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A Labor of Love
Like many people in our generation, Dane and I are each products of a family’s struggle to obtain comfort and success. This involved an enormous amount of energy to improve our families’ economic and social positions. Strange as it may seem, it was not uncommon to pursue these goals by moving frequently. Hence, both of our families moved numerous times while we were growing up. This resulted in our parents feeling the need to discard many material things which would require too much room or effort to move. Unfortunately, this included our toys and keepsakes. Although this was a normal and acceptable routine for nearly everyone, this was a nightmare for any child who was serious about preserving toys or precious keepsakes and building collections. Dane collected just about everything including comic books, toys, and coins; while I collected paper dolls, teddy bears, and marbles. Both Dane and I…

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  • Joined November 30, 2009

About

A Labor of Love
Like many people in our generation, Dane and I are each products of a family’s struggle to obtain comfort and success. This involved an enormous amount of energy to improve our families’ economic and social positions. Strange as it may seem, it was not uncommon to pursue these goals by moving frequently. Hence, both of our families moved numerous times while we were growing up. This resulted in our parents feeling the need to discard many material things which would require too much room or effort to move. Unfortunately, this included our toys and keepsakes. Although this was a normal and acceptable routine for nearly everyone, this was a nightmare for any child who was serious about preserving toys or precious keepsakes and building collections. Dane collected just about everything including comic books, toys, and coins; while I collected paper dolls, teddy bears, and marbles. Both Dane and I had acquired serious collections of artifacts and keepsakes. However, by the time we had reached our adolescent years, we had lost our precious collections several times over. On one occasion in particular, I lost my marble collection in what was yet another spontaneous move to improve our living status.

This loss proved to be too painful for me to bear. I had won the marbles from all the little boys in our area. They lined up to get their marbles back at recess time and after school. It is hard to remain a marble champion without marbles. Not only had I lost my marbles, but I had lost my friends. Thus, I purposed in my heart to abandon my passion for playing and collecting marbles. My loss was so heartbreaking that I buried it.

Prior to 2006, Dane had purchased some contemporary marbles, knowing nothing of my traumatic experience. In the fall of 2006 Dane purchased three jars of marbles from an antique dealer. His intention was to give them to a friend who was a serious marble collector, but learned from this friend that they were more common than Dane thought they were. He then shared the marbles and his frustration with me. They may have been common, however; marbles of yesteryear are intriguing and captivating. I found myself on the floor, mesmerized and spellbound, remembering the glory of being the marble champion I once was. Suddenly, my deep rooted pain was exposed. I never dreamed that what was about to happen would come to life.

Dane took it upon himself to learn about my passion. A new mission had begun. He vowed to get my marbles back and revive my collection. This promise has become an intensified five year study and pursuit, resulting in a collection of 3,000 precious and highly collectible and desirable marbles, on top of a base collection of 65,000 vintage marbles.

The fruit of this endeavor is Danejo-Bonnelle. When you purchase one of our items, you are buying directly from our collection. As you view our pages I hope you will become as passionate as we are about marbles.

Bonnie

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