Collectible linens are not completely unconventional, but are still relatively lesser known, items that people have collected over the years. While most people have been handed down some extremely old and valuable collectible linens by their parents and grandparents, the hobby has evolved a lot over the years, making it interesting and quite fascinating. The world of collectible linens is extremely vast and holds many wonderful stories & secrets that people unravel as they travel through time with this wonderful hobby.
The hobby is fascinating and the ways of gathering collectible linen are even more so. Most people start their collection through the linen passed down by parents and grandparents. Not only are they part of the family, meaning that they are dear to you already, they may have some fascinating story related to your life as well, making them all the more important to your collection.
Where to look for collectible Linens
The next best place to look for collectible linen is at flea markets. Here, shops and stalls have some wonderful pieces old and new, giving you a plethora of options for relatively low prices. The same things, if bought from an antique clothes or textile store, can cost you a bomb. You can always get in touch with relatives and friends, asking for their old linen that they might not consider collecting. You can, in all probability, get some fine deals from garage sales as well, with people putting up their old linen for sale.
When buying collectible linen from stores, flea markets or garage sales, it is important to find out a few things about the item before making the purchase. The first and most important thing to find out is how the item was stored, whether it was placed in a wooden closet, a plastic box or a metal cabinet, as that will determine the action of external elements on the collectible linen.
The amount of usage that the fabric has undergone over its lifetime is also an important detail to know, as is the manner of folding.
Once you have bought your collectible linen item, you need to keep it safely and the material of the linen is key to making the right decisions in this aspect. For e.g. cotton, linen and wool attract insects and fade under sunlight. The fabric may also weaken under sunlight, something that can lead to rips & tears. Stains on fabrics can lower their value and therefore, a proper method for removing stains, without damaging old cloth, needs to be followed meticulously.
Some old items, even when ripped or damaged, can be still worth quite a lot and therefore, it is important to identify valuable items, a skill that may come with experience. In such cases, it is important that you DO NOT repair the damage as that is integral to its valuation and identity.
There are a number of books and websites that will offer valuable information on how to clean, iron and store old collectible linen without causing any damage. Most of the damage is repairable and if you get something that is slightly damaged, don't hesitate buying it and fixing it later. However, fixes should be kept to a bare minimum without any damage to the linen as such.
From family heirlooms to famous bedspreads, there is a large amount of variety in the world of collectible linens. If you do decide to step into it, be sure to fasten your seatbelts because this is one ride that is sure to blow you away like nothing before. After all, who would have thought that there would be so much fun, excitement and history stuffed within collectible linen?