hope to hear from ya, until then try and stay focused. See ya!




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