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All You Ever Wanted to Know About Collecting Model Cars

As humans, we love to collect things, and these things are usually of a personal taste. Some of us love to collect stamps; others enjoy a vast collection of coins. In fact this type of behavior is one of the factors that set us apart from other animals. This behavior may appear odd, but to those of you who have some type of collection related hobby; it makes perfect sense! One of the more common targets for this human condition is the collecting of model cars. Let’s have a look at the ins and outs of this amusing and entertaining hobby.

Why Model Cars?

When you were younger and you had many toys, before the days of cable television and laptops, can you remember your toy cars? I won’t say that this is a male only feature, but it probably excludes the opposite sex to a large degree! Can you remember making the engine noises yourself, as you raced against your brother or best friend? I suppose the interest in these model cars may have stemmed from this early interest. But make no mistake, these are no longer toys, they are replicas and the hobby is a huge interest worldwide.

The Two Main Types

Can you remember your ‘Hot Wheels’ and ‘Matchbox’ cars? These companies both started off in the sixties and they were a staple part of every young boy’s toy collection. Well both companies are still around, but the models they make are now part of the collection hobby.

The Two Sizes

Essentially there are two sizes or scales of model cars available to collectors. The 1:18 size is the typical model car scale favored by semi-serious collectors and these are priced according their availability. The other size is the much larger 1:8 scale; these are for the more serious hobbyists amongst us.

Prices

The smaller scale car models are usually available for around thirty dollars apiece; this price depends on the quality, availability and the demand. The 1:8 scale cars are a lot more expensive. Would you be surprised to learn that they often fetch in excess of six thousand dollars for a rare item? At that price it is no wonder that they aren’t to be found in a six year olds toy box.

Popular Replica Cars

The real cars that are replicated are usually the ones we couldn’t afford to buy, perhaps it’s a second best option, but at least we can dream about the real thing. Usually racing cars are popular; also luxury cars and iconic vehicles are always popular.

Where To Start?

So you have decided to enter the world of collecting model cars, but you are not sure where you can begin to build your dream collection. Well there are many toy shops that will stock plenty of the popular models. You could do worse than investing a few hundred in some of the rarer 1:18 models; this will be a sensible base for you to build from.

An Investment?

If you choose your model cars wisely, you may be surprised to learn that some of them will increase in value. You should aim to keep up to date with the collection community. You can do this by reading the relevant magazines and attending the collection fairs in your locality. This way you can meet like-minded individuals and also trade your prized models for more sought after options.

Stocking Filler Ideas For Teenage Boys

Shopping for teenage boys is never easy at the best of times (Well I never think it is!) but at Christmas when you are buying more items it could become a nightmare!

If his only interests are football or computers then I’m sure you will have no problem buying presents to go under the Christmas tree but what about the smaller stocking fillers which you don’t want to spend much money on?!

Hopefully this list will give you a few different and useful ideas…..

1. Magazines – Whether they are about cars, computers or sport.

2. Sports equipment (Shin pads, golf balls, darts, shorts etc)

3. Pants/socks

4. Sweets and chocolate

5. Toiletries (deodorant, shower gel, razors, travel sized cologne/aftershave)

6. Computer equipment (blank CD’s, screen cleaning equipment)

7. Torch/ penknife

8. Wallet

9. Starbucks or other café/restaurant voucher

10. Posters for room

11. Headphones

12. Clock – either a wall clock or alarm clock

13. Mobile phone accessories (covers, ring tones, games, credit)

14. Sport/collectible/trading cards

15. Pens and paper

16. Car equipment (Sponges, shampoo, polish, air freshener etc)

17. Tie

18. Gadgets – the sort you find in department stores such as currency converters, clocks with the time in 5 different countries etc!

19. Gift vouchers for clothes

20. Rechargeable battery pack – Something which is always needed and which can be re-used forever!

21. Storage boxes / desk tidies

22. Sunglasses

23. Rucksack bag

24. Earring/ chain/ bracelet/ watch

25. Hobby items such as football team memorabilia (pens, posters, wallets etc) or whatever else he is interested in such as computers, cars, sport, motorbikes or woodwork.

If all of that fails then listen to your teenage boy when out and take notes of the can I have, I need and so on! – Good luck!

Antiques of the Future

Can you imagine what tomorrows antiques will be! The furniture your great grandma had in her home can now be classed as antique if she lived in the early 1900s. A piece of furniture becomes an antique after fifty years, although most antique dealers prefer it be older than that.

Tomorrows antiques do not get a lot of consideration, as when people decide to modernise their homes much of the furniture that they class as out dated often ends up on the council rubbish tip and is lost forever. How ever many an antique dealer and antique market traders will visit and browse through the discarded items and may come across something of value.

An old chest of drawers or some other item of furniture may look scruffy and well worn, and not worthy of consideration, but these are often tomorrows antiques. These items of furniture can be restored to all their original glory by an expert restorer or sometimes by someone learning the art of restoring furniture. You can browse around an antique market and many of the items on display look like pieces of junk, many are rusted or torn and dilapidated but to a dealer or a discerning customer they can be just what they are looking for.

In the old days a rag and bone man as we called them, used to come around with a horse and cart and collect all the so called rubbish. In exchange he would give a few coppers of even a balloon or lollipop to the children. This would encourage the children to push their mother into finding some piece of old junk to hand over in exchange for these delights.

Many of these rag and bone men became very wealthy people through your generosity in getting rid of your rubbish.

Jumble sales are still held in church halls, these contribute towards the upkeep of the church. As many people who help out at these sales, and who contribute the goods to sell are often elderly people, quite often old items such as ornaments or jewellery can be found that could be valuable.

I was doing auctions on eBay and I decided to visit a jumble sale at a local church. I felt decidedly self conscious about it until arriving to face a queue I noticed some very well dressed people in front of me. They looked as if they were visiting a high class auction sale instead of a jumble sale, and that fact put me at my ease.

I did not find a lot at this jumble sale but I did buy a large quantity of old car magazines. These I sold on eBay for quite a profit and they went to America. Many people collect antiques for the love of it, while others look at the monetary value; what ever you do it for you probably still enjoy the search and the enjoyment when you find your antiques.