Storing Collectibles; May Not Be a Good Idea

Tip from Kovels – June 2011 issue

Storing collectibles now and hoping they’ll go up in value later may or may not be a good idea. Storing pottery, glass and metal in a dry attic or basement is usually OK, but not if the rooms get very hot (over 90 degrees) or very cold (below freezing). Furniture can dry out or rot in climates you don’t enjoy yourself. Linens attract insects. Be wary of plastic bags that could melt in high heat. Plastic jewelry, toys and purses can melt or disintegrate over time; heat destroys plastic. Rented storage should be air-conditioned and heated, but it’s expensive. If you don’t have room or the right conditions for storage, it might be better to sell – even at low prices.

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