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  • If you like history, vintage paper items, & learning about people's lives, try collecting antique diaries. Here are guidelines for selling these or restoring them to a relative of the journal writer.

    Collecting and Selling Antique Diaries

    Collecting and Selling Antique Diaries

    by Virginia Allain0

  • Thimbles are such a neat item to collect since they are small and readily available worldwide in souvenir shops. I hope you enjoy reading about them, and maybe start your own collection!

    A Guide to Collecting Thimbles

    A Guide to Collecting Thimbles

    by Christine and Peter Broster12

  • Estimating a coin's value can be tricky for a novice, but most of us have happened across an interesting old coin and wondered about its worth. Here's a guide that will take you step by step to understanding how much your coin is worth.

    What Is a BU Coin?

    What Is a BU Coin?

    by jellygator8

  • Collecting commemorative stamps can provide a great introduction to history. In 1936 and 1937, the United States Post Office issued a series of ten Army and Navy commemorative stamps honoring heroes from the Revolutionary War through the Spanish-American War. The four-cent Navy commemorative honors Admirals William T. Sampson, George Dewey, and Winfield Scott Schley, naval heroes of the Spanish-American War. This stamp showcases the best of the turn-of-the-century Navy.

    1937 Four-Cent Navy Stamp: William Sampson, George Dewey, and Winfield Scott Schley

    1937 Four-Cent Navy Stamp: William Sampson, George Dewey, and Winfield Scott Schley

    by Brian Lokker0

  • Billy Blazes, Rocky Canyon, Wendy Waters. Big clunky feet, equipment packs. The animated TV show, the direct to video movie. These are the basics, but there's a few weird facts you missed.

    Weird Facts About Fisher-Price Rescue Heroes

    Weird Facts About Fisher-Price Rescue Heroes

    by Jonathan Sabin0

  • The wheat penny was an American coin designed by the U.S. Mint from 1909 to 1958. Some wheat pennies can be worth over $1,000! Now that's a pretty penny!

    Wheat Penny Values Charts

    Wheat Penny Values Charts

    by Richard Ricky Hale58

  • Two decades ago, Fisher-Price introduced a line of toddler-friendly action figures that eventually outgrew their target audience and became one of Mattel's hottest properties, before it fizzled out.

    Fisher-Price "Rescue Heroes": A Look Back at 20 Years

    Fisher-Price "Rescue Heroes": A Look Back at 20 Years

    by Jonathan Sabin0

  • Jewelry reflects the taste and attitude of every period in history. There are clues that can be used in deciphering how old your jewelry is. The older and rarer, the more valuable it will be.

    5 Easy Clues for Dating Antique or Vintage Jewelry

    5 Easy Clues for Dating Antique or Vintage Jewelry

    by karMALZEKE171

  • Learn history by collecting stamps. In 1936 and 1937, the U.S. Post Office issued a series of ten commemorative postage stamps honoring military heroes from the Revolutionary War through the Spanish-American War. The one-cent Army stamp honors Revolutionary War Generals George Washington and Nathanael Greene, and also includes a vignette of Mount Vernon. The stamps provide a window into early U.S. military history.

    1936 One-Cent Army Stamp: George Washington, Nathanael Greene, and Mount Vernon

    1936 One-Cent Army Stamp: George Washington, Nathanael Greene, and Mount Vernon

    by Brian Lokker4

  • Collectible buttons; vintage buttons; decorative buttons; who would have thought of buttons as being valuable collectibles? Buttons used in craft projects. Sewing buttons. How to store buttons.

    All About Collecting, Storing, and Cleaning Buttons

    All About Collecting, Storing, and Cleaning Buttons

    by CraftytotheCore29

  • This spectacular ruby-colored, early-American pattern glass can add beauty and interest to your decor, and it is fun and affordable to find and collect.

    My Experience Collecting Ruby Glass

    My Experience Collecting Ruby Glass

    by Sherry Hewins10

  • With a long running mintage, Washington quarter values have always remained promising. Discover Washington quarter values.

    Washington Quarter Values

    Washington Quarter Values

    by Zach9

  • If you collect teddy bears, or just think they are sweet, you will want to read article this about Boyds Bears, which are no longer being produced.

    Boyds Bears Are No Longer Being Produced

    Boyds Bears Are No Longer Being Produced

    by Karen Hellier8

  • State quarter errors are a great way to add value to your collection. Learn the history of the Statehood Quarters find a list of mistakes you can find.

    State Quarter Errors List

    State Quarter Errors List

    by Zach185

  • Collecting decks of playing cards and be a fun and rewarding hobby. Learn the pros and cons of collecting playing cards, and ways to display your collection.

    The Hobby of Collecting Playing Cards

    The Hobby of Collecting Playing Cards

    by David Livermore4

  • Look over any collection of early naval postcards, and you'll find one or more from Enrique Muller. He was a photographer and postcard publisher in New York City until about 1920. Well, I say "he" ...

    Collecting Early Naval Postcards: Enrique Muller

    Collecting Early Naval Postcards: Enrique Muller

    by Cindy D Whipany2

  • Tips on cleaning plush stuffed toys, both vintage and new, from an experienced collector, seller, and restorer.

