Thursday, November 6, 2008

Acting my age

Even though my collecting interests run almost entirely to resins and customs, I still subscribe to Just About Horses. That's not surprising really as I am a big fan of print media. I love books and magazines. I read the newspaper every morning and drag my kids to the library at least once a week. I may not be interested in all of the JAH content, but I'm still happy to find it in my mailbox every couple of months.

The July/August issue of JAH showcased this model.
While I do not collect many original finish models, there are still a few that really appeal to me. This Connoisseur model is one of them. I know I've professed my admiration for Brigitte Eberl's sculpting talents several times in this space. I've probably also admitted to having a thing for sport horses and mares. So--no surprise--I think this warmblood mare sculpted by Brigitte would look right at home on my shelf. I sent my card in and I was lucky enough to win the chance to buy her.

Sounds good, right? Well, not really. The problem is that she costs $303.

Don't get me wrong, I have some expensive models in my collection. While I know it is possible to find wonderful pieces at bargain prices, I also believe there's a lot of truth in the saying "you've got to pay to play." Quality, limited edition models come at a price and for this one, it's $303. I totally get that. I accept it and I'm ok with it. I just don't happen to have that much money in my hobby budget right now. Oh sure, I could charge it to a credit card, but I won't do that. My model horse hobby has to pay for itself. If I don't have the money in my PayPal account, I don't get to buy things. It's that simple. And right now, I don't have the money in my PayPal account...

So, someone from the waiting list is going to get to buy my Giselle. It's a bummer for me, but on the other hand, I'll probably get a lot more use out of the new garage door that we had installed today.

And I've got to tell you, I feel like such a grown up having chosen to spend money on a door rather than a model!

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