As I began trying to come up with ideas in which to write about on this site, it quickly dawned on me that there are literally thousands of things in which we humans collect. Some can be very expensive, others are only valuable to those doing the collecting. It all comes down to what each individual deems worthy to keep in their home.
**This post was originally posted on this site on July 17, 2013***
I’m finding it hard to decide on where to start so I think I’ll go with some ideas on where to find the things we love to collect. I find my things in some of the strangest places.
I love a good garage/yard sale. You can find a lot of things for next to nothing. Whether you’re into glassware, cookbooks, toys, or funky novelty items, you can usually find them in this type of venue.
I have to admit that I’ve only been to a couple of these. We don’t have a lot of them in this area, but they are a treasure trove of items for all kinds of collectors. The ones I’ve been to seem to have a wide variety of things to choose from, but you really have to watch the prices. Sometimes these people think their wares are worth a lot more than they really are. Don’t be afraid to do a little haggling, but don’t get too over-zealous. You might lose out on some really cool items.
Because of all the auction shows on television, auctions are becoming a great way to find things to add to your collections. Depending on what it is that you’re looking for and how much you intend to spend should determine which auction houses you visit. Some areas have specialty houses for higher end items, but most small communities have auction houses where you can find everything from costume jewelry and knickknacks to beautiful furniture and hard to find items.
It is possible to find some cool collectibles in your local paper. Most newspapers have a section where people can buy and sell their things are a reasonable price. Always remember though, make sure you get details on the item and never send money before getting your item. Make arrangements with the seller before making any deals.
Believe it or not, Facebook is a great place to find collectibles. Many areas around the country have localized online garage sales and post their items for others to see. There are also hundreds of pages created for those who collect specific items, making it easier to find that one piece you’ve always wanted in your home.
There are only a few of the ways you might check out when getting ready to add new items to your personal collection. And though I’m sure there are many others, this is just a way to get you started. Do you have a favorite place to find your collected pieces? We’d love to hear about them.
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