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An asset of limited quantity and the perception of high value. Many collectibles are antiques. For example, a Babe Ruth baseball card is a collectible. Perhaps the main market for collectibles exists among persons who simply like collectibles; that is, a person who enjoys baseball is more likely to be a buyer of collectible baseball cards. However, because collectibles tend to maintain their value, investors may buy collectibles in addition to securities as a hedge against inflation. The problem with collectibles as an investment is the potential lack of liquidity: an investor may not be able to find an avid baseball card collector to whom to sell his/her collectibles.
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An asset of limited supply that is sought for a variety of reasons including, it is hoped, an increase in value. Stamps, antiques, coins, and works of art are among the many things usually classified as collectibles. Collectibles are often regarded by investors as hedges against inflation, since their value tends to appreciate most when general prices are rising. The collectibles market represents a very tricky investment for inexperienced investors.
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When you invest in objects rather than in capital assets such as stocks or bonds, you are putting your money into collectibles. Collectibles can run the gamut from fine art, antique furniture, stamps, and coins to baseball cards and Barbie dolls.

Their common drawback, as an investment, is their lack of liquidity. If you need to sell your collectibles, you may not be able to find a buyer who is willing to pay what you believe your investment is worth. In fact, you may not be able to find a buyer at all.

On the other hand, collectibles can provide a sizable return on your investment if you have the right thing for sale at the right time.

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Ensuring kids - both big and small - get a surprise every time they receive a Little Shop collectors pack, collectables are given out in concealed paper packets and must be opened to reveal the mini M&S Food icon inside.
He said: "Whilst so much purchasing is carried out online, there's something to be said for being able to pick up and feel a product and this is especially so when dealing with antique books and collectables. "Once I decided to start a shop again, the hunt was on for an ideal location and whilst I considered Bridgnorth, Ironbridge and Lichfield, Shrewsbury's rich history, architectural charm and bustling high street proved to be an ideal location."
The show is both a celebration of the now highly collectable vintage toy line and also of the iconic design work and art of the Star Wars movies.
Jean and Tony McGlasham had travelled from Durham to take advantage of an afternoon tea voucher at Collectables.
Collectables' chosen items for retail extended from small collectables to large and as the business grew and stayed innovative, a larger range of products and areas of interest were added to the mix.
n Antiques and collectables at the New Market Hall, Lower High Street, Bromsgrove 9am-2.30pm.
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The two stores, Deck The Walls and Ashley Avery's Collectables, are very distinct, and Lowrey says the company plans to keep it that way.
Mr Lewis launched Collectables at the Metrocentre in 1986 with his son David.
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SATURDAY n Antiques and collectables at the Town Hall, The Square, Stow-on-the-Wold.
Collectables Records specializes in packaging classic, inexpensive, superbly produced collections of outstanding musicians, singers, bands, and musical groups that have made their mark in the fields of jazz, R&B, country, rock 'n roll, and popular music.