Should I keep my box?
I get asked this question over and over again.
“Tammy, I have a huge collection of figurines and the boxes are taking over my house…. Do I REALLY need them?”
The answer is, it depends.
A deal with a lot of Hummel Figurines and I have to be honest, the box matters little. If it adds 5% to the final sale price I think that’s being generous, and often it’s a recipe for disaster as people keep them in their boxes when transporting them, and inevitably they break. Plus, these figurines are meant to be enjoyed! You don’t want them to be in your curio cabinet, for all to see and admire! More important than the box is proper care. Make sure you don’t store your figurines in direct sunlight, keep them climate controlled, keep them clean and out of reach of small children. This is what really matters to collectors- How the piece looks. The box is really more of an afterthought and in the secondary market it’s really expected to not have all the original boxes (especially in older pieces). (more…)