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How to Start Your Toy Airplane Collection

Jul 13, 2008
Collecting Toy Airplanes

Most people engage in different hobbies as a distraction from their everyday lives. When people consider a particular activity as a hobby typically people find that the activity pleasurable and enjoyable. Collecting toy airplanes is a hobby for some and a passion for others.

Toy collections start out innocently, people unpack belongings stored in attics and basements only to find toy airplanes from their youth. They become enamored with these remnants of their childhoods and begin their quest to increase their collection.

Another way toy collectors get started is through the purchase of a miniature model. These tiny toy replicas can be cars, trucks or airplanes. Next thing you know, they're hooked on collecting miniature toy airplanes and find their collection growing.

A third way to start collecting toy airplanes is through gifts. When it becomes apparent that you or a loved one has a collection, then you can grow your collection through gift giving. When birthdays and holidays arrive, your collection will simply grow and grow.

Toy Airplane Guide Books

Once you know what kind of toy you want to start to collect, you'll need to find guide books. There will be two kinds of guides you'll need. The first will be your guide to collecting. This guide will entail the different kinds of toy airplanes, the different models, the different models, and the history. Learn as much as you can about the type of toy airplanes that you want to collect.

The next guide book you will need is a price guide. Purchase a price guide for the type of toy airplanes that you have decided to collect. There are price guides for just about every kind of toy from toy airplanes, cars, and trucks to plastic farm animals, dolls and stuffed animals. There are also price guides specifically for antique or vintage toy airplanes.

You can find guide books at your local bookstore or an on line bookstore. There are many books available at libraries and bookstores, as well as on line guides, that will help him learn the necessary information so that you are a smart toy collector.

Toy Airplane Collection Groups

Once you've established a collection and you have read the guide books and price guides, your next step will be to join an on line toy collectors group. These groups are filled with others who have similar interests and will want to share your love of toy airplanes, and your toy collection. Moreover these groups will have forums for you take part in discussions and have a lot of resources for toy collectors.

Toy Airplane Collection Stores

As your collection grows you will find it harder and harder to find specific toy airplanes that you will need for your collection. However, there are many options for you to purchase hard to find toy airplanes.

Scour local antique and collectible stores, flea markets, thrift stores and garage sales in your area, you may find hidden gems to add to your collection. The Internet is full of on line auction sites, vintage toy sites and antique and collectible sites. Also, there are on line classified ads that you can scour as well. You can also attend local toy shows that take place throughout the year.
About the Author
Bryan Howard is an avid toy collector. He runs a website devoted to his hobby, collecting airplanes. To take advantage of special deals on toy airplanes to add your collection visit his site at www.airline-airplane.com
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