What should I collect?
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Dear Chatelaine's Antiques,
A friend of mine has a huge collection of remote control cars. I'm so inspired by his knowledge and passion about his collection. I don't have a collection of any kind, but it seems like fun. Where do I start? What should I collect?
-- Katherine Y.
Good question. There's so many things to collect, it can be difficult to decide what's right for you. Many people enjoy collecting items that they grew up with, so
G.I.Joe, and other items that started in the 60s and 70s are all becoming popular. Also historical items are a good bet. Pieces from the
Civil War or Prohibition make good collection fodder. Just try to pick something that's not too specialized. If you go to a bunch of shows and don't find anything, you'll get frustrated.
When you start a collecting, buy a good book on the subject. Much of the fun in collecting comes from learning all about your collection. Plus, a $50 investment in a great book might save you from making a $500 mistake!
Chatelaine's Antiques has listed a few titles to get you started to the right, and specialised books on each page..
Once you've chosen something to collect, you might try joining a society or club that focuses on that subject. Most collecting price guides have lists of clubs in the back.
Another tip: buy quality over quantity. In other words, if you have a choice between buying one thing for $100 or ten things for $10 each...get the $100 dollar item. If you're thinking about re-selling your items, remember that rare pieces tend to become more sought after over time. The more common items are just that. More common. You're probably not going to get much more than you paid.
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