Hard to Believe: 6 Weird Things People Collect

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Just about everybody collects something, whether they realize it or not.

Nearly all of us have certain things that we love to find and bring back home whenever we go out for shopping or travel to a new place.

Some of the most popular items that people collect include vinyl records, comic books, trading cards, and coins. There are also a lot of unique items that people collect throughout the world.

Have you ever wondered what the weirdest thing is for people to collect?

Read on to learn about six strange, yet fascinating things people collect — maybe you’ll want to start collecting them, too!

1. Bizarre Cars

Many people have hobbies involving cars. Maybe they buy old cars and fix them up on the weekends or even race them.

Few people have made a hobby of collecting cars, though. At least, they don’t collect them in very large quantities — after all, you’d have to have a pretty big garage in order to build a substantial collection.

The average person can’t really have much of a car collection. This definitely isn’t the case for The Rainbow Sheikh — the nickname of Hamad bin Hamdan Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi.

The Rainbow Sheikh doesn’t just collect any old cars, either. He collects unique, bizarre cars that no one else can get their hands on.

The Rainbow Sheikh’s collections contain a variety of downright strange vehicles, including several rainbow Mercedes and American trucks that have been scaled to the size of buildings.

2. Cereal

We’re all guilty of hanging on to a box of cereal a little longer than we should (hey, who has time for regular pantry clean-outs?). Some people actually hold on to old cereal boxes on purpose, though.

Did you know that some old boxes of cereal are worth a lot of money? Cereal collectors do.

Even if the box is empty, you could still get quite a bit of money for it.

Some vintage cereal boxes are thousands of dollars on sites like eBay. Some are even worth tens of thousands of dollars. Can you believe it?

You’d better start hanging on to your Lucky Charms and Captain Crunch boxes! They might not be considered “vintage” now, but they will be in a few years.


3. Happy Meal Toys

Do you know those free toys that come in Happy Meals? The toys that most of us write off as mere junk? Well, some of them are actually pretty valuable.

They’re especially valuable if you managed to collect the entire set.

Full sets of these toys can easily be sold for several hundred dollars on eBay. They also make a fun collection to display in your bedroom or office if you’re not interested in parting with them right away.

Ready to start curating your own Happy Meal toy collection? Looks like it’s time to plan a trip (or six) to the golden arches.


4. VHS Tapes

Remember how enthralled you used to be by your parents’ old record collection? Someday, your children are going to feel the same way about your collection of VHS tapes.

Just you wait. In a few years, you’ll be hearing questions like “how did you watch these?” and “you actually had to rewind your movies before you could watch them?”

The great thing about collecting VHS tapes is that they’re dirt cheap and pawn shops and thrift stores.

You can start building a collection today for just a few dollars. You might even be able to get some for free — lots of people will give them away just to get them off their hands.

5. Tamagotchi

If you grew up in the 90s or early 2000s, you likely spent a few months or years running around with a Tamagotchi clipped to your belt loop.

Do you still have yours lying around somewhere? If so, it might make an awesome beginning to a collection.

Certain, rare models of these toys are worth thousands of dollars on eBay. Plenty of others are easily worth a few hundred.

If you want to start up a collection that will send you right back to your childhood, why not make Tamagotchis your item of choice?


6. Antique Guns

When most people think of antique collections, they think of furniture or home decor.

There are lots of other antique items you can collect, though, including antique guns.

Whether you’re a gun enthusiast or just someone who appreciates the beauty of hand-made, old-fashioned firearms, an antique gun collection will definitely set you apart from a lot of other collectors in the world.

Just be sure to double-check that they’re all unloaded before you display them.

How to Become a Collector

As you can see, there are a lot of interesting things people collect. Are you interested in starting your own collection?

The great thing about starting a collection is that, when you’re first beginning, you just need one item. Once you’ve found that one thing, you can start searching for others.

If you don’t want to spend a lot of money building your collection, pawn shops, thrift stores, and yard sales will become your new favorite places to hang out. You can also find lots of affordable collector’s items through online classified ads and on online auction sites like eBay.

Start slow and don’t rush to build up a huge collection right away. This can get expensive and overwhelming.

Be sure to find a place to store your collection, too. If you’re going to display your collection in a prominent place, make sure the other people you live with are on board with it first.

Want to Learn About More Things People Collect?

Collecting can be a fun hobby, and it gives you something unique to talk about at parties and to share on your social media accounts.

It’s easy to start collecting, too, especially if you keep the tips listed above in mind.

Do you need some help deciding what kind of items you want to start collecting?

If you’re still looking for inspiration from things people collect, check out some of our other articles today.

This article on the world’s most valuable Hot Wheels collection (and the man who has curated it) is a great place to start.


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