If you are looking for a great metal to collect - aluminium is an excellent choice. Many things made out of aluminium were quite popular in their original day because of their very reasonable prices. Today aluminium collectables can still be quite reasonable when comparing their prices to other collectables. If you are interested in getting into collecting metal and are doing so on a budget - aluminium may very well be a wise choice for you.
Many like the idea of collecting hammered aluminium. The look is old fashioned and many find hammered aluminum quite attractive. Popular makers include Rodney Kent, Everlast and Continental. Serving pieces such as trays and silverware were made out of hammered aluminum. Vanity pieces for personal use were also made out of hammered aluminum. Silent butlers were also a popular item made out of hammered aluminum. Trays are considered a very collectable hammered aluminium item.
Another popular aluminium item from a completely different time is the aluminum Christmas tree. Doesn't it make you smile to simply think about one? They became the height of home decorating and were very popular in the 1950's. These shimmery, silvery trees were in just about every home that celebrated Christmas. To make the aluminium Christmas tree even more fun, they were decorated with special accessories, like the colour wheel. The colour wheel spun around, emitting different coloured lights that sparkled off the shining aluminium around the room. There was literally a kaleidoscope of colours when you had an aluminum Christmas tree with a colour wheel. The colour wheels would turn from red to blue to green to yellow.
Soda cans - which are typically 99% aluminium, are also an excellent collectible item. If you love popular culture, then soda cans are a fun item to collect. Some of the soda companies come out with special cans for the holidays or for special events like the Olympics or seasonal events. This collection is great for a youth or a teenager to start because it naturally is a very inexpensive one to start.