Most collectors would describe their constant search for the next item to add to their collection as almost an addiction. Indeed the recent BBC2 Collectaholics TV program with Mark Hill and Jasmine Harman shows how collectors collections can grow and grow until they take over more than just a cabinet or a room but a whole house or yard. Where or When does it stop? If at all.
As with all addictions, its the thrill, the chase, the scouring car boots on a Sunday morning, hard core booters arriving as early as 5 or 6am to scour the goods as they literally come out of boots onto tables in the hope of finding a bargain item to add to your collection. Or the adrenalin rush as you bid at auctions, battling against that one other person in the room that wants it in their collection as much as you do and is prepared to pay any price for it. Just as much of a thrill and rush as the Big Dipper. Not that I have ever been on the Big Dipper. Corkscrew at Alton Towers was more my thing, but now I am showing my age lol! But I admit to loving the thrill of bidding to get that wanted collectable at an auction - much to the dread of Steve's wallet!! Ha-ha.
Hats the most popular collectables items though? Is it predictable? Did any of these following items come to your mind? or where there any surprises?
Top Ten Collectables according to Mallhams Auctioneers are;
1. Kitsch Vintage Items
3. Wooden Furniture
6. Vintage Sports Items
7. Celebrity Autographs
8. Kitchen items
9. Fine Wines
10. Time Pieces
Top Ten Collectables TV Programs according to Penllyn Collectables are;
1. Antiques Road Trip
2. Antiques Road Show
3. Flog it
4. Bargain Hunt
5. Put your money where your mouth is
6. Pawn Stars
7. Storage Wars
8. Four Rooms
9. Dickensons Real Deal
10. Cash in the Attic
Steve's Top Ten Favourites in the Black Fish Collectables Shop
1. 6ft plus tall Grim Reaper
2. Vintage 1950's Prosthetic Leg (ever so tall though - must have been a tall person)
3. Beautiful silver decorated sword stick.
4. Doubled headed Cyclops skull
5. Deer Foetus in Jar
6. Welcome to the freak show sign
7. Vintage Japanese Snuff Bottles
8. Italian Horror Movie Poster (1960s)
9. Victorian Electric Shock Machine
10. Chunk the resident 6ft Zombie
As a child, I had a number of collections on the go most of the time. Some of which my son now collects too. Most are still available and at affordable pocket money prices.
My childhood top ten collections
3. Enamel & Pin Badges
6. Theatre Show Guides
10. Handbags - I started young!
Black Fish Collectables prides itself of being affordable to all. We have many items at pocket money prices ranging upwards. We have also now introduced interest free credit payment plans if you are unable to afford the total cost of an item at once. Speak to Steve to ask for further details of this. Most items in our shop are cheaper than you will find them on eBay or anywhere else. Steve loves buying and selling of collectables and weird items, the thrill of getting new items in is as equal to the thrill of adding to his own collections, so he aims to sell at reasonable prices to let the stock naturally flow. If you can catch him on a good day, he may even do you a deal!! But shhhh, I didn't say that!