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A lifetime of collecting treasures #art

I don’t own a Picasso or a Rembrandt but I have spent my life collecting things and sometimes wonder if anyone will keep my collectibles after I’m gone. I won’t live forever and I wouldn’t want to.  I’ve collected coins, postcards, pictures, books and other odd things. I’ve been collecting treasures for over sixty years so I have a few interesting things.

collecting treasures

Collecting treasures

Besides collecting treasures, such as postcards, I think I’ve started creating a few treasures now. I have eight pictures that have recently been in art exhibitions and I have my art cards which are a limited edition of 1,000 of each card. People have bought them for 50p each. Will they be on an eBay style site in 20 years selling as collectors items or examples of Wednesbury art? Who knows? I hope I’m still around to see it anyway!

Starting a collection

If you’re starting your own collection, look for things that are in mint condition. Brand new books, coins or cards are great. You can find interesting items in second-hand shops and on car boot sales but still look for things in good condition. Glass is quite collectible because it does stay in good condition.

Creating your own treasures

You can also create your own treasures if you have a creative streak. Again, you need to try to get things perfect or at least very good. A tack sharp photo of your local pub might be sought after in the future, especially the way pubs close down these days. Coins and banknotes might be sought after as curios too but again get ones in great condition. If you can paint and create pictures that’s great too. Even cartoons relating to this period of the 21st century would be great collectors items in the future.


I have a small collection of books by local authors. They have limited print runs and they’re usually signed by the author. They could end up on a future antiques road show one day! Some people stand out in the community as photographers, poets and historians and their work is worth collecting. Remember scarcity also makes things sought after. 

That’s all for today. I’ll be writing again tomorrow and rambling on about whatever is on my mind. There is a fete at Wednesbury town hall today and so I’ll be doing my community photography bit. If you would like to subscribe to my blog just enter your email address at the top of the sidebar or follow me on Twitter for links to the latest posts. Those links are also on my Facebook page.

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