Knowing why you have collectibles determines how you would tastefully display them in your home versus turning your living space into a segment on Hoarders, or a sterile museum. Have you ever visited someone and noticed an interesting object, commented on it and then heard the dreaded “Let me show you what else I have”? The host disappears briefly and returns with a small truckload of collectibles. You then spent the rest of the visit going over the hosts titillating collection of thimbles or spoons.
If you are a serious collector and are collecting with intention of re-selling the items at a later date, you probably are not that interested in displaying them around you home. You need to protect your investments and not have them available for handling by anyone who enters your home. For you, there are collector cases of all sizes and shapes and materials in which you are able to classify your treasured objects and display them to other ardent collectors or possible purchasers. You would also be a prime candidate for an online collection where you show and focus on specific items. Using an online showcase to display your collectables to everyone interested allows you to showcase them in the best light while keeping the actual collectables safely stored.
This post is for the person who collects items because they like a certain period in time, or because it is nostalgic to have something displayed that Grandma used to make treats with. It is as simple as saying you want it because it is cute and clever or makes you laugh. If that describes you, then use your items as a decorating advantage in your living space. Here are some helpful hints to get you started:
• Don’t turn your home into warehouse for collectables, or a museum. Limit what you display and rotate your displays.
• Treasure Boxes are a fun way to shocase your favorite collectables without taking up much space. Place some tissue paper or scarves in the bottom and drape your vintage jewelry on the edges of the box and display pins, brooches, or earrings on the scarf or tissue paper. This would work for displaying most collectables. You could then put the treasure box on your fireplace mantle, coffee or end tables.
• Kitchen and dining rooms are ideal for displaying nostalgic memorabilia. Depression glass looks great in a china hutch as do vintage bowls, silver sets, and precious knickknacks. Use an antique muffin tin to put smaller trinkets or notions from a bygone era in the muffin cups and shocase it on your counter. Make a table arrangement with old plates and cups and an old pitcher with either fresh flowers or greenery. Use the antique cup and saucers to plant and display orchids or violets.
The ideas are limitless. Just keep in mind there is such a thing as showing too much at one time. The idea is to be casually staged while using your collectables as home decorations.
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