Catch and release; a fishing term meaning you hook a fish - with as little collateral damage as possible - and then after admiring your catch you return the little fellow back to his community. No harm done, the fish supply remains plentiful for all fishermen – yet the urge to catch has been satisfied.
This is the approach I am now taking to my special finds. The thrill of “stuff” is in the catch; scouring the shelves of thrift stores or rummaging in someone’s garage and uncovering that perfect “thing” - whatever it might be - is the whole of the game. What is done with the “things” afterward is of minor importance. So in keeping with the Catch and Release program, I am making it a point to return some of my finds to the community of treasure-seekers. Thus, keeping the supply of treasures plentiful.
However, tho', there are times when I find a treasure so grand that it must be displayed. And that’s fine; not every “thing” needs to be released – just as not every fish must be released. Some need to be mounted and displayed - whatever they are!