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Figurines and the buying tips you must never ignore
Precious Moments collectible figurines are among the most popular in the world. Doe-eyed boys and girls made in pastel ceramics adorn the shelves, dressers, and display areas of countless homes. There are numerous types and styles of figurines that people can buy to build a personal collection in addition to the dolls and bears that so many shoppers enjoy.
When shopping for your favorites, check to be sure that the item is genuine. Copycat manufacturers abound, much to a shopper's chagrin, so look at the signature label and sales tag to see if you are purchasing the collectible that you're after. If in doubt, ask the sales associate for assistance. Examine it carefully for cracks, stains, or other possible impurities that could make the piece ineligible for return if you find the problem after getting it home.
Try to shop on a sale day. Often, there are special events advertised in the newspaper or on television to let consumers know that these special products will be available at reduced cost for a limited amount of time. Shopping these events can save you money while maintaining the high standard of quality that you are searching for. If a sale has not been advertised recently, you can check with your favorite stores to see if they know whether one will be coming up.
Another option is to contact the manufacturer directly. You can visit the online Website or write a letter if you prefer. A telephone call to the toll-free number (if one is available) is another way to inquire about upcoming promotions or sales events as well as possible discounts. You can always check Ebay or Amazon as well if you don't mind buying used. With collectible items, this may not matter if you plan to hold on to the item for collector's purposes with a view to eventually selling valuable pieces.
To get some ideas for starting a collection, visit specialty shops or ask a few friends or relatives for suggestions. You may prefer to do some online browsing by searching for "collectibles" and (add a subject word) to find items of personal interest. Then find a safe, attractive storage or display area for your new items. Continue to add pieces as funding becomes available. Over time, you will be able to enjoy the variance and value of your collection before selling it or passing it along to someone else who will enjoy it as much as you have.