Dear Helen Hartman,
I hear all the time about people who have collections that get out of hand but what about us poor vaguely vintage vagabonds who never got a collection IN HAND to begin with? No, not whining about missing out on good pieces but about having too many bits and pieces. Nothing matches. I just buy what I love, especially if it’s cheap and cute and one of a kind.
Dear Loved a Little Bit of Everything So You Bought It One,
Helen hears you. Actually she hears herself. Often saying things like “I have no use for this but I have to have it!”
|And that, Loved Ones, is how Helen ended up married. Also how she ended up with this wedding cake topper. $2 How could I not buy it?|
You really have come to the wrong person. Helen is an impulsive, distracted, judgment impaired thriftier of the first order.
|Impulsive. Distracted. Judgment... So in other terms Helen is a first class IDJIT!|
Ps is that lady wearing flip flops to shop? Wow, Nothing is really new, is it>
For instance, no matter how many times I tell myself not to, I can’t stop picking up cute girls.
|Little girl writer girl with ponytail. She HAD TO BE MINE.|
|While writer girl at least has a personal connection, that in no way explains why I HAD to buy a Mermaid wallpocket. Even if my wall needed a pocket there is NO Room for one.|
I thought if I began buying smaller things it wouldn’t matter but it actually made it worse.
|Helen thinks: Mmmmmm ANOTHER piece of vintage jewelry. |
While Hubby Hartman laughs and thinks: She is up to her neck in vintage necklaces. Get it? Up to her neck. Hahaha I really crack myself up sometimes.
Because with small stuff I always have room for more! I just can’t say no!
|Can't say NO? We heard that about you! That's why we're inviting you to join us - the gals who show up on first dates with overnight cases!|
I even buy things I can’t possibly use. Especially if they’re a bargain.
|$2.99 at Goodwill. Small size Samsonite suitcase, pristine inside (notice the same kind of luggage in the circa 1946 pic above?) My folks had this set in green but this is PINK! Perfect for PINK Saturday.|
What should I do, leave it behind and risk somebody getting it who wouldn’t appreciate it like I would? I think of it as rescue work, really. Yes, that’s it. I am not gathering useless random junk, I am saving the world of vintage treasure one useless random piece of junk at a time. Who cares if it actually constitutes a collection, it’s… this isn’t helping you, is it?
|The gloves are coming off. Not because I mean to get down to work and be helpful but because I need to smooth down my hair. Helen always says, you can't always Do good, but you can always LOOK good.|
Okay – collections are over rated unless a collection is what you want. Find a place for what you love and make it work. That's the best Helen can do right now because she just realized the HUGGGGE flea market in Springfield Ohio is THIS weekend and she just might chuck her plans and go!
|I plan to drive until the only thing familiar I can see in my rear view mirror is how FABULOUS I look in my Ray Bans!|
So, tell me - Are you a meticulous collector or just another IDJIT like Helen?