Collecting JFK: Reviewing the Dave Powers Kennedy Presidential Auction
As WorthPoint’s Worthologist for presidential, political and White House memorabilia, one of my first articles, written more than five years ago, concerned the collectibles of President John F. Kennedy. In “Collecting JFK” I highlighted four collectible categories to consider when determining the value of any JFK item: personal, association, event and commemorative. The closer to […]
How to Repair Vintage Fur Yourself
Vintage fur can be fragile. Air, light, heat, insects and accidents all contribute to causing damage to your precious garment. Generally, most people will take their fur to a professional to be repaired. However, in my experience, I have not always been pleased with the “professional” results, even after paying quite a lot of money […]
Warlick Ready for ‘Obamabilia’ Madness
Before the election in 2008, WorthPoint Worthologist and presidential memorabilia expert Jim Warlick’s Button Poll predicted that Barack Obama would become the 44th president of the United States based on sales of the candidate’s collectibles. On Jan. 20, Warlick’s forecast—as well as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s dream of racial unity and reconciliation—will come to […]
Turnipseed Reaps Diverse Collecting Crop
It started with a cardboard box at a garage sale purchased for $1. In the box was a plastic jewelry set—a bracelet, ring and earrings—all in polka dots. That was the beginning of Maggie Turnipseed’s collecting Bakelite plastics. “There is something about the quality of the pieces. They are very smooth, and they come in […]
Top Obama Inaugural Collectibles
Superstar Will Smith got teary. Ellen Malcolm, founder of Emily’s List called it “a proud moment in our nation’s history.” Great Britain’s Prime Minister Gordon Brown deemed it “inspirational.” There were reports of millions of joyful people dancing in the streets from Bogotá to Naples to Shanghai to Chicago. Bushmen in the Kalahari Desert slaughtered […]
Persian Lamb: Telling the Genuine from the Faux
Persian Lamb is a beautiful fur. It’s warm, rather sturdy and can be sporty or dressy. It comes in different curl patterns, depending on the age of the lamb from which it was taken. So why can’t you find it anymore? The answer is, you can, if you are willing to pay couture prices to […]
Vintage Clothing: To Buy or Not to Buy, That is the Question!
Vintage Clothing: To Buy or Not to Buy! That is the Question!
By Sharon Maxwell-Yamamoto
A guide on how to choose vintage clothing, how to wear it, what to avoid and WHY to collect it.
First of all, what is vintage clothing? Some people differ on the definition, but generally, if you look it up, you will find this: