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If we are going to get anywhere with satisfying our nostalgia, we're going to have to do some research; it's the basic tool of nostalgia. We may collect things as well just looking back and remembering or maybe collecting things is the be all and end all of our nostalgic trips. Whichever route we take, we need to do our research to find our sources of information and/or collectables.

So where are these sources? It depends what we want to be nostalgic about, of course, because different aspects of nostalgia have very different sources. Clearly, for a lot of nostalgia (as with much else) the Internet is a wonderful source of information and there are some more details on The Media and the Internet page of this Guide. There are plenty of other sources, however, although they are very often linked to the Internet because that's where people go to find out about them:

1. Fairs. For items such as stamps, postcards, toys and many more, there are fairs that you can go to. If it's stamps that you might be interested in, go to UK Philately or Stamp Diary to see where and when the stamp fairs are. The latter includes postcards, too. Whatever it is you're interested in, have a look to see where you can go by going to Google and putting in 'Classic Toy fairs' or whatever it is you're looking for. (For classic toys, try Time Warp Vintage Toys.)

2. Auctions. Auctions are very popular for people wanting to increase their collections of nostalgic items. We can go and look at the items, buy if we want to but, above all, enjoy the atmosphere of the auction having looked at what's on offer. For all sorts of auctions, go to The Collectors' Club of Great Britain to see where and when to go. There are auctions for antiques and collectables, books, magazines, toys and stamps. Going to an auction can be a wonderful day out, so give it a try!

3. Car Boot Sales. These are a bit more hit and miss because we never really know what we're going to find. However, they are great fun and there is always the chance that we will unearth some treasures. Go to Car Boot Junction for a diary of car boot sales throughout the country.

4. Shops. Going shopping for what we want is traditional and, some would say, not so much fun as some of the other sources for our nostalgia. However, shops are very useful in our search and very often the shops are run by enthusiasts and experts, so they can be excellent for trying to unearth things as well as extremely interesting. For antiques and collectables, there are antique shops in any and every town in the country. Bric-a-brac shops are also good to look round if we want to look for items of nostalgic interest.

Guide to Nostalgia links

There are a surprising number of shops that sell magazines and comics, so for collectors of these items, there is plenty to go at. By putting into Google, "magazine and comics shops" and then your home town, you will see where they are.

There are online shops, of course, which are excellent. It's not the same as having a conversation about the things you're looking for but, if you know what it is you want, shopping online is, of course, very easy and convenient. For classic toys, for example, go to Toyday, where you can find a whole range of traditional toys. If it's football programmes that you're interested in, go to Robert Opie Collection to see what's on offer. This website also has many other items, too, such as postcards, coins and many others.

5. Books. Sometimes people are nostalgic for the books they read as children and want to re-read them. If that's the case, then go to Amazon and have a look for the ones that you want because if we're nostalgic about books it's likely that we'll want to buy them and Amazon is a good source. On the other hand, if we just want to read them again, go to the library and get them out. Books are, of course, also the means by which we can read about things in the past that interest us, so, again, if you go to Amazon you can have a look at the books that are available about what it is that you're nostalgic about.

6. Museums. Don't forget museums if you want to wallow in some nostalgia. There are museums throughout the country that depict life in certain times and others that specialise in the development of things. An example of the former is the Milestones Museum in Basingstoke, Hampshire, that shows how life was in Victorian times and the 1930s. There's also the Jorvik Viking Centre in York, if you want to go further back. Don't forget the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, either. If you're interested in how something has evolved over the years, there's the National Cycle Museum at Llandrindod Wells, Powys, where you can see all sorts of amazing machines, the National Railway Museum in York or if you're an aircraft enthusiast, go to the RAF Museum. If you're interested in the 2nd World War, there's a wonderful museum at Manston in Kent called the Spitfire Museum.

If we are nostalgic, there are lots of avenues to get back to the past. For a start, just click on the links in the box, get your appetite whetted and get nostalgic. For a quick taster, go to Coldal to see the kind of things that people get nostalgic about. It's definitely a feel-good website, so get yourself into the mood.

If you have anything in particular that you're nostalgic about or you can help other people with their nostalgic longings, let us know through the feedback form.

This Guide to Nostalgia is written by Retirement Specialist Dave Sinclair supported by members of the LaterLife team. As well as writing on retirement matters Dave is Training Director at LaterLife and responsible for the content and continuous improvement of LaterLife's Retirement Courses.
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