Video:How to Start a Collectionwith David Knupp
Starting a collection can be a fulfilling yet daunting task. Don't worry, though, we've got a few tips to help you start a collection of your own.See Transcript
Transcript:How to Start a CollectionHi guys, David Knupp here for About.com. You know, there's nothing like the fun and satisfaction that comes from starting or adding to a collection. There's also nothing like the sense of accomplishment you feel when you find a really rare collectable. And the great part about starting a collection is that you can do it with almost anything.
Different Types of CollectionsCommon things that people collect can be coins, cards, statues, paintings, or even comic books. The list goes on and on. There are several different types of collections. The first one is a branded collection. A branded collection consists of several different kinds of items that all share a common brand; like this Betty Boop collection. There are several different items, but they are all of Betty Boop. Another type of collection is of a specific kind of item that is very similar. Shot glasses, beer steins, coins, collectible cards, rubber ducks, or even ashtrays are an example of this type of collection.
Tips for Starting and Maintaining Your CollectionWhen you decide to start your collection, pick something that you'll enjoy and start your search. Places like antique malls, garage sales, and even online auctions are great places to look. These places have all kinds of miscellaneous things, and you just might find what you're looking for. Once you have started your collection, maintaining the condition of it is very important. Keeping your collection in protective coverings, like Mylar or plastic sleeves for paper collectibles, can ensure its safety. A shiny ceramic stein can be an attractive target to unwanted handling, but remember a collection is a personal thing and whether you choose to display it or not is completely up to you.
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