Theme Thursday is upon us again. This week: Collection
If you don’t collect, you’re one of “them”, not one of “us”. We are collectors. We know about you non-collectors with your easy to move homes and such. Us, it takes us three large moving vans just to move our collections.
We know the thrill that comes from watching the guy on “Antique Roadhouse.” that brings in the unreleased upside down plane on the postage stamp wanting to know if it is valuable. Duh! Try 600K, buddy…
Sure, our houses might have trails and a map to go through it because our collection long ago crept out of its collection room and into every conceivable nook and cranny in the entire house. That fourteen car garage we built even though we don’t have a car? Yep, it’s converted into a museum for more of our collection. So what? We’re not hoarders, we have organization. Hoarders don’t have organization.
We also have collector swaps. Hoarders don’t swap things. We get together and trade items we need in our collection to other collectors. They have the items we want and we have the items they want. That is…until you get so advanced with your collections that what everybody wants, nobody has and so then you talk about what you’d do if you got what nobody can get and where you’d put it and on and on…
We know more about some mundane item than even the inventor of that item knew. That’s what we do! We study our collection items endlessly. We research about them. We try to find them where nobody else has looked. “If I were a vintage yo-yo, where would I be thirty years later?”
Clever collectors collect things nobody thinks of collecting and then once they have everything; they write a collecting book on it with really high values. They make all the money on their book from collectors and then they sell their collections for lots more money. Then they go and collect something else nobody thought of.
Collectors follow a similar pattern. Those with the collecting gene are predictable. For example, collectors will reach their mid-30s and reminisce about their teen years and all of the cool things they wanted but couldn’t afford back then. So, with extra money now they begin to buy up all that stuff. That’s why the 50s cars skyrocketed in price in the 70s. That’s why the muscle cars from the 70s skyrocketed in price in the 90s. It’s that cycle coming to fruition. Mark my words…you can make money if you’re willing to wait a full generation for it. Example: I had a stack of “Whacky Package” stickers that I didn’t use from the 70s and just kept them in a stack until I sold them on ebay 20 years later for over $500. Just for keeping them around for 20 years!
You want to invest in collections today and make money tomorrow? Here are a few suggestions: cell phones, pdas, musical players will all be collectibles in the future. If you have some of the more obscure ones with boxes and manuals; they’ll be like gold. Don’t believe me? Did you know an original Apple computer kit is worth six digits?
Oh yes, I’m a collector. I have the largest crayon collection in the world. Here are some pictures of my collection room (and this is only half the room).
I know what I’m talking about…because I’m one of “us”