The first video was recorded on 3/29/2019. This video deep dives into insurance considerations for your Tarot business and we begin to delve into insurance for your precious deck collection.
The second video was recorded on 4/14/2019. This short video offers some important and easy tips on insuring your decks. If you collect high end, independently produced or rare decks, watch this video to learn how to protect your investment.
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I decided to live abroad and I also owned upwards of 220 decks at the height of my Tarot and Oracle deck collection. I am now in a place in my life where I desire a smaller collection, yet, my decks are split between two countries. I finally was able to get my spreadsheets together to know the actual number of decks I now own and which country they are currently located. Through this process, I was able to identify which decks I will likely sell or give away later this year when I return to the States.
Join me for a virtual culling session as I discuss my process of wrangling in my deck collection.
I recently culled my deck wishlist, with the help of my friends on YouTube. During my YouTube live, I was able to cut my wishlist from 50 to 23. After a couple of days of tidying up my wishlist even further, I was able to get it down to 11 Tarot and Oracle decks.
I had to be really honest with myself on why I really wanted a particular wishlist deck to be added to my collection. Oftentimes, I found that the desire for that deck has waned and I no longer really want it. Other times, I was able to discern where a particular wishlist deck had qualities in some of my decks that I already own.
I added a “date added” column on my spreadsheet to track when I added a deck to my wishlist. This will help me to see how long a deck stays on the wishlist before I make a decision about it. I do track how much money the total cost of decks are on the wishlist and the grand total is $486.11, which includes shipping and customs costs. Out of the 11 decks on my wishlist, I identified five that are very likely to be added to my collection at some point in the future. The total cost of the decks that are “very likely” to be added to the collection is $186.17. All but four decks that are very likely to be added were placed on the wishlist this year.
It feels reassuring to have a solid wishlist that includes decks I want in my collection, reflects my current tastes, and is realistic in terms of my budget. My wishlist ballooned to 50 last year because I was in a Depth Year (where I refrained from making new deck purchases). A sweet spot would be about 5 decks at a given time on my wishlist, as I plan to limit deck purchases to no more than 5 in 2022.
A beautiful surprise happened for me during this culling wishlist process. A dear friend who was on the YouTube live session with me saw one of my wishlist decks and offered to give it to me, which is such an unexpected miracle – as it is out of print and very difficult to find. I did not expect that and I am so grateful.
I now have the task of updating my Tarot and Oracle tracking spreadsheets to reflect what decks are still in my collection, which ones have been sold/given away, and which ones I plan to send to my new home. I will also identify more decks to sell and giveaway, too, as I plan to cut my deck collection by up to 50%. I have my work cut out for this project, but it is a worthwhile endeavor and I promise myself that I will see to it that all of my decks make their way to their proper home – whether that’s to me or to a new person.
Not everyone needs a wishlist, but for those who do, it can be a great way to analyze your tastes, see your anticipated costs (don’t forget to add shipping!), and to help stay on track of getting decks that do not have “non-negotiables” or has qualities that are already found in another deck that’s already in the collection.
Do you have a wishlist? What do you find really useful about them? Where do you struggle with wishlists? If you don’t use a wishlist, what are ways you track your desired decks or changing tastes?
The time has come to update my massive wishlist. I am in the process of updating my Tarot/Oracle/Lenormand tracking sheets and I hope you join and keep me company as I choose which decks stay or go.
With your help, I was able to chop my list of 50 down to 23. And, I was able to identify 5 “very likely” decks I would ultimately purchase at some point in the future. This process helps me to stay grounded in my current tastes and to realize that I CAN let go of decks that I no longer really am called to get at this time.
The time has come for me to reckon with my deck collection tracking list spreadsheets. I will be cleaning up my deck wishlist – omitting ones I am no longer called to get and taking note of the ones that will remain.
In future lives, I will be updating my Tarot and Oracle tracking lists, as I’ve sold and gave away decks before I moved. I also need to determine how many decks are at my parents and how many are here with me. This, my friends, is my process of managing a splintered deck collection.
These upcoming lives will be added to the free course on my website: Choosing Your Next Deck, Curating Your Collection.
I recorded this video on 4/21/2021 and wanted to take time to reflect on my collecting habits of 2021.
Some of us are collectors at heart, and I am one of those people. I read professionally and I I like to have an array of decks to choose from in my reading practice. But, there comes a time when the acquisitions start to die down. How has your collection habits been going thus far in 2021? For me, it’s been a breathtaking journey – and I am grateful for every single phase I have experienced.
I have not backed a deck on Kickstarter in a really long time. I don’t have any pending preorders. I have 180 decks and when I get back to my parents’ home in the States, I will be culling my collection.
I have now become very clear, mindful and intentional on what I want my collection to look and feel like.
Here’s part 6 of a 6 part series on my decks that I shipped from the US to the DR and they have finally made it! It only took three months (it felt like eternity), but they made it safe and sound. I will record some videos in the future to discuss some of the decks that came with me on plane (my working decks), but for now, sit back, relax and enjoy as I re-unbox my boxes of decks that were shipped.