Collecting with Claudia: Displaying Your Collection

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Destination is happy to welcome Claudia to the DV team. Claudia will be bringing you articles all about collecting Vinylmation. Her topics will appeal to both newbies and addicts alike. Newcomers to Vinylmation will be able to learn all the basics about the hobby. Veterans will learn tips that will help improve your collections. Claudia, take it away…

So… you got up extra early for the new release (either at D-Street or online), got your “must-have” series or LE, and returned home to find that your vinylmation collection is taking over your house. What to do???? You could:

  1. Rent a storage unit for your collection.
  2. Move back-in with your parents so there’s more room for your vinyls at home.
  3. Dig a new basement under your house.
  4. All of the above…
  5. Keep reading for a better solution.
No need to take drastic measures, because Collecting with Claudia is here to help. Displaying your Vinylmations in an organized manner is the best solution. This allows you to visually enjoy your collection while protecting them from dust and “sticky fingers” in space-saving cases. Here is a list of display cases available for sale; however, this is by no means a complete list (for 3 inch Vinylmations):
  1. Three tier clear acrylic display case from The Container Store. These cases are stackable and the tiers can be removed according to your preference. This display case allows you to store approximately 12-15 vinylmations on 3 different levels. You can check it here.
  1. Wall Display Case from Michaels. This display case is known as the “Shot Glass Display Case,” where you can store up to 28 vinylmations. When buying this case, don’t forget to use your Michael’s coupon so you can save money (more saving means more money to BUY MORE VINYLMATIONS!!!!!). You can check it out here.
  1. Clear tackle box trays are a great way to store your vinylmations, and they are easy to take with you to trade events or when you go to the Disney Parks. These can be found in the sporting goods section of most big-box stores. For added protection, you can place your vinylmations in small zip-lock bags which can be found in the craft section at Walmart.
  1. Curio cabinets are not just for your grandma’s knick-knacks anymore, they can also be an ideal way to display your vinylmations. You can also use the “Stairstep” rack inside your curio cabinet for a more organized look. You can check this out here.
  1. If displaying 9 inch vinylmations or 2 figure sets, doll-sized display cubes are a great idea (these can be found at Walmart, Michaels, The Container Store, and most hobbie shops).
If I have left out any display/storage options, please make sure to inform our readers by leaving a comment below. Please note that I am not affiliated in any way with the stores named above.
There is no point in accumulating collectibles if you can’t enjoy them. Don’t store them… display them! “And remember to KEEP ON COLLECTING!!!!”

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About the author

Nick LoCicero

Nick LoCicero has almost 20 years experience in the media industry. He has worked on numerous Disney related media projects, most know at WDWNT for WDW News Tonight. He has been visiting Walt Disney World since 1982. After moving to Orlando in the late 90's he became a passholder, developed a fascination with the history of the vacation kingdom and has spent way too much money on park merchandise.


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  • WOW! I loved this article! Not only was it well written but entertaining and informative!!!

  • I love the Michael’s display cases. I have 4. Only 2 are completely filled up, but if you get a 20% off everything coupon, which includes the sale items, then you shouldn’t have to pay more than $25 for each.

    • Sometimes Michaels will have an additional 30% off any sale item, which will include the “Shot Glass Display case.”

  • wow thanks for the help. I only have the container store tier displays the other ideas would be great for me too. Thanks

  • Thanks for the info. Is there any way to get the Disney vinylmation 3″ cases any more?

  • Since I collect many of the Vinylmation series I display them in glass curio cases from Ikea. Each one costs about $70 and they have 3 large glass shelves and a wooden base. They are simple to put together. You can display 2 series on each shelf…that equates to 96 vinyls! (24 x 4) As your collection grows you can keep buying more and the continuity looks great. If you find that you no longer have room…then you know it’s time to stop! Have any Park 1s that you don’t need anymore???

    • Sorry, no Park 1s here. Thanks for your input If you come across the link to the shelves you are referring to, please let us know. Thanks!!!!

      • Here you go:

        These are $64.99 plus tax and delivery, two wood tone colors to choose from (Beech or Black-Brown). There is an IKEA Store in Tampa so if you pick it there you can save on the delivery.

        Another “must have” to enhance the display and viewing is a plastic 3-drawer box from The Container Store:

        These are $11.99 plus shipping and there is a store in Miami. You’ll need several of these but they really help when looking at the vinyls in a tiered fashion in the curio. Place the box upside down, pull out the drawers in a staggered fashion and have fun placing the vinyls on the stage. When you’re done, you’ll have your own “D-Street Display” right in your own house!

  • Another great way to display 3″ vinyls is in a glass topped coffee table. IKEA have a square white table with a glass top (with a draw to put the vinyls in) but I got a lovely rimu wooden one made up with a tray underneath for about 160 vinyls with a lift up glass top – lovely piece of furniture and a great way to show off and store lots of vinyls.

  • Claudia, How very interesting!! I’m looking forward to hearing more about vinylmations. I’m new to this so will you be giving instructions for beginners? I love your article and look forward to more.

  • Greetings!
    Love your post! Thank you for sharing info & a great sense of humor! It is collectors like you that help create a really fine sense of community for many of us! You can find me on facebook if you like!) Happy hunting! Wishing you all the best!
    Thank you, again!
    Warmest Regards!

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