Taking care of your most valuable antiques John Smith April 30, 2014 Assets Watching Antiques Roadshow would be a lot more depressing if people didn’t know how to store things properly. “Your great grandmother’s jewellery box would be worth $3000 if you hadn’t let the hinges rust in the damp basement behind the old fridge.” “That painting of the Great Duke of something would be worth tens of thousands if you hadn’t left it lying around in the sun. Now the paint is faded and you can barely see his frown lines.” “The vase you found on the side of the road is actually worth millions except for the fact that your cat knocked it over and now it’s in pieces.” Antiques are beautiful treasure troves for unlocking history. But sometimes, they can take up a lot of space. Especially when they are no longer functional in modern society. Gramophones are gorgeous. But unless you’re like me and have a weakness for records and crackly sounding music, chances are it won’t be able to compete with your top of the range surround sound, cinematic system with subwoofers that risk setting off an earthquake. If your house is already packed to the brim but you don’t want to just chuck your antiques away, getting a storage unit is a great (and secure) way to go. Koala Storage offers some great tips for maximising your storage space in a manner that will keep your antiques safe and healthy. Here’s a few of them: 1. Shelving For all the little nic nacs, whether it’s an old telephone or a mug from the royal family, can be stored on shelves. This helps to maximise storage space, ensuring that your precious goods don’t get lost in a sea of mess where scratches are likely to occur. 2. Mirrors and Pictures The mirror that once gazed upon the face of a majestic princess deserves to be treated as royalty. The same goes for painting and pictures. Never store these items flat. This only increases the chance of an accidental step, a sickening cracking sound and a feeling of regret. Also make sure to wrap mirrors and pictures with paper pads and mirror boxes in order to keep them in pristine condition. 3. Labelling It seems simple but often, it’s the simple things that are the easiest to forget. Label everything. It can be a pain but it’s even more painful having to wade through everything to find that hidden box with the vase inside. 4. Boxes Seal all the boxes with tape in order to keep the dust out of your valuables. Also, make sure things are packed snugly to avoid a landslide of collapsing boxes. 5. Lawnmowers Although it’s very unlikely that your lawnmower is also a priceless antique, if you’re planning to store one amongst your more frail treasures, it’s important to drain all the petrol out so the fumes don’t damage anything. 6. Space The last thing you want is to be playing hopscotch around your family heirlooms. To avoid this, leave an aisle down the middle to allow easy access. Follow these simple tips and your antiques should be kept in fantastic condition for your next appearance on Antiques Roadshow. Good luck!