Discovering Your Collection

You would be hard-pressed to find someone who did not like to collect something of personal value and interest.

Some individuals purposely set out to collect something, whether it is as expensive and rare as an antique car or easy to find as a tossed penny. The purpose of a collection is to look for certain items that hold some value to you, whether the value is personal or monetary. And collections usually resemble a great affinity for an object, such as fine paintings or sculptures.

You may not even realize when you started collecting something because many times it just happens to accumulate over a period of time, sometimes years. But when you do make the effort to begin a collection, you have to make it a manageable pastime. Otherwise you may find yourself completely surround by endless clutter and chaos.

One thing to remember when you begin a collection is to find something you absolutely love. Take the time to research and learn about the history and mystique behind your prized possessions. This will also aid you in determining what pieces you intend to buy and keep so you can make the most of your collection.

When you collect something, find pieces that have special meaning. If you are collecting antique dollhouses, for example, perhaps you want to look for accessories that represent a particular time period. Or you may want to collect items that remind you of fond memories from your childhood. Adding unique and meaningful items as part of your collection not only gives you ample conversation pieces, but it represents special times in your life.

Because collections normally accumulate over a period of time, it will help if you can make out a ?wish list? to narrow down specific items you are looking to find. Locating hard-to-get pieces that go with your collection will require a little research, and you will inevitably find yourself looking through magazines, surfing the Internet or visiting specialty shops. But this is just part of the fun of looking for items you love.

As your collection grows, learn about each item. Find out how it was made, who made it and what they used for materials. You may also want to catalogue your collection to help you keep things organized in case you decide to sell a certain item or trade it for another piece.

You may also want to join a club or organization that deals specifically with what you collect. This is the perfect way to gain hints and suggestions on where to find pieces and get a better price for items you are interested in selling. It also helps form a bond among other avid collectors who also love the same unique things you enjoy.

Starting a collection can be a fun and enjoyable pastime or hobby. You can find a special place for you collection to display for friends and family. And who knows, maybe one day your collection will be worth a lot of money! Wouldn’t that be great.

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