Keeping your antiques and precious items safe

storing your antiques compassThe antiques roadshow came to Tewkesbury Abbey this month and thousands from around the region and wider enjoyed the sunshine while they had their prized possessions and heirlooms valued.

There were some interesting finds at Tewkesbury including a map of the 1879 Battle of Rorke’s Drift and a 1914 Triumph roadster. These are just 2 of the memorable ones, although for every financially valuable find, there are hundreds of items that have no real financial value at all. But that doesn’t mean they are not treasured. In fact, in many cases the sentimental value of an item far outweighs any financial assessment.

Whether it’s your financial investment you’re protecting or something far more precious, you need to store your items correctly to prevent damage.

Here are our tips for storing your antiques and precious items safely

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Top items to collect and how to store them

various antiques and items to collectMany people collect items over the years, either for sentimental reasons or because they are of high monetary value. The latter are often set aside as an investment for the future, either to be sold or to be passed on to the next generation. These may include pieces of art, furniture, jewellery, ornaments and records.

If you’re thinking of starting a collection either as a hobby or an investment, what are the top items to collect? Continue reading

Keeping Your Collectables and Memorabilia in Tip Top Condition

various antiquesPeople have always collected things; art, antiques, collectables and memorabilia. Some, because they trade in those areas, buying and selling and hoping to make a profit along the way. Others collect for their own enjoyment because they like a particular artist, ceramic factory or even just a certain animal. There are people who collect as investment with the long term future in mind and as people worry about the performance of their pensions, this is becoming an option being chosen by more people.

Whatever the reason you’re collecting, if you want to get the maximum financial benefit from your investment, short or long term, you need to make sure your collection stays in tip top condition. If on display, they need to be kept safe from harm and if packed away or stored, it needs to be done properly to avoid damage. Continue reading

What’s hot in the antiques world?

various antiquesAntiques, collectables and artefacts are becoming more and more popular. Many families will hoard them, others will display them and some will collect and sell them on to supplement their income.

Collectors and sellers alike can purchase antiques from a variety of places these days. Ebay is an excellent site to make a start, while car boot and garage sales always seem to throw up the odd gem. You will be surprised how many people will put collectable antiques on a table without ever knowing their value.

However, as a buyer, always remember this. If you are pursuing a bargain at a boot sale, the best deals will be struck by mid morning, so get to your destination as early as possible to avoid disappointment. If it’s a garage or porch sale, you might want to pass by the day before, to see what’s about. Remember, the seller is keen to sell, so if you’re polite and genuinely interested, you could land yourself a bargain. Continue reading

Storing memorabilia

image of people watching footballWith the football World Cup up and running and collectors from all over the world ready to start bidding for match-day programmes and memorabilia, it’s time to start thinking about where and how to store your new batch of collectables.

Most collectors use a spare bedroom or converted garage to store their precious programmes. Or at least, that’s where they start. Filed neatly in boxes and stored properly in damp-free surroundings will ensure those valuable items will remain in good condition. However, what happens when the space runs out?

Whatever your situation, DON’T start compromising your collection by leaving programmes hanging around the house or using the shed, outhouse or any other non secure, damp area where programmes can become damaged. Continue reading