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Collecting – For the Joy

of It!

Thoughts by lifelong collector of

small old things, Marcia Harmon of

Cottage Jewel

July 2017, TVM


you a casual

collector or a

healthy hoarder

who feels

distressed by the

current social

trend to

minimalize and

downsize?  A


consists of three

or more similar

objects whether

it is stamps or stones, coins or cars. So

everybody collects something! The hunt-

and-gather act of collecting is primordial –

it is who we are! Eureka! There is a

momentary thrill, when we find what we

seek.  What people collect may be

motivated by competition, compulsion, a

need for approval or a desire for

immortality. True collectors deliberately

search for specific items, categorize them,

learn about them and thoughtfully display

them. The human instinct to

collect is the origin of our

modern museums. Our

cultural institutions began

with the curiosity cabinets of

the Renaissance and the

scholarly desire to

understand the natural world

through the study of

variations in rare objects.

Collecting vintage and

antique objects connects us

with our ancestors and adds

pleasure to our pathway into

the future.

Collect whatever gives

you fulfillment.  Some folks are

“accidental collectors” who have inherited

objects and feel a sense of loyalty to

maintain their longevity or fill an

emotional void.  ‘Sentimental collectors”

may seek souvenirs from their own

childhood or of personal historical interest.

Some people are attracted to “celebrity

collecting” as if these artifacts are infused

with the essence of the previous owner. 

Some psychologists report an endowment

effect or tendency to value things more

once we own them. There is also a strong

appeal of owning something that everyone

else wants because it feeds our

individuality and secures our immortality. 

The “investment collector” needs to do

some research and be careful not to become

a “victim collector” wooed by exploitive

commercial marketing of collectibles.  On

the resale market, in malls and at auctions

the “things you treasure” are only worth

what someone else is willing or able to pay

on a given day.  So collect what gives you

pleasure today and do not feel distressed

about sharing your finds with another

curating collector. If your active living

space becomes too congested and cluttered

that you feel like a mole in a hole, then

seek professional help. Otherwise, get out

to some fun flea markets this Summer and

support your local brick-and-mortar

merchants… Happy, healthy gathering!

Vintage and antiques purveyor

Marcia Harmon owns the Cottage Jewel

curiosity shop in Danville, CA and hosts

the Relics on Railroad Antiques Fair as a


undraiser for the Museum of the San

Ramon Valley.  See more on Instagram at

#CottageJewelAntiques or


July 2017

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Premier Vintage Market

At The Hangar

At O.C. Fair And Event Center

August 25 and 26, 2017

Costa Mesa, CA  (June 29,2017)  -

Orange County shoppers have a new venue

to find the most unique wares all under one

roof.  The Flying Miz Daisy Vintage

Market is coming to the Hangar at the O.C.

Fair and Event Center this summer. The

curated, two-day market will bring high

quality, vintage and one of a kind goods

individually displayed by over 75 of the

best West Coast vendors. The air-

conditioned shopping experience is

organized by Charlene Goetz, proprietor, of

Flying Miz Daisy and scheduled for August

25 and 26.

“Growing up in rural Pennsylvania with generations of people who lived off the land must have left an imprint” expressed Charlene.  “It instilled in me an appreciation and love for the unusual, the imperfect and the story behind the object. 
As I met and worked with many vendors and customers across California, I found they expressed the same desire for an upscale, indoor vintage market in the O.C.  So began the hunt for a venue where customers could shop in a comfortable, fun, positive environment.  The Hangar provided everything we were looking for”. Charlene, began Driving Miz Daisy Vintage Market in San Juan Capistrano and expanded to Saddleback College in Mission Viejo.  Charlene was known tomerchants and customers as owner of the classically restored 1952 Aljoa Travel Trailer named Miz Daisy.  Miz Daisy serves as the mobile office and headquarters for her vintage events.  As the markets expanded and the crowds grew, the timing was right for an upscale indoor event. No more driving, Miz Daisy is now Flying Miz Daisy in her new hangar home. The Hangar at the O.C. Fair
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