The business of life sometimes gets in the way of fun. It seems the kids or grandkids constantly have a ballgame, school event, or some other activity that requires our time or attention. Plus, the cost of recreation of any type these days places a lot of the normal recreational activities out of reach for many of us much of the time. That is what makes collecting so appealing! It takes only as much time and money as you wish to spend. Plus, the search is almost as much fun as the actual collecting!
Collectors come in every gender, age, and background but one thing we all have in common is the enjoyment of the collection process. It is just downright fun! And, there is absolutely no reason why you cannot get in on the fun. Contrary to what you may be thinking, collecting does not require a lot of space, a lot of time or a lot of money; just your passion. In my youth, it was quite popular to start a coin or stamp collection. While these are still popular with many collectors, virtually anything can be collected.
There seems to be an unlimited number of items that have recently skyrocketed in value that were previously considered “ordinary” or even “junk”. Metal or porcelen signs for example are extremely collectable and highly valued. Oil cans also have become highly valued by collectors. I recently saw a relatively ordinary quart can sell for $35. It pains me to recall how many of these cans of oil I bought in the past for my car at about 50 cents each! Who knows what the next really hot collectable will be. Virtually anything fairly old, well made, and relatively hard to find, increases in value over time. So, most collectors have a reasonable expectation of realizing a profit.
So, why not treat yourself to some real fun by attending an auction this week end? See just how easy it is to start or add to your collection. Then, check out the many excellent Flea Markets/Antique Malls in the area. But, beware – you just may become addicted!
For example, if you are familiar with the History Channel’s popular “American Pickers” television show, you know how valuable old “signs” have become. I only wish I would have had the vision 20 years ago to start collecting signs!