Organizational skills. Pieces for collection most likely come in sets, meaning that collectors spend a lot of time with different lists and papers that aid them in categorizing their pieces. It gives your naturally systemizing brain a workout. Organizing is also what separates collecting from accumulating. A true collector will go to great lengths to see that every specimen is carefully classified and understood.
Expertise. Having a collection provides you with a chance to become a T-shaped man. When you start researching for your collection, you’ll begin broad, making a foundational base of knowledge. But when you go further, your
collection will find a niche and your expertise will increase. Becoming an expert on antique shavers could possibly lead to a one-of-a-kind job position someday.
The benefits credited to collecting was usually focused on kids. It was thought in the early 20th century that education was a form of collecting, so collecting objects was an extension of gathering information. So keep your children in mind as you collect and have some fun.
Marketplace skills. Most males like to think of themselves as smart consumers. We too often pay full price and get drawn to cheap gimmicks at big box stores. Collecting is a good way to build up those marketplace skills of researching, haggling, and being really sure you’re getting the right item. Since trading and bartering is so ingrained in the collectibles marketplace, you’ll swiftly get firsthand expertise in those skills. When you’ve efficiently bartered for a valuable Forest Ranger patch, you’re likely to carry that new confidence to other purchases too.
Potentially profitable. While definitely not the point of owning a collection, your pieces can really be profitable. When put in sets, antiques and other collectibles can be a great investment.