People who get started collecting antique toys generally do so by chance. One purchase leads to another and before long, they're hooked. One of the most common starters is stumbling across a toy from one's youth that brings back wonderful memories. Once purchased, this blast from the past sometimes sparks a desire to find more. After that, it's on!
The beauty of collecting antique toys is that they simply are a whole lot of fun to collect. Ranging from old dolls and cars to kitchen sets and beyond, the toy market is ripe with usual items. Some antique toys were mass produced, others are one-of-a-kind pieces made by artisans a single piece at a time. The styles and types of toys are almost limitless - just like a child's imagination.
If collecting favorite toys from days gone by sounds like fun, it's fairly easy to get started. One of the best places to look is your own attic or that of your parents, if possible. Some of your old packed away toys might just be worth a mint. Look around for neat items and then the next thing to do is to pick up some books on the subject. Pricing manuals will give you a good idea what to look for and will even help spark your interest in certain types of toys.
To ensure that purchases are not only fun, but also lucrative, that research bit is worth rehearsing. Read up and have fun. Buy items that fit your budget, but also strike your fancy. The worst purchase you can make is one you won't enjoy. Look for toys that are in mint condition or close to it to protect investment value. If it's a toy of particular sentimental value, however, this rule doesn't apply.
If you're hoping to collect toys to also display, try to focus your collection. This will help guide your purchases and help make your collection really shine.
Collecting antique toys is a fun and rewarding hobby that almost anyone can get into. All it takes is a single purchase to spark and interest and help bring those wonderful childhood memories flooding back.