The question is the answer.
Allow me to pose it to you: What are some ways someone can ‘love them first, ask questions later’?
December 26 2017
I had the ‘collector’ bug as a child, appreciating the allure of a complete ‘set’ or rare ‘pull’.
Could they make a “collector’s edition” of your work?
If you provide a service, is there a special edition they could experience and remember, either by choice or as a gift? If a product, is there a version fit for the mantlepiece that recipients can be proud to show off and be thankful for?
There are two key by-products there: being proud and being thankful, to experience your work. It’s what makes a “Snow White Edition Moleskine notebook” desirable to collectors.
We could call works that evoke pride and thankfulness “collectible-able”: things you’d at least consider getting a “collectors edition” of, were one to exist.
Even if you never make a “collectors edition” of your work, how could your work benefit if you made it more “collectible-able”?