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The Benefits of Having a Collection

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

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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.

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Hobbies should be a crucial part of everyone’s life, particularly in our highly abstract and passive world. There are some advantages to having a favorite pastime, a hobby.

Collecting delivers feelings of ownership and pride that are even bigger than owning items. We know what we have

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is at least something unique. Everyone has furniture, bestselling books, a television. Not everybody has a great vintage men’s magazine collection. Our collections have a special place in our hearts and become one of our most treasured possessions.

The pride of a collection is a pride that is difficult to come by in other hobbies such as gardening or reading. While you get a feeling of accomplishment with other hobbies, collecting brings you a sense of victory, especially when you’ve found a piece you’ve been searching for your whole life.

How to Start a Collection

Pick your poison. First, you clearly have to choose what you’re going to collect. Lots of times this isn’t really a conscious choice, but something passed down through a family or a random item that catches your eye on a trip which then becomes a collection.

Start with the commonplace. You have to throw a wide net when beginning your collection. You need to begin with common pieces that are low-cost and will shape your collection’s foundation. As you’re doing your homework, you’ll come to find those common pieces. Think of it as a pyramid. There has to be a basis before you can move up into rarer pieces.

Do your homework. Before going in whole hog, do some research on what you’re collecting. Regardless the item, it’s almost certain there are fellow collectors out there. There are websites for any collection you could think of. So get online, do some searching and decide where to start.

How to Start a Coin Collection


Coin Collecting

Coin collecting is the collecting of coins or other forms of metal used as legal money. There are as many various ways to collect coins as there are coin collectors. Some folks collect expensive, rare coins, other people buy coins right from the mint while other folks collect coins from the change that they get every day. As you become a more skilled coin collector, your collecting habits and objectives will alter.

Getting Started in Coin Collecting

Beginning is easier than you thought. I’ll tell you how to start a coin collection with $4 worth of nickels. This is a good projects for children who are interested in collecting, as well as for adults who would like to collect coins but don’t really know where to begin.

Let Begin:

You want to get your hands on two rolls of circulated nickels. The ideal spot to get them from is a convenience store or other business that often has small change. Don’t get nickels from a financial institution because they will probably be uncirculated nickels.

Put both rolls of nickels into a medium-sized plastic food storage container.

If they need cleaning, add a smudge of dish detergent and some hot water and lightly wash the nickels. Generally, cleaning coins isn’t recommended, particularly cleaning them with metal polishes and the like. If you get coins from circulation they are usually filthy, gently work the nickels around in the hot, soapy water for a couple of minutes, and then rinse well. Put them on a towel to dry.

Arrange the nickels out by decades. Look at every nickel and separate them into piles based on dates. Create a pile for coins dated 2000 or later, 1990-1999, 1980-1989, etc. A pile of nickels for every decade.