With Christmas and the New Year coming up the majority of us will be taking time off work and/or school. While a lot of that time will be spent with family, friends and consuming lots of food, it’s also a great time to start work on those collection-related projects you may have not had time for yet.
The end of each year I always take a look at my collections and figure out what I’d like to do with them. My big one for this year is to figure out how I’m going to get my Frew The Phantom comics from Australia to the UK. Such activities are perfect for the holidays, it can be quite relaxing going through your stuff with a nice cup of tea and some music. So what activities could you do with your collection over the holidays? Well, here are a few suggestions to get you started.
This is probably one of the most important things a collector can do with their collection, but also one of the most time consuming. Having a reliable catalogue of your items is important not only to keep track of things but also for insurance reasons. I’d also include photographing your items as part of cataloguing as this too is very important. With this being the holidays hopefully you’ll have enough free time to at least make a good dent in your cataloguing plans.
This is also very important in having a collection. There’s not much point owning all this cool stuff if you can’t find it. Also, it’s always a great idea to try and maximise your available space by thinking of outside the box ideas. Depending on what you collect you’ll organise it different ways. For example, my comic collection is ordered alphabetically by “series group.” So, Amazing Spider-Man and Black Cat are grouped together under the Spider-Man series group. For my Magic cards they are organised by Set in order of release, then colour.
If you’re collecting something like action figures or toys you may want to group all the figures from the same lines together, or all the toys of a particular character. Otherwise, you might want to just figure out how to be fit your collection into the space you have.
The end of the year is a great time to update wish/ want lists. If you’ve bought a bunch of stuff throughout the year you can update the list to reflect this. Or, perhaps a bunch of new stuff was released or you discovered new items so need to add those. Either way, sitting down for an afternoon and going over your wish list is always a good idea.
This is something I’ve only just started to do myself and I think it’s a really good idea. Sit down, take a look at your collection, and think about if there is anything that you don’t really need. Collectors — myself included — will often buy stuff “just because.” Do we really need that stuff? See if there is anything you’d be happy to move on, be it for monetary gain or charity. And remember, if the idea of giving up some of your collection is scary remind yourself that it’s just making way for other cool things!
Just Enjoy It!
With all this cataloguing and organising and evaluating one of the easiest things to forget to do is also the most important — enjoy it. We collect stuff we love and is meaningful to us so why not just take some time to sit back, relax, and bask in the glory of your amassed awesomeness. Really, that’s the best part of collecting!
I hope everyone has an awesome Winter/ Summer Solstice, Yule, Hanukkah, Christmas, or whatever celebration you may have. I’ll of course do a wrap-up post of any cool item I receive and I’ve also get a post coming up about the Magic set Unstable so keep an eye out for that. Until then though, happy collecting!