Storing Collectibles Professionally And Freeing Up Space In Your Home
Collectors face the age-old problem of storage, no matter what your collection is. The larger the items, the faster you will find it difficult to store everything. Collecting trading cards will not have the same storage demands as collecting vintage lampshades, memorabilia or even a cherished Eddie Stobart truck collection, which can reach 5-figure valuations.
For lifelong collectors, storage space is a must. Without sufficient storage, the items may take over your household. Dolls could be stacked on shelves in every room of your home, whilst antique furniture could be sidelined to the garage or the garden shed where there is a risk of environmental conditions causing damage to the woodwork and fine craftsmanship not to mention security being put at risk.
As this Wikipedia list of collectible items shows, there are entire inventories of items that are worth keeping around. Some will be for monetary reasons to take advantage of price increases, whereas other items are for sentimental value because it is something that brings you joy.
Whether you are collecting for personal satisfaction or as an investment, there is likely to come a time when you need to devote dedicated storage space to house your collection. The best collections are enjoyed with an organised display rather than having everything cluttered close together with no space between items to enjoy them.
Tips for Organising Your Collectible Items
- Categorise Your Collectibles
Households can accumulate a number of collectible items through the years. Kids can amass a collection of character toys from their favourite television shows and have a vast amount of teddy bears and stuffed animals which are eventually put into black bags, put in the loft for storage to be passed onto the next generation.
Dads could find themselves with a collection of antique woodwork tools or comic books while the women of the house may prefer to scour the car boot sales for trinket boxes, antique jewelry, or perhaps vintage bottles.
That is just for items people collect and does not factor the collections left as inheritance.
In family households, everyone has their own acquired taste and sometimes the one allocated bedroom or cabinet is not enough space to put it all on display.
The first step to categorising collectibles is to identify all the collections around your home that are worth hanging onto for years to come.
- Split Your Collections Up
Sort through your collections and pick out the best, which are going to be the most desirable on display within your home. Corgi toy collectibles can be housed in professional glass display cabinets, dolls can be placed on shelves and trading cards can be professionally framed.
Pick out the top and most display-worthy pieces to keep around; the rest can be put into a dedicated Personal Storage unit. You will find the more organised your display is, the more appealing the collection will be.
- Pack Collectibles with Quality Preservation in mind
Collectable items need stored properly to maintain them in pristine condition. Wood should not be exposed to excessive moisture and China collections cannot be exposed to the risk of a fall from the slightest of heights.
Suitable packaging materials are required for protection. Collector cards can be placed inside poly pockets with those then put inside a ring binder and protective dividers placed between the cards to prevent any folds or wrinkles appearing.
Anything fragile being stored should be packed tightly with bubble wrap or alternatively foam packaging either solid or loose which is more suited to packing glassware, paperweights and ornamentals with unique shapes ensuring the entire product is protected and no corners left exposed.
- Choose Safe and Secure Container Storage with Easy Access to Collect or Add to your Collections
With your boxes packed and items protected, it is time to find suitable storage. Container Storage units with ventilation can be ideal for collectible items as they are out the way of everyday exposure, packed away safe and securely and with easy access for you to sort through your collection any time you choose.
With Top Box Self Storage, all your items are stored safe and securely and you can access your unit at a time that suits you. Our Facility is 24/7, which means no appointments are necessary and there are no out of hours access charges. Simply Access when you want.
Whether you are waiting for the right buyer or you just need dedicated storage space for a growing collection, Top Box Self Storage is only a click, call or visit away.