Rare Collectibles

Written by Jenni Wiltz
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When you find rare collectibles, you feel a sense of pride in your accomplishment. A good way to search for them is to begin scouting out your local antique stores and reading up on current market prices. Talk to the owners and salespeople of these shops - if they know you are looking for something special, they will often call you when they see something that matches what you are looking for.

Other places to search for these great finds include garage sales and estate sales. Oftentimes, a box of holiday collectibles or Christmas tree ornaments will be put out for sale without anyone having inspected the contents. If you are persistent and inquisitive, you can often find vintage tree trimmings in mint or near mint condition.

What To Do When You Find Rare Collectibles

When you think you've found something truly extraordinary and rare, it is often a good idea to go home and do some quick market research. If the piece you are looking at is in an antique store, put the piece on hold and go to the library to look up current pricing information. This way, you will be able to make a competitive and knowledgeable bid for any rare collectibles you may find. It is also a good idea to have any truly valuable pieces appraised and insured against loss, theft, or damage.

If you are out and about and unable to get to a library or the Internet, you will have to make a quick decision. Trust your instincts--if you feel that you have truly found something remarkable, chances are you will still feel that way even if the item turns out be less valuable than you originally thought. Remember, your collection is about what makes you happy, not about the monetary value of each particular item.

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