Collector vs. Hoarder: Vintage Ceramics

13 July 2015 3


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Where is the line between collecting and hoarding? Where is the difference between interesting collections and messy clutter? Questions I keep asking myself when looking at my growing vintage ceramics collection (I still stay positive and use the term ‘collection’ instead of ‘clutter’ in my case, ha!). I don’t know why I love vintage ceramics so much, it just is a given fact. I think it has something to do with my personality being someone who loves history and who loves archaeology – you know, initially I wanted to study archeology (instead I studies international economics – booooring:-)). So probably collection vintage ceramics is a sort of substitute for digging out ancient pieces somewhere in Greece? Maybe!

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vintage ceramics, pottery, vintage, ceramics, collection, home decor

vintage ceramics, pottery, vintage, ceramics, collection, home decor

Whatever the explanation is, I only know that opening eBay on my Macbook is a given shopping trap. I always end up finding another interesting vintage ceramics piece from the famous West German potters, handmade vintage pieces from Denmark and so on. And my finger is so easy on clicking ‘buy now’. So it happens that I added a few new old pieces to my collection. I have found a fabulous UFO vase (referring to its UFO like shape), two vintage vases with the widely known Inka pattern from West German potters (the ochre and dark green vase) and a small dark anthracite jug-vase that reminds me of ancient pieces. Here I go, Mister Indiana Igor Jones! If you love ceramics too, check out my Pinterest board dedicated to pottery!

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vintage ceramics, pottery, vintage, ceramics, collection, home decor

So what do you think: Do I collect or do I hoard? And I wonder, do you have a soft spot and are you collecting something in your home? Let me know!

Happy new week!

Photography by Igor Josifovic


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  • Reply Jan 13 July 2015 at 12:02

    Hej! Ach ja, das kenn ich zu gut. Aber mittlerweile muss ich ja eine ganze Wohnung neu einrichten, da bleibt leider kein Geld für Kleinkram… aber ich gehe dafür öfters ins Sozialkaufhaus. Da sind die Preise noch humaner. Obwohl ich noch von Scheurich Vasen mit Zwiebelmustersuche 😀 Von deiner kleinen Grünen hab ich schon viele Farben, wenn nicht sogar den ganzen Regenbogen.
    Bleib wachsam Indiana Igor, ich bin gespannt was demnächst noch einzieht! Liebe Grüße, Jan

    • Reply Igor 18 July 2015 at 13:55

      Ich sag’s Dir Jan, eBay ist manchmal ja auch sowas wie Sozialkaufhaus:-) Die meisten dieser Vasen waren mehr als nur günstig:-) Danke Dir für den Kommentar und ich bin gespannt, auf Deine neu eingerichtete Wohnung!

  • Reply Lunch & Latte | Lisa Hjalt 13 July 2015 at 16:13

    Mister Indiana Igor Jones (love the phrase), what kind of a question is that, of course you’re a proper collector!

    Love the jug-vase; it melts my pottery-heart to the floor. Well, I pretty much love every piece in your beautiful collection.

    • Reply Igor 18 July 2015 at 13:55

      Thank you Lisa:-) Well, Indiana Jones was one of my childhood heroes:-)

  • Reply Petuck Jaggs - Lisa and Kristin 14 July 2015 at 14:52

    Hi! We love your blog and in answer to your question definitely a collector! What beautiful objects you have found.

    • Reply Igor 18 July 2015 at 13:55

      Thank you very much!

  • Reply Mel 14 July 2015 at 15:38

    No that’s collect definitely and so you should! I’ve often admired your collection Igor, you have some really beautiful pieces. Keep it up!

    • Reply Igor 18 July 2015 at 13:56

      Thank you so much Mel!!

  • Reply Johanna Koo 17 July 2015 at 22:40

    😀 surprice….I am collecting ceramics 😉 even I´m a minimalist…Lovely collection you have!!! <3

    • Reply Igor 18 July 2015 at 13:56

      Oh very good Johanna, will you be sharing some on your blog?? I would love to see them!

  • Reply Susanna-Cole King 22 July 2015 at 19:29

    It’s a fine line, isn’t it! But your’s definitely looks like a lovely collection, not a hoard. 🙂

    Have you ever seen the show “American Pickers”? There are definitely some collectors and hoarders on there, and one of them noted that once you get bitten by the “collecting bug”, you’re a collector for life. I’ll collect anything and everything that I find beautiful or that had an interesting story or history to it, such as antique spools/bobbins, vintage lobby cards, 1930s-1940s roller skate cases (with the original owners’ collections of stickers), just to name a few of the recent things. It never ends, but I love it! And do I ever know the eBay, Etsy shopping trap. Etsy may be worse in how it recommends items based on what I’ve bought and liked and oh, they know me well!

    • Reply Igor 23 July 2015 at 00:47

      Hahahaha it’s good to know I am not alone out there collecting:-) Thanks for sharing your collections, Susanna!

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