people today might not be aware of the fact that the collectible hobby
industry is currently declining in popularity. This might be due to
the fact that collectibles have taken a backseat to technology. The
younger generation of today has taken more of an interest in computers,
cell phones, Playstation, Nintendo and Ipods.
slower pace of yesteryear made collecting a fun pastime for children
and their families who did not have all the advances of today to fill
their time. Families used to pass their time collecting coins and stamps.
The baby boom generation made the collectible hobby industry a popular
hobby for the individual that wanted to collect any sort of memorabilia.
collectible hobby industry was turned into a billion dollar industry.
The collecting of sports cards was a very popular hobby for the baby
boomer generation. Today, people collect everything from lunch boxes,
baseball cards, salt and pepper shakers, stamps, coins, to cars and
item in the world that has a demand can be considered a collectible
and is open to the collectible hobby industry. The toys given out in
McDonald’s happy meals are often collected. Beanie Babies have also
had their place in the hearts of collectors.
collectors can join an actual collecting club specific to their collecting
interest. The members of these clubs represent the knowledge base for
the collecting area that the group supports. They provide a network
to other collectors, and friendships that can last a lifetime.
these collecting clubs are seeing a decline in their membership and
are also experiencing aging memberships. Collecting clubs are trying
to find new ways to reach the younger generation of collectors. These
clubs feel that they have a great service to offer the collector, but
are finding that with the technology boom the collectible hobby industry
is taking a backseat to other pastimes.
are large trade shows all over the world that cater to the collectible
hobby industry. Collectors can attend these trade shows to buy collectibles
of their choice, swap collectibles and/or receive specific information
on collecting. Collectors can also attend shows that are specific to
their item of choice. For example, a person who collects baseball cards
can attend a baseball card show. Someone who collects cookie jars can
attend a cookie jar show. The vast majority of these trade shows can
be found through the internet or a local collectible club.
are magazines specific to the collectible hobby industry. Once again,
a collector can find magazines specific to their collectibles. A train
collector can find magazines on trains; a coin collector can find
magazines on coins; and a doll
collector can find magazines on dolls. There is no end to the amount
of information available to the collector and/or his or her collectibles.
has even made its way into the collectible hobby industry with shows
like the Antiques Roadshow. Individuals can take any item that is at
least twenty-five years old onto the show and have its value assessed.
This show has gained real popularity over the last five years.
for the non-collector, this show is entertaining to watch. It also gives
the viewing public a real insight into the collectible world. The show
recently featured a gentleman that collected “pickelhaube” helmets.
These helmets, which displayed a spike on top, were introduced by King
Friedrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia in 1842. Even for someone who is not
part of the collectible hobby industry, this information can be very
interesting and informative.
important issue today should be informing the younger generation of
the importance of collecting. Collecting items can turn into family
treasures that are passed on from generation to generation. The collectible
hobby industry is an excellent way to pass on some history to younger
older generation has so many collectibles to pass down to their families;
however, without the knowledge and appreciation of collectibles, families
may find their relatives passing on these items to their friends at
collecting clubs or trade shows.