• 28
    Oct

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

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 and your teenagers couch bound for a night filled with popcorn and scary movies! Some of us who still […]

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  • 28
    Oct

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

Horror comic books, like horror movies, aren’t for everyone. I think you have to be a little bit twisted to enjoy reading about bad things happening to good—and bad—people. And believe me, I speak from experience. As a kid growing up in Wichita, Kansas, in the early 1960s, I had plenty of opportunities to indulge […]

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  • 27
    Oct

Celebrating Halloween with Steiff’s Creatures of the Night

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,” and is derived from a Scottish term for All Hallows’ Eve, which is the evening before All Hallows’ Day. The origins for Halloween, as we know it, […]

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  • 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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