• 28
    Oct

Three Ghostly Board Games that are both Collectible and Great for the Kids

Being a dad with two small children, Halloween has thankfully been reclaimed from the netherworld of “adult” fun that generally includes binge drinking and embarrassing “sexy” costumes. For our household, it’s back to the good old traditions of trick-or-treating, carving Jack O’ Lanterns and watching stacks of Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff DVDs while on a massive candy...

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  • 28
    Oct

When Preparing a Table for a Ghoulish Party, Decorate with Halloween Glass

[caption id="attachment_2507960" align="alignright" width="300"] A Murano Berkeley House iridescent ghost sculpture would make the perfect centerpiece for a spooky Halloween table setting.[/caption] Creepy crawlers and things that go bump in the night are always welcome this time of year. Halloween is right around the corner. Ghosts and goblins yelling “Trick or Treat,” carved pumpkins illuminated on the porch...

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  • 28
    Oct

Horror Comic Books: When Bad Things Happen to Good (and Bad) People

[caption id="attachment_2507772" align="alignright" width="301"] Crime SuspenStories No. 22 (April-May 1954), whose Johnny Craig-penciled cover shows a man holding a bloody ax and a woman’s severed head and was used prominently in the Congressional hearings that led to EC’s demise.[/caption] Horror comic books, like horror movies, aren't for everyone. I think you have to be a little bit twisted...

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  • 27
    Oct

Celebrating Halloween with Steiff’s Creatures of the Night

[caption id="attachment_2516449" align="alignleft" width="300"] Whoooo’s your favorite Steiff evening watchman? Uhu Wittie, or Wittie Owl, was produced from 1954 through 1977 in four sizes: 10, 14, 22 and 35 centimeters.[/caption] It’s the most wonderful time of the year... if you like ghosts and goblins and candy, for sure! The word “Halloween” literally means “hallowed evening” or “holy evening,”...

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  • 25
    Oct

Halloween Collectibles – The Prices are nothing to Boo at

[caption id="attachment_2516431" align="alignleft" width="207"] Most Halloween items were disposable, as they were intended for one-time use and this was back in the day when not everything in our lives was disposable—unless your mom was like my mom, who packed everything away for use the next year. So, a die-cut black cat decoration like this could set you back...

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  • 24
    Oct

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

[caption id="attachment_2521306" align="aligncenter" width="550"] David and Liz Ng (and their dog, Buddy) at the beginning of their winning “What’s it Worth?” video contest entry. The video, which runs three minutes long, shows their road trip from Pennsylvania to Seattle, during which they stopped as some two dozen thrift stores to break up the long drive.[/caption] When David Ng...

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  • 24
    Oct

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

[caption id="attachment_2500308" align="alignright" width="190"] Putting Together a Vintage Halloween Party: Use Dennison’s Bogie Books[/caption] 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...

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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 in 2007 and...

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  • 23
    Oct

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

[caption id="attachment_2474651" align="alignright" width="197"] Barbie brand saw a staggering 21 percent decline in sales during the third quarter compared with the same period last year, reports the Washington Post. Does this slump foretell the end of the doll's 55-year run as the prima fashionista?[/caption] With Barbie sales apparently in the “doll-drums,” collectors can’t help but wonder what the...

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  • 23
    Oct

History Shines Light on Celebrating Halloween Collectibles

  [caption id="attachment_2493771" align="aligncenter" width="540"] This group of paper table decorations, including a witch, owl, cat ghost and jack-o-lanterns sold for $80.50 at auction. (Photo: Cowan's Auctions, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio)[/caption] 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...

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