License Plates For Decorative Use

Collecting license plates has become a popular hobby in which many are engaged. Unlike the old, bent, rusty examples often seen nailed to the wall in the auto repair garage or junkyard office, these plates are new, shiny and attractive. The options seem countless. Who knew so many plates were available?

For those purists who are only interested in authenticity, actual, recycled plates are available through several online sources. These are representative of nearly all U. S. States and can also be found from various foreign countries as well. Prices range from a low of about five dollars to a high of well over one hundred, depending on the rarity of the particular item.

Personalized, or ‘vanity plates’ have been around for years and many U. S. States make this option available as part of their car registration program. It’s always been fun when seeing some of these going down the road to try to decipher the meaning of the more obscure ones. Sometimes translation seems impossible but the letters and numbers must mean something, at least to the person who drives the car.

It’s interesting to note that these vanity versions of vehicle identification are even more popular than it would appear. Only a very small percentage of them actually end up on a car or truck and are seen driving down the highway. Most find themselves being displayed somewhere else as a decorative piece or becoming a member of someone’s collection.

Some people collect spoons from different cities and some acquire golf balls displaying the names and logos of different courses they’ve played. Some prefer matchbooks or matchboxes while others go in for clocks or playing cards. License plates are highly collectible and there are thousands from which to choose. Most all U. S. Versions are the same size, six inches by twelve, and can be arranged and displayed in many unique and creative ways.

Those being manufactured as replicas or as special order items are generally made out of aluminum or embossed aluminum. They are lightweight and durable and inexpensive to buy and have shipped. States frequently change their plate designs and a collection isn’t complete without at least one example from each series.

As kids, many of us collected baseball cards or comics books. As adults, we can get a similar satisfaction from collecting license plates. It’s interesting, and fun too. Maybe it’s something you would enjoy.