Collectible items have both financial and sentimental value. If you are a collector, storing your pieces can preserve the value and ensure that you’ll be able to get top dollar for your treasures when you’re ready to sell. For a new collector, figuring out exactly how to store your pieces is a challenge.
Here are the five most collectible items and tips on how to store them.
Collectors prize these pieces because they are well-made, beautiful, and durable. Store your antique wood pieces safely by elevating them off the ground, making sure all drawers and cabinets are empty and using a climate-controlled storage unit if possible.
Music lovers have long touted the sonic benefits of vinyl. While some titles are more valuable than others, all of them should be kept in playable condition. Store records upright and organized by size. Always wash your hands before handling the sleeves or the records themselves, and avoid touching the fragile grooves.
Comic books are often quite valuable, so it is vital to maintaining this value by keeping them in pristine condition. Use acid-free archival storage boards and boxes and always wash your hands before handling your rare issues. It’s best to store comic books and magazines in a cool, dry place, such as a climate-controlled storage unit. If you have a valuable collection of baseball cards or other trading cards, you should store them the same way you’d save a comic book or any other paper items.
Coins and Currency
If you’re a coin collector, you know that stumbling on a unique find is rare. Protect the jewels of your collection by understanding how different metals react to the environment. Coins should be kept in an airtight container in a temperate climate. If you use paper and cardboard cases for storing your coins, make sure they are acid-free.
When it comes to the toy collection, hot items fluctuate with the times (remember the Beanie Babies craze?). However, antique dolls and toys tend to be much more valuable and sought-after by collectors than current items. Avoid exposing your dolls to natural or fluorescent lighting, both of which can cause fading and discoloration. If you smoke in your home, store your dolls elsewhere.
Keeping your favorite possessions intact is not always a natural process, and might require some adaptability and lifestyle changes on your part. If you’re not sure that your valuable collectibles are safe at home, opt for a storage unit. Treasure Island Storage offers a multitude of storage units in different sizes and locations, perfect for preserving whatever collectible you have. For a free quote, call us at (347) 454-7455.