I was sitting in the midst of the Ventriloquist Central Collection and it came to me that I was without question a collector of Ventriloquist Figures and not a dealer. You must remember that I was a true dealer of antiques for almost 30 years prior to becoming involved with the ventriloquist figures. I had no problem adding a profit on to what ever item I would purchase and then put it up for sale.
I did in fact sell a lot of ventriloquist figures when I first started because I was new to the item and to get more of them I had to sell. I quickly realized that I was buying and selling other antique items but I was not selling the figures. As matter of fact when I did sell a ventriloquist figure it really bothered me. I never had that happen with any other item I had ever bought.
Now the only time I will sell a ventriloquist figure is when I have purchased one as an upgrade so the lesser one I will put out for sale. Occasionally I will purchase some figures that I know will be sold and those to me are an exception to the collection.
I found that I have a craving and to satisfy that craving I must purchase another figure. The craving happens almost as soon as I have placed the newest acquisition into the collection. Is this called an addiction? It sure sounds like it because you just can’t satisfy the want . Even when I have acquire a new Marshall I get so excited because it is the maker I like best but as soon as I have it I want another. So that is the sure sign you are a collector. You buy to keep not to sell.
Dan Willinger is a ventriloquism enthusiast and ventriloquist figure collector. He has been collecting for over 25 years. He created the Ventriloquist Central Collection. It now has over 100 ventriloquist figures and over 50 of them are Frank Marshall figures. Because of his love for the art of ventriloquism, Mr. Willinger created the website Ventriloquist Central. For more information about the website, go to: http://www.ventriloquistcentral.com
Copyright 2010 by Dan Willinger
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