You can make a collection of almost anything that takes your fancy, and
get much interest and fun from doing so. Two of the most popular
types of collecting are collecting antiques
(old things) and stamps.
can also collect things that are being made now, whether specially for
collection (like special china plates and ornaments, and beanie baby toys)
or just as part of everyday life (books, plants, pictures, model toys and
There is more information on some of these other types of
collecting from the various organisations
An element of collecting can be associated with other
crafts and hobbies like photography and reading
books, gardening and nature
Antique Spectacles Page www.ridings.org.uk/
British Beermat Collectors' Society www.britishbeermats.org.uk
British Cheque Collectors Society members.xoom.com/_XMCM/bccs/index.html
Gem Association of Great Britain www.gagtl.ac.uk/
International Playing-Card Society www.pagat.com/ipcs/
Jon Learmouth's Football Memorabilia www.learmouth.com/football_mem/index.htm
Toys of the World www.byline.co.uk/Ttw/
Airfix Collectors Club www.djairfix.freeserve.co.uk/
Veteran Car Club of Great Britain www.vccofgb.co.uk/
Vintage Motor Cycle Club www.vmcc.net/
Vintage Sports-Car Club www.vscc.co.uk/intro.htm
Antiques & Collectables Magazine
Collectors' Mart www.collectorsmart.co.uk/main.html
Book and Magazine Collector
Picture Postcard Monthly
Coin News www.coin-news.com/
Dolls House & Miniature Scene
Teddy Bear Scene
Classic Arms & Militaria
The Diecast Collector
Classic & Sport Car
Practical Classics & Car Restorer
Tractor & Machinery
Find a local group
or club that covers the type of collectable that interests you (see organisations above).
Take a class or course at your local
adult education centre or see if your local group runs introductory
Consult books or magazines
on different types of collectables.
Check in your local library/paper
or education centre for more information.
Skills and people
Anyone of any age and either sex can start their own
collection and quickly become an expert in their particular area of
Much of the activity of collecting can be done at home on your own,
using catalogues, the telephone and the Internet. But many people enjoy
the stimulus and social contact of belonging to a group of people with a
can be a local group, or one linked by mail or Internet contacts. Through
membership of a group, enthusiasts can share their enthusiasm, learn about
new opportunities and exchange items surplus to their collection.
Equipment or clothing
The basic requirements are the things that make up the collection, a
minimum of money with which to acquire them, and some place to store
Money and storage space need only be small; it just
depends on what you choose to collect.
A place or facilities
No special facilities (apart from suitable storage space) are needed.
Groups usually meet in a local hall
or room, including sometimes at members homes.