Collecting is a hobby, and like all hobbies, there are certain thrills that come along with it. For collecting, that thrill is definitely stumbling upon a rare collectible.
Regardless of if you’re collecting to turn a profit, or collecting for the love of the collectibles, finding a rare collectible will give you a rush as well as help you meet your collecting goals.
Obviously rare collectibles are rare for a reason. By definition, they will not be easy to find. However, here are our suggestions to give yourself the best possible chances at coming across rare collectibles.
Search eBay regularly. If you don’t know what you want, then browsing through the active auctions on eBay is a great way to figure out what interests you and if you’re lucky, you may stumble upon a hidden treasure at a great price. If you do know what you’re looking for and you don’t want to keep checking eBay, you can set up an IFTTT alert to email or text you when your desired item is up for auction. All eBay auctions are great, but we usually have the most rare and sought after items at our own eBay auctions!
Check out estate sales and garage sales. There’s nothing like the thrill of finding a hidden gem at a estate sale or garage sale. Unless you’re an expert in what you’re looking for and are prepared to pay cash on the spot without being able to research the item further, spotting items here may be tough. But it’s fun nonetheless!
Make an offer to past buyers. If you know exactly what you’re looking for, take a look at expired eBay auctions for items you want, and reach out to the winning bidder to make an offer. Your benefit here is you know what they paid for it, so you can make sure it’s a win-win.
Proactively search. If you wait for things to come to you, you may be waiting for a while. Instead, let people know what you’re looking for and ask them to notify you if and when they see it. Let your local collectibles store or pawn shop know. Let your friends and family know. This expands your searching power and improves your chances of finding something you want!