Friday, June 30, 2017

Welcome to the New Collected Keepsakes

Nearly everyone on the planet collects something.  Some people collect memorabilia from the golden age of Hollywood, others collect comic books, and still others collect antique post cards.  The number of items we collect on a daily basis are as vast as the number of people who do the collecting.  This site is dedicated to these people.

I'm an avid collector.  I collect things with roses on them, I collect fabrics, and I collect ideas.  This last one is a bit out of the ordinary, but it's just something I've always done.  I look at other people's ideas and think of ways I can rework them and make them my own.  I don't just take other's ideas and make them my own, I go out of my way to use those ideas and come up with fresh ones of my own.  That's how the idea of this blog was created.

I actually started this blog more a little over 4 years ago, but life has made it nearly impossible to keep it going. Not to mention the fact that I took a big step away from the writing world as a whole. I needed to focus on myself and I think I've finally found what I was looking for. Now, it's time to get back into what I once set out to do.

Anyway, back to collecting.  My goal for this site is to make it a place where collectors can come in and find ideas on where to find the things they love, how they can get the best prices for those items, and even some tips on how to display their items for the rest of the world to love.
If you have any suggestions, please feel free to let me know.  As I said before, I collect ideas and I'd love to see yours.

Where To Find Your Collectibles

**This post was originally posted on this site on July 17, 2013***

As I began trying to come up with ideas in which to write about on this site, it quickly dawned on me that there are literally thousands of things in which we humans collect. Some can be very expensive, others are only valuable to those doing the collecting. It all comes down to what each individual deems worthy to keep in their home.

I'm finding it hard to decide on where to start so I think I'll go with some ideas on where to find the things we love to collect. I find my things in some of the strangest places.

Garage Sales
I love a good garage/yard sale. You can find a lot of things for next to nothing. Whether you're into glassware, cookbooks, toys, or funky novelty items, you can usually find them in this type of venue.

Flea Markets
I have to admit that I've only been to a couple of these. We don't have a lot of them in this area, but they are a treasure trove of items for all kinds of collectors. The ones I've been to seem to have a wide variety of things to choose from, but you really have to watch the prices. Sometimes these people think their wares are worth a lot more than they really are. Don't be afraid to do a little haggling, but don't get too over-zealous. You might lose out on some really cool items.

Because of all the auction shows on television, auctions are becoming a great way to find things to add to your collections. Depending on what it is that you're looking for and how much you intend to spend should determine which auction houses you visit. Some areas have specialty houses for higher end items, but most small communities have auction houses where you can find everything from costume jewelry and knickknacks to beautiful furniture and hard to find items.

Classified Ads
It is possible to find some cool collectibles in your local paper. Most newspapers have a section where people can buy and sell their things are a reasonable price. Always remember though, make sure you get details on the item and never send money before getting your item. Make arrangements with the seller before making any deals.

Believe it or not, Facebook is a great place to find collectibles. Many areas around the country have localized online garage sales and post their items for others to see. There are also hundreds of pages created for those who collect specific items, making it easier to find that one piece you've always wanted in your home.

There are only a few of the ways you might check out when getting ready to add new items to your personal collection. And though I'm sure there are many others, this is just a way to get you started. Do you have a favorite place to find your collected pieces? We'd love to hear about them.