I've had my first true taste of being an international collector recently. I knew the shipping costs would be more expensive, but what I failed to also remember was the customs fees that would also come.
I finally joined the Premier Club this year, after some years of debating on joining and then never pulling the trigger. With artists like Josine Vingerling, my favorite sculptor, Jennifer Scott, and Eberl with a promised draft horse, it was set up to be a year I didn't want to skip. So I finally joined and ordered the first release for 2019 - the welsh mare and foal set, Rhian and Cadell - right away when it was put up. Over two weeks later the box finally shipped from Breyer, and another couple of weeks after that they arrived at a nearby pickup place. The cost for shipping from Breyer was a painful $60, and I owed about $45 in customs fees upon pickup. Ouch! That's over $100 just to receive an already pricy set. And unfortunately I am disappointed with the mare in my set - sloppy dapples (much more evident in person), and messy masking. The foal, on the other hand, is perfect as far as I can see and lovely.
I have made the rather easy decision to have this be my very last year purchasing from Breyer. I don't really collect plastics anymore, anyways, and with the cost of shipping plus customs fees, it just isn't worth it for me especially if I'm not thrilled with each release. I'll finish out this year in the Collectors Club, Premier Club, and Stablemates Club, and then I'm done for good.
In other news, I am certainly not slowing down with resins. Some new arrivals include Emilia Kurila's new Percheron stallion resin, Pierre. I did manage to jump in on the pre-orders for him and he arrived back at my family's house in the US just yesterday. I wish I could see him in hand, but they will eventually forward him to me, however I am trying to set up a commission for his paintwork first so he can be shipped within the US more cheaply.
Another couple of recent purchases include both Aerosmith and Orion, the jumping warmblood resin by Stacey Tumlinson in both traditional and mini-me stablemate scale. I traded my Miss Lizzie resin, who just wasn't growing on me, for the Aerosmith, and then Stacey put a few Orions up for sale at a discount. I had barely any warmblood resins - none, in fact - which is crazy to me as next to Spanish horses, warmbloods are my favorite. How I've managed this long without a single one in resin is impressive. No worries, now I have a big and little jumper and some painting plans. Again, I will likely have them sent to painters before they are sent overseas to me.
I'm looking forward to having all these pieces in hand eventually, but for now it'll be probably a few months if not more before I see most.
Last month I finalized my move to the Netherlands. As I've already mentioned here, I "moved" in December already, but it was more of a soft move where I brought most but not all of my things. I mostly went over then because that was when we could get into the new house and start renovating, putting together, and filling it up with all sorts of things. I went back to the US in March, did some family visits, experienced BreyerWest, and then in April I packed up the rest of my stuff in three large suitcases, a stuffed carry-on, and my laptop bag and came over for the final time.
One of those large suitcases was dedicated entirely to my collection. I was a nervous wreck about it, but I figured it'd go through less bumps and risk by flying with me rather than shipping them in boxes. I packed them as carefully as I could, crossed my fingers, and watched the suitcase get tossed onto the luggage belt behind the airline counter, hoping they would reemerge on the carousel in Amsterdam unscathed. Luckily, they did! Absolutely no horse got harmed and everyone made it to their new home in the new cabinet:
I'm in love with my models in this new cabinet - sure beats an old circa 1980s bookshelf! Currently I have it organized where my resins are by sculptor (starting at the second row of shelves down, top left is Stacey Tumlinson, then Emilia Kurila, bottom left is Sarah Rose and finally Josine Vingerling on the bottom right). Then CM stablemates, OF stablemates, and traditionals on the bottom two. The top left shelf is a menagerie of things and top right is classics. I may rearrange these later but for now I'm happy with how it is.
Some horses did get left behind, namely my unpainted resins. Each of those is packed up and ready to ship out from my family's house back in the US whenever I happen to find painters for them. Those horses include long mane Lola, Valor (oh yeah, did I mention I got an HP Valor recently? Yeah, that was a chunk of change), Abrantes, and also Miss Lizzie, who just arrived there from the casters recently.
Anyways, now that they're all here, I truly feel like this place has become a home! With recent IKEA trips, plant nurseries, and furniture order deliveries, everything is really coming together. Yesterday I was especially excited about putting together our balcony with some cute patio furniture and a bunch of plants I got a week ago. Here is my Leonardo resin showing some of it off:
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