Many of us collect something. We have the buddy who have vintage wine bottles in his cellar, a guys with autographed boxing gloves in his home bar, a book shelf of vinyl, a humidor of Connecticut leaf cigars or a case of automatic watches. In the remake of the Italian Job, “Left Ear” wanted a room filled with nothing but sneakers. These are our passions and a defining aspect of our personalities, and they shouldn’t be tucked away in the back of a closet.
This does not give you permission to simply leave your collection out. If you choose to do this, it has to look presentable. Having your IWCs and Pateks in an old Nike shoebox is inexcusable. If you collect comic book figurines, you put them on well lit shelves, and not leave them in a pile on the dresser like they were your childhood toys. These things deserve a spot of honor in your home.
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Watches: I am a watch guy and always have been. While a Royal Oak Offshore may be out of my budget, I have a decent collection of automatic watches that I keep in rotation. These are not items to be dumped in a dresser drawer like socks, these are pieces for art which is sadly disappearing from modern culture. For people like myself who refuse to purchase a quartz movement. For these horological experts, there is only one way to display your collection, and it is to buy an automatic watch winder. These come in a variety of styles and sizes, so you really have to look around for one that matches your style. Amazon.com has a large collection of watch winders available, so browse there and find one that really matches the rest of your room.
Shoes: Fashion drives a lot of people, and your shoes can show that a man has that attention to detail that many don’t have. You may have the entire collection of Jordans or a a pile of hand made cowboy boots, but if you spent thousands on shoes, you should display them the right way. Luckily, showing these off is not as costly as the shoes themselves. Once again, plugging “Shoe racks” into Amazon’s search bar is a great way to go here. If you have a walk in closet, a built in shelving unit where your shoes have a special place of honor is great. There are a lot of customized closet organization companies that you can get a hold of which would be happy to help you out.
Comic Books and Figurines: I have discussed this before in my Art for Guys: Comic Books article, but this is another article and why be creative twice if I don’t have to be? Many of us grew up with these characters, and having a Ninja Turtle figurine on your shelf may put a nostalgic smile on your face. Not to mention that the monetary value of these things can be enormous. An original printing of Superman’s first appearance recently sold at auction for a million dollars. There is little doubt in my mind that this is mounted on the man’s wall in a understated frame. It is also something you can share with your child eventually due to the wide appeal comics have. You son may not like hearing you discuss the benefits of a watch with an automatic movement, but every kid loves Spider-Man.
Cigars: As smoking has become more and more of a criminal act, cigars still have an old school appeal. To some of use, lighting a cigar will always show that you made it. Celtics fans may think about Red Auerbach lighting up at the end of the bench, or it is possible you may think about Steve McQueen in the Thomas Crowne Affair. Either way, if you have a subscription to Cigar Aficionado you probably don’t keep your Romeo Y Julieta No. 2s in a Ziploc bag. A well built, classy humidor is the only way to do it. While there are dozens of companies making these, consider building your own if you have the skills and resources. This will become something you are proud to show off, along with your collection of fine smokables.