This weekend I had the pleasure of attending the California Ceramics Festival in the charming college town of Davis. While I found the scads of work both stimulating and inspirational, I couldn't help but wonder what all the art collectors were like. I'd watch a slough of people enter a room, grab a price list off the wall, and immediately begin to check off what they want. I, on the other hand spent the weekend par-oozing the small town shops, in search of my own treasures.
How to Buy Like a Collector:
1. Name of Work: It is sad but true that brand names go a long way. Think, if you want to resell some day, brand names may be the way to go.
2. Artist's ethics: I'm generally anti-chinese made, USA all the way!
3. Price: Is it worth the moo-la?
4. Practicality: Here is where my thoughts differ from the art collector's, but if an item is amazing and not practical, I might get it anyway.
5. Love: Do you love it? Will you die if someone else owns it?
Today I followed the role of the art collector. I cataloged items I liked in each clothing shop in town, compared prices, weighed my options, and chose what I couldn't live without. I happened into Nina and Tom a great family-based homegrown clothing store, and purchased an exquisite recycled wool purse by Queen Bee, as priceless as the finest china!