Hector the Collector
I’ve been frequenting old-fashioned, country-style auctions over the course of the last few weeks and find myself totally smitten. The bidding frenzies, the auctioneer and his ‘$10 and go’ chant, the anticipation, the feigned indifference over items people are secretly desperate to win; I love it all!
The first auction I ever attended back in July 2009 was held in a tiny hamlet in upstate New York. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to poke around–and hey, it was Friday night in the middle of nowhere and nothing else was going on–so I cajoled Anthony into stopping. We had a grand old time with the locals and I ended up purchasing an old camera for a few dollars.
I’ve always been drawn to vintage goodies and wander antique stores wistfully glancing at Pfaltzgraff’s Yorktowne pattern, being transported back in time to childhood at my grandparents’ house. Retro kitchen canisters, rotary phones, school-related items (maps, lockers, globes, chalkboards), cameras, cookbooks, and typewriters set me reeling.
I love adding to my collections but am pretty selective with my choices to prevent overkill. Typewriters and phones have to be pastel hued (pink! mint green! aqua!) and cameras need to be foreign or really cute. While I love kitchen canisters, I don’t have the space for them, so I adore them from afar. Vintage cookbooks are awesome for the photos alone.
Auctions, flea markets, and thrift shops can be such fun and you never know what treasures you will uncover. The prices are generally terrific and sometimes you really will unearth a winner.
So, are you a treasure hunter? What kind of things (aside from books!) do you collect?