Star Wars collecting is very much alive! Whether you have a small shelf or a giant barn full of stuff, Star Wars collections come in all shapes and sizes. Some people have a specific focus when it comes to collecting, others collect anything and everything Star Wars. As a Star Wars collector myself, I thought it would be a good idea to provide 5 great tips on what it takes to display a Star Wars collection.
Tip #1: Space. Star Wars merchandise has been around since the mid/late 70's. As you can imagine, the Star Wars franchise has produced many collectibles in the last 38 years. Having said that, collections take up a lot of space. Before putting items on display, make sure you scope out where you will be displaying your collection. You will quickly find out that there is NEVER enough space. If space is really limited for you, only display your favorite items.
Tip #2: Collection Safety. No matter where you live, there are always things that could be destructive to a collection. Try to avoid putting items in direct sunlight as it may cause the colors to fade on your collectibles. Avoid putting things directly on the floor in basements. If you live in an area with a lot of rain, flooding may cause problems. You will be crying for weeks if your collection becomes the victim of a massive flood. Pets and young children may also cause problems. I have barricades and doors that block my dog from going into rooms that have merchandise on display. Humidity can also warp things such as action figures. Collectors in places with a lot of humidity (such as Florida) may want to get a dehumidifier and keep action figures in Star Cases in order to diminish warping.
Tip #3: Organization. Collections are always a work in progress. You will never be finished tweaking the look of the collection. The larger your collection gets, the more important it is that it's well organized. This helps with keeping track of which items you have and don't have. If you're thinking about displaying your collection, organization is crucial for a good-looking display. Nobody wants a tour of a collection that is spewed all over the floor. Trading cards should be in binders, autographs framed, special collectibles in display cases, books on shelves, etc. Pair like items together. My collection is divided into themed rooms. Each room has a title and only items that correspond with that theme are in that room. Make your collection look like it's a museum! I highly recommend inventorying your collection. This makes things so much easier if you want to get your collection insured.
Tip #4: Upkeep. No matter how big your collection is, it will always require special attention. Items on shelves will get dusty over time. Make sure to dust the collection to keep it looking nice. Budgeting is also important when owning a collection. You will always need to get glue (for repairing things), nails and frames (if you have items that will be hung up on walls), display lights (lights eventually burn out) and anything else you may want for your collection. If you have costumes, you may want to look into getting mannequins. Costumes displayed on mannequins are definitely eye-catchers.
Tip #5. Passion. If you are passionate about your collection, you will do what you can to make your display perfect! Steve Sansweet's Rancho Obi-Wan has been an inspiration to many fans around the world. Although most of us don't have the space that Steve does, you can still make a collection display that you're proud of. Sharing your collection with other fans who appreciate it is so special! If you love collecting and you have the desire to show your collection to other fans, a stunning display will find it's way to you!
Star Wars collecting is for everyone. Whether you're a young kid who is growing up with Star Wars: Rebels or you saw A New Hope in the theaters, Star Wars collecting is for you! Start with a shelf and work your way up to a few shelves and then a room! You will have a large, professional-looking display in no time! Using the 5 tips above, fans will flock to your collection wanting tours of your well-displayed Star Wars exhibit.
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To read more about Eric's Star Wars collection, read Starwars.com's article here: Eric's Star Wars Article