Are collectibles going the way of the dodo bird?

Hi everyone!

We would like to invite you to travel with us along the road of collectibles and secondhand treasures. Collectively, we have about 13 years in the biz! And trust me, we still have tons and tons to learn! Even some of the basics are still a mystery to us!

One thing we have discovered is that most “young” people are simply not interested in collectibles or do not have the time to investigate.

The following questions come up: Why do people collect? Why are some things collectible and others not? Through researching items that people have consigned, we have found some very interesting facts indeed!

We’ve also noticed an aversion towards things ‘secondhand’. Is this because of the convenience of Big Box Stores? Is there a stigma towards ‘used’ items? Does anyone remember when wood was actual wood? We’ll investigate the benefits and importance of going secondhand – there’s plenty of them!

The goal of our blog is to help all of us “young” people learn about the Collectible World and what it means to be a true Secondhand Junkie. Join us with your own information and comments as we start down this road together.

Cheers,
Andrea and Michelle (aka A & M)

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2 Responses to “Are collectibles going the way of the dodo bird?”

  1. Provacative post. Where are you based? In this part of Virginia, vintage stores, thrift shops and other second hand sellers are quite popular and even very sophisticated shoppers buy there. One thing I have noticed among younger people, though, is that when it comes to collectibles, they’re most interested in things that make a personal connection. Something that is just old or which a collector’s market guide says is valuable doesn’t interest them; but the Loony Tunes milk glasses like the ones they drank from at summer camp, or the plastic action figures they played with as kids, are a big deal. In many respects, they’re more sentimental than their parents when it comes to anything that resonates emotionally.

  2. Hey Kirsten! We’re a store (Con$ign-iT!) located in Coquitlam, British Columbia (just outside of Vancouver).

    And we’ve noticed the same thing here in regards to what young people are more inclined to buy. We have our select group of buyers (a few younger, more older), who are specifically looking for the collectible items – such as Hummels and Lladro figurines or Royal Albert China.

    We find that many of our young people are intrigued with mid-century modern items (such as teak furniture), vintage or retro items (i.e. Pyrex, Jadeite or anything with a 50’s feel).

    Cheers, Michelle

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