Makoto Shinsengumi
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It's my anniversary! Yeah!
last modified: Thursday, September 11, 2008 (10:00:12 PM)
It's my second year anniversary and I still have no idea how to do my gallery. Go figure!

Well aside from the debacle that I always seem to have with how to present my collection, I must say that collecting itself has gone pretty well. The story has been you lose some and you win some. I don't have any "lucky" stories to tell, no artwork won or found easily, although once in a while I do get a freebie from a well meaning collector/seller or an e-mail telling me where to find what. I guess the closest thing that I had in terms of "luck", is how I've never really had a deal gone sour or any major shipping accidents. I'm really thankful for that. For anyone who knows me, this is really something because I am a bit of a risk taker. To me having risk is just a natural part of going after a treasured artwork. It's a treasure so you risk your wallet, your time and sometimes your sanity. Nowadays I keep mostly to myself, don't really have that much time anymore to chat with anyone on a consistent basis or keep abreast on the trends, what's hot and what's not. However by doing that I do feel that I'm very much in tune to what I like to collect and so am not bothered with how the outside world is doing or what it's doing. No need to catch up so to speak. What is it that I like most about this collecting activity? I feel like it's probably the most purest form of appreciation, on par or maybe better than watching a beloved show the 'nth time.

In the two years, I've been blessed to get a lot of my wish cels and even some dream cels. I've managed to keep up with my collecting while at the same time still fulfilling my financial obligations and rough times with regards to my career. I think that's a great thing because I started this hobby in response to some tumultous events happening in my life and it's been a gauge of how confident I feel with regards to my livelihood. Collecting was my way of going on with my life even if things were downright ugly in RL. I guess I still feel confident since my collection hasn't taken a beating... By "beating", I mean like panic selling or something. I'm so proud that my collection has remained largely intact and I intend to keep it that way.

I don't think my collection will ever have the "museum" or "gallery" feel to it ever. I can't take an objective/analytic/scientific approach to it since It's only guided by my passion and to a point, by what they call "purposeful buying". If my collection keeps it's value in the long haul then that's great, if not then that's fine since it's value to me is rather intrinsic, a reminder of moving on, a reminder of things that I like, that exhilirating feeling when you open that package the first time and that humbling feeling everytime you look at that piece in your gallery. Oh yeah to celebrate my two year anniversary I even insured my collection. I can sleep well at night thinking all is well, that ends well be it cel collecting or my life.

Today I updated with a few things, I was hoping I'd have them in hand by my anniversary but alas! Looks like it'll take a few more days before they reach my hands. Two are wishlist items and two are really nice items, all of which are part of my permanent collection. Now someone find me a Saitou cel... ^_^
re: It''s my anniversary! Yeah!Thursday, September 11, 2008 - 10:04:17 PM
SafetyGirl

Yay! Congratulations on 2 years! ^__^

And thanks for dragging me in with you. :P hehehe, no, it''s been awesome. Cels are great!


re: It''s my anniversary! Yeah!Friday, September 12, 2008 - 8:10:07 AM
hajimenokizu

Thanks yo! Hehe! Now update your gallery soon!


re: It''s my anniversary! Yeah!Friday, September 12, 2008 - 8:03:14 PM
kittens

YAY Congrats!!! ^_^ I will send you a pm later ;)


re: It''s my anniversary! Yeah!Friday, September 12, 2008 - 11:36:58 PM
hajimenokizu

Thanks Kittens! PM me anytime. I just got home. :)