Displaying Collectibles

Many times the best way to enjoy your collectibles is to display them. It is important to find the proper way to display them so that they are safe. This is a guide about displaying collections.

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I am finally able to display most of my snail collection. But I still have to be conservative with my space. So, I put my spices on a nice lazy susan and used the little stackable shelf unit for my snails.

I found the wire racks were too wide, so I cut some card stock for underneath then used decorative scrap booking paper for the top. I think it words great and didn't cost me anything but .25 in paper and about 5 minutes time.

Upcycling Spice Rack for Figurine DisplayUpcycling Spice Rack for Figurine Display
    Upcycling Spice Rack for Figurine Display
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    I have an old camera that I really enjoyed having out on a shelf, but it was always so dusty. I found a cloche at the store that fit perfectly over it. Now I don't have to worry about damaging the camera when trying to dust it.

    cloche over camera


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    My husband wanted to display a compass given to him by his stepdad. I found a small shadowbox frame and removed the glass. I attached a small cup hook to the top and painted it with black nail polish to make it less visible. The compass is suspended in the frame from the hook. Unfortunately, I was unable to use the glass because I wanted to have the compass cover open. So it needs to be dusted every once in awhile. We love having this special family heirloom out to enjoy! This would also work well for a cherished pocket watch.

    antique compass


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    cabinet displayMy kitchen cabinets don't set against the ceiling so I use this space to display my ginger jar collection, or I will put a flower swag on top and let the flowers hang down.

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    Collectables need to be shown and not stored away. It seems a shame to collect something we love and not show it. Displaying them is a way to say "this is what I love and this is what makes me, me".

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    I'm a huge "I Love Lucy" Fan, and I'm an avid collector of her items varying from Barbies still in mint condition in their box, to watches, to a marble with her face on it!

    I currently live in a small apartment, but would still love to show case my collection around my place. As of right now, they are taking up a great deal of space and are currently in storage. How can I show case these items in such a small space?

    By Jaci from MO

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    You could also just display a few at a time and change them out every couple of months or so.

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    I have collected tiny, little shallow bowls for years. They are so cute. I put them out on my dresser in my bedroom and use them for my earrings, bracelets, and necklaces. Now I can enjoy both the little bowls and my displayed jewels!

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    Sell them as quickly as possible or donate them to a museum where you can go look at them when you want and take an in-kind tax write-off. They are usually dust catchers.

    A display of decorative collectible pillows.

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