30 Jan 2014

How to Start a Neat Collection

Home LibraryCollecting something special can be a lot of fun and the results can make a great heirloom for your children and theirs. But the most difficult part of starting a collection can sometimes be deciding what to collect! Not everything will be worth a lot of money down the road but sometimes that it not the most important aspect of a collection. Many people collect items for sentimental value or to commemorate important times in their life or place they have been. Whether you want to collect valuable items, sentimental items, or both you’ll want to pick a theme to help you avoid hoarding too many items. Fortunately, we have some great tips here to help you pick a collection and get started with it.

  1. List your interests: This will help you choose something that will keep you interested and motivated. From coins and badges to video game and sports memorabilia, there is a wide variety of themes and items to choose from.
  2. Choose your top three: Once you have a list of all of your interests, choose the three that speak to you most strongly. Be sure to consider any items you may be able to acquire from friends and family.
  3. Research: Now that you have narrowed down your list, do some research on how difficult items are too acquire, how expensive they are, and whether or not they have special storage and display requirements. Check online to find out where you can buy items and look for tips on recognizing quality.
  4. Keep it unique: Based on your research, choose what you will collect. The more specific your idea, the more interesting and focused your collection will be so try to come up with something specific and unique that will separate your collection from everybody else’s.

Tips for Collecting

There are several reasons to collect things other than monetary value but it is still a good idea to familiarize yourself with how to recognize quality pieces from forgeries or damaged goods. This will help you protect your investment and prevent wasting money on overpriced items.

  • Collect with your heart but use your head too.

      Research items before you buy them but pick the items that speak to you. Don’t buy strictly for investments sake.

  • Check antique and vintage shops first.

      Antique and vintages shops can contain some great finds but be sure to check how much items are worth and don’t be afraid to haggle or you will end up overspending!

  • Buy a reference book.

      A really good reference book is essential for any respectable collector. You will want to keep it near your collection for easy reference.

  • Decide if you want to include reproductions or only originals in your collection.

      Some collectors do not mind reproductions while others will not have anything to do with them. Usually this will come down to a matter of cost and taste.

  • Keep your inventory list up to date at all times.

      Not only is it essential for insurance purposes should anything happen to your collection but it can help you to choose which items to pursue and purchase.

  • Care. Store. Display. Protect.

Finally, before purchasing any items, be sure to ask the following questions to ensure you have proper storage facilities:

  1. Will heat or light affect the item?
  2. Is it breakable and will need to be secured?
  3. Does it need to be protected with archival or acid-free paper?
  4. What is the best way to safely clean it?
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