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Dolls' Houses
Past & Present

A website and ezine about dolls' houses: antique, vintage and modern.
Plus furniture and accessories.

Issue 1 (May 2009)

Keeping A Record Of Your Collection And Valuations

by Sue Russell

One day my sister arrived at my house with a car stuffed full of moneyboxes. She explained that she had just visited her boyfriend's aunt Peggy who had collected moneyboxes for many years. Some are very valuable and others are not worth anything at all but Peggy loved them all. With a little regret, she had decided that now was the time to sell them to reclaim some space in her house. She was unable to find a buyer or obtain a valuation because she did not have a catalogue of the collection. My sister had therefore volunteered to take some away, photograph them and write some form of inventory.

Several more car loads followed the first and it was soon apparent that they needed some software to help them in this mammoth task. My sister purchased some software but it really did not do what she wanted it to - it was only available on her computer which meant that Peggy could not access it and update the details. With my computer programming background, I soon found myself writing something for them. It enabled them to enter details of each item and upload photos, categorize the collection, sort it and print it. It was internet based but protected with a password so Peggy, my sister and her boyfriend could all access it.

Having written the software I decided that it could probably benefit collectors of other things and set about writing www.collection-album.com. The site is up and running and I hope that many more collectors will appreciate it as much as my sister, her boyfriend and his aunt. Some of Peggy's collection of moneyboxes forms the 'demo' for the site. If you would like to see her full collection, it is available on www.moneyboxcollection.co.uk.

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