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Things A New Collector of WWII Military Memorabilia Needs to Know

Follow these tips when collecting WWII memorabilia.

Beginning a WWII military memorabilia collection might seem like an unnerving effort. Where do you start? Who can you trust? What’s even out there to start with? These are all questions any collector has asked him or herself at one point. Here are a few tips that any new WWII collector must know before beginning a collection: 

  • The genuine collecting of original WWII military items is not that difficult to do. When you have discovered one or two dependable sources, there is no need to look endlessly through numerous Craigslist listings, websites, misleading eBay auctions, etc. You’ll use your precious time more effectively and not have the typical pitfalls that novice collectors have.
  • You don’t have to spend hordes of money to have a representative collection of memorabilia. Within the realm of collecting German, US, or Japanese items, there are over 100’s of genuine examples of belt buckles, cloth insignia, medals, etc. Many are priced below $100.
  • Collecting original WWII souvenirs can be educational, exciting, and enjoyable as you find out more about this vital part of our history and our involvement in these events that have formed our world.
  • The internet has given us a huge amount of information and is the highway to practically every movement, detail, battle, daily event, campaign, and personality during this period. Look for this info and see what areas pique your interest. When you pick what areas you’re really interested in, you may decide you’d like to collect actual items related to that.

Have fun and don’t fret. The crucial thing is that you are purchasing from a source you trust who answers your questions, offers you professional smooth transactions, and most significantly, a guarantee regarding originality. This way you understand you have a solid investment.


Best Antiques Stores and Auctions (Part II)

Consider the price of the online store. 

If we are talking about auction sales, it is difficult to pass by Sotheby’s and Christie’s without mention. The two worldwide giants in the realm of auctions have more than 85% of the global market of collectible and antique auction sales. Being established in the 18th century, both have formed their strong reputation offline, and continue doing what they do best which is online auction sales. Take a look at their websites to see how impeccable they really are.

One of the projects in a similar e-commerce area is the WordPress-based jewelry store, Gilded Lab (read our case study for more information). Started in 2016, this store lets users not only buy liked items but also make their own jewelry designs. Users can pick the metal, design, and finish (shiny or matte) as well as make a model with preferred engravings and gemstones. The customer gallery is available all the time and prepared to inspire the shopper to make their own bespoken product.

Antique Online Store Cost

The price issue is crucial for any business plan. So, how much does it cost to create an online antique store? There are really two choices: you can use template themes or get a custom development from scratch. 

Creating an online store consists of collecting the store’s requirements and their analysis, front-end and back-end development, and the server set-up. The time spent on every phase will differ depending on if you want to build a store from scratch or use a ready-made theme and your planned budget.

It is not hard to build an online antique shop. It doesn’t matter if you are taking your first steps in this business or you’ve been involved in it for some time. Though, beginning an antique business is even simpler with qualified assistance.

Best Antiques Stores and Auctions (Part I)

These antique stores and auctions might have your next treasure in store. 

Now, armed with knowledge, here’s a look at the best online antique stores:


Launched in 2001, 1stdibs is the most famous antique store with a huge range of goods of any kind and type. First, a resource for interior decorators to discover exclusive pieces in a short time, 1stdibs became an antique marketplace, bringing together over 1,500 international dealers who specialize in fine art, design, and collectibles. In 2014, 1stdibs’ grossed over $1.1 billion.

Working as a dream for any antique hunter, 1stdibs can provide fine jewelry, rare pieces of furniture (maybe you want an armchair going back to the times of Louis XIV?) or vintage ball gowns (like Scarlett O’Hara in “Gone with the Wind”). Additionally, 1stdibs has a mobile app to let you purchase collectibles everywhere.

Outside of the normal sorting functions that go by type of item and name, 1stdibs lets users sort by project type (family home, beach house, or apartment) and style (Art Deco, Rococo, Gothic, etc). In addition, it has blog which offers visitors inspiration and explains new trends in design.


Started in 2013, this interior design marketplace doesn’t focus on just antiques or vintage but has an impressive collection for customers. Functioning in four US cities (New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Dallas), Viyet is well-known due to its experts (who are predominantly alumni of big-name auction houses), who choose the offerings and examine them before listing on the site.

The range of the products here are contemporary and vintage high-end furniture, accessories and rugs, paints, and chandeliers. Viyet ships all around the globe, giving white-glove delivery and flexible payment plans for customers.

Viyet sorts by rooms (bedroom, dining room, foyer, office, outdoor) and trends (mid-century, modern style, metallics, vintage gems). Users can get assistance via live chat support and read articles by designers sharing ideas.

Tips on Starting a Snow Globe Collection

Start by choosing a theme for your snow globe collection.

Snow globes are very well-liked in the market. It was first designed as a paperweight, but its use has gone way past that. It’s become a figurine, a house décor, souvenir items and even toys to kids. Some snow globes are even customized to be memorabilia. Due to its charm and its increasing number of concepts and designs, snow globes are fancied and collected by many folks.

If you want to begin a collection of your own, you can follow these easy tips for you to have a distinct collection.

