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There are all kinds of collectors in the world. Some collect things that appeal to them with neither rhyme nor reason. Some collect things from specific time periods. Others collect family heirlooms, while some collect specific pieces.

Collections of in what might seem similar categories can widely vary from one collector to the next. For instance, while a dozen collectors may collect art, one collects oils, another collects paintings by a specific artist, yet another collects oils done in a particular style, while another collector chooses oil paintings from a specific time period, etc. All 12 of the collectors would be very interested in a Specialty Auction featuring oil paintings.

Types of Specialty Collections

While there can be as many types of specialty collections as there are people, some of the most collected items are as follows:

  • Guns
  • Knives
  • Coins
  • Stamps
  • Art
  • Toys
  • Clocks
  • Historical Artifacts

The list goes on and on. Advertising items to Bicycles to Antique tools, if there is one collection, there are many more of the same genre.

Curating Your Collection

What catches your eye? What do you find fascinating? If you haven’t started collecting, pick what appeals to you the most, what makes you feel excited. If it’s in a high-value category, start small. Scour tag sales, thrift stores, and flea markets for gems that have been missed by others. Attend personal property auctions. Purge your home and office of things that don’t excite you and use the funds to purchase your first piece. If you’ve already started your collection, use the same tactics to build your existing collection.

Regardless of whether you are just starting out or already have a collection building, make sure you keep key documentation. By retaining receipts from purchasing them (date, location, seller, price) and any documentation of provenance, you will help to adequately value your collection for insurance and resale purposes. Be sure to take clear photos of each piece from various angles in good lighting to keep with your documentation.

Selling A Collection

If you partner with the right agent, such as LAWSON & CO, you can get your collection in front of other specialty collectors looking to expand their inventory and who are in the market to purchase. With a Specialty Auction, your items will be cataloged and advertised to specific groups of collectors who are be interested. Online bidding is allowed, in some instances, to boost the customer base from local attendees to those far and wide.

Regardless of what item ignites your passion, watch for our auctions to expand your collection. When you are ready to thin it out or move on to collecting something else, contact us and we can help you sell your collection to the best buyers to get the maximum sale price. Call us at 317-745-6404 if you have any questions or send us a request through our website. We are more than happy to help you build or liquidate your collection.