A large collection of of collectible toys may be hard to keep and display at home, especially if you don't have a lot of space to begin with. This is where a storage unit can be an invaluable asset. You can keep your collection safe without it over running your home. The following tips will help you store it successfully.
Tip #1: Consider climate conditions
Storage units come in two main varieties – those that are climate controlled and those that are not. Which you choose depends on the collection and your local climate. Certain types of toys, like plushies or old tin toys, can survive most temperatures without any issues. Plastic toys, on the other hand, can become brittle in extreme cold or soft and distorted in extreme heat. You may want to invest in a climate controlled unit unless your area has mild year-round temperatures.
Tip #2: Remove any dust
Over time, dust can cause discoloration to boxes and loose toys. You can remove the dust from stuffed animals by placing them in a pillow case with a few cups of dried rice, cinching it closed, and then spinning it around. The rice knocks off and collects the dust. For action figures and similar, use a cotton swab or a paint brush to remove dust.
Tip #3: Package individually
Package each toy individually. You can place stuffed animals in fabric bags, which allows air circulation while keeping them clean. If you must use plastic bags, place a silica gel packet in each bag to absorb any moisture. Both loose and boxed action figures should be placed in plastic bags. The bag will protect the print on the boxes so it doesn't become scuffed or worn.
Tip #4: Use plastic containers
Cardboard boxes don't provide much protection in the event of a water leak or pest issue. Instead, use plastic storage tubs with lids that lock or snap shut. Opt for shallow containers so your collectibles are stacked no more than two deep. This way the ones on the bottom don't become damaged from the weight of those on top. If the toys are in their original boxes, store them standing upright and vertical, instead of flat, so the plastic bubble packaging isn't damaged or dented. Further, vertical storage also prevents crushing of cardboard boxes or the toy itself.
For more help in storing your collectible toys safely, contact a storage facility in your area.