I love collecting old military artifacts… It started when I was a teenager, and my dad passed down an old naval officer’s sword. As much as I enjoyed having all of this history contained in a handful of artifacts, my heart had to be in it to tolerate the work of love that comes with maintaining these items! My house has to be perfectly air conditioned at all times, as a unique range of assorted temperatures are required to prevent condensation from building in the cases where these items are stored. I also had to invest in a humidistat – something I wasn’t even aware of until it was suggested that I get one – as I had to keep the humidity actually low to prevent moisture from ruining the paper artifacts. All of this extra effort and money was a bi-weekly cost that had to be covered if I wanted to keep my historical items in my home. I remember one time, my home’s humidistat started acting out of character plus wouldn’t keep the humidity in the condo within the expected limits. As a result, I had to work fast to find a pal that was also into collectibles, then ask them to watch my collection until the humidistat was fixed! I was so thankful when they said there was room for my stuff to be at her home. It actually paid off that my humidistat was acting out, too – this pal of mine had some actually cool military items that I was more than willing to buy from him!