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Long introductory post is going to be long; I apologize in advance. I've been a member of this community for a while but I've never participated because I stopped collecting for several years. That all changed about a year ago.

I've been collecting Breyers for well over 30 years, off and on, mostly the traditional size. Unfortunately most of my collection is sitting in boxes in the basement, to the point where I really can't remember which models I have anymore. I had well over a hundred by the time I moved and they had to be boxed up. I always collected the traditional size because they were the only ones at the time that had tack and accessories and riders, but they're so big I have nowhere to display them where I'm currently living, so like I said, I sort of got out of the habit of collecting.

About a year ago though I was at Target with one of my kids and I saw the stablemates Little Red Stable. I was flabbergasted - Breyer was making cool stuff for the stablemates now? When I was a kid, there was a very limited number of stablemates to be had, most of them were some shade of brown, and there was absolutely nothing in the way of accessories. Well you can bet I bought that stable set - and then I scoured other stores looking for more. New molds and models? Colors other than brown? Tack? Accessories? Playsets? RIDERS? For stablemates? Thanks to eBay, Golden Oak Stables, HWC, and several other online stores that I can't even remember right now, my wallet has taken a beating over the past year. I've been so excited about my finds, and now I have so many, that displaying is not becoming an option but an imperative. My husband is even getting into the fun by suggesting that instead of just displaying them, we should clear out some room in the basement to create a large-scale diorama. He wants to model it after the train set layouts - he even wants to incorporate a model train into the display. Neither of us have any experience with this sort of thing, but I'm looking forward to trying. I've even found someone on eBay who sells 1:32 scale diorama accessories - and that is a very difficult scale to find, as I've discovered.

Er. I did say this would ramble on, sorry. Long story short, I've fallen madly in love with stablemates, and I'm really happy that I have found a place on LJ where I can share that love with like-minded people.

Hello, everyone!

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dragon_moon
Jul. 20th, 2011 10:31 pm (UTC)
Greetings! Totally hear you about the Traditionals. I still collect some because they're coming out with such lovely new molds, but they're spendy and take up a lot of room. lol.

So glad you discovered all the new stablemates! They are so much fun. They're like potato chips, and one is never enough. lol.

That is absolutely awesome that your husband is getting into the fun of displaying them with a diorama! Awesome! Hope you guys have fun with it. ^__^

If you're looking for supplemental display area that also reduces dusting, I highly recommend a barrister's bookcase - they're the ones with glass fronts so you can see the horses but dusting and worries about them getting knocked over is lessened. :o)
therealmorguese
Jul. 21st, 2011 06:40 am (UTC)
Welcome! I've picked up Breyers on and off now for, gosh, 50 years. I go in more for the traditional sized models. Those who go into the dioramas make some awesome setups,even have water splashing up as the horses run through it. We'll love to see your work!
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