In the 4 decades since, my love of collecting objects only intensified. Stamps, magazines, watches, coins, books and onto antiques, signs, sporting goods, it really didn’t matter. Whatever I could organize and sort, catalogue and collect, I wanted it. There were 2 things that soon became abundantly clear. I needed more room - or more money. One of the things I needed to make clear to myself was: “why am I doing this?’ Is it for the chase, or because I wanted to make money? The answer was clear . . . I wanted BOTH. Once I established that in my mind it made it much easier to collect not only what I loved, but what I could resell.
I’ve been eBaying since 1997. I’ve sold everything from scrimshaws to Christmas lights, silverware to signs and everything between. The biggest item I’ve ever eBayed is the ultimate collectable: MacGyver’s float home from the 80’s TV show. This item was listed in May of this year and had over 126,000 views from around the world! I’ve made over $10,000 on a single item that I could mail in an envelope. I visit at least 3 auctions a week. I Craigslist, I Kijiji, I flea-market, I garage sale, I do liquidation sales, estate sales, clear-out sales, final sales and fire sales.
The purpose behind this blog is simple. I want others to enjoy this weird hobby as much as I do. I will try to organize the entire collectable (or “collectible”, both spellings are acceptable) hobby into workable bites. You will find out how to, where to, when to, why to and most importantly, why not? I’ll show you how to find the money, the time and the inclination. I’ll show you how to research, price, buy, organize and catalogue. Most importantly I’ll show you how to have fun. Welcome aboard. Come on in and play!