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    • Jan 21 2008
    • 21 Jan 2008

    Making Paper from Paper

    Magazines can be one of those collections that just happened – you weren’t planning on collecting but you just couldn’t get rid of those great issues. There were articles you still planned to read or great writing you might need to reference in the future – recipes, an editorial, beautiful pictures. Next thing you know, you’ve become a collector!

    • Jan 18 2008
    • 18 Jan 2008

    How Much Per Fume?

    A tasteful perfume bottle can be a work of art and has long been a popular collectible. Here’s a quick run through of the scent bottle lexicon to help you make sense of it all!

    • A Commercial bottle is a perfume bottle available at the perfume counter, as opposed to a handmade, one of a kind.
    • A Signed bottle is a commercial bottle signed by the designer.

    • Jan 16 2008
    • 16 Jan 2008

    Buckle Up, Soldier

    Confederate belt buckles can be valued at thousands of dollars – a fact which has spurred an interesting pastime – digging for buckles. While record collectors refer to searching for valuable vinyl at stores or sales as “digging in the crates,” “digging for buckles” in the southern United States literally means grabbing a shovel and unearthing a specific part of, say Tennessee, for example.

    • Jan 11 2008
    • 11 Jan 2008


    Vintage and antique postcard collecting can be an enjoyable trip through time and space. American, Canadian, and European postcards are en vogue and are a lot of fun to hunt for at auctions online and in shops. The technical term for postcard collecting is deltiology. It’s one of the most popular collectibles.

    • Dec 13 2007
    • 13 Dec 2007

    What Auctions do for you!

    From time to time everyone has thought or asked why do Auction Houses charge what they do just to sell an item and make all the money? Here are the basic answers.

    The Overhead

    A. Mortgage or lease payments for the building
    B. Heat, air-conditioning and utilities
    C. Insurance both for your items and liability
    D. Payroll
    E. Equipment
    F. Advertising
    G. Website cost
    H. Photography

    • Dec 11 2007
    • 11 Dec 2007

    Baby Boomers Vs. The Disposable Society

    In being a part of the grey haired generation a baby boomer and the generation of asking “why?” to everything. I have grown perplexed in trying to understand my children’s generation “The Disposable Generation”.

    • Dec 7 2007
    • 7 Dec 2007

    Don’t Smoke!…Collect!

    Don’t Smoke!…Collect Tobacciana

    What a great area to collect in and it is hot! Whether it is pipes, tins, silks, baseball cards, signs or porcelain, there is something for everyone.

    • Dec 3 2007
    • 3 Dec 2007

    Auction Strutters’ Ball…is all that giltters gold?

    As in everything in the world “all that glitters isn’t gold”. If you are a novas or an auction veteran there is always something to learn and if you don’t learn you will get burned.

    • Dec 3 2007
    • 3 Dec 2007

    It is all in the name…

    All things added together increase the value and cost of an item. Just as in buying a car, each accessory or add-on raises the price it is the same in collectibles. In this case a Coalport vase carries a number of marks that help increase its value.

    • Nov 15 2007
    • 15 Nov 2007

    Diamonds are a girl’s best friend…

    Diamonds are a girl’s best friend…

    Needless to say you have seen and heard this quote many times and it is true. In the collecting world jewelry it’s golden whether it’s gold or not. There are so many categories of jewelry it is mind boggling! All people (yes men too!) collect jewelry in some form or another.