As collectors its a a reasonable desire to protect your investment. As your collection of Breyer Horses grows, you will likely start to see it as an investment. Collections of any items can grow significantly in size and value extremely quick, but there are a few small things that you can do for your collection to keep their value for years to come.
The first step when you get a new Breyer from Golden Oak Stables is to remember to protect it from damage. This starts just as soon as you choose to take the horse out of the box! If you work too quickly or haphazardly you can cause scratches and rubs to your brand new horse! Use a pair of wire clippers or nail clippers to cut the twist ties and very carefully remove the horse being careful not to let the ties scratch against the horse.
After you have your Breyer out of the box you’ll want to find a place for it to be displayed that it will not incur damage. One of the largest culprits of damage to Breyers is smoke damage. Keeping your Breyers in a place that they won’t be exposed to smoke will prevent a large amount of any yellowing. You’ll also want to keep them in a place out of direct sunlight that can cause paint fading. Lastly, you’ll want to make sure that they are in a place not exposed to extreme temperatures. Extreme heat and cold can cause seam splitting and warping.
Once you have your Breyer displayed you’ll want to be careful not to harm them. Breyers are susceptible to rubs and scratches. Keeping your models displayed and not played with will help them not sustain any rubs or scratches. Be sure not to allow your models to touch on a shelf as this can also cause rubs and scratches. Make sure your horses are displayed on sturdy shelves or cases as well. Shelves do fall and horses do get broken, so be sure that where you choose to display your models is strong and won’t leave you worrying about tumbles.
Traveling with your horses or storing them can be a hazard. Be sure that you pack them in clean fabric or bubble wrap. Newspapers and plastic bags have inks on them that can adhere to Breyer plastic. Be sure that you give them enough padding and don’t expose them to a hot car or attic.
You’ve taken the time to collect them, so take the time to protect them! A little care can go a very long way when it comes to your collection!