G'day all you new stamp collectors..
My name's Billabong
and I've got a story to tell you about STORAGE
Storage is what you do when you've got more than one of anything, with a few exceptions, including socks, undies, spectacles, shoes etc, cos they come in twos. You never have enough of it, according to Mrs. Billabong.
Anyhow, enough of the preamble.
As a total newby, you start off with one stamp (no need for special storage), but soon they seem to multiply and you need to confine them to one part of the house, so you put them altogether in an envelope. Good for keeping them together but no good if it rains and the roof floods,or mum is looking for paper to start the fire.
So being the astute collector you are by now, with four or five envelopes, you decide, I need something that will keep more stamps in one place, won't get wet when it rains and mum can't use it to light the fire. Your choice- the resealable plastic bag.
Within a short time, there are plastic bags everywhere. Time for the next step, as mum's continually complaining about the mess. The old biscuit tins that Aunt Molly gave mum for the last ten years. Perfect, hold a lot of stamps, can put envelopes (which have sorted stamps in them) and plastic bags as well. Fewer tins= less mess. Mum will be happy.
But by now, you've made that giant step for collectors, you've bought some mint stamps. Having read my mate, Waroffs beginning collecting on Stampboards, you realize that envelopes, plastic bags and tins aren't the way to go. What to do.....aha...Pester mum, dad or anyone who'll listen: that you desperately need an album or go out and work to earn some money to buy your own.First ALBUM
But what type to buy, a whole world album with pages for every country or a stockbook, with lots of strips which I can put he stamps in without damaging them. I've got a lot more used stamps than mint, so I opt for a whole world album and stamp hinges. I can now show off my growing collection with just the flip of a page. I show my aunts, uncles, next door neighbour, the postman, and more and more stamps start rolling in.
Soon you're ready for the next gigantic leap. Your world album has some pages full of stamps while many have one or none. Time for a re-think. By now you've accumulated quite a few mint stamps and lots of used....... you've got to store and be able to show them to best advantage. Time for some blank ruled pages that you can write the subject on AND a stockbook for those pristine mint stamps. No more gaps in your album and you can write snippets of information as the need arises.Plain Page AlbumStockbookPre-printed Album
Your collection grows, you now have envelopes with specific information on the front, plastic bags, tins, a whole world album, specific country or topic albums and a stockbook. Still mum complains about the mess....aha a big carton,,, mum won't complain any more, stamps will be safe and all in one place.
Being the stamp collecting addict you now are, you've grown your collection to several cartons, many albums ( some of them, those ones with pictures for every stamp and little plastic pieces so that you don't have to use hinges any more.), several stockbooks ( all different sizes and quality) and mum still complains.
Next step a cupboard or bookshelf....then another and another until you finish up with a stamp-room, mum still complains.
By this time, you've aged sufficiently to move out and create a stamp house, just like Glen's. You live by yourself, so mum doesn't nag any more and you get to enjoy your stamp collecting even more. You can still ask friends around for a stamp party and talk, discuss, swap and show your collection.
The next step in this progression is that you buy a warehouse and sell those stamps that no longer interest you.
There is a next step, but its not nice...... 9foot x 6 foot by -6foot and a stone that says----Here lies A. Stampcollector, True to the End.
Here endeth the story...
by Billabong Bill.