Does the idea of owning an object that existed a thousand years ago, 500 years ago, a hundred years ago, of holding it in the palm of your hand make you shudder?
Does discovering History through a particular angle fascinate you? Creating your own personal museum makes you dream? Are you enthusiastic about investing for the future, keeping a trace of the past?
Starting a collection often begins by chance. Either you have received an object that you liked or you have inherited a collection from a parent or grandparent. You’ve taken an interest in it and now you’ve got a new virus, the collection! From there, many will try to acquire many small objects of the same style at low prices. You start by asking your acquaintances, then you go hunting in flea markets and why not, looking for missing items on a website.
Target your collection
Have you decided to start a collection? What a great idea! Now it’s time to determine what you’re going to collect. If you choose rare items, this targeting will probably be less important because you won’t be faced with a multitude of possibilities, but imagine that you have chosen stamps… Millions of stamps are at your disposal. This is where it will be important for you to make a choice.
Whether you choose a country, a period or a theme, it will be important to define what you want to collect and to learn more about it. You will then discover that the collection is a great springboard for learning. History, geography, science, … You will touch many disciplines spending hours of reading and scratching under the varnish of the collection to fall in love with your subject.
Also take the time to discover the associations dedicated to it. It’s a good bet that you’ll meet other enthusiasts who will be delighted to learn from you and pass on theirs. Collecting on your own is good, but together, it’s better.
Collecting can be done in many ways. The Internet is a great and inexhaustible resource to accompany you in your passion. This is where the importance of a good site to search for the objects you are interested in becomes obvious.
Buying at the right price
When starting a collection, it is sometimes difficult to estimate the price of an object. In this case, researching closed sales will give you an idea of the price at which the objects you are interested in have been sold, but keep in mind that a rare object is not easily found by definition and sometimes prices can go up.
And above all, have fun!
Collecting is above all a hobby. Like any passion, you must enjoy it. Take the time to regularly browse through your collections. As the years go by, you will realize that behind almost every object, there is a historical or simply emotional anecdote.