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Collecting...Purposeful or Opportunistic? #716235
Thu Sep 06 2018 05:47 AM
Thu Sep 06 2018 05:47 AM
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Central Texas
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I wondered if others have the same challenge that I do. I sometimes add to my collection out of purpose. Out of purpose when I look for and find what I have been seeking for my collection (it usually costs me more money). Out of opportunity when I run across a random sign at an incredible price (cannot pass it up and it is much cheaper).

Let me illustrate. My first pic is of the small version of an Indian Gas Pump Plate. I wanted to match my larger version and I had to “pay up” to do so. The second pic is of a Railway Express Agency Sign that I got for a song. It also had a second exact sign bolted to it that paid for the first sign when I sold it (I essentially got a free sign!). Those two examples illustrate the dilemma. If all I did was to buy opportunistically, my collection would look one way. Conversely, if all I did was to buy purposefully my collection would probably look quite different.

I guess the best case scenario (that we all seek) is when opportunity meets purpose...just does not happen that often!

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Last edited by Stephenwarren30; Thu Sep 06 2018 07:09 AM.
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Re: Collecting...Purposeful or Opportunistic? [Re: Stephenwarren30] #716236
Thu Sep 06 2018 08:09 AM
Thu Sep 06 2018 08:09 AM
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Starting to collect too late in life seems I pay up for everything, and only collecting one company seems the results are the same.
I do collect tire related things that keeps it interesting and are able to pick them up from time to time what you would call a good deal I guess.
My main short fall is unlike so many others I don't buy to resale,I only buy keepers.


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Re: Collecting...Purposeful or Opportunistic? [Re: Stephenwarren30] #716237
Thu Sep 06 2018 09:22 AM
Thu Sep 06 2018 09:22 AM
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I buy what I like or adds flair to my already too crowded office - shop space . In one case where buying a vintage piece was practical , I was constructing a scale model of the former Zep or Zepplin Diner that was in Hawthorne California . My aim was to re create the Diner , a Gilmore , and eventually , a Richfield and display these three buildings together as the corner of Denver Avenue and Flower used to be about 1935. I found such a map here on the forum and as a result , this took out reams of guesswork as to lot configurations .


see ya on the road folks !
Re: Collecting...Purposeful or Opportunistic? [Re: Stephenwarren30] #716242
Thu Sep 06 2018 11:30 AM
Thu Sep 06 2018 11:30 AM
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Couldn't agree more.
Always buy what YOU like and you'll never lose.


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