Collecting - Collectibles
When you are collecting collectibles, you are a part of a hobby that is one of the most popular ways of spending spare time for people around the world. This hobby has hundreds of thousands of people rummaging through things and looking for something that they can add to their collection. From flea markets and antique stores to garage sales and even junkyards, you will find these collectors roaming all over town and looking for that next jewel to add to their collection.
However, collecting collectibles, or anything for that matter, is not about simply looking for them and bringing it home. If you really want your collection to have any meaning or value, you need to make sure that everything is put together as it is supposed to be, in order and perfectly labelled so that someone can look at your collection and know what is what, without having to ask you. Cataloguing the collection is extremely important but that's not the only thing. Getting started in this hobby and making it worth your while requires time and effort but for those who are looking for a hobby, there are a lot of great pulls in collecting collectibles.
Getting into the Collecting Habit
To begin with, the most important thing is to understand that anything and everything falls under the same collectible category. You could be collecting leaves from your garden and that can become your hobby. Once you've collected all the different kinds of leaves, labelled them and put them safely into your collection, you can move on to your neighbour's garden and then to the next and so on. There you have a collectible hobby that is inexpensive and quite simple to pursue.
Alternately, you could have something like collecting cars, if you had the budget and the money to do so. Once again, you would have a lot of choices and once again, you would be able to do it on any scale that you choose. The best part about a hobby of collecting collectibles is that there is no pre-defined scope for the project and for collecting things. There is no rule that your matchbox collectibles have to be from a certain era or from a certain country. You could simply choose something as common as, say, a green background colour as your main criteria for picking matchboxes.
However, as long as you are recording things and keeping an eye on how you are acquiring something and how it is becoming a part of your collection, you are on the right track. After all, what you are doing could become valuable some day, to someone.
Collecting Collectibles Professionally
There are those who get so deeply involved with the hobby that their efforts verge on the edge of making it a full-time profession. They do the same things that a regular hobbyist does, when collecting collectibles - the scour the world for objects that would fit into their collection but the difference is in the way they do it. Professional collectors have a deep understanding of the things they choose to collect.
The understanding is such that they are constantly on top of things when it comes to figuring out the real from the fake or just the lower value objects from the ones that are extremely expensive. They realise the value of the objects they pick and do this just as someone would do their regular job. However, the biggest difference between collecting collectibles as a hobby or collecting them as a profession is in the way the collected items are stored.
The process of collecting and labelling objects is extremely essential for the value of a collection. It not only shows that the objects are well documented and accounted for, it also helps interested buyers or viewers estimate the authenticity of the collection. Professional collectors often photograph and label each item from as many angles as it allows, tracking their history and also keeping them clean and in as pristine a condition as possible without damaging it or lowering its value.
If you are collecting collectibles, and the objects you are collecting are old, then you might even need to learn a few other additional tricks like restoration or basic clean-up procedures to make sure that your objects are in great shape. While you can always hire someone else to do that bit for you, you will find it a lot easier, and cheaper, to do all those bits yourself and complete your hobby.
If you are planning to get into collecting collectibles as a hobby, then you are picking the right thing for yourself. This is an extremely flexible hobby that allows you to choose your own objects to collect and also to choose the amount of time you want to put in. Everything is based on how committed you are to the hobby and with so much of it as your own prerogative, there is no reason for anyone to not choose the hobby of collecting collectibles and other things.