Friday, January 13, 2012

In Case of Fire....

Early this morning, I awoke with a start - and my first thought was, "Did I remember to turn off the space heater downstairs in my studio?!"

Don't you hate that feeling?  I'll be honest - I didn't go downstairs and look.  I figured that if I did leave it on and it started a fire, I'd smell the smoke.  This rationale only works at 3 a.m.  :)

It did get me thinking, though - if there were a fire, what's the first thing I'd grab?  What would be the one thing out of my whole collection that would devastate me if it were destroyed? (By the way, I'm not counting precious family ephemera in this scenario - those are a given.  I'm talking about items that I've procured through my wonderful online shops, gifts and antique stores.)

My answer may surprise you - it's nothing.  And everything.  Let me explain:  there is truly nothing that I would lose sleep over if it were lost.  I don't collect rare and valuable ephemera - if I did, I'd never be able to use it in my artwork!  It would cause me great angst to cut up labels and books and in my line of work, that just wouldn't work.  Nothing is so precious that I couldn't cut it up if it were absolutely essential to a piece.

On the other hand, I would be totally bummed if I happened to lose these items to a flood or fire:

1.  My Cohen Department Store trading stamps.  I honestly don't know if I'd ever be able to find these ever again.  But I'd try.  I would put the call out to elderly Green Bay residents to check their junk drawers - but I know I'd never find a group of 250 of them, like I have - especially for three bucks!!

2.  My NCR receipt folder.  I'm fairly certain this is a one-of-a-kind item.  If another exists, it's probably in NCR's museum somewhere.  Okay, now that I think about it, this would be heartbreaking to lose.  Yep, I love this item and feel very fortunate to have it in my collection.

3.  These little Chinese books.  They were actually bought in China for me by my friend Suze.  I suppose there are other copies out there, but I'd never get them!  Plus, they were a gift, which makes them even more special.

So I guess I'm not as hard-hearted as I thought!  Now let me put the question out to you - what ephemera do you have that you'd hate to lose?  I'd love to hear your answers!  Comment away!  :D

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