Collecting something you love is a really nice hobby and can sometimes be an investment in your future. Most of the time, people aren’t really sure what to do when they start collecting something. They’ll usually buy an item here or there and then crowd their homes with those items or store them improperly in their basements. The following tips are meant to help you start collecting the right way.
Beginner’s Guide to Collecting Tip #1: Start Small
If you aren’t sure if you’ll like collecting or not, start by collecting something small. After all, collecting can take up a lot of space in your home and if you aren’t sure if you’ll want to look at these items for a long time you may want to start by collecting something that will be stored in a box rather than out in the open.
Beginner’s Guide to Collecting Tip #2: Collect Something You Love
Don’t just collect something because it’s the latest trend. Instead collect something you really enjoy. Collecting should be fun and you should love the items in your collection. You should even get excited when you see one of the items available for purchase. If you are collecting for any other reason than enjoyment, this hobby will not last long.
Beginner’s Guide to Collecting Tip #3: Don’t Collect for Money
Too often beginner’s collect items because of their value, not because they enjoy them. Now I’m not saying that you shouldn’t collect things that will be worth something in the future. All I’m saying is to make sure you enjoy the item for more than its value.
Beginner’s Guide to Collecting Tip #4: Make Sure You Have Enough Room
Beginners may not think about the size of the items they will be collecting. Instead, they end up with items that are much too large for their home and they are unable to properly store their items. Collect items that will fit into your home nicely rather than snuggly.
Beginner’s Guide to Collecting Tip #5: Check Flea Markets, Yard Sales, and Online
Beginners should always search for items at flea markets, yard sales, and online. Whether the items you are collecting are older items or a new item, these places will offer great prices. When it comes to older items, many people don’t realize what they have and you can usually get a great deal. When it comes to new items, many places will make you a deal if you buy more than one.
Beginner’s Guide to Collecting Tip #6: Post Want Ads
If you are still having trouble finding items, you can always post want ads in your local paper. Many people may have these items and they might think that they are worthless. Never offer a price for older items, always let them tell you what they would like for those items and then try to haggle with them if the price is too high. Some people may even give you the items just to get them out of their home.
Beginner’s Guide to Collecting Tip #7: Store Properly
The worst thing beginners can do is to store their collections improperly. Later on, many collectors realize that they have drastically cut the value of their collectibles simply by storing them wrong. Take the proper precautions and store your collectibles properly. You can usually find boxes, cases, etc that are made for your collection.
Beginner’s Guide to Collecting Tip #8: Enjoy Your Collection
While it is important to take care of your collection, you should still enjoy it. Don’t just store it away in your closet or basement. Instead put your collection on display. You can even create a display box that will not only protect your collection but will allow you to enjoy your collection as well.
I hope these tips help you to better enjoy the collecting experience. It really is a fun hobby that just might pay off in the future.