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Collecting as a pastime has been popular for many years. For some people it is simply a hobby, to others it is a much more serious

Some start a collection based on their interest or passion for a certain category of items. Others approach collecting with a much more focussed strategy of attaining goods which are predicted to ascend in value over time.

Historically, people who were interested in collecting had to be content with meeting like-minded people at live conventions and events.
The internet has revolutionised the process of collecting, making it quick and easy to find people buying and selling items in your chosen
area of interest.

As one of the biggest online collectables auctions, CQout is a great place to find all of those rare and highly sought-after items.

As the old adage goes, ‘one man’s junk is another man’s treasure!’

So raid the attic and clear out those draws, you could be sitting on a fortune!

What is collectable?

The simple answer is anything and everything! Virtually every item imaginable is collectable in some form.

Even simple, everyday items which the average person pays little or no attention to are of interest to some people.
Examples of this are:

Sucrology - the collection of sugar packets
Lotology - the collection of lottery tickets

Whilst this may seem strange or even bizarre to most people, there are people who devote themselves to the collection of their
chosen subject. The internet is the ideal place for these niche collectors to get together and trade items.
This is where CQout comes in, with one of the most comprehensive online collectables auctions around.

Items which have not been designed to be collectable but have become so can be described as ephemera. A lot of ephemera is paper-based, including postcards, photos and movie posters.

Popular Collectables

Some of the most popular categories of collections are:

Breweriana - The collection of items related to alcoholic beverages.
Kitchenalia - Collectables relating to kitchenware, kitchen appliances and kitchen equipment.
Militaria - Military collectables.
Tobacciana - Smoking and tobacco related paraphernalia.
Disneyana - Disney related memorabilia.

In addition to this, CQout has a full range of:

- Collectable Bears
- Collectable Toys
- Collectable Action Figures
- Collectable Stamps
- Collectable Art
- Collectable China

Collectability and value

There are 2 factors which influence the collectability of any item, these are desirability and rarity.

How desirable an item is will depend on several factors. Firstly, and perhaps most crucially, is condition. If an item is in good/excellent condition then it stands to reason that it will be worth more than an item which is in average/poor condition. Aesthetics are in most cases the key factor in assessing the value of an item.

The second factor which affects collectability is rarity. If an item is incredibly rare, then if it is also desirable, it will be highly in demand
and hence worth a lot of money.

Storing and protecting your collection

To ensure that your collection maintains its value for years to come, follow these simple rules.

- Keep all items out of direct sunlight.
- Store your collection in an environment with controlled heat and humidity.
- Keep value items out of reach of children and pets.
- Keep a catalogue of all of your purchases, including purchase date and price.
- Depending on the value of your collection, you should consider taking out an insurance policy to ensure that if the unthinkable should happen, you will be covered.

Famous collectors

There have been many famous celebrity collectors over the years. Some contemporary examples include:

- Singer Karen Carpenter was renowned for her large collection of Mickey Mouse memorabilia.
- American actor Jerry Seinfeld and comic Jay Leno are both avid car collectors.
- The 10th first lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos has an impressive collection of shoes.
- Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il reportedly has a vast collection of movies estimated at around the 20,000 mark.

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