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Collecting Requires Creative Storage Solutions

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Collecting Requires Creative Storage Solutions

In October when we started collecting Mattel diecast cars from the “Cars” movies, I had no idea the adventure I was beginning. No idea, this hobby would be so expensive. No idea, the kids and I would be combing the toy shelves of multiple toy stores on a weekly basis. No idea, the time and energy this new hobby would require, as we literally “hunted” down older cars that are no longer available on store shelves.

I didn’t know that our “collection” was going to fill up multiple boxes that would have no where to go, but the bottom of my already overcrowded closet. What was I thinking? I wasn’t thinking….at all. 

Months later as our collection continues to rapidly grow, the light bulb in my head has flipped on, and I realized I’ve got to find a creative storage solution for our collection. A solution that allows us to display our favorite characters like DJ, Mater the Greater, The Fabulous Hudson Hornet and more. The challenge: finding a way to show off our favorites, while keeping them away from the grabby hands of my toddlers and the dust bunnies looking for a place to settle. I definitely don’t need more things to have to dust, and if the kids can get to them, they’re almost guaranteed to disappear.

When I reached out to other collectors, they recommended using a clear case with shelves, similar to a trade show display. Seemed like a good idea, until I found out they’re over $100. YIKES! Maybe, considering the time and effort to find our cars, especially some of the rarer ones, its worth it to protect our investment. Maybe I could make such an awesome display, we could charge admission to view it? Or…maybe we should have chosen to collect something flat that takes up less space, like stamps, or coins, or baseball cards.

What do you collect and how do you store/display your collections?

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