I bought my first piece of carnival glass back in the early 90's at an antique store. I didn't really know what it was, but since orange is my favorite color I bought a marigold bowl (honestly, I don't remember the pattern). I continued to buy a piece every now and then but I still didn't really know a lot about carnival glass until 1997 when I discovered e-Bay. Wow, I never knew that carnival glass came in all different colors!
Since I've had some kind of bird since I was about five years old, the "bird" patterns really got my attention. At one time I had over 100 Peafowl that roamed the property here. I've also had pheasant, ostrich, emu, swans, ducks, geese, parrots, etc. If it had feathers, I've raised them.
In the late 90's I started buying carnival glass off of e-Bay from such avid collectors as Geraldine Delan, Lori Deering, and the late Moe Myers. The first "expensive" piece that I bought was a purple Dugan (my favorite manufacturer of carnival glass) Many Fruits punch set from someone in Massachusetts. I was on pins and needles waiting for it to be delivered but for some reason, UPS decided to not attempt a delivery and send it back to Massachusetts. It had to go back to the seller who then sent it back to me. Not a very pleasant transaction, to say the least.
The Peacock patterns are still my favorite and I sometimes think that I hoard them. As an example, I think I have about a dozen Peacock on the Fence bowls in marigold. Some are pastel, some pumpkin, some stippled, some PCE. Some people like to upgrade, I just want to keep them all. However, if the glass has good color, I usually want it whether it's a peacock pattern or not.