Many people get stuck in the idea that investing is something for very serious people with very serious ideals, and that you can’t have a little bit of fun with it if you’re willing to expand your mind some. But, for all of those types, there’s the alternative group as well, that are willing to do the hard work of investing, but also manage to add some interest to it by making specific choices about what they invest in.
To illustrate, think about the fun of collecting and investing in things like foreign coins and notes, stamps, sports cards, antiques, and even high-end artwork. Not only are some of these good investments, but they’re potentially decorative and have lots of stories behind them as well.
Foreign Coins and Notes
Not only are foreign coins and notes worth a certain amount of money at face value, they’re also interesting to collect for cultural reasons. There’s all sorts of fun indications of different countries and cultures at different periods of time that you can look into on these banknotes and coins, and some of them are downright beautiful in their design, which makes for great conversation as well as investment.
Thought collecting stamps as a hobby may not quite have the same ring to it as an adult as it did when you were a kid, there are still lucrative ways to invest in the really rare stamps, and as an adult you can appreciate the care that goes into storage, trading, and presentation of these pieces of history. Meeting like minds when it comes to stamp collecting is also something that many people appreciate, as it’s a way to form a new collective of willing conversationalists.
For the sports fan, collecting sports cards is also a fun hobby, as well as an investment if you take it to a certain level. Rookie cards of favorite players not only have an intrinsic value, but they can add to your appreciate of your favorite games and teams as well, which is invaluable as an adult.
Collecting, restoring, presenting, and selling antiques can be a lot of fun as well as a good business practice as well. Since many people don’t always know the value of the things they give to places like Goodwill or the Salvation Army, if you know what you’re looking for, you can flip them for a good price.
And the art world, in all of its bizarre iterations, can also be used as a way to enter the world of investment and conversation. Investing in a single piece of desired art can make you hundreds of dollars, even in the short run, if the process is worked through properly.