Collecting US Military Memorabilia is one of the most popular types of antique collecting. When choosing to collect US Military Memorabilia, a number of options are available. The term memorabilia covers a wide range of items and even categories. Within each category are a number of sub-categories. One such example would be US military uniforms. A collector may choose a particular branch of uniform, or even a specific era – such as WWII. Some collectors limit their purchases to either field uniforms or dress uniforms and the accompanying items.
What You Need To Know About Collecting
Collectors should consider a number of things before embarking upon their collection journey.
1) What do you specifically want to collect?
2) Should you narrow your collection to a more specific theme?
3) Do you have enough room to allow your collection to grow?
4) Do you specific goals for your collection?
5) Have you done any research on the item(s) you wish to collect?
6) Do you have a plan on how to display your collection?
7) Do you know how to preserve the item properly so it maintains (or gains optimal) value?
8) How much can you afford to invest in your collection?
Also, when starting a collection, make certain the sources from which you purchase are reputable and proper paperwork or some type of information can be provided to authenticate the item(s) purchased. The more information you have about the item, the greater its value.
Buy the best quality item you can afford and be prepared to take the necessary measures to ensure its value continues to rise.
Catalogue Your Purchases
Many collectors use a simple 3×5 file card method to catalogue their purchases. This ensures that all the information about the item – including date of purchase and who it was purchased from – can be easily accessed. Notes can also be made on the card about any historical information the collector might know (or have collected) about the item(s) purchased.
If you are seriously considering collecting US Military Memorabilia, the information above will be helpful as you begin to formulate a plausible plan, outline a set of goals, keep and maintain accurate records and maintain a nominal financial cap for both purchasing and properly preserving your collection.