Collecting things is a fun hobby that pretty much anyone can enjoy. Honestly, anyone can collect anything, whether it's coins, action figures, stamps, Disney memorabilia, comic books, trading card games, old tech, and whatever else you can think of. No matter what you collect, it's a lot of fun, or you can take it seriously for monetization down the road.
Regardless, you'll want something to help you keep track of your inventory, or even finding the next addition to your collection. No matter what you need to do for your collections, these apps help you out with those hard finds!
- Vinyl Record App
- Retro Game Collector
- Key Collector Comics App
- Toy Collector: Archive Catalog
- Collector for Pokémon TCG
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This is a no-brainer. If you have any kind of collection, or just need something that may be a little hard to find, eBay is your best bet! You can search for pretty much anything here, whether it's vintage or new. There are often sales and coupon codes to help you save some money on your purchases, and you can pay with PayPal or other forms of payment, such as credit cards. Just make sure to check on seller feedback to make sure you're buying from a reputable place!
If you already have a collection of stuff going on that you want to keep track of, Sortly is a great option. You can scan barcodes to get them into your collection or add them manually. Snap some photos to go along with each item, include tags and notes, prices, and even track who you lent something out to if needed. It's free to use the base features, but Sortly Pro lets you sync your data on their servers to access on multiple devices and web, export, and create labels or QR codes to track everything you own. It costs $4.99 a month or $47.99 a year.
Given Nintendo's popularity as of late, it's hard to resist those awesome amiibos that they come out with for their games. With Colliibo, you can keep track of what amiibos you have right now and what you need to complete your collection. The database is up-to-date with the latest releases, including the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate amiibos, and is frequently updated. It also has support for Animal Crossing cards.
Vinyl Record App
More of a collector of vinyl? This app lets you keep track of all of the vinyl records that you currently own. Just search for the record and then add it to your in-app collection. Vinyl Record App also lets you keep a Want List for all of the vinyl that you want to own someday. The Feed is where you can check out what friends are buying and wanting, so you can get inspired from each other. Only true vinyl collectors need apply.
Unboxed - Scan & Track Your Shoe Collection
Prefer to collect some fresh kicks? Unboxed helps you keep track of your stylish shoes. Start scanning the UPC on your shoe boxes to add shoes to your collection. You can add your own photos to go with each pair, or just use the stock images. Each shoe can have some notes, like where you bought them from, the price, and more. You can go through your entire collection and find the right shoe for your outfit thanks to some filtering options. Unboxed also has unlimited closet space, so feel free to keep track of all of your kicks!
Gemr: Collector App
No matter what it is you collect, Gemr has you covered. Gemr offers collector clubs, so you can join groups with other people who collect the same things you're collecting. This is great for discussion, and you can even buy, sell, and trade with others in the community. You can also add items to your collections and show them off with the Gemr community—it's a real conversation starter!
Retro Game Collector
Love retro games? Retro Game Collector is the reference app to have! You'll find a database of all games for: NES, SNES, N64, GB/GBC, GBA, DS, Wii, Genesis/Mega Drive, Saturn, Sega CD, Dreamcast, Gamecube, Game & Watch, Virtual Boy, PS1, PS2, 2600, Master System, 32X, Game Gear, TurboGrafx-16/CD, XBOX, and 3DO. You can add the titles you own in the app as well as keep a wishlist for titles you want. The app has box art for all games, informs you of rarity and value, average prices paid, and more. If you are into collecting retro games, this is a must.
The app is free to download, but you'll have to buy the game list for specific consoles as in-app purchases.
Key Collector Comics App
Comics have reached a peak high point in today's culture, and Key Collector Comics App is here to help. This reference guide helps you identify the key issues of comics from the Golden Age up to today. This app makes it easy to identify key issues where characters make their first appearances, have origin stories, iconic cover art, or any other memorable milestone moment in comics history. You can inventory your comics collection, see how much issues are going for, and track the comics you want to own.
Toy Collector: Archive Catalog
Love to collect toys of all kinds? Then Toy Collector: Archive Catalog is for you. With this app, you can view the entire collection of toy lines, such as Funko Pops, amiibo, Star Wars, Skylanders, and more. You can add your toys into the app to keep inventory, add ones that you want, and participate in the community discussions to remove ads. All data is stored on iCloud so you can get access to your collection from multiple devices. This is a nice tool to have for any toy collector.
Collector for Pokémon TCG
For the Pokémon fan, Collector for Pokémon TCG is a necessity. The app includes all sets from Fossil to the newest release, including the original Base set. You can build and manage your decks, inventory your entire collection, and add cards to your Want list. Collector also keeps track of your progress in completing an entire set, and there is a Game Helper to give you a healing hand when playing in a game. And this app keeps track of your Pokémon pins too (a separate in-app purchase).
What are your favorite apps for collections?
There are many things out there in the world to collect, and these are just a small sampling. What are you collecting these days? Do you use any special apps to track it all? Let us know in the comments!
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Christine Romero-Chan was formerly a Senior Editor for iMore. She has been writing about technology, specifically Apple, for over a decade at a variety of websites. She is currently part of the Digital Trends team, and has been using Apple’s smartphone since the original iPhone back in 2007. While her main speciality is the iPhone, she also covers Apple Watch, iPad, and Mac when needed.
When she isn’t writing about Apple, Christine can often be found at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, as she is a passholder and obsessed with all things Disney, especially Star Wars. Christine also enjoys coffee, food, photography, mechanical keyboards, and spending as much time with her new daughter as possible.