Friday, September 24, 2010

Who Moved Or Re-Moved My Cheesy Antiques And Collectibles?

The Hem and Haw Of Keeping Track Of Cheesy Collectibles

Don't you just fall apart when someone comes into your Antique booth or shop and decides to re_decorate for you ...i.e. pull apart your displays or pick up an object and take it to a booth clear across the mall or de-construct an item in some way?

Dust Collecting Junk

The sad part is that some of my junk has been sitting in my booth for so long that when I spot one of my "things" three rows down in another dealer's booth, I actually recognize my missing object.
Attached To My Collectibles

I suppose we get attached to our merchandise even though we also can get sick of collectibles that we have had for way too long. I don't know about you, but when I see that something I have owned has sold after sitting around in my booth for what seems like an eternity I scream out in absolute JOY.... the old thing is GONE.

"Who Moved My Cheese"

Remember the cheesy book "Who Moved My Cheese" by Spencer Johnson, M.D. a book which told the story of adapting to change. "Cheese is a metaphor for what you want to have in life-whether it is a good job, a loving relationship, money, a possession, health, or spiritual peace of mind."

CHANGE Must Take Place

As the story goes in the book, one day the cheese is gone and CHANGE must take place. What about applying the "cheese' story to our business of selling antiques and collectibles? Do you get unraveled when someone comes into your shop or antique booth and moves around your items for sale? I do....I have even walked up to my Front Desk Manager (at my Antique Mall) and declared that it appears that something in my booth is missing.

Looking For Missing Collectibles

Calmly Robert (our front desk manager) tells me to check my booth again and lo and behold I usually find the missing object buried somewhere unexpected in my very own booth. I hate to say it but more than a few times, the object is found "maimed" or "dis-connected" . Imagine finding only the groom of a tacky imported bride and groom set or the lid missing from a sti
nky old jar.


I have a hard time imagining that someone is our there kidnapping ceramic brides or unscrewing rusty lids from jars or shlepping my stuff clear across our 22,000 square feet store to another dealer's booth. This is what I have to say to all of you PLEASE DON'T MOVE MY CHEESY ANTIQUES ANYMORE !

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Oregon Cheese Photo Courtesy of Country Living. Com

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro cafĂ©.To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.comVisit my website, CDianneZweig.comDianne is a member of:The American Society of Journalists and AuthorsThe Authors Guild, Inc.

1 comment:

  1. LOL! I totally "get" it! LOL! I hate it when people take my stuff and put it in another booth, or take my tags off, or drop them on the floor and break them and put them back on my shelves like nothing happened. And I DETEST it when they mess with my linens and tablecloths!!! Detest it... yes, that's what I said... detest it! LOL! So....I brought them home. LOL!