For me, collecting antiques is a form of obsessive compulsive disorder. This is especially evident when it comes to glassware and china. Where most people have a set of everyday dishes and, sometimes, a set of "good" dishes, I have seven complete sets of dishes and several more in progress. I could easily host a meal for a hundred people without having to rent or borrow a single dish.
Each set has a purpose, of course. In addition to the basic, everyday set, there are breakfast sets, luncheon sets, snack sets and dinner sets. Then there are sets for different occasions, seasons and holidays. After all, it would seem improper to serve a guest their meal on a Spring Violet patterned plate in the middle of winter.
In addition to the purpose of a set, my version of reality also puts requirements on its appropriate size. For example, a breakfast set must be, at minimum, a service for four. Luncheon sets, however, must have at least service for six. Dinner sets and everyday dishes should have service for no less than eight, though twelve is preferred. Anything less is considered an incomplete set.
What really kicks the Antique OCD into overdrive for me are odd numbers. In my mind, all dishware must have an even number of settings. Despite having only three people living in my house, there must be at least four settings. Knowing that there are seven custard cups sitting in the cupboard instead of eight is enough to make me hyperventilate. Never mind the fact that we never use more than three at a time; seven is an unacceptable number.
Thankfully, I can channel this level of crazy into something that works for me. In order to complete a set, I will spend hours, weeks, and sometimes years scouring the internet, auctions, thrift shops and antique malls to find the pieces I need at a price I am willing to pay. Often, once I have completed a set, I decide to sell it and pass on the bargain to my own customers, along with some of the other interesting items I pick up along the way.
I can also utilize this skill to find replacement pieces and build specific sets for other people. Perhaps you want to expand the china set your grandmother passed on to you. Maybe you broke a bowl to your everyday dinnerware and need a replacement. You could want to find a replica of the set your parents had when you were growing up. That's where I come in! From Corelle, to Fire King, to Homer Laughlin and beyond, let my brand of crazy work for you, too!