How to 'Collect' as a Hobby
‘Collection’ has grown to be a popular hobby interest with people of all age groups. While some collections like antiques, paintings, stamps, coins etc, are worth a fortune, other collectors have a treasure trove of articles that tug at their heart. Even mundane items like buttons, beads, comics, erasers, mugs, tea pots and handkerchiefs have sustained enough interest in people to want to collect them. The real value of any collection is highlighted by the interest and attachment of the collector, the time and quality spent in organizing a collection, rather than the objects collected. Just as the obvious value of articles can never be underestimated, the absolute satisfaction and fulfillment of an established collector can never be priced.
A unique feature of collection is that anyone can collect. The only pre requisite for collecting is the interest of the collector. While some passionate individuals may devote their entire life time towards collecting, few others may retain their fancy for a season.
The second most important element in any collection is the object gathered. While this depends solely on the collector’s fascination, there are a whole lot of ideas to choose an object for those who are uncertain about what to collect. Since it is vital that the collector should have sustained interest in the collection, it is essential to find out articles that entice the collector. Having made this choice, the next step would be gathering information about the selected article. Reference libraries, internet resources and conferencing with experts are some ways to gain knowledge about the item collected. Some bigger collectors often host exhibitions and attending these is another option to expand knowledge and acquire contacts. Many times these events also prove to be valuable to find likeminded collectors to exchange items or give away multiples.
As collections grow in size, any collector faces the problem of storage. Here it is important that the collector clearly understands the specific requirements of the particular collection. For example, an antique collector must ensure that the treasured piece is preserved in its present condition or restored to former beauty (in case of damage). This re emphasizes the need for detailed information on the subject collected.
One easy method to make space for collections is to trade with the articles gathered. Auctions or even direct sales or supply to dealers is a good way to keep the collection in a reasonably manageable size. Another useful tip is to organize the items gathered according to similarity and storing in boxes or other safe places. Ready to use pouches and albums are available and can be a great help to store and display collections. However, with newer articles gaining collector’s interests, not all collections can be accommodated in these.
Some collectibles like toys, antiques etc can be displayed in show cases, as table pieces and to adorn different sections of the home. Collections make good gifts too. Another way to use collections is in craft. Shells, for instance are often used to decorate and add a magic touch to vases, lamp stands and even in fashion jewelry.
Collection is a gratifying and fulfilling hobby if taken up regularly and with a good amount of seriousness. Besides occupying time productively, collections can throw up new insights and evoke a sense of pleasure and satisfaction which makes this hobby unique and immensely enjoyable for the collector.
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