Whether you’re already a collector or you’ve developed a newfound interest in collecting a particular type of item, you may be interested in the types of top collections, how to store collectibles, and what to think about when putting collections in storage. Using our guidance, we can help you keep your collectibles for years to come.
Most common collectibles and our tips for storing them in your self storage unit
Wondering what kinds of collector’s items tend to attract the most interest? Here are a few common types of top collectibles that are likely the most popular and can be frequently found in self storage.
Storing collectibles – Stamps
Stamps are an ideal collector’s item since they’re small and easy to store, yet have a tremendous amount of variety. Typically, stamps are stored in special binders on acid-free paper protected by plastic. These stamp “books” allow the stamps to both be displayed, organized, and stored easily.
Storing collectibles – Coins
Coin collecting has a history that goes back hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Coin collectors often have collections spanning thousands of years, too. They are often stored in 2”x2” Mylar storage sleeves that are held in a plastic, cardboard, or metal box.
Storing collectibles – Baseball pins
Baseball pins are growing in popularity as a collector’s item. These small durable pins are usually stored in customized boxes or frames, which allow the pin to be attached using its own hardware.
Storing collectibles – Trading cards
Trading cards, including sports cards like baseball cards, basketball cards, and hockey cards or game cards from TCG (Trading Card Games) like Magic: The Gathering, Pokemon, and other such cards have long been popular with collectors. They are usually stored in plastic sleeves inside large binders or books of cards, similar to stamps.
Storing collectibles – Comic books
Comic books are perennially-popular collectibles. Usually, they are stored in Mylar bags that are custom-fitted to the book, which is then placed in tall, durable corrugated cardboard boxes or plastic storage totes.
Storing collectibles – Toys & action figures
Toys and action figures are often stored in the plastic or cardboard boxes in which they were originally sold, sometimes with an additional bag or plastic wrap to protect them even further.
Storing collectibles – Antiques
Perhaps the largest of the collectibles from this list means that it’ll require large amounts of space. An antique collector’s collection can grow in size quickly, especially, if they are keen on seeking out furniture, glass or ceramic decorations, etc. These items are also always best stored in a clean and dry self storage unit.
Consider the environmental requirements for your collections when choosing storage
A small collection of one of the above collector’s items may easily fit into a storage space at home, but if you collect multiple types of memorabilia and collector’s items, your collection may grow to such an extent that you have to put your collections in storage.
When it comes to how to store collectibles at a storage facility like StorageVille, the most important thing to consider is whether or not you want to use a temperature-controlled environment.
Most collections of small items, such as stamps, baseball cards, coins, vinyl records, and comic books, should be placed in a temperature-controlled storage facility. Fluctuations in non-temperature controlled lockers in humidity and heat or excessive cold can ruin your collection.
However, if you collect larger and more durable items – such as vintage motorcycles or bicycles, for example – you might be able to get away with storing them in a non-temperature-controlled unit. This can be less expensive depending on the size of your collection. It can also be handy if you’re storing large items, as our non-temperature controlled units offer drive-up access, similar to a garage on a home.
Need to put your collections in storage? StorageVille is here to help!
At StorageVille, we’re always ready to help you store your valuable collectibles. We have a wide variety of different temperature-controlled and non-temperature-controlled units available to store your collector items and offer excellent service at a reasonable rate.
If your top collections have outgrown your home, apartment, garage, or basement, we’re here to help you keep them safe and secure. With 24/7 security monitoring, you can trust StorageVille – your belongings are in good hands. In fact, all lockers are individually alarmed and monitored by Bell. And you have your own chosen personalized access code. Contact us online to learn more, and start renting one of our storage units today.