STORING YOUR COLLECTABLES

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SOME ADVICE WHEN STORING YOUR COLLECTABLES/COLLECTIONS. (Mainly for model toys but also in general).

When it comes to storing there is one key thing that applies to all collections – store in a damp free climate controlled place, i.e. somewhere the temperature is constant and there is no risk of damp. In most cases that rules out the attic, garage or basement if you have one. All these areas have great fluctuations in temperature and can be susceptible to damp. But if you have no choice but to use one of those places read on:
So often when I have been asked round to give estimates on peoples items, I have found they store them in the attic or cellar. It is so disappointing to find them in flimsy cardboard boxes which have got damp, not even any waterproof wrapping round them which of course can mean damage to models boxes which in turn can decrease the value of them if wanting to sell on.
If you can put them in sealable plastic storage boxes (money saving in the long term), also if you get the time wrap individually in tissue paper to prevent any rubbing damage to the boxes, again do this for items that don't have boxes as well.
Also ensure your boxes are stored well away from any source of water, it is quite surprising how water and damp can get at your precious items.
Check them periodically to make sure they are still in good order and perhaps clean the boxes out if dust has managed to get inside. I always change the tissue paper after several months to be on the safe side.
If you are going to use cardboard boxes seal them with packing tape and keep them off the ground. I know it might sound a bit expensive, but why not invest in a bit of shelving or even make your own, save a lot of money in the long term and stack them if you have to ensuring the heaviest box on the bottom and don't overload them, try and pack them loose and then fill the gaps with polystyrene or bubble wrap to prevent movement damage.
If you want advice on how best to store other collectables such as vinyl, pottery and so on please get in touch. One example is Dolls:  For collectible dolls, store in fabric bags or cloth before wrapping.  Some plastic wraps can create a reaction and cause damage that can ruin a doll if stored long term. Here to help.
For all you collectors out there, I’m sure you’ll have some specific advice or tips about displaying or storing collectables and memorabilia that other readers can benefit from. Why not share it here? Just get in touch with me and I can add it here and of course mention you as the contributor if you so wish.
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