Antiques and Collectibles at My Granny's Attic;  Antique Porcelain, Vintage Pottery, Antique Stoneware, Antique Dolls, Vintage Books, Costume Jewelry, Vintage Toys, Vintage Dinnerware, Antique China, Antique Metalware, Antique Resources and more Antiques and Collectibles

Add our Antiques and Collectibles site to your favorites


Visit and Comment on the Antiques and Collectibles Blog

Do you have a memory about an antique or collectible listed? I would LOVE to hear it and have your permission to post it online - Let me hear from you

Our New Antiques and Collectibles Information Center. It is just in the beginning stages but will be great once it gets up and running. Please be sure to visit.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 License.  


Antique Shop Menu | Antique Resources| Site Map| View Cart/Checkout| Order Status|  

Main Archive Page

Previous Page

Next Page

What Kind of Collector Are You

source unknown sent to me via email


1. Family heirlooms. For some collectors, all it took to begin their hobby was a piece or two inherited from an ancestor. A pair of unusual, mother-of-pearl of binoculars once owned by her grandmother led one collector to begin searching for antique opera glasses to display with them. Without the initial "inheritance" of that one odd piece, this collector admits she would have never thought of buying opera glasses.

 2. Occupational interest. The "trimmings of the trade" comprise collections for people engaged (or whose spouses or relatives are engaged) in certain occupations. For example, fire station memorabilia holds special interest for someone who worked as a firefighter (or knew someone who did). Other examples include physicians, dentists, teachers, scientists, railway engineers, pilots, and fishermen.

3. Historic authenticity. Whether they are scholars or just people who'd like to live in the past, some collectors feel that owning three dimensional items from bygone days brings them closer to those times. Many who save Civil War artifacts fall into this category, as do those collecting memorabilia of people who immigrated through Ellis Island at the turn-of-the-century.

4. Sentimental journey. Mom's favorite teapot was the initial inspiration for an owner of an impressive assortments of teapots. This collector's reason for buying was the cluster of fond memories of quiet, intimate times with her mother, chatting over a steaming pot of tea. For such people, the feelings the pieces inspire are more important than their monetary value.

5. Investment potential. On the opposite side of the coin, the projected value of an item's future worth is the main reason other people collect things. In general, these collectors have done their research on values and market trends for anything they buy. They are less inclined than others to allow their emotions to influence their purchasing decisions.

6. Just decorative. How great it will look in the living room (or dining room, or bedroom) is sufficient reason for some antiques shoppers to plunk down their cash. For these people, color, contour, or charm supersede monetary value in importance. Unlike investment buyers, these collectors aren't interested in resale potential, but the aesthetic value of their choices give them great satisfaction.

7. Childhood memories. Though many people who buy vintage toys are parents, it's the memory of their own youth, rather than their children's pleasure, that prompts their purchases. A woman who searches for Ginny dolls and a man who buys old sleds typify such collectors. For them, nostalgia is the overriding reason for buying anything.

8. Personal passions. "I don't know why, but I've just always liked cows," one businesswoman told us. For that reason, her entire home brims with bovine accents. In a similar vein, people with passions for cats, fish, frogs, turtles, trains, ships, angels, baskets, and quilts gather those and countless other commodities from A to Z. For them, just liking something--pure and simple--is all the reason they need for buying more of the same.

9. Love-to-shop syndrome. "I don't have to have everything," a doll collector told us. "I just need to have one of everything." For people like her, who can easily "shop till they drop," the adventure of finding something may be just as important as the purchase itself. Collecting may be a great hobby, but shopping is a recreation in a class by itself!

10. Group therapy. As any collector will tell you, collectors are great people! They are resourceful and enthusiastic about their interests and a lot of fun to talk to. For this type of collector, joining collectors clubs, meeting people at shows, and getting to know them via the Internet are what sustain their purchasing habits.

 My Granny's Attic Antiques and Collectibles & Custom Gifts - Antiques Collectibles Kitsch   Archived Antique Shop Newsletters & Stories  What Kind of Collector Are You 

Search This Antique Shop

Personal Currency Converter

Please Sign Our Guestbook

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 License.  

Granny's Koffee Klatch Bulletin Board - Check here for website announcements

Great place to learn about antiques, ask questions, for dealers and collectors.

Antique Forum Too... this is our old board which you can still post on but I don't check in very often

Antique Shop Newsletter Subscription



Free Tell A Friend from Bravenet

Prior Sale Policy - NOTICE: Unless stated otherwise all items are vintage, antique or used and subject to prior sale.

Return Policy - Please Read before purchasing from my shop

[Home] [Vintage Porcelain  Pottery China] [Homer Laughlin China] [Vintage Oriental China & Oriental Porcelain] [Collectible Plates] [Vintage Collectible  Tableware] [Vintage Plastic  Dinnerware] [Edwin M. Knowles  & KTK Dinnerware] [Atlas & Salem  China] [Franciscan &  Paden City Pottery] [Restaurant Ware] [Royal China, Scio,  Currier & Ives] [California Pottery] [European   Porcelain pg 1] [J&G Meakin Vintage Dinnerware] [McCoy Pottery] [Antique Crocks] [Infant &  Baby Collectibles] [Glassware] [Figurines &  Decorative Items] [Souvenir Collectibles & Playing Card Collectibles] [Vintage Political  Collectibles] [TeaKettles &  Copper Tea Kettles] [Holiday  Collectibles] [Everything Else] [Vintage Holiday and  Seasonal Collectibles pg 2] [Smoking Related Collectibles] [Giftware &  Handcrafted Items] [Porcelain Bath  Fixtures & Hardware] [Transportation  Collectibles] [Scouts] [Vintage Purses & Handbags] [Vanity Items] [Textiles] [Vintage Clothing -  Children & Adult] [Antique & Costume Jewelry] [Vintage Sewing Items  & Vintage Patterns] [Vintage Books] [Art Gallery] [Vinyl Records] [Sheet Music] [Pixies, Elves Gnomes] [Sports Collectibles] [Antique Furniture  Sewing Machines] [African American] [Collectible Office  Equipment] [Comics & GPK  Cards] [Toys,  Lunch Boxes] [Dolls & Doll Clothes] [FruitJars, Bottles  & Tins] [Collectible Timepieces  & Cameras] [Lighting] [Kitchenware] [Copper Molds] [Graniteware] [Metalware] [Planters  & Garden] [Collectible Ephemera & Advertising] [Barware & Party Items] [Laundry Room  Collectibles] [Vintage & Antique  Woodenware] [Custom Plaques Handpainted] [Custom  Decoupage] [Table of  Contents] [Archived Antique Shop Newsletters & Stories] [About Us] [Links] [Link Exchange & Award] [Awards & Vote  For Us] [Customer  Comments] [Manufacturer  Marks & History] [Value Your  Antiques] [Awards & Vote  For Us] [Wanted Ads] [Days Gone By] [Search Form]

All content is the property of the site owner. Please do not copy or use without written permission from same.  My Granny's Attic Antiques and Collectibles and Custom Gifts | 2000 - 2006 | 913-888-0943 - Appraisal Info - No Phone Appraisals or Offers to Purchase Your Items PLEASE