How to Start Collecting Toys

Have you ever thought of starting a toy collection? 

Many people don’t realize that they are already participating in this hobby. Most individuals have a favorite toy or two from childhood that they have managed to carry with them into adulthood. 

Other people begin a toy collection by helping their own children acquire sets of toys that they enjoy. The parents then share in the fun of seeking out, admiring, displaying, and even playing with these collections. 

Some individuals get hit with the toy collecting bug when they spot a unique or vintage toy at a garage sale or in a store window. From that point on they are hooked. They just can’t resist purchasing it and a few more similar pieces as well.

Collecting toys can be one of the most delightful and heartwarming
hobbies that a person can participate in. Whether these toys are from a hundred years ago, or they are the first of their kind to hit store shelves this season, there is a simplicity within playthings that fascinate and amuse us no matter what our age. 

Finding a new toy to add to a collection can excite and delight us with the same thrill that we experienced when receiving a new toy as a child.

The truly great thing about collecting toys is that there are just so many collectable toys out there.

Children grow up and their toys are usually boxed away, sold at garage sales or auctions, or donated to thrift stores. If you are collecting vintage toys then this certainly works to your advantage. 

Depending on the type of toy that you choose to collect, there are thousands upon thousands of reasonably priced toys out there for sale, you just have to find them. Garage sales, Thrift stores, Goodwill stores, and local auctions can net some very unique finds for a fraction of the toy's current market value. 

When seeking out rarer toys visit online auction sites such as eBay where the tendency to host an array of merchandise from a number of countries can greatly increase your chances of finding the specific toy or toys that you are searching for. 

By placing an advertisement in local, state, or provincial papers can
also net you some wonderful finds to add to your collection.

Whenever you are creating a collection of any kind never under estimate the benefits of word of mouth advertising. Let your friends, relatives and business acquaintances know the type of toys that you are searching for and you may be surprised at what they are able to discover for you. 

Most friends and relatives are almost excited as you when they realize that they have found an important item to add to your collection. Just let them know the price range that you are willing to pay for specific toys and be sure to compensate them for their finds.
Collecting toy cars, toy dolls, Legos, Transformers or any other play items, whether new or old can be a delightful past time to participate in. You simply choose the items that you wish to collect, the price ranges that you are willing to pay for these toys, and then start hunting. 

If you are searching out the latest toys as they appear on store shelves then prepare to be the first one at a store when the new ones come on sale. Hot items can sell out quickly. 

If you are haunting out older toys to add to a vintage toy collection then prepare to use a number of sources to find your items and to search these markets on a regular basis.

No matter which type of toy it is that you collect, when these collections are creatively displayed they can be absolutely breathtaking. Toy collections are a joy to view but even more of a delight to collect. 

Whatever type of toy it is that you choose to search out don’t forget the most important rule of collecting and that is to have fun with your collection.

Collect items that you love and love the items that you collect.