Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Honing the Collection

When I was a child, I dreamed of having rooms and drawers full of dolls. Some action figures, too, but mostly dolls. Doll clothes, doll vehicles, doll houses, doll settings. Some out of box; others in boxes. I would have a modern fashion doll museum. People would come to see my collections.

Fast forward a few decades. I have dolls and action figures and vehicles and outfits and furniture. I even have a decent-sized room to hold my mini people and their things. What more could I possibly want?


Fewer dolls, fewer action figures. Toss the boxes holding outfits and bring things out of the boxes. Appreciate what I have. Pass on - by selling or donating - the things I am not crazy about. Bring in new things, yes, but let go other things.

I have a lot of dolls and action figures and stuff that I like. It would be better for me to retain the ones I LOVE, the ones I wouldn't live without. Maybe that's why the economy has taken this rough turn - the universe is forcing me to choose my figures.

Oh, okay, that's going melodramatic. Crazier than usual. As if.

Let's just admit, the time has come for me to hone my DAF collection.


AilanthusAltissima said...

I remember being in that place. I had so many dolls I lost track. I started to sell off a lot of them a few years ago and I got my collection down to a more manageable size. So far, I don't have any great regrets about what I sold and I did reasonably well in the prices I got for them. I wanted to rescope my collection, bu I could never settle on a single theme or size or maker or type.

I still dream of being happy with two or three good dolls and a trunk full of beautiful clothes and jewelry and being able to keep all of my collection organized into 3 cubic feet of space or less. Maybe someday I will be able to let go of most of the collection.

D7ana said...

Yes, it is overdue for me to remove the duplicates and the figures that make me go, huh? (Why did I get this one? That kind of thinking. Shrug.)

Time to sell or donate dolls and figures. Not to stop getting new ones, but to make the collection manageable.

Two or three good dolls though ... nah, I could never go that bare ;-D