Effectively Storing Collectibles
For many people, being an antique collector or expert is synonymous to a hobby. For some, this could be that top earning job they’ve been looking for. Something every seasoned collector will tell you though is the importance of storing collectibles. A well preserved or maintained antique is far more valuable which means proper storage is vital.
Remember, age plus quality equals high value. But not every antique is worth a fortune so you have to know what you’re looking for. For some, their antiques carry a bigger sentimental value than a financial gain but you’ll be surprised how many people unknowingly put something of true value on sale.
Top items to collect and trade
Here is a list of a few interesting items collected by people around the world. Let us know if you have anything to add to this list.
- Classic cars
- Vintage electronics
- Dolls and action figures
Safely Storing Collectibles
Whether you’re storing art, furniture, classic cars, vinyls, books or magazines, you need to be very careful selecting a storage method. Below we’ve outlined some of our tips for storing collectibles made from wood, metal, paper, glass or ceramics:
You need to maintain a good balance. Too much humidity can result in items like wood, paper and paintings to shrink or crack. In extreme cases, with excessive humidity, metal items can rust; mold can develop over time which eventually leads to possible insect infestation.
Avoid Direct Light
Light is a serious quality issue and can damage almost any collectible. Susceptible items include wood, paper, material or textiles. Colours can fade and fabrics can dry out due to a chemical reaction associated with extended exposure to direct sunlight.
Make sure you use proper lighting in display cabinets and keep it on a dim setting if possible. Using light, however, can help with humidity levels but use it sparingly. You could even buy a light meter to measure the amount of harmful light your items are exposed to. At least this way you can quantify the potential hazard and take the appropriate measures.
Sudden fluctuation in temperature is a major concern to items made from natural fibers like paper collectibles or ephemera. Whether you’re storing collectibles at home, your garage or a self-storage unit, the ideal preservation temperature is about 18-21°C (65-70°F). Some facilities have temperature controlled units where central air and heat maintain a certain temperature which makes it ideal for storing and keeping your valuables in excellent condition.
Want to become an antique collector?
The first thing you need to do is familiarize yourself with everything about the trade. You can make a good living trading in antiques when doing it right. A good way to start is doing extensive research on antiques either by visiting online antique stores or just by compiling reference materials from magazines or books.
- Look for antiques in unexpected places – family storerooms, garage or car boot sales
- Build lasting relationships with seasoned antique collectors especially if you’re a beginner
- Buy only from well-established dealers like British Antique Dealers’ Association
- Keep tabs on auction houses and schedules – you can get some really unique items at auctions
- Set yourself a limit on bids – don’t overbid!
In doing your research, make sure you include basic antique terminologies, tips in identifying real antiques, spotting fake items, places to buy and sell, storing collectibles and how to take care of the pieces properly.
If you have high-value items, you need to carefully consider your options. To prevent damage and theft, try to avoid storing collectibles at home, your garage or shed. This is why so many clients choose Space Centre Self Storage. We have a number of different size units, 24 hour security, drive up access, secure, damp-free and temperature controlled conditions.