Begin with a Theme 

You don’t just buy a lot of numbers of snow globes when you start your collection. There are numerous themes of these domes. There are cartoon characters, city themes, Hollywood artists and plenty more. If you purchase them individually, you are going to have a messy themed collection. Though they are all snow globes, their off-balance designs would make them look unorganized.

Start with Few Good Collections

It is not always correct that when you say collection it means “massive collection.” Therefore, instead of purchasing dozens of cheap snow globes, you better start your collection with a couple yet very good ones. Do not always go for affordable, inexpensive ones. They could be cheap material and wouldn’t last for long.

Research about Snow Globes

You have to research about snow globes. You have to find out what you are collecting and fall in love with it while you are acquiring more about it. Moreover, reading about it will familiarize you with numerous collectors and would give you an opportunity to learn all they know about snow globes.

Search for Distinct Pieces

Do not just go for the usual glass domes with falling snow or glitter. Extend your collection with more thrilling items such as musical snow globes that play tunes of its design. Be cautious, though, there are cheap snow globes that play quite different music from its design. 

How to Collect Postcards

A post card collection is easy to start. Just pick up a post card from all the places you visit.

Collecting postcards is a good hobby for folks of any age. It’s popular, affordable, and provides lots of fun. It can be valuable if you want to learn foreign languages and have pen pals from all over the globe. Today it’s really easy to find photos of distant places on the web. But getting a real postcard from these locations is way more interesting. 

A picture from the web exists only on your hard drive. A true postcard is something somebody has written on it, something you can touch, there are stamps and postal signs. This makes this hobby so interesting.

It is a very popular hobby because postcards are cheap, cover hundreds of subjects and they are virtually everywhere.

Determine what sort of postcards you want in your collection. It could be trains, landscapes, animals, lighthouses or almost anything else. Perhaps the places you’ve been on vacation? Postcards with foreign postmarks? Some collectors like only vintage postcards.

Pick a theme and let your loved ones know about it. Since postcards are very easy to find and cheap, you’ll find it won’t be long before you have a wonderful collection.

Get real about postcard collecting and join a collector’s club or go to your local antique stores and search online auctions for those distinct ones. There are also some exciting websites for postcard collectors with forums and tips.

If you want postcards from other countries, attempt to connect with folks who live there. The best way is to get pen pals from those countries using international social portals or even some online sites.

As you can tell, it’s not so difficult to begin collecting postcards. This hobby (also referred to as deltiology) is cheap, simple, and suitable for both the young and the old.

How to Start a Hat Collection

A hat collection usually comes with a bit of history. 

Hats aren’t just great for wearing, they are also good items to collect. If you want to begin collecting hats, there are a few things to keep in mind. Before you begin purchasing new pieces left and right, it will be best to have a solid understanding of what you are getting into. Here’s some advice for you:


True collectors have a real passion for what they are collecting. Regardless if it’s cars, clothing, accessories or stamps, collectors have to know a little bit of history about their niche. Take some time to do some research about hats and their evolving style over the years.


While there are some folks who just keep putting new items to their collection, this can look disorganized if you don’t have a specific item or style that you want to focus on. Find out what you like best and make that the focal point of your collection. With this technique, you will have a direction and won’t have to purchase everything.


There are great hats in specialty shops or boutique stores, but the best collectible hats are frequently online. Even rare ones that aren’t typically available in stores and malls can be found online. 

Make friends with other collectors

One of the wonderful things about being a collector is having a team of like-minded folks who share the same enthusiasm. Join online forums or groups for individuals who collect the same things. Being a member of a group will also give you a good platform for selling, trading, and discussing collectibles. 

Display your collection

Naturally, you’re going to want to display your collection! You may need to erect a custom case or closet for your collectibles, particularly if you are collecting pricey pieces. Make a secure space in your home where you can put your collection and begin designing and building.

How to Start a Fine Art Collection 

You can start your art collection by visiting a gallery.

Starting a fine art collection can be scary. it’s vital to invest time realizing what you like, what you plan to spend and figure outplacement in your house.

Crucial Tips for Budding Collectors 

I want to start collecting fine art for my residence. Where do I begin?

Visit auctions, galleries, and museums. Read art books for movements, styles, and artists. Then find places that sell that sort of art, whether it’s an auction house, a gallery, live auction platform, or directly from the artists.

In the end, discovering your own preference and personal style is what matters the most. Know that while some art does appreciate in value, this is not the truth of all art. Collect what you love.

How can I make sure to remain within a budget?

Know that you do not have to buy a whole collection at once. Part of the fun can be gradually building a collection from a host of sources over a period of time. Can’t purchase an original painting from an established artist? Try beginning with a signed print instead or looking for any local emerging artists.

As a new collector, what are some of the benefits of buying art online at auction as opposed to in person?

Convenience. Buying online delivers a way to bid right from home. Also, there are apps that help you bid via a mobile device. If possible, it is recommended that you visit an auction house during the auction preview to view items in person prior to bidding. If that’s not a choice open for you, then call an auction specialist to answer any questions you might have about a specific item, like problems with the condition. 

