how to start collecting vintage merch

article by ron bowen

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Tuesday, May 18

If you’ve decided to start collecting vintage merchandise, you should know that finding these items is going to be easier than you think, especially if you start your research online. When it comes to vintage items, you certainly have a lot to choose from, including vintage clothing, toys, memorabilia, kitchen items, and so much more. This means that you can either start collecting all types of vintage items or choose one particular type and start there. Shopping online enables you to find what you’re looking for and pay reasonable prices for it, and the good news is that many of these items will be worth even more in the future.

What Should You Collect?

Being a collector is a lot of fun, and sometimes it starts with visiting antique shops and noticing that the tea set like the one Grandma used to use is now for sale. Indeed, people interested in collecting vintage merchandise already have a sense of nostalgia about them, and this interest in anything related to yesteryear can be satisfied by becoming a collector of antique and vintage items. If you love vintage items but you aren’t sure what to collect first, a few suggestions are discussed below.

Wood- or Marble-Topped Furniture

In the 1950s, wood- and marble-topped furniture was very popular, but it fell out of style just like so many other items do. Today, this furniture is becoming popular once again due to its simplicity, not to mention its beauty. It isn’t just wood that makes these items look so good. Many of them can be found with all types of stone on top of them as well, such as marble or even quartz. Often called “live edge” furniture, people are paying big bucks for it because it is definitely making a comeback!

Die-Cast Toy Cars

Vintage toys have always been popular with collectors, but if you specifically look for the die-cast toy cars, you’ll likely feel like you hit the jackpot. They are so well-made and many of them are in top-notch shape, which means you’ll be able to keep them for many years to come. The cars also come in such a large variety of colors, designs, and models that you can collect them for a very long time and still not have two pieces that are alike. While some of these cars are expensive, many others are very inexpensive, so you won’t have to break your budget to buy them.

Copper Cookware and Kettles

Copper items can be expensive, but they are gorgeous, sturdy items that can add some extra ambiance to your living room or bedroom. Choosing Old World cookware and kettles made out of copper can instantly transform the look of your home into something spectacular, and you don’t have to just sit them on a shelf and admire them. You can also turn them into other useful items, such as vases or even places to hold your jewelry and various knickknacks.

Pyrex Bowls

Pyrex bowls were once in everyone’s kitchen, and while you don’t see them much anymore, they’re still great items to collect. Though they come in sets usually of four bowls each they do not all look alike. They can be brightly colored, painted in subtle colors, and come with designs that range from casual-looking to very elegant and fancy. There are two huge advantages to collecting Pyrex bowls: first, they are usually extremely inexpensive, and second, you can use them in your own kitchen as often as you like because they were built to last.

Items From Old Houses

These “architectural salvage” items are huge these days. They include everything from sprinkler heads to old windows and doors, and so much more. In fact, if you go on the Pinterest website, you can get tons of ideas on what to do with these items. You can clean and repaint the items and use them on the inside of your home, or leave their rustic look alone and use them in a special project outside. Make decorative items or items that can be used in other ways, and the items are generally very inexpensive to buy as well.

Cookware and Skillets

If you make sure the skillets and cookware you purchase are all made out of cast-iron, they’ll often appreciate in value. Among this type of kitchen items, Wagner and Griswold are the top two manufacturers. When you’re researching and buying these items, make sure they are all originals and not reproductions of the Griswold and Wagner brands. In other words, you have to be careful so you’re not taken for a ride, and the best place to find them is usually at a thrift store or a yard sale.

Tips for Collecting Anything Vintage

Before you start collecting vintage items, there are a few tips that will make the task a lot simpler. These include the following:

If the manufacturer of the item says it’s a “limited edition” item, don’t get too excited just yet. Find out more details about it first, such as how many were in that particular edition and how they were originally sold to the public.

Always keep the boxes the items came in, if possible. Some items lose their value once you take them out of their original boxes, so keep as much of the original packaging as you can for each item you buy.

Check the condition of the item. Buying online can make this difficult to do, but you naturally want to buy items that are in good shape. If you can’t tell from the picture, contact the seller and get the information you need.

Take good care of the items. Even if you don’t intend to sell your vintage items, you want them to remain in good shape. If you don’t take care of them, they may depreciate in value or even worse, you might accidentally break them.

Collecting vintage items is fun and simple for the most part. Once you decide what to collect, the rest should be easy, but make sure you do your due diligence on any items you’re considering collecting before you buy anything.

 

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