The collection of different object is one of the best pastimes that everybody can enjoy. Depending upon the financial and other limiting factors, a person can collect anything from worthless paper napkins to million dollar vintage cars. Some shopkeepers or dealers however maintain that collectibles do not include books, old pottery, furniture, paintings etc., since these objects are covered under the category of antique. They only buy and sell toys, magazines, cards etc. which are not antique. eBay has also tried to classify the collectibles in under 50 categories. One look at all these categories reveals a wide range of assorted objects people are collecting. Some of these include barbed wire, cheese labels, pens and writing instruments, kitchenware, telephones, air sickness bags, beer tins, different bottles, baby nipples and rattlers, decorated candles, and many others
Most often, people who collect those items feel that they have some meaning or connection to their childhood. That is, if some particular toys or objects were popular in the year 1970, then adults who were born around 1960 are likely to collect those particular toys or objects which were popular around the time of their childhood. Judging by that time frame, this could be Superman or superhero comic books, spaceship toys, robots, mechanical toys and other objects that were famous or popular when they were young.
The items are that are procured for collection are not always old. There are collectibles that are manufactured especially for collection, straight out of the factory. These objects are called “limited edition” and have small production numbers. Some collector’s edition collectibles are signed by the creator or the artist as well. A few general examples of this type of object are post office stamps for special occasions, limited editions of porcelain plates, Barbie dolls, different toy cars etc. These items are purposely made in a very limited amount, which creates demand automatically. But in practice, this seldom happens. Usually the demand for limited edition items never increases beyond a certain point, usually due to too many being produced. After that, the item becomes very common and everyone loses interest.
Nowadays, a popular trend among collectors is to gather specialized art. Hobbyists have to learn first what to collect and what not to collect. Once their mind is clear about the genre, the hobbyist can then either narrow down their selection or broaden their selection. For example, the genre of cheese labels narrows down to a particular brand of cheese labels, or broadens to all brands of cheese labels. Similarly there will be a wide range of toys. It will narrow down to only mechanical toys, or still narrow down to a particular company’s mechanical toys. This helps the hobbyist to slowly build their collection methodically, considering factors like their extra space and spare money.
Overall there are two types of objects that are collected by hobbyists. One type of object has some dollar value, while the other type of object is mostly worthless (in the eyes of the average person, at least). All collectibles are included in these two broad categories. If you want to start being a collector, you first have to decide what you want to collect. After that, all you have to do is collect it! Usually you will spend a lot of time learning about the object or studying its history, so that you can always recognize the different types and sort your collection accordingly.