Starting a collection is more than a hobby; for many, it is a lifestyle. It starts with receiving an item that invokes the curiosity and starts a passion for wanting to learn more. On the pathway of collecting, there is a community of people that share that same joy. This community of peer groups is made up of fan clubs, conventions, and even holidays, like National Slinky Day, on August 30th.
Inside this guide, readers will find advice on starting and building a collection, cleaning antiques and collectibles, checking for authenticity, and the best advice on buying and selling collectibles. Readers will learn to spot the difference between a collectible and an antique and a replica from an original.
As an added bonus, there is the best information on museums and peer groups from across the country. Everything a collector needs to know can be found on the pages of HowExpert Guide to Collectibles: 101+ Tips to Find, Buy, Sell, and Collect Collectibles.
About the Expert
Charlotte Hopkins is a freelance writer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who has been published in a variety of newspapers, magazines, and websites. She is the author of nine books, including her children’s books, featuring Pixie Trist and Bo, and her “365 Days” series. She has been published in a variety of newspapers, magazines, and websites. She was also published three times in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, the Shadows & Light Anthology, and Authors for Haiti. She is also a collector of several items. Her first collection was keychains, and today she collects penguins, wooden boxes, miniatures (including miniature books), Magic 8 Balls, journals, and wooden boxes. She just started another collection – pen cups! She has a fondness for writing, photography, astrology, history, museums, and everything purple.
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