Collecting antiques has always been a major hobby for those who have a fondness towards art and quality craftsmanship. Of late collection of antique toy also gained tremendous popularity among collectors. It offers you a unique getaway from present life and allows you to live your life in the midst of the cherished memories of your childhood. With the availability of numerous classic items these days you can decorate your home the way you like. An antique toy adds to the beauty of the living room. Moreover, you can display your valuable collection all over the house especially the places they fit in.
Some of these antique games or dolls are put to auction. Owning such as antique toy can be highly lucrative at times. Imagine that you possess a toy, dolls or miniatures which are old and you don’t find these toys very often or it has a historic value, you can be a king. Put on sale and introduce bidding. You can earn a good profit from it. One incident says that a Mickey Mouse collection from the time before the World War II was finally sold at a jaw dropping price of US$ 1500. So, there are lots of possibilities for your antique dolls or games.
If you are wondering how to differentiate between an antique toy and a usual toy then you should know that toys manufactured around or before the World War II aging more than 50 years or so are usually considered as antique toys. However, some people suggest that toys over 10 years if found in reasonable condition can also qualify in the list of antique toy. While considering antique toys, you should look for the condition and the age of the collectible you want to purchase.
When comparing classic games with that of vintage toys, antique lovers usually opt for toys as games do not last long. Tin and wooden made antique toys are the most durable ones and generally found in good condition. An antique toy collector usually considers tin, wood and some metal-made dolls while making a choice other than breakable materials like glass, plastics and others. When it comes to antique toy collection, collectors always look for the longevity of the item he or she is opting for.
Some times you can get some really ugly looking dolls from some flea market or garage sale at a throw away price. But a keen observer or a learned person will instantly identify it as an antique toy and would know that often they can be worth hundreds dollars because of their rarity or unknown and uncommon significance.
If you feel that you are gaining interest towards antique toy collection, then you must remember certain points. These tips can help you get good steal as well as maintaining the same. First of all, opt for those which are still in their original packing. Once the toy has been unpacked and used, it is taken for granted that it is not in its original condition. Even if we ignore the aspect of wear and tear, there are aspects like dirt, oil etc.
Next is the maintenance part. If you are handling your antique toy collection all by yourself then it is perfectly alright. Avoid too many people touching or handling these toys. Always wear cloth gloves in order to avoid transfer the dirt and grime on to the antique toy and damage it.
Among the most popular antique toy collections, the mechanical toys are most sought after. The movement they make remind us of present day animation. So, these toys are of great interests for the keen collectors. The miniatures of horse-drawn carts were popular among kids 50 yrs ago. Now when they are old enough and well off to afford many cars, these carts add to their proud collection of antique toy.
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