Whether you have 1 or 1000 Breyers in your collection, you’ll probably come to a point where you’d like to keep them organized and documented. There are dozens of different ways to go about this, but choosing one that works for you might just become one of the most important things you can do for your collection!
If you start documenting and organizing your collection early, you’re already ahead of the game. Don’t fret if you haven’t though! Its easy to catch up. One of the first steps in documenting any collection is to photograph it. Taking individual photos of your collection may seem daunting but is the best first step you can take. Photograph your horses in good light on a plain background. If there are any identifying marks on them or anything that makes them special take a photo of that too! Its also a good idea to take photos of your collection as a whole in case you’ve forgotten a horse.
Once you have your pictures you are one step ahead of the game! Many people choose to keep spreadsheets or databases for their collections. Some people also choose to purchase special software that will hold collection information. Any of these electronic methods can be very helpful and handy, just be sure to keep a copy of the electronic file saved somewhere other than your computer in case of emergency!
A method that is popular among model horse showers is to keep a binder for their collection. Many showers will print out a page for each horse with a photo and other pertinent information and place that page in a plastic page protector. That page can now also hold any ribbons or prizes that the horse wins making it easy to go back and look over your model’s accomplishments! Some people also will record information like when they bought the horse and from who.
One thing you’ll need to determine early on is what you want to keep for documenting your collections. Some people choose to save everything, from receipts to boxes, some choose to save nothing. Its all up to you and what’s important to you! You need to figure out what works best for your collection and what you’d like out of it!
So the next time you head to Golden Oak Stables to pick out a new horse, take a moment to photograph it before placing him in your stable. A few minutes early on can save a lot of time organizing in the future!