As the clock strikes midnight next week to ring in the start of another year, one sector of the Perth community will be keeping the champagne in the fridge.
In fact, popping open a goon bag would be more appropriate.
This year was, without doubt, an annus horribilis for the small resources sector.
Languid base metal prices, a gold collapse and a growing number of borderline companies officially joining the extinct list all combined to create a broad sense of investor distrust within the sector.
Speculative money left the industry and most around West Perth were forced to turn off the lights, hide in the corner and wait for the storm to pass.
It is all summed up by the small resources index - the measure of all small-cap listed mining stocks - which is languishing at lows not seen for nine years.
With the index seemingly at rock bottom, where to for 2014?
According to four of WA's best-connected in the sector, the turnaround - if it is on the cards - won't be immediate.
"It's going to take time to repair," RBS Morgans resources analyst James Wilson said.
Although a late flurry of deals - and a small spike in the small resources index - in December had provided a "slightly happier" environment for the sector, Mr Wilson said investors were still gun shy.
"Two years ago if a small miner spent money in Africa and found something, you would get rewarded . . . now you just seem to get hammered no matter what.
"It's all about prudent spending at the moment . . . being more prudent than a Scotsman.
"And perhaps it'll be the year of the hedge for the gold stocks - it guarantees cash flow without exposing yourself to the volatile gold market.
"We're also predicting an Aussie dollar of about US80Â¢ . . . and maybe that'll help push a resurgence in the Aussie juniors."
PCF Capital managing director Liam Twigger agreed that macro issues such as the Aussie dollar and US stimulus cuts could help bring some green shoots.
"It's been one of the toughest years that I can remember and I think everyone's pretty keen to start next year with a clean piece of paper," he said.
"I think as the market starts to see co-ordinated movement in the cycle from the US, Asia and Europe, that will help growth and encourage the smaller stocks going forward.
"But consumer confidence has been shattered, and maybe coming into March, February we may see something . . ."
Hartleys head of corporate finance Grey Egerton-Warburton also agreed on the macro issues, and said the one way to make money was to be prepared when it did turn.
"I think the whole market will be more positive, it's definitely due to recover," he said. "It's coming off a very low base . . . (and) I guess the key is to always be ready as there will be some fantastic money to be made."
For Patersons head of corporate finance Aaron Constantine the value argument also rings true. Patts thought it was an encouraging end to the year.
- " *It's been a pretty tough . . . but we've had a good last quarter," Mr Constantine said.
"The small resources index is down in the dumps and it just needs to build up back off that low base. And I would say there's value around."