Collecting can be a great hobby, as well as a lucrative investment. People collect all kinds of things including advertising items, stamps, coins, dolls, teddy bears, art glass, art pottery, figurines, antiques, vintage items and memorabilia. Some collect for the sheer pleasure it gives them, while others hope to increase their net worth over time. For instance, anything antique or vintage and items that are no longer circulated like coins and stamps can become quite valuable over time, especially rare ones. As the law of supply and demand states, the rarer an item is the higher the value rises. The value of these collector’s items will also largely depend on their condition; many items that have never been out of the package or box are usually worth more than items that have been used or unpacked.
There are few name brands that stand out above the rest and have created a following among collectors that is extra special. Brand names like Boyds Bears, Coca Cola (Coke), Fenton Art Glass, McCoy Pottery, Harley Davidson and Texaco are among those elite collectible brands that have a very large and very dedicated following of collectors. These companies have made a name for themselves with a quality product that “Struck a Chord” in the hearts of consumers and for this reason their customers were transformed from consumers into “Die Hard” fans.
When collecting it is always helpful to enjoy the product you collect so that it is fun for you. It is a thrill like no other to find that certain piece that you have been searching for to complete or add to your collection. It can also be quite relaxing to sit in a room that is filled with your collectibles and flashback to the journeys you took to acquire these items. It can also be very rewarding to know that your collection is or will someday be worth more than what you paid to assemble it. If you don’t sell them these collections can become family heirlooms that be handed down to your children and grandchildren for years to come. Happy collecting!