• 25
    Oct

Halloween Collectibles – The Prices are nothing to Boo at

I think that most of us, at least those of us of a certain age, have very fond memories of Halloween. The costumes, the parties, the favors and, of course, going out for the candy. Deciding what you were going to dress-up as was a months-long process and there were years when my mom would […]

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  • 24
    Oct

‘What’s it Worth?’ Video Contest Winner to Thrift with the Thrift Hunters in Las Vegas

When David Ng first started out reselling on eBay, he happened upon a presentation by Jason T. Smith and Bryan Goodman at an eBay event in Philadelphia and his eBay selling experience hasn’t been the same since. “It was a turning point for me,” Ng said. “At the time, I had already sold the things […]

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  • 24
    Oct

Putting Together a Vintage Halloween Party: Great-Grandma Used Dennison’s Bogie Books

Halloween parties in the United States became popular during the 1880s and 1890s, when they were held primarily as social events to bring young people together. The decorations used then were natural autumn objects like pumpkins, gourds, cornstalks, moss and dead branches. By 1910 however, several American and German manufacturers had started making products specifically […]

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  • 23
    Oct

Halloween and Horror Movie Imagery at the English Cinema

With Halloween fast approaching, it’s that time of the year when we sit back, turn off the lights and scare ourselves silly with a good horror movie. Horror’s success as a genre is mirrored in the collecting interest in horror movie posters. As examples, an original poster for “Bride of Frankenstein” (1935) sold for $334,500 […]

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  • 23
    Oct

Is Barbie on Her Last Legs? What’s Happening in the Collectible Fashion Doll Marketplace?

With Barbie sales apparently in the “doll-drums,” collectors can’t help but wonder what the future holds for their beloved play and fashion icon. According to The Washington Post on Oct. 16, 2014, “Toymaker Mattel reported on Thursday that its Barbie brand saw a staggering 21 percent decline in sales during the third quarter compared with […]

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  • 23
    Oct

History Shines Light on Celebrating Halloween Collectibles

  The tradition of Halloween is rooted deep in the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, dating back almost 2,000 years. In the areas that are now Ireland, the United Kingdom and France, the New Year was celebrated on November 1, a day that divided summer and the coming of a long, dark winter. Winter was […]

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  • 17
    Oct

Travis Ishikawa—Who?—Collectibles Skyrocket in Value, Availability after Heroic Homer

Well, that didn’t take long. Travis Ishikawa, a 31-year-old journeyman baseball player for the San Francisco Giants who considered retiring earlier this year because it seemed he was going to be trapped in the Minor Leagues, belted a most dramatic home run last night, breaking a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the ninth to […]

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  • 16
    Oct

Chinese Export Silver Goes High Profile in Upcoming Christie’s Auction

There is no doubt about it: Chinese Export Silver is making more appearances than ever. Yet, what is undoubtedly one of the most significant silver categories on the planet—and probably one of the largest silver categories—still remains the most misunderstood and least-known. One of the most important sales of Chinese Export Silver begins online today […]

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  • 8
    Oct

Boost Reseller Profits with these 10 Thrifting with the Boys’ Thrifting Tips

We are known as Thrifting With The Boys, motivational speakers teaching thrift store resourcing techniques. Tune in to the second season premiere of our television show, “Thrift Hunters,” this Saturday night (Oct. 11) at 9:30 p.m. on Spike TV and watch us put many of these thrifting, buying and selling tips into action (you can […]

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  • 6
    Oct

Rare & Unusual Dinosaur Fossils to Headline Philip Weiss Auctions’ Next Big Sale

LYNBROOK, N.Y. – Rare and unusual dinosaur fossils, including a bear dog skull, a huge prehistoric crocodile skull and an articulated Mosasaur paddle are among the 500 or so lots to be had at a mid-week sale at Philip Weiss Auction on Wednesday, Oct. 15. In addition to the dinosaur fossils, the auction will include […]

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