Collecting is many times a decision that is made unconsciously. Chances are that you simply realize one day that you have collected a good number of vintage Christmas ornaments over the years or an ample number of Limoges porcelain boxes that can now safely be considered as a collection.
Over a period of time, you may also convert this into a conscious effort to transform your existing collection into something meaningful and probably even valuable. If this is the road you intend to tread onto, you need to make sure you do it the smart way.
A collectible means different things to different people. For some it may mean simply storing a collection of stamps or coins that they happened to own by chance. The more earnest collectors will be able to give you a more detailed account of the challenges they faced on their quest to create their Limoges porcelain box collection or authentic miniature car collection. The prospect of an appreciation in value is usually the determinant of whether or not an item is collectible.
While no one can really tell you what to collect, remember that your selection should be something you are personally attracted to and something you will love to look at. Also, it does not always have to be one item. It could be a theme that appeals to you as well. For example, if you love elephants, you may want to pick up paintings, porcelain boxes, kitchenware and other home décor items that follow that theme.
The best collections are created when collectors buy from their hearts. If there is something you truly love that is affordable, do not hesitate to purchase it. Your collection needs to be something you will be able to enjoy and live with. Leave the profit making to the experts.
Depending on the item you are collecting, you may be able to acquire some limited edition items en route. For example, you may find vintage Limoges porcelain boxes with designs that are no longer in the making, or you can hunt for limited edition wine bottles, if that is what you are collecting.
As easy as it may be to ignore the hairline crack on the porcelain plate, remember that the condition of your collection will significantly influence the value of your collection. Only invest in the items that come in the best condition.
In addition to the above tips, always remember to keep the original boxes of the collected items, be well informed about how you can maintain them and conduct comprehensive research before and during the collection process to make sure you are getting value for the investment you are making.
by Marina Chernyak
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