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How To Start A Collection

How To Start A Collection

Beginning a collection can be a daunting task as well as an exciting one.  With a few basic tips, you can start a collection that you will enjoy for many years.

1. Decide what you want to collect

This may seem obvious, but it can be the hardest step to starting a collection! It may be your first reaction to go with collecting a seemingly high-value item, but that’s not always the right choice. Remember Beanie Babies?  Find something that you are drawn to as you can collect literally anything! Books, coins, art, clocks, watches, collector plates; the list goes on forever!  Pick something you are going to love being surrounded by and that may hold its value for years to come.

2. Research, Research, Research!

If you hope to have a valuable collection to pass down to your family, you’ll need to spend some time researching how to determine if an item is in collectible condition, the prices they are worth, and how to find the best items at the best prices!  Luckily there are books already out there for starting almost any collection imaginable. Here is an example:

Coins:

The Complete Illustrated Guide to Coin Collecting: How to start and build a great collection: the complete companion to world coins from antiquity to … presentation, cataloging, buying and selling Paperback

3. Find out where to buy

Thrift stores, antique stores, and consignment shops should be your first steps. They will not only have your most unique items but will typically have resources to find more items for your collection. I guarantee a good shop owner will know someone trying to sell just about anything you’re in the market for.  Another good source is to join Facebook groups and blogs that focus on the items you collect. They share ideas on where they get their items and how they grow their collections.

4. Store, Display and Protect your items

What fun is a collection if it isn’t organized and stored properly?  Good organization will help you keep track of what you’ve already got in your collection as well as make it easier to display. Additionally, having your collection displayed or stored in the right manner will help protect your items from damage.

Coin Storage:

NGC Plastic Storage Box for 20 Slab Coin Holders

With these basic tips, you are set to start collecting! A great starting place to start shopping is here at Kelly‘s Collectibles where we have a wide range of collectibles to choose from.  Shop our Art and Collectibles.

Tell us in a comment what you are currently collecting or looking forward to collecting.

Collectors

On Kelly’s Collectibles and Online Art Gallery, browse through hundreds of hand-picked pieces of collectibles and artwork from emerging to national and international-acclaimed artists. From paintings to sculptures and beyond, we have something you’ll love!  Shop our Gallery here.

Artist Representation

I have been selling art for artists and creators over the past 10 years. I’ve visited their studios and attended their booths at art shows. I know the challenges they face to get their art in front of a qualified buyer. That’s where I come in. Let’s sell your art so you do what you do best – – create more art! Artists learn more here.

Consignors

Do you have things laying around that could bring in extra cash?  We offer consignment services for those who don’t have the time or the know-how to sell their own items. There are no upfront fees and we only get paid if your items sell. Find out more about our consignment services here.

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Kelly’s Collectibles and Online Art Gallery connects emerging, national and international artists with art collectors. Whether you are an artist or a consignor looking to sell your art or collectibles, we can get your items sold using the Ebay platform that is visible to millions of global collectors.
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Kelly’s Collectibles and Online Art Gallery connects emerging, national and international artists with art collectors. Whether you are an artist or a consignor looking to sell your art or collectibles, we can get your items sold using the Ebay platform that is visible to millions of global collectors.

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