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If you are not yet a "collector" but would like to begin, choose something you really like. Don't collect something because you know someone else collects it...a collection should be your very own - it should mean something to you. Maybe it's a particular item that makes for happy memories. Not long ago, I was shopping and found a little "treasure" that inspired me at a great price. As saleswoman was wrapping it she dropped it. Another saleswoman assisted her in briefly examining it and after determining (incorrectly) that it was unharmed she said, "It's fine...these are very hard to break...anyway everybody's mother had one of these years ago..." - which was precisely why it had caught my eye!
Do you like a certain color?
Then collect anything and everything in that color! Collecting is always fun...and if you are very lucky - it may even be financially rewarding! A few people begin collecting for purpose of making money someday - but most of us collect for sheer enjoyment we get from items themselves. There are some things that I have collected over years that just "speak to me" and I simply love having them around. I wouldn't think of selling them - to me they are priceless.
Whatever your reason for collecting, remember - it's a past-time that helps to preserve times past - and that is just one more reason to feel good about collecting!
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C.L. Hanna is the CEO of "HEART'S DOOR",which specializes in the creative use of collectibles and other unique items in home-decorating and can be found online at www.heartsdoor.org