Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Yesterday*, I wanted to concentrate on this:

But instead I was working on this:

The storage area. Yikes.
It is an unfortunate but well known fact that antique dealers tend to accumulate stuff. The joke goes that when a dealer dies, the funeral is at 10; sale starts at 11. (You must say this in a very deadpan fashion.) To some extent, you just can't help it. It's the nature of the business. There is stuff that comes with stuff, stuff that's just too good to pass up, stuff that is still usable and can't be just thrown away, stuff that you actually paid money for but doesn't sell (what's wrong with you people, anyway!?) So there comes a time every year when all that stuff must be dealt with, lest you end up in the newspaper in one of those hoarding stories. With lots of extra pets.
Once a year, Joe and I sort it all out, box it up, and take it to a wonderful little auction in Michigan. That's today's task. Tomorrow, bookkeeping. But after that, it's all about the tree, baby! xo
*P.S. You know I'm feeling guilty about this, MT; since it's a holiday week, I hope 5 a.m. Tuesday still counts as Monday! (:


Lori R. said...

Well, I just figured out my problem! I am supposed to be an antique dealer... because I have stuff everywhere but haven't figured out how to get rid of it. I always have been called a packrat, but I like the name antique dealer better!!!
(I hadn't been over for a visit for awhile, but got all caught up this morning! Hope your season of shows all went well...You have more energy than I can even imagine. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!)

Annie said...

Oh I so feel your pain! I'm not an antiques dealer - yet anyway - but my storage room gets out of control fast - as does my "project" room! My Mom used to be an antique dealer & Dad built her a red barn & all her stuff is in there. Now that she's out of the biz us girls go shopping in her barn - it's fabulous!! Have a very merry Christmas!

Shannan Martin said...

Oh, to be a fly on the wall of that storage unit! Or actually, I'd rather be an ant, so I could haul it all off to my hill. :)

Yep - let's definitely reconnect after Christmas!

Have a happy, happy Christmas, friend.

Anita said...

Sandy- I am doing the EXACT same thing this week...sorting for DuPage and looking at stuff to see- hmmm, what could this become> Hope you guys are well and we will see you right after the New Year!

True North Interior Design & Antiques said...

good luck with the BIG sort! Hope you get some wonderful Chirstmas time too!!!! We are working on staying ahead of the weather and heading to northern Mich to spend Christmas with my Mom, Dad & Brothers family. My first norhtern Mich Christmas in 10 years and Dan's first :>
Love you!
ps & then I am definatley going to B & N!!!!!!!

chicroses said...

Oh I love this post..we are in the same boat..yes I worry about dieing and everyone seeing my excess junk from my antique dealing.Only weve made a major move and we have 2 storage units full. So unorganized. That funeral business..so funny. Will have to tell my dealer friends. I just bought that somerset magazine with your trophy. Glad to meet you. Sally