Collecting

What to Collect
I collect crayons, colored pencils, markers, pens, chalk, toys and merchandise relating to art supplies. I mostly collect Crayola products, but I do collect other brands. Click on each one to see my collection.



Getting Started
Does this website make you excited about crayons and you want to start collecting?  Great! Starting a collection can be a little daunting, but do not worry, I can help you get started.   The amazing thing about Crayola products is you don't need to necessarily find the old products to start collecting, sometimes the new products can be collectors items too.  It just depends on how many stores they are carried in and how and where they are sold.  For example Crayola had a contest a couple years ago to rename some colors on Facebook.  In conjunction with this contest they also sold a set of collector 8 pack crayons.  The goodness didn't end there though, they also sent a pack of 64 crayons to all the people that had purchased the 8 pack, for free!  I moved in between and was really nervous about getting my crayons, but they got to me. To start thinking about collecting I've assembled a list of questions.

Getting Started Questions  
  • Which products you want to collect? Crayola makes so many products, crayons, colored pencils, markers, chalk, pens, merchandise, toys and games etc.  Do you especially love one of these categories, if so there are items in that category to collect?  Do you like just the individual colors or do you like the different box designs too?  Collecting the boxes will take up a lot more space. I personally love the different box designs.  But I don't collect all the boxes.  I just do not have the space.
  • Which leads to the next questions, How much space do you have?  If you do not have a lot of space start with something small and simple. The Pick Your Pack Series from Target and Tip Collection is great for smaller collections.  They come out every year for a limited time and then are gone until the next year when they come out with new designs. Certain products are also harder to store than others, ie the Color Alive Series and Pip-Squeaks Markers in Disguise series.
  • How much do you want to spend?  The great thing about crayon collecting is you don't have to spend that much.  Buying rarer crayons can definitely get more expensive, but if you buy crayons when they are at the store they are usually a fair price.
Purchasing your Collection
Once you've decided how much space, what you want to collect and where you can store it it's time to start buying your collectibles. You can buy Crayola products from JoAnn's, they always seems to have the new lines first, Target, Walmart, Crayola Stores, and www.crayola.com. Other places carry Crayola products, but these are the stores where I see the products first or I see exclusive sets.

Right now the best place to buy older crayons is on ebay, craigslist and antique stores. My mom found a box that was not that old at an antique/pawn shop.

Connecting with Other Collectors
You can also connect to other collectors and they will let you know what products are collectible and answer lots of your questions. You can connect to other collectors through:
  • Facebook group.  We are super active and love to talk about crayons and Crayola all the time. Instantly connect with like minded collectors in this group.

4 comments:

  1. Have an original box of the 2004 Crayola State Crayon Collection. 64 crayons never used. Any value?

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    1. They are definitely of some value. Though not as much as they used to be back in the day. You can list them on eBay and see how much they go for.

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  2. I'm not sure you'll see this since the post is 9 months old, but I'm trying to figure out whether a box of crayons I have might be worth something, and I'm hoping you'll know or be able to point me in the right direction to find out (I googled, but I couldn't find any current or past sales of these that might help me). Anyway, it's an unopened 96 count Big Box with one of the 100 billionth crayons in it. Thanks for any tips you can give me!

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  3. I sent a comment a few minutes ago that I need to correct - the box with the 100 billionth color (Blue Ribbon) in it has been opened, but none of the crayons have been used. Sorry.

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