Holy crap Jim! That's a collection!
We collect/trade/buy Vaquero style bits and spurs. We use all of our stuff, except for a few things. We have traded for a lot of our stuff. Some of it was handed down to us from my father in law. We always look on Ebay
and will on occasion buy something off of there. There is trading pages on Facebook and in the last month or so I can't even tell you how many bits we have traded on there! Lol. Matter of fact I have to ship a few tomorrow, and we have got that many on their way to us.
I think I started out trading a horse for a pile of bridles. Then I would have to trade maybe two or three bridles for one good bridle, then just traded up until I got some decent stuff.
It is definitely an investment. We figure if we got real broke we could sell it all and be ok. We had a friend who had to do that to pay for heart surgery on his wife. It's like having a pretty savings account!
I posted a pic of some of the stuff that is in the house that is just some of the bits and spurs, we have a pile of Larry Schutte hair ropes, a Blind Bob hair rope, vintage headstalls, bosals, bosalitas, rawhide romel reins...I am too lazy to walk out to the trailer and grab the other stuff..lol