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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January 9, 2017 Flag

After I take all my Christmas decorations down, everything looks so bare. I try to redecorate a little different and more exciting. Winter is boring, I need to get a spark going in me.

I just took a beautiful large crystal bowl that I use in my dining room usually just filled with potpouri, and decided to fill it with a few handfuls of stones and sea glass.

Then I took one of my many little collections; my porcelain clowns, stood them around in the stones, then I put the battery operated tea lights in-between. It looks so pretty when I turn out the lights.

I may change this from time to time with other collections I have such as angels, doll figurines, etc. You can use your imagination and any type of clear shape bowl or tray.

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November 10, 2012 Flag

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.


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February 25, 2016 Flag

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.

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November 9, 2012 Flag

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.

antique compass

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September 12, 2008 Flag

My 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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October 13, 2011 Flag

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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August 19, 2011 Flag

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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October 25, 2011 Flag

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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March 30, 2011 Flag

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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April 1, 20110 found this helpful

I also am limited to space. I had my son and husband put up shelves about a foot from the ceiling all around the room. it worked out great for all my collectables, and left the rest of my space for everyday living.

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April 2, 20110 found this helpful

jaci, What a coincidence! I am also an I Love Lucy fan and have a huge collection of stuff. I have a samll house, but one room is used for a computer/dining room. It is decorated with all my Lucy things. I even have a Little Ricky Doll from the 50,s and comic books and magazines in binders and book cases. The walls are covered with pictues of Lucy and Ricky too. Nice to meet a fellow fan!

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April 3, 20110 found this helpful

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

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