o.K. I will be the first! i just stumbled on this website, and joined immediately. This is great! I discovered this as a hobby last year, and now consider it necessary therapy that fascinates my soul like nothing else can! It has also been quite profitable. Who knew?!
O.K. I will stop rambling. How about this? At what point should you decide to part with a piece of your collection or a rare find? Which is best? To keep it "safe" with you or should you share your knowledge it with others?
I mean this in the way of say, a library/museum archive etc... and specifically, to share certain knowledge with the youth of today. There are too many kids who don't know the feeling of opening a hand-written letter, or witting one for their grand parents or a friend. Our kids won't save their photographs in negative form. They will cherish their photos that were taken with a digital camera in the form of a CD, and this is just one example. I hope I'm making my point here. One day, we may have nothing TO save because the only ephemera in existence will be what we have collected now, as a hobby, then gave away or sold!
So, when do you part with what? i would love to learn how others feel and what they do. Thanks!
My answer: it depends. As my collections grow, they need more focus, so I'll get to what feels like critical mass and then start selling. With serendipitous finds, very cool stuff but I don't collect, I'll usually share it with a few interested people, sometimes making a gift of it, or trading or selling to them-- if none of those, I sell it, usually after a few months of enjoying it.