Rule: Never pay over $10 unless you are in love! Try to get people to give them to you as Christmas presents. No one can pick an ugly one. I display them on candlesticks to give them height and to catch the light.
Rule: I'm in love with its color and unusual shapes. Right now I am buying any Murano piece that I can find within my price range $10-$20. I'm trying to find glass with movement and flow.
Rule: Most of my bottles were collected from our family land in Georgia and from Ascension Island in the middle of the Atlantic. I find bottles not buy them.
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Rules: I've been find beautiful carved saints and old Bibles at the auctions and yard sales I frequent and can not pass them up. I like my modern Madonna and my 18th Century carved Brazilian St. Jose. This picture looks like I need to dust!
Rules: I can't have any rules for books. I buy books. I stack them everywhere and pick them up and read different ones all the time. I read a different book in each room...fiction in the bedroom, travel in the bathroom, non-fiction in the living room, and decorating/gardening/cooking books in the kitchen.
Rules: Schools have stopped buying globes for classrooms. They think they are too low tech but in reality a globe in your hand is holding the whole wide world and all its possibilities. They are informative, colorful, shapely, interactive, and a child can fill hours with the game of where are we now. Globes are easy to date by what countries are on them. I like globes that have Ceylon off tip of India which changed name to Sri Lanka in 1972, pre W. Germany 1949-1990, USSR, 1922-1991, and the various Congos especially Belgium Congo 1908-1966.
Soooo I am a I-collect-it rather than Eclectic. Will discuss my crystal candlesticks obsession, my carved animal collection, my husband's old camera cache, and the art gallery that I call my house on other posts. So to fellow collectors(hoarders) set up some rules and maybe you too can stay in control just like me!!!