Moving with a Collection

So the time has finally come. I’m moving out.

At the ripe old age of 26 I have found an amazing man who accepts my collecting (probably because I accept his lol), loves me to pieces, and wants to share a small living space with me.

I’ve tried to warn him. I really have. But he still insists that that’s what he wants. *shrugs*

I thought it’d be helpful to document how I plan on moving my gigantic collection (and maybe his, though most of his collection is in book form). Though my MoonFigures Tumblr blog doesn’t get as much action as it use to I’ve seen a LOT of questions on both my blog, and in passing through the internet, about how to pack and move a collection. In my case it’ll be a varied selection of Sailor Moon, anime, and Disney items, including items that have been custom made by myself. A lot of that involves boxes of various shapes and sizes, fragile items, items that have been around and owned by 5 people before me and no longer has a box, items that never had boxes, items that are prone to falling apart… all sorts of things!

A lot of pictures will be posted on Instagram, and Tumblr. Though they’ll all eventually make it here for my blogs, you can follow them under the hashtag #movingwithacollection, which will have a corresponding tag here as well.

For my first moving feature… gashapon!

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One of the most annoying items to transport… or really so much as move from one shelf to the other are gashapon. Modern day gashapon are not so terrible, but 90’s gashapon fall apart easily, and you’ll basically spend your collecting career swearing on those a**holes. Did I mention paint transfer? No? Well paint transfer is a super huge issue. Gashapon are not meant to be high quality items, so they scratch, and transfer easily. To avoid this I’ve bagged items separately, or in sets (to avoid being too wasteful).

This ensures that all, or most of my gashapon/small figures will be in one place, that sealed bags will keep all of the pieces together, and it will cut down on paint transfer.

DO be aware of the weight you’re putting in your box. Heavy sets of items, or larger items in general, should go on the bottom. Fragile sets should go near the top. Figures that assemble should be taken apart if any of the parts could potentially bend, warp, or crack off.

I’ve also organized things like wrappers, stickers, tags, and handkerchiefs into bags corresponding to the item. These will be helpful to cushion the box.

Next time, plushies! OhmygodIownsomanyplushies.

Feel free to ask about specific items/types of items and I’ll be sure to feature it in one of my posts!

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