Collecting Fact Sheet
Facts about Collecting
- Americans spend $100 billion annually on art/antiques/collectibles. Of this, 20 percent is spent on high-end art and antiques and 80 percent is spent on a wide range of less expensive items.
- The average collector has two-to-three different types of collections.
- There are more than ten TV shows in the U.S. covering some aspect of collecting. At least five more are now in development.
- A third of all Americans are collectors.
- Collecting has an old cultural history. The ancient Greeks collected books, and the Medici family in Renaissance Florence collected art.
- The commercial side of collecting stems from the nature of collectors as consumers, who need and want to make purchases to build their collections.
- Just a few of the many categories of collectibles on the Collectors Quest® site are:
- Dinosaur items
- Antique furniture
- Antique toasters
- Star Wars memorabilia
- Vintage American telephones
- Soviet and Russian cameras
- 1970s Marvel Comics
- Cookie Jars
- Some of the most popular categories of collectibles in the U.S. are:
- Coins – 27 million people
- Figurines/sculpture – 20 million
- Trading cards – 18 million
- Dolls – 16 million
- Memorabilia – 16 million
- Christmas items – 15 million
- Plush/beanbag toys – 14 million
- Crystal figures – 12 million
- Art prints/lithographs – 10 million
- Miniatures – 10 million
Sources: ADLA, Antique Marketplace, Collectors Universe, Sotheby’s, Toy Industry Assn. of America, Unity Guide to the Luxury Markets, “Why People Buy Things They Don’t Need” (by Pamela Danziger, Paramount Market Publishing, 2004)
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