Over the years, I have started, obsessed over, treasured, and sometimes tossed many collections. When I was a kid, unicorns. OMG I had 800 I swear. Later it was angels, then elephant planters, serve-u hostess sets, vintage tablecloths, vintage fiesta...... you get the picture. Now that I'm older and I have limited space and limited tolerance for dusting, I'm more selective.
Years ago, I saw an article in a magazine about vintage aquarium ornaments and it stuck in my mind. However, until recently I haven't actually purchased any.
Not that I haven't seen any, but if I'm going to buy it, it needs to be cheap, it needs to be exactly the right style and age, and it needs to be in great condition. But boy are these aquarium ornaments rare. Especially the mermaid ones. Of course they are a gazillion dollars, usually even on ebay, when you can find them. For example, here's one on Etsy right now:
No way I'm paying that. I'm not saying it's not worth it, but I'm too cheap. So the only one I ever bought was a really cute little castle I found in Wiggins, MS (of all places) for $3.
But on a random Friday when I was off work, junkin' around in Bay St. Louis, waiting to meet Dale after she picked up her kids so we could get coffee, I found this one. It was great. It was made in Japan. It was in good condition. It was BEACHY! And BONUS - it was a BUBBLER!
(you know - you put it in the aquarium and put a tube in it and bubbles come from it).
BUT. It was expensive. WAY more than I am willing to pay for stuff like this. I thought about it, left the store, mulled it over, looked up comparables on ebay, fretted, and finally went back. Talked the lady down about $15, and ended up getting it for $48 I think. I LOVE HER. My Mom ended up giving me the $ back as part of my birthday present, so SCORE!
So now I have a collection of TWO. Which for me, right now, is just the right number.
P.S. This was Fiona's pick - #6.