Collectible appliances are an unconventional, yet popular, hobby for many. For years, technology has brought about a number of changes that have led to household appliances getting smaller, faster and more efficient. This has resulted in outdating of appliances that our grand parents and even parents used. These appliances, today, are considered collectible appliances as not only are they of great historical significance, collectible appliances are also extremely valuable to those who collect them professionally.
Appliances came into being in the mid-19th century and at the time, most appliances were aimed at mechanizing the way cleaning was done. Amongst the first recorded instances was a vacuum cleaner built by H. Cecil Booth, a humungous contraption of hoses driven by an engine and placed on a horse cart. It wasn't until 1907 that the first vacuum cleaner was developed to run on a more practical and commercially viable scale. Soon, the toaster, the washing machine, the dishwasher and the refrigerator followed suit. Usage was always limited as electricity was expensive but with innovations in electrical energy development and harnessing technologies, these appliances became a household entity.
If you are someone who is looking to start with collectible appliances as a hobby, then the classified section of newspapers are a great place to start with. The Internet is also a wonderful place to start looking and it can also lead you to collectible appliances from other countries and continents.
Collectible Appliances - Pleasure or Treasure?
The first thing to figure out is whether you would like to collect them for your own personal pleasure or for the monetary value they offer. Many choose to just buy and store them as part of their personal collection. However, if you are looking at collectible appliances as a professional collector, then buying and selling them is also quite common on the circuit.
There are a number of websites such as atoncer.com and tias.com that are great places to not only find the right appliance that you are looking for, but also to get price guides and manuals on cleaning, maintaining and repairing these collectible appliances.
If a collectible appliance is in running condition, it is more valuable than one that needs repair. However, if you have a cooking stove from 1920, then that would be quite valuable despite its condition.
Restoring collectible appliances is also a popular hobby although it requires you to have the right tools and expertise for the job. There are many clubs of collectors who offer basic guidance and training if you are willing to learn the finer nuances of repairing collectible appliances and storing them.
The basic idea is to restore the collectible appliance to its former glory without damaging any portions. If you own a toaster from 1910, you wouldn't want it to be eaten away by corrosion. So it is vital to keep them in a dry and cool place. Cleaning them regularly to remove dust is also important for their longevity.
If you are looking to sell these appliances, then you can refer to a number of collectors and price guides that will help you valuate your collectible appliance and then look for buyers.
Serious or not, you will find that not only do you create your very own walk down memory lane, you can also find an exciting hobby to spend time on, with your children. All you need to do is turn to collectible appliances.