Being a fine art collector, for monetary reasons or just to have an art collection, can work in your favor when you have the right information to help you.


Top Collector Cars to Buy (Part IV)

The British auction house Bonhams sold a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO for over $38 million in 2014, which is the highest published and confirmed price ever paid for a car. The race car had been handled by legendary driver Stirling Moss at the top of his career. Another 250 GTO purportedly went more than $50 million in a private sale. 

In 2010, the Mullin Automotive Museum bought one of the four incredibly beautiful Bugatti 57SC Atlantic ever built for what a source stated was between $25 million and $45 million. In 2013, a 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 Silver Arrow sold at an auction in England for over $29 million.

The Bottom Line

Being a collector of high-end cars can take significant investment and comes with petty carrying costs. As preferences and economics alter, what was once worth a king’s ransom could devalue to a mere princely sum, so pick carefully. Italian and Red are usually good bets but be conscious of over-frothy markets. 

For instance, wealthy Japanese buyers couldn’t purchase enough Ferraris in the second half of the 1980s and costs saw an incredible spike and then a bubble. When the Japanese stopped purchasing, those prices dropped by a huge percentage. Buy quality, know your market and demographic factors, and be sure you’re not purchasing while in bubble territory. 

Just because you don’t make six figures to spend, doesn’t mean you can’t have a great classic car. With a little research, these are the top vintage cars you can get for $20,000 or less.

  • 1972–75 BMW 3.0CSL
  • 1997–2004 PORSCHE BOXSTER
  • 1984–93 SALEEN MUSTANG
  • 1985–89 TOYOTA MR2
  • 2004–06 DODGE RAM SRT10
  • 1980–86 FORD BRONCO
  • 2008–09 PONTIAC G8 GXP

Top Collector Cars to Buy (Part III)

Classic cars can be a bit pricey.

When the Dodge Viper was released in the early 90s, some collectors bought them as investments, thinking that the highly styled sports car with an incredibly potent 400 horsepower would absolutely appreciate in value. But you can pick up a 1993 Viper for under $40,000. 

They cost over $50,000 when brand new. These investors may have like showing off their cars and sometimes blasting down an open road. But with upkeep, inflation, insurance, storage, and opportunity costs, they most surely didn’t make any money.

The same thing happened years earlier when Cadillac stated in ads that the 1976 Eldorado would be the last convertible the brand made. It wasn’t. You can now get well-tended Eldorado convertibles from that vintage for under $25,000. They go for around $11,000 new, which is $47,000 adjusted for inflation.

Affordable Options? Not So Much…

One could argue that the Eldorado and American Viper are at the affordable end of the collectible spectrum, unlike the high-end ones that usually come from Europe. But the same doubt applies to the high-end market. In 1974, Ferrari sold the Dino 246 GT for over 14,000 and the 308 GT4 Dino at a considerably higher price of $22,000. The average price of a 1974 Ferrari 308 GT4 at around $50,000 and a 1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS at a clutch the pearls $417,000.

So, what are the best collectible cars? It’s hard to say ultimately. Tastes alter over time, private sales are hard to track, and the high end of the collector’s market centers on extraordinarily rare cars with varying histories. The list of sales that are confirmed to go over $30 million in inflation-adjusted dollars is very short though.

Getting the right financial advisor to assist you with your car collecting budget doesn’t have to be difficult. Every advisor is legally bound to work in your best interests.


Top Collector Cars to Buy (Part II)

There are a lot of things that make a car a collectible.

What Makes a Car Collectible

Cars with historical significance, ones that initiated new technology or raised the bar for consumer anticipations can become collectible, particularly if they are beautiful and rare.  Being incredible looking has its advantages. A racing history enhances a car’s allure, as well as association with a respected racer, designer, or builders like Carroll Shelby and Raymond Loewy. 

Prior celebrity ownership can also do the reputation some good, particularly if the person is associated with cars, like James Garner, Steve McQueen, and Paul Newman. The most expensive collectible cars unite these attributes.

As a key rule of thumb, if teenaged boys have their picture on their walls, you’re looking in the right direction. When these young men grow up, they want to buy cars that made them happy and excited in their youth.

Car Investing Risks

Just as most investments have fees, so too does having classic cars. This is actual personal property and you’ll owe taxes on it if you sell at a profit. Is your collectible in horrible condition? Restoring a seven-figure car to good condition, basically considered getting an older car to showroom-new condition using original or precise recreations of paint, parts, and bodywork can go over seven figures. 

Also, there’s continuing storage expenses, maintenance costs, and insurance. Profits from the actual sale of the car will probably have transaction fees, commissions/consignment fees, and transportation costs since chances are you aren’t going to pull a Bugatti behind a U-Haul.

Buying a new or somewhat new car because you believe it will be collectible someday is chancy. Sure, you could get lucky, but chances are you aren’t going to have the opportunity to buy a cheaper car and expect it to be worth thousands in a moderately short period of time.