The best way to enjoy your sports memorabilia is to display it. You can set your items on a table or mount them on a wall. Having your prized possessions where you can see them allows you to take pleasure in ownership. Look for ways to incorporate them into your space to share them with family and friends. Here are a few terrific ideas to get you started.
Table Top Displays
When it comes to table top displays for your sports memorabilia, first determine which items can be displayed in the open and which items are of high value, have a personal meaning, or need to be safely enclosed. Once you've made that determination, you're ready to decide how to display your treasures.
Remember, people love to touch things -- it connects them with the item. Displaying a mixture of accessible items with enclosed items will bring a more enjoyable feel to your space, because it will send a message that you want to share your things instead of just show them off. If you don't have items that can be touched, consider adding some inexpensive trinkets to your collection to create a mixture. Then look for wooden stands or pedestals -- either open or enclosed -- to display your pieces.
Don't limit yourself only to store-bought displays. Fill a bowl with baseballs or hockey pucks. And when you do encase an item, include certificates of authenticity or story boards to make the display more personable. Set out similar items of lesser value on either side of your enclosed displays and let your guests handle some of your memorabilia.
Incorporate Items in Furniture and Accessories
There are a number of clever ways to display your items in furniture or incorporate them into accessories. Lift-top table displays, curios and enclosed bookshelves are typical exhibition pieces. But don't neglect more creative ways to present your bounty. For example, use an inexpensive modular cube design to create a room divider with display pieces in the open cubes. Not only would it be a functional way to divide spaces, but it also allows viewing from both sides of each cube, even if you add a clear, protective glass covering to the sides.
Make accent pieces with items like lamps, coat racks or clock faces. You don't need to defile the item to use it in an accent piece -- just incorporate it as it suits the item. For example, you can fill a large, enclosed apothecary jar with antique baseballs and use it for a lamp base -- just make sure to have all the signatures facing outward for everyone to enjoy. Or loose-mount hockey pucks in place of numbers on a clock face and place it out of reach on a high wall for display.
Use inexpensive pennants for window valances or create a round medallion shape for a light fixture with the pointed side of the pennants all pointing center toward the light and the outer edges creating the outer medallion rim. Or use a mixture of collectibles to create mobiles suspended from the ceiling with clear fishing wire. You're only limited by your imagination when it comes to displaying your collections.
Wall mounted displays don't have to be single items in plain picture frames. Include mats that incorporate the colors of your items with your decor. Use shadow boxes to give dimension to the display and make your displays multi-faceted. If you have a vintage sports Wheaties cereal box, shadow box it with a placemat, bowl and spoon from that era. Or pair that prized signature jersey with the tickets from the event where you bought it. Every picture should tell a story and when it comes to displaying your sports memorabilia, it's no exception.
If you decide your shirts or jerseys can be left in the open, hang a series of them through the arms on a continuous, polished wooden rod or fancy hanger. Or create a mock locker set up with items displayed inside.
Check out some of the presentation ideas in the Sports Memorabilia ideabook on Houzz for ways you can display your prized possessions. When you have a little fun with your items and others will enjoy them, too. Use a combination of display techniques to make your compilation interesting and exciting to look at and get more pleasure from your collection for years to come.
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