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The collecting of new or used postage stamps is one of the Auk's most popular hobbies.
Stamps are a very popular item to collect in the UK and they are appreciated by a great many people. There are a great many stamp clubs in the UK for collectors to go along to.
Stamps can be obtained from a variety of sources, such as specialist stamp dealers, as well as auctions, car boot sales, stamp/postcard collectors fairs, flea markets and jumble sales, as well as antique dealers and antique fairs.
Collectors can be of all ages and you are never too young or old to start a collection.
There is no real ability required for collecting stamps, collectors just need the appreciation of the object. Many will be interested in the history behind the stamp as many commemorate certain events or achievements.
Stamp collecting is known as philately and is a very rewarding hobby because it immensely enhances the general knowledge of the collector. Through stamp collecting, one finds information about currency, science, history, architecture, politics, arts, customs and rituals of different peoples and countries of the world. All this besides being a very relaxing pastime. The basic rule of stamp collecting is to enjoy what you're collecting and take good care of your stamps.
Best source to build up a collection of stamps is the mail, collectors also need to be resourceful in their attempts to obtain items to add to their collection. You must be prepared to spend time rummaging through lots of items to find the one piece of treasure that you need to add to your collection. Much of the fun of collecting is the seeking of that elusive next item, whether it be at a car boot sale which could yield some great finds, or at a dealer where you may have to pay top prices.
Stamp collecting is also known as Philately. Closely associated to Collecting 116,
Stamps may be obtained for free from envelopes in the mail. Serious collectors will want to seek out specialist dealers who have most of the best examples.
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