Zhuang Embroidery Balls
In China’s southwest province of Guangxi, the Zhuang nationality comprises the largest ethnic minority with about 14 million people. I was fortunate to meet types of people from this ancient tribe – men and women and little babies – while touring the region. Wherever I found examples of Zhuang collectibles, the one that struck me as particularly unusual was the embroidered ball.
Back in the Days…
Pull into any gas station these days and most people swipe their credit card, grumble about the price per gallon, fill-up and drive off or pop into the attached market and pick up snacks and groceries. With the price of gasoline soaring, it’s interesting that what’s called “Petroliana” or collecting oil and gas memorabilia from the 1920’s to the 1950’s is growing.
A Boomer Collectible: The Lunch Box
Walk into any public school cafeteria today and you’ll find salad bars with fresh greens and veggies and at least a half dozen choices for mid-day meals and snacks. Back when baby boomers were attending school, you were lucky to find one choice for a hot lunch, usually the same offering on the same day each week.
Long Lost Barbie
I was a tomboy growing up and as far as I can remember didn’t play with any dolls except for one brand. Barbie! Climbing walls and pushing supermarket carts down the long corridor adjacent to our apartment building held more thrills than playing house. Maybe that had to do with the fact that our house wasn’t the ideal of what a nice family of the 1960’s ought to be. My parents were hippies!
Worthology works both ways, by Jim Sturgill
It’s every collector’s dream: Rediscovering something in the attic that will fetch a year’s salary, or learning that the baseball card collection your Dad started for you now will pay for a year of your own child’s college tuition. Not all antiques are as they appear, however. The Worthologists at WorthPoint often reveal unexpected treasures. […]