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Looking for a New Hobby? Why Not Consider Collecting Silk Scarves?

Updated on August 24, 2015

People have a natural tendency to collect things. Some people are obsessed with postage stamps or coins. The thought of owning a rare inverted stamp or a rare edition coin raises their blood pressure. Books, matchboxes or old playbills fascinate other people. Rarely, does anyone escape life without having the collection bug.

Trends appear in collection circles. One of the more recent obsessions is with women’s silk scarves. As is the case with other hobbies, many individuals tend to specialize. Some focus on designer scarves such as those by Liberty or Hermes - particularly if they are signed. Others accumulate silk scarves of the famous, near famous or rich. For other collectors, the chosen niche is a specific period.

Rare, period silk scarves also have a strong appeal. Of particular interest are the ones made during World War II. These are rare since most silk went for the manufacture of parachutes. Another approach to collecting scarves centers on their interest as memorabilia. Scarves in this category may be associated with a specific airline, ships or sporting group.

This hobby, like any other, can be expensive. Some highly collectible silk women’s scarves can be pricey. This should not discourage you. A beginner collector with a small budget can still amass a respectable collection. The easiest way to do so is to begin by selecting a few hand-painted silk scarves. Choose only those with unique designs. Create a specialty collection by focusing on a specific theme such as flowers, birds, animals or even abstracts.

It is true silk is luxurious in many ways. Yet, the actual cost of handmade silk scarves is not beyond your reach if you start small and collect selectively. Avoid designer silk scarves which can be an enormous expenditure. Avoid rare silk scarves until you are able to afford them without breaking the bank. Do not purchase any so-called rare items until you are sure they are genuine. There is a market for fake designer brands.

Another problem with collecting only designer bands is not the cost but the impracticality. While you can wear hand-painted silk scarves on a regular basis, you cannot do so with designer scarves. You can accessorize with hand-painted scarves to create stunning and amazing new looks. The quality is truly as exquisite as the looks you can achieve. Not only will you have a pleasurable time wearing them, you might even have a valuable collection to pass on to your family members.

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      Denise 

      8 years ago

      A wide selection of rare & unusual vintage scarves will be available from www.vintage-scarves.co.uk from 1st September 2010. Perfect for collectors & fashion followers, including lots of wonderful vintage silk scarves & shawls.

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for your lovely and interesting hub.

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