You want to choose a hobby for yourself, and you’re not sure which one

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We bring you 8 suggestions:

  1. Filatelia-the first step for every new hobbyist is to start collecting PTT stamps and really make that first step. Everyone can create a collection of stamps whoever wants and whenever they want. Postage stamps are excellent because they are small and are available everywhere. Postage stamps are delighting many people around the world. Already at the beginning of collecting stamps, you’ll feel the enthusiasm and learn something new every day. In 1863, the first meeting of an organized philatelist group was held. Today, there are several tens of millions of philatelists in the world. Many celebrities are filatelists and collect stamps throughout their lives (ex-president Josip Broz Tito, ex-French President Nicolas Sarkozy, David Reden, director of special projects at Sothby’s auction house, John du Pont Philantrop and successor of the chemical company, Philip von Faraj-German Count, … etc.). The filatelia is therefore the hobby of collecting postage stamps. The basic division of the stamps is stamps with the seal and unsealed stamp (clean). In addition to stamps, other items in relation to the stamps are collected in the filatelia. A special type of postage stamps is the one with printing errors. These stamps are the most valuable. Purchase, sale and appraisal of stamps is a very fun, cheap and easy hobby. The Internet has opened many doors in this hobby. 1834 James Chalmers from Great Britain had an idea about the development of a postage stamp. The Slovenian, Lovrenc Košir, had a similar idea in 1835, working as a post office in Vienna, although his idea was not realized. 1837 Roulend Hill published the text “Postal Reform: its Importance and Practice” or the concept of a self-adhesive postage stamp. Hill claims that the sender should pay the transfer of a postal item. Hill introduces a unique “1 penny” tariff, regardless of the address where the letter travels. In August 1839, the British Parliament accepted Chalmers’s ideas. On May 1, 1840, the first postage stamp was printed under the name “Black Penny” with the image of Queen Victoria. On May 6, 1840, this postage stamp was put into use. If anyone has a stamp from the period before 1840, this is a jubilee mark, which contains a date / year inscription that is celebrated or possibly with the US stamps mentioned by an American president who ruled those years. Collectors buy stamps that are not scratched, splintered, which have all the teeth / tips, stamps with no stains and they pay well for them. In the collector market, stamps are purchased on average by 20% or 30% or more of the catalog price (individually). When brand stamps are concerned, buying depends on their attractiveness in the market and on their quality.

The 19th-century postage stamp from the British colony in South America was sold at auction in New York for $ 10 million. This is the third record price for the stamp. The unusual stamp from 1856 from British Guiana has already in its history thrown the value of auctions for a single sold stamp. This two-and-a-half-centimeter postage stamp was not seen in the public since 1986. It is the only stamp missing from the private collection of the British royal family. Remember: a rare stamp is a valuable stamp and always has its price.

  1. Numismatics (Greek nomisma) is a science that, in a narrow sense, deals with the study of old and contemporary coins and objects of historical, cultural and artistic significance. In a wider sense, numismatics deals with the study of medals and ordens. The science of historical science is auxiliary. Numismatics has become an important scientific branch that processes the numismatic material as a source of political and economics, epigraphic cronology, linguistics, heraldry and art history. Numismatics is studying or collecting old coins, which involves collecting coins, paper bills, tokens and value objects. Coins made of precious metals (for example, gold and silver coins) that have additional numismatic value are subject to special study by experts. The main task of numismatic is to determine the place and time of the creation of a coin, the ruler who gave it to mint and explain the meaning of the inscriptions and images on them.

Numismatics also helps explain the historical facts of various important events. They show pictures of rulers, gods, heroes, temples, animals, weapons, various other objects and accompanying inscriptions through which the level of education, political, cultural and religious status of the people of a certain age can be seen.

It is divided into 3 main groups by age of coins: the coins of the Old World, the Middle Ages, and the coins of the New Age.

Interest in old coins and medals occurs at the end of the 15th century. Humanist Angelus Politianus published the first and oldest numismatic work of “Mis-Cellanea”.

In Croatia, the first collectors were renowned Counts Nikola I and Nikola II, Draskovic, and banners Nikola and Petar Zrinski.

