Start a Collecting Hobby in 10 easy steps

A guide for children of all ages

Summer holidays is an ideal time to start a hobby. A collecting hobby is easy to start.

Follow our 10- step guide for tips and ideas. Kick start a collecting hobby this summer!

You might already have small collection of treasures at home or in your garden, why not turn your small collection it into a hobby?

If you already have an interest in something, you could start collecting items related to your interest.

In this day and age almost anything is obtainable at the click of a button online. However, it is rewarding to actually go on a “hunt” for things one collects, either in nature or by browsing through market stalls, in a dusty attic or in charity shops.

1. Starting a collecting hobby

Starting a hobby of collecting is a rewarding pastime.

Collecting has always been a popular hobby. It is in our human nature to collect items which we like the look of (for decorative purposes) or think might come in handy one day.

I bet, if you look around your house, you too will find interesting objects, hidden away in drawers, lying around on window cells or in old shoe boxes and trunks in your attic!

2. Collecting doesn't have to be expensive

Some people collect rare artifacts or cars worth a lot of money, while others take great pleasure in collecting unusual natural objects such as pebbles from the beach, a completely free option.

In the context of this blog, the focusing is on small collectible objects, which are either free or cheap to acquire.

3. Finding items

There is great satisfaction in obtaining objects for free, finding items in nature or looking for bargains in junk shops and charity shops can be amusing, entertaining and fun.

It is also very satisfying when one comes across unexpected finds or when one is gifted cherished treasures, which have passed down from generation to generation.

If your friends and family get to know that you like collecting a certain type of objects, for example dinosaur models, stamps, rocks gems and so forth, it is guaranteed that for your next birthday (and Christmas), you will have gifts which relate to your collecting hobby! So spread the word, let everyone know what you are collecting and you will be surprised at what will come your way!

Natural objects include:

· sea shells

· pine cones

· feathers

· drift wood

· pretty pebbles

· patterned stones

· rocks and gems

· minerals

· fossils

Collecting man- made curiosities and keepsakes:

· stamps

· coins

· action figures

· souvenirs from travels

· keychains and fobs

· snow globes

· ornaments

· vintage books

the list is endless…

4. Label your items

If you would like to keep a track of the items you have collected, it is a good idea to label every item. On a small piece of paper, make a note what item is and where it was found along with a date.

It is rewarding to sort through a collection, to itemise and group together clusters of similar items.

If you like keeping a journal, you can

sketch your favourite items and write about them in your journal!

5. Storing your collection

If you are lucky enough to come by an old type set drawer, small artefacts can be itemised and placed in the small compartments.

One can also keep a collection in a shoe box or a plastic storage box. Options are endless.

6. Displaying your collection

Clusters of collected items on a table or a shelf give a very personal feel to a room. Charming displays can be incorporated into your home décor and won’t go out of fashion.

One can display collections in lots of different ways. Show your collection off:

· on shelves

· on a window cell

· in jars

· on walls

· in cabinets

· under glass cloches

· on a trays

· in baskets or

· specialised drawers for storing collectibles

Collections look good when they are grouped together. Overlapping clusters in natural formations look pleasing to the eye. Keep in mind that delicate objects should be placed behind glass and out of direct sunlight to keep them safe from damage.

Keep in mind, that bigger items are best placed behind smaller items.

7. Colour coordination and themed display

One can display items according to colour. A cluster of similar coloured items on a shelf look really cute!

A themed collection of pine cones or sea shells in different sizes looks interesting and shows off the vast shape differences and colour variations of these natural objects.

8. Collecting ethics

So go ahead and start collecting this summer, but be mindful.

· Don’t pick pebbles and shells from a beaches and nature reserves where these are protected or rare.

· Don’t remove objects unless you know it is safe to do so.

· Don’t take live objects such as clams and coral

· Don’t damage the natural surroundings in order to obtain something you would like to add to your collection (Take a photo or draw the object in your journal if you would like to record your find)

· Don’t take items without permission if you have found them on someone’s property such as a garden

Every item collected is a treasure in its own right. Show respect for the environment and its inhabitants. Do not take or remove items, unless it is absolutely safe for you and to the environment.

9. Collecting- a hobby for life

One can enjoy a collecting hobby for a month or two or it can turn into a lifelong hobby spanning across decades.

10. Treasured memories and a mini time capsule

Collected objects don’t necessarily have any monetary value- just sentimental and aesthetic value is enough, with plenty of memories attached.

It is very rewarding to look back on one’s collection years down the line. Every item will instantly bring back memories of trips and days out.

So, next time you are out on a walk or going to the beach for the day, keep a quiet look out for little things to take home and display them proudly, either in your garden or on a shelf at home and enjoy looking at them.

Thank you for reading this blog!

Do you have a collecting hobby or are thinking of starting? If so, please let us know in the comments section.

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