can range across many different items, from common everyday items to
obscure and exotic items. A woman in Missouri that collects Barbies
might think that collecting match books seems strange. However, the
woman in Florida that collects those match books from every hotel she
has ever traveled to finds her collection invaluable. These match books
remind her of all the memories of her trips. So, who is to say what
is really normal or weird?
collectors might collect lunch boxes, while other collectors might collect
anything that displays Mickey Mouse. Some people think that anything
of value that people collect can be considered a collectible. This is
not necessarily true. There are some people out there that collect telephone
some people might not consider this to be a collectible, because a phone
book does not really hold a value since they are usually given free
to the public. However, a collectible item is considered to have value
if people are willing to pay money for the item. The old saying that
“one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” certainly holds true for
items can be found almost anywhere. The popular place today to buy and
sell collectibles is eBay. A collector can spend hours pouring over
hundreds of auction ads for their collection of choice. Collectors can
go to trade shows to buy, sell or trade collectibles.
can be found at antique malls, flea markets and, of course, the ever
popular garage sale. Garage sales are an American pastime. One person
can go to a garage sale and see nothing but junk, while another person
can find their new favorite collectible to add to their collection.
Once again, the important thing to remember is that if someone is willing
to pay money for it, then it is a collectible.
as important as what you collect is the way your collection is displayed.
Collectors have entire rooms dedicated to their collectibles. Toy train
collectors will spend years putting together an entire train setup
complete with buildings, trees, streets, people and, of course, the
train system. Others will use their entire home to spread out their
way, collectors take the utmost pride in their collections regardless
of what they collect. Collectors are aware that if lost or stolen, some
of their collectibles are irreplaceable. Insurance companies even have
addendums that can be added to homeowner’s insurance policies to insure
a collector’s collection. Due to age and rarity, some collections are
so valuable that they have their own insurance policy.
of the time, collectors don’t start out by thinking “I’m going to start
collecting something… I’ll choose teacups!” Rather, they simply feel
drawn towards teacups, and find themselves in awe of the many different
types and styles. From there, the teacup lover will start hording teacups
that he or she sees in yard sales or at the store. This is how a collector
you are always looking at a particular item, or you are intrigued by
the thought of having all of the different types, then look up some
more information. If you find that there are many different types of
that item that can be bought and sold, then perhaps it is time to let
out the collector in you!
items of value has become quite the North American pastime. This is
also a way for the older generation to pass down some history to the
younger generation. It is important that this hobby continues to be
an important part of our culture so that history can live on from generation
to generation. So, if you feel the urge to collect something, don’t
suppress it as some kind of foreign urge. Embrace it, and start doing
more research and shopping to find out how you can become a real collector.
It is a fun and rewarding hobby.