Throughout the 19th century, the area of ​​numismatics is expanding, and it also goes on to study medieval coins. The First Numismatic Society was founded in Zagreb in 1928.

Today, the expansion of numismatics in our area is most influenced by large numismatic houses that produce extensive, well-prepared catalogs with coin pictures.

  1. Collect old items, antiques (ethnological items) – collect old, national items. This is an interesting hobby, which is always fashionable. In every number of prestigious magazines for interior decoration, ideas about the connection between the old and the new are unavoidable, so you probably come to the idea of ​​adding yourself an old-fashioned detail into your living space. If you have not inherited anything interesting, look for antiques for old shops or specialized websites. If you want to do a serious job in which you do not have experience, you must learn some basic rules and have in mind the fact that antiques are actually as valuable as someone ready to pay for them. What are the items offered lower and lower, the price is higher, especially if you buy them on the net, where the prices are generally much more than the real ones. Be sure to take care of this.

Antiques are usually considered pieces of furniture and decorations that are over a hundred years old, although among them we put arts that do not exceed this age limit.

Prices of antiques and arts are changing rapidly, with the prices of those most wanted growing year by year. When determining the price, we must also respect several other factors such as trends, the state of the object concerned, its origin and the mark of the manufacturer. First you have to decide what you want to collect at all and decide where to look for these items. You can find specialized websites on the Internet, selling old furniture and old shops. When choosing, carefully examine each piece of furniture and try to find out as much information as possible about its history.

In this case, documentation of the item can be helpful if it exists, and ask the dealer about it. With documents that confirm the originality and age of antiques are more expensive, but it’s a good investment because you will later sell such items later, if you wish, and sell them more expensive. On some antique elements, age and originality can be checked on the labels they carry. For example, you can determine the age of the porcelain on its lower side, just as silver and gold products on which it even says who made them, when and how much silver or gold in them is embedded. Generally, the rule is that antiquities preserved in the original original state are more valuable than repairs. Any repair or more modern add-on destroys price, just like wood varnishing or a similar ‘repair’ that amateurs usually want to hide long-term damage.

  1. Collect old newspapers, printed newspapers, books-for this hobby you need a larger extra space or attic, but old books and magazines are always required. In the online world there are always ads for selling, exchanging or purchasing print media. Daily newspapers, magazines, magazines, or most of the printed paper occupies a large part of the garage and storage. Due to the frequent use of online editions of various newspapers, lately the value of old magazines and newspapers has been increasing dramatically. Carefully review old newspapers, as there is a chance to come across some valuable edition. Original editions of newspapers or magazines from the past, past or earlier centuries will bring you a $ 6,000 earnings. If you see the first edition of a classic in your home library, you can get up to $ 2,000 for it.
  2. Old toys, game consoles and cards from the collection– At the end of the 20th century, almost everyone had a Nintendo Game boy or a similar game console. Though it may now be standing on the attic and collecting dust, it is precisely this toy that can earn you money. On the eBay page, the original Nintendo Game boy is about $ 1,000. If you look at old toys and find the Pokemon card, do not throw it away in any way. There are many collectors around the world who are willing to give a large sum of money for the card you may have. On the eBay website, the price card in 1999 reached a price of as much as $ 3,750.
  3. Old Electronics – Well-preserved technique we consider obsolete and for years we do not use it, it can be valuable to someone else. The old version of the computer that was among the first to have color and sound, on the Internet is sold for as much as $ 900, and if it’s in excellent condition, the price will grow even more.
  4. Old LongPlay Plates (for Turntables) and CD– If you are a collector who has a cabinet or CDs, surely you will find at least one of them very valuable. The plate you paid $ 50, which is rare and in good condition, can be sold on eBay for $ 600.
  5. Jewelry– Although it does not reach spinning prices like other written items, jewelry can make money. Of course, everything depends on the condition in which it is, the type of material and the design. If you want to get rid of jewelry (you do not like anymore or to throw it out), you can sell it and earn $ 50.


Tip plus for all new hobbyists: Look for the help of a professional appraiser if you think that you have found any valuable old item, because they will best determine if it’s an original or copy that deserves a high price. Most old shops have an offer and advice when buying. However, for an assessment and advice, contact an independent expert.

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