There are two schools of thought in the world of collecting:
- Co-exist with your collection
- Glorify your collection
There are pros and cons to both philosophies and both have good arguments. Most of us do a little of each and it depends greatly on whether you are collecting for investment, safeguarding heirlooms, or collecting for the sheer joy of it.
- You use your items
- Have them out where you can enjoy them
- You are comfortable with the idea that they may get damaged or destroyed
To Glorify your collection:
- You protect items behind glass
- Store large pieces in an exclusive room
- Do everything possible to guard against damage
If you have heirlooms you want to pass on to future generations or if you have pieces you are holding for investment, it is understandable that these are not items you want setting out collecting dust or being handled by everyone. It takes ingenuity, perseverance and commitment to store them properly and make sure they reach your goals.
On the other hand…
If you have items that are more valuable personally, than financially, that sets a very different stage.
Think about it…
You go to grandma’s house:
- Get a big smile on your face when you see a “precious heirloom” that has been stored in a box for 50 years?
- Get a big smile on your face when you see something you remember seeing in the house ever since you were a kid?
It is the memories attached to an item that makes it valuable.
Most of us don’t have anything in our collection that is worth thousands of dollars. The value of the item is driven by the memories attached to it.
If you enjoy collecting and are comfortable using your items, think of the joy they will bring you and others around you. Is it really worth having something if you are just going to store it in a box? Bring it out, let everyone enjoy it and let the memories of that enjoyment be the basis of value when you decide to pass it on.
Enjoy your treasures,
Philosophy helps no-one if it is not shared