The chances are that if you have become a miniature collector, it is because something about your interest caught your eye, suits your personality and interests, and is fun to collect. Whatever their monetary value might be, successful collectors often find that the most satisfaction comes from an acquisition which suits the rest of their collection and is interesting or unusual rather than necessarily valuable.
It is worth documenting your collection as you go along, from the manufacturer to where you bought it and what you paid for it. This will give you a real sense of achievement but also help you to document the information for insurance purposes so that if the unthinkable happens, you will be able to substantiate your claim.
Do research your collection so that you can add complimentary, related pieces rather than necessarily anything in the genre. This will keep your collection properly themed and attractive to display, and it will be easier to keep within your budget and perhaps spend a little more on relevant pieces.
Decide before you begin to search on how important the condition of your miniatures is to you. If you simply love the pieces, you may not be too worried if not all of it is in perfect order, but to maintain the value of your collection, you may prefer to avoid any worn or damaged items.
Some collectors buy more than one of a specific piece, so that one can be stored properly and the other displayed, because often miniatures can be damaged by are less storage or display. Some plastics can have corrosive effects; so again, do your research to ensure no further damage is caused. Light, heat, damp and smoke can all have a detrimental affect on certain materials, and while you will no doubt want to display your collection in all its glory, if you do, it is well worth investing in the proper display cabinet or unit to protect your purchases and ensure you will be able to enjoy it for many years to come.
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