Unique collections, who cares just collect something, anything
If everyone collected the same thing(s), collecting would be boring and hard to do. We all have a passion for something different. I have customers that collect Cabelas fishing rods, buying a different one each time the style they collect changes. I also have customers that collect the "normal" antiques such as depression glass, fenton and items that books are written on yearly. However what if you collect something that has no value guide or constantly changing price point? How would you decide a value to place on an item when scouting the local flea markets or shops? (My answer is...who cares buy it because you like it)
The decision to collect something is usally started as a hobby, not neccesarily for for financial gain. That being said, the collector is usually in hopes of selling, donating or gifting their collection at some point. No one wants a collection of rocks obtained over 50 years by their parents, but they may enjoy a collection that was a hobby for a relative.
I prefer to collect items without set "standards". I think a collection of medals from a small state or a specific fair or area is interesting. For years I added Maine medals to a collection I acquired through the shop, soon enough a book (guide of sorts) was re-published and I stopped. The fun in collecting, for me, is in the search for the unknown. If I know all the medals produced for a certain fair then it basically is a matter of simply buying and putting them in the book. Not everyone agrees with this, and that is fine. Some pieces are harder to find (rare), while others are easier, this is certainly true.
Currently I am amassing a large collection of Maine town paperweights, each depicting a scene from a different town. What a great time I have searching for these, as many are buried in the far recesses of attics and in the back of old desks. Most have chips and are faded, but all of them tell a story. I can someday tell where I found each and the excitement of the chase.....to no one I am sure.
No matter what you like, there is a collection ready for you to start. From Abacuses to Zoological specimens it can be had for the right price and the time allotted. I hope you enjoy your collection and add to it often. Stop in and see us sometime, you can hear this same blog repeated (sort of) at 8 market square in Houlton, Houlton Stamp and Coin. I pontificate 2-3 days a week, words misspelled daily though.
Stay collecting my friends. Come visit us downtown, at a live auction or online. We offer online auctions, live auctions, estate clean-outs and advice (sometimes it even is right) .
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