Whether you’re a seasoned vinyl collector or simply testing the waters, there’s no arguing that finding a bargain deal is the ultimate find. You can find albums online, at your local music store or even your nearest charity or second-hand shop. Part of the thrill is never knowing what you’ll find – there could be a limited edition hiding amongst it all.
Swords are one of the best items around to collect. They display well, they’re extremely hardy, and they come in an almost endless variety of shapes and sizes. Choosing the right kind of swords for a new collection can be something of a challenge for a beginner. They might want to choose franchise-only swords, or they may be after ones that have historical value.
Do you want to make some extra money by investing in jewellery, or do you just want to make sure that when you do make that once-in-a-lifetime buy that you are spending your hard earned cash wisely? The gemstone market can be a maze to navigate as a beginner with many an unscrupulous dealer ready to make a quick buck. And, often, while certain jewellery might look beautiful, the stones included therein are only as valuable as the modern market and fashions.
There are many sayings that have been given birth to because of precious stones and jewellery. From ‘diamonds are a girl’s best friend’ to Jackie Kennedy’s advice that ‘Pearls are always appropriate’, jewellery has always formed a centrepiece of a woman’s identity.
Discovered in an attic by the original owner and gently retrieved from the thick layer of dust that cradled it, almost 60 years after it was made, the battery-operated ‘Machine Man’ toy robot – in its original packaging – was auctioned in Pennsylvania at Morphy’s Auctions for an incredible $159,900. This amount far exceeded the original estimates for this item which was assumed to sell between $60,000 – $90,000, based on a very successful sale of the same model a year previously which had fetched $86,100.
For most of us, a collection usually consists of stamps, baseball cards, specific toys, or even cars. But everyone assigns value to different items, and some people have built collections that might be considered strange and unusual by most. These are collections that have made waves in the industry for being unique and interesting, and for being valueless in the eyes of most others.
Human beings have always set themselves apart from the natural world because of the way we interact with the environment around us. Where all other animals – apart from birds – are generally stuck to the region where they evolved, humans instead invented the means of getting around as fast as possible. Where the animal kingdom does not ever have the need to collect and use items, humans around the world have created collections of items for countless millennia.
A love of unique pieces, a yearning for a time gone-by or just wanting to save a bit of money…. For whatever reason, vintage clothing has become increasingly popular over the last number of years. According to stats released by thredUp, in 2019, 70% of women indicated that they are willing to buy in vintage stores. Also, Gen Z (who makes up a substantial part of the buying population) is more likely to purchase vintage clothes as opposed to any other working-age person.
In today’s world of email and the Internet, stamps are often forgotten about. However, stamps are so much more than merely a fee paid to send a letter from one place to the next via the postal system. To collectors, stamps are a way of exploring new countries and discovering their different cultures.
The fascination with collecting dolls has a long history. It’s not just about recapturing something perhaps lost from childhood as you grow up. It’s also about admiring the incredible workmanship that goes into some dolls, and the history behind where these designs came from.