San Geraldo and I had an art glass collection that we began in 1981 and continued to add to (with breaks when we weren’t quite so flush) until 2007. Contemporary art glass was a great retirement investment — we were told… by the people who regularly sold us the art glass. What we learned when we were ready to retire was that our grand-niece Eloise was once again correct when she said, “Ummmm… Maybe not.” (Click here to learn a little about our attempt to make good on our investment.)
We ended up donating most of the collection to the San Diego LGBT Community Center for their fund-raising auctions. So, not a retirement investment but at least it wasn’t a waste of time. We enjoyed collecting it and when we were through it was put to good use.
But now that we’re settled (we’ve been in Spain 2 years and 8 months and in Fuengirola 1 year and 2 months. Could this be stability?), I’ve decided to start collecting glass again. Before our contemporary art glass collection, I had quite a variety of this glass. As before, I’m sticking to what I can afford. No Dale Chilhully or Ira Sapir originals for me. I’m back to combing the beach.
|SEA GLASS… MY NEW RETIREMENT INVESTMENT.
(CLICK ANY IMAGE TO SEE THE MAGNIFICENCE.)
|CARRYING MY CAMERA WAS NOT THE BEST IDEA TODAY.
(I HAD TO SACRIFICE SOME ‘FINE’ PIECES TO THE SURF.)
|DISPLAYED IN A QUALITY (REALLY) CRYSTAL BOWL.|
|MATT AND LINDY FOUND THE FIRST PIECE OF AMBER FOR ME LAST WEEK
AND I FOUND ANOTHER TODAY.