- On September 22, 2014
If collecting things appeals to you as a way of having some fun, owning some interesting items and selling them on for a tidy profit, here is a list of five of the most popular collectables that are selling well. If you’re considering keeping your collections safe in storage – always a wise move – some items may need a bit more care than others.
Vintage never goes out of fashion, be it clothes, gadgets, jewellery, or anything a bit kitsch. Especially popular just now are vintage office items, such as old typewriters, chairs, desks, paperweights and fans. Think Mad Men, 60’s ad agency style – any period props you spot are collectables. Storage presents no problem, although wooden furniture is best covered if you’re planning to leave it for any length of time.
Toys are another perennial favourite with collectors, who pay good money for old board games ( in good condition), tin and lead soldiers, as well as original modern toys, such as GameBoy. Dolls Houses sell well, as do rocking horses. Smaller items can be packed in boxes and larger items covered. Stored in dry conditions, they’ll be safe as houses!
China always sells well, especially full dinner sets. Quality china such as crockery and vases are worth investing in and holding on to if you can afford to do so – nice for a rainy day, or to use for a special occasion. Store carefully in boxes, wrapping individual pieces in bubble wrap.
Classic Sports Goods
Antique golf equipment can fetch good money at auction and collectable items can often turn up at car boot sales. Leather golf bags are popular but remember to treat first and wrap in a sheet before putting in storage. Old golf balls are collectable, as is all vintage golf paraphernalia. Antique cricket, hockey, angling and tennis equipment is definitely worth collecting and storage of these items presents no problem.
Wine and spirits
Special vintage wines are certainly collectable – for personal use or sale at a later date – as are bottles of malt whisky, especially the rarer kind. Wine is best stored lying down in racks, if you plan to keep them for a while, but whisky can be stored upright in strong boxes.
If your collections are sizeable, it makes sense to consider using a storage company to keep them out of harm’s way. Collectors in the Manchester area will find we at FLEXiSPACE are always happy to discuss the various options we can offer.