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Is Barbie on Her Last Legs? What’s Happening in the Collectible Fashion Doll Marketplace?
barbie-closeup-new-cropWith 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 … more >>
 
Starting a Vintage Halloween Collection not a Scary Proposition
The earliest versions of commercial jack-o-lanterns were painted glass globes from Germany and date to around 1905Halloween, as we know it today, became popular in the United States in the late 19th century when a flood of Irish and English immigrants brought a renewal of interest in the study of ancient customs, folk tales and traditions. In the early 1900s, parties … more >>
 
History Shines Light on Celebrating Halloween Collectibles
paper table decorations  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 … more >>
 
When Preparing a Table for a Ghoulish Party, Decorate with Halloween Glass
Murano Berkeley House iridescent ghost sculptureCreepy 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 … more >>
 
 
 
 
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, …
Early Jackson Pollock Figural Painting to lead Elite Decorative Arts Auction
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – An oil on board painting attributed to the iconic …
50-Year Lifetime Advertising Collection to be Sold Without Reserve October 3-5
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The single-owner lifetime collection of mostly advertising items from …
Ahlers & Ogletree’s Fall Estates Auction Featurs Great 19th-Century American Furniture
ATLANTA – Marvelous examples of mid-19th century American furniture by renowned makers such …
Van Gogh’s ‘Still Life, Vase with Daisies and Poppies’ could Realize $30 to $50 Million
NEW YORK – Vincent van Gogh’s “Still Life, Vase with Daisies and Poppies,” …



Travis Ishikawa—Who?—Collectibles Skyrocket in Value, Availability after Heroic Homer
Gregory Watkins   by
Gregory Watkins
The value and availability of sports collectibles and memorabilia related to San Francisco Giants player Travis Ishikawa have taken off after he hit a game-winning home run to win the National League Championship series and propel the Giants into their third World Series in the last five years.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 … more >>
 
Chinese Export Silver Goes High Profile in Upcoming Christie’s Auction
Adrien von Ferscht   by
Adrien von Ferscht
This superb floral centerpiece or epergne made by Ning Zhao Ji, is just one of 88 astounding lots of Chinese Export Silver currently up for bid at an online auction at Chritsie’s through Oct. 28.There is no doubt about it: Chinese Export Silver is making more appearances than ever. Yet, what is undoubtedly one of the … more >>
 
Boost Reseller Profits with these 10 Thrifting with the Boys’ Thrifting Tips
Bryan Goodman and Jason T. Smith   by
Bryan Goodman and Jason T. Smith
As the second season of Bryan Goodman and Jason T. Smith’s TV show “Thrift Hunters” premiers on Saturday night (9:30 p.m. on Spike TV), the two thrifting gurus offer up 10 tips to help boost reseller’s profits.We are known as Thrifting With The Boys, motivational speakers teaching thrift store resourcing techniques. Tune in to the second season premiere … more >>
 
What Makes a Back-Issue Comic Hot? Age, Relevance & Events Matter
Matt Baum   by
Matt Baum
As a comic book collector, we all have dream issues, blue-chip comics, hot back-issues, (call them whatever you’d like) that we’ve been hunting down for years. But have you ever stopped to think, what made that issue you’ve been dreaming about adding to your collection hot?  If you’re a comic book collector like me, then you’ve probably been hunting down back issues for quite some time. As a … more >>
 
Cari Cucksey’s New Line of RePurpose Paint and Stain Designed with the DIYer in Mind
Gregory Watkins   by
Gregory Watkins
Do you have an old dresser that needs a new lease on life but you’ve never picked up a paintbrush in your life? Novice DIYer can turn out great refinishing jobs with Cari Cuckey’s new RePurpose line of paints and stains.When looking at a piece of old furniture—something that could be called antique, based on its age, but could also be called … more >>
 
 
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 …
Starting a Vintage Halloween Collection not a Scary Proposition
Halloween, as we know it today, became popular in the United States in …
History Shines Light on Celebrating Halloween Collectibles
  The tradition of Halloween is rooted deep in the ancient Celtic festival of …
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 …
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 …


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