It truly is loads of fun to collect something you really like and it can turn out to be a useful hobby. There are a lot of variety of items people collect. I'm more interested in collecting crosses, crucifixes and elephants. Of course, I don't necessarily restrict myself to these stuff. I did have a lot of varieties of other collections, but those were only for a short period of time. Therefore, always try to find out what really appeals to you before you start collecting it. Following a hobby should be a whole load of fun. It shouldn't be a burden to you. If it is, I'd recommend you to stop it IMMEDIATELY because it just increases stress and you'll get sick and tired of it quickly.
Before you dig your pocket to get some money to start off your collections, find out what appeals to you, and why it does so. People generally collect antiques, either because they actually like them, or because they feel it would fetch a high price in the future. Some collect comic books because they enjoy reading them again and again, and because they'd like to give their children the benefit of reading them. I collect stuff because they really add some meaning to my life, and look good as decoration. It also gives me a good conversation - starter with people.
If you are collecting somethings because you just like them, this can be considered as the easiest way to collect things. You don't have to get a rundown on prices or any unnecessary stuff like that. You can obtain what you prefer, and show it off in your house and enjoy them. However, if you are buying something with the intention of selling it at super - profits in the future, then you'd better have a look at some price catalogues and know what you're purchasing before you do so. You should also take a good look at the items you buy to make sure that they aren't damaged or scratched.
Once you've started on your collection, you should think of purchasing a cabinet to keep your collections and to display them. This will protect your collection and will also help to catch the attention of people who come to visit you.
I'll give you one tip with regard to collecting, from my experiences. Don't start telling everyone what you are collecting. This will mean that people will start gifting you that item, and it may not be the type you are into, which would mean that you would just be gathering junk. However, if you don't mind this, then let them know what type you prefer so that they can be helpful to you!
Collecting can be a real good way to pass time and even to start a really attractive business. So spend some time thinking of what you like and start collecting now!