    How to Clean Plush Stuffed Toys

    How to Clean Plush Stuffed Toys

    by PlushMemoriesPlus8

  • Are you a 90s kid with old toys kicking around in your attic? Some of them might be worth a lot of money today. Check out this list of toys from the 90s worth a fortune today, and see if you're sitting on a gold mine.

    5 Popular Toys From the 90s That Are Worth Money Today

    5 Popular Toys From the 90s That Are Worth Money Today

    by Meagan Ireland0

  • This vintage button guide contains valuable information about different types of vintage buttons including how to test them to see what they are made from. Also, learn how to safely clean and care for vintage and antique buttons.

    Vintage Button Guide - Ways to Identify Antique Buttons

    Vintage Button Guide - Ways to Identify Antique Buttons

    by Jamie Brock216

  • Outfits, separates, accessories, costumes ... they are all in Barbie Doll's closet. 1964 was a fashionable year for Barbie Doll!

    Barbie Doll Fashion: 1964

    Barbie Doll Fashion: 1964

    by Teri Silver4

  • Antique samplers are delicate and fragile. They must be cared for by someone who knows how to care for old textiles. Here is the story of an old sampler and how I came to learn about its history.

    Antique Needle Work: An 18th Century Sampler

    Antique Needle Work: An 18th Century Sampler

    by Dolores Monet9

  • A brief history of how postage stamps came to be, along with an introduction to stamp collecting. Once described as "The World's Greatest Hobby," stamp collecting flourished until the rise of technology in the 1980s. After three decades of decline, the hobby is now enjoying a rebirth.

    Stamp Collecting: The History and Evolution of the World's Greatest Hobby

    Stamp Collecting: The History and Evolution of the World's Greatest Hobby

    by Peter Messerschmidt6

  • The Roosevelt Dime Collection is a unique piece of U.S. Coinage history. In this guide, discover the history, key date values and dime errors contained within the Roosevelt Mintage.

    Roosevelt Dime Error List

    Roosevelt Dime Error List

    by Zach237

  • Vintage teacups have an elegance all their own. There are an infinite amount of cup shapes and patterns. So very delicate and beautiful.

    My Vintage Teacup Collection

    My Vintage Teacup Collection

    by Ellen Gregory110

  • Whether you inherited it from your great-grandmother or picked it up at an estate sale, your old mirror may be worth more than you realize. It's time to put on your detective hat and look for clues!

    How to Determine the Value of an Old Mirror

    How to Determine the Value of an Old Mirror

    by Linda Chechar105

  • The hobby of collecting sea shells has been done for thousands of years. Whether you live by the seashore or are an occasional visitor of a beach site, a shell advertises nature's art.

    The Hobby of Collecting Seashells

    The Hobby of Collecting Seashells

    by Tricia Deed6

  • Learn history by collecting stamps. From 1936 to 1937, the U.S. Post Office issued a series of ten commemorative postage stamps featuring military heroes from the Revolutionary War through the Spanish-American War. The five-cent Army stamp pays tribute to the United States Military Academy at West Point, the nation's oldest service academy. The stamps provide a great introduction to early U.S. military history.

    1937 Five-Cent Army Stamp: United States Military Academy at West Point

    1937 Five-Cent Army Stamp: United States Military Academy at West Point

    by Brian Lokker4

  • Collecting stamps provides a wonderful and fun way to learn history. In 1936 and 1937, the U.S. Post Office issued a series of ten Army and Navy commemorative stamps honoring heroes from the Revolutionary War through the Spanish-American War. The three-cent Navy stamp honors Admirals David Farragut and David Porter, naval heroes of the Civil War and adoptive brothers. The stamp provides a nice introduction to the naval history of the Civil War.

    1937 Three-Cent Navy Stamp: David Farragut and David Porter

    1937 Three-Cent Navy Stamp: David Farragut and David Porter

    by Brian Lokker0

  • Regardless of why you decide to sell your vintage toys -- you want to get top dollar for them. Here are a few ways to help you get what they are worth.

    Where Can I Sell My Vintage Toys?

    Where Can I Sell My Vintage Toys?

    by Charlie Claywell35

  • Seashell collecting is a popular hobby. There is nothing better than bringing home some of nature's best jewels as a memory of your Florida vacation. Learn the best places to shell in Florida.

    Best Shelling Locations in Florida

    Best Shelling Locations in Florida

    by Linda F Correa4

  • If you are looking for tips on how to collect Steiff animals, then look no further. You'll find places to purchase the toys and tips on keeping your collection in top shape.

    How to Collect Steiff Animals

    How to Collect Steiff Animals

    by Claudia Mitchell22

  • Be sure to check your pockets! You might have a valuable penny in your possession. Find out which pennies you should look out for when counting your change.

    Valuable Pennies Still in Circulation Today

    Valuable Pennies Still in Circulation Today

    by Richard Ricky Hale182

  • When your collection of postcards (or photos) reaches a certain size you need to think about how to store, protect, and display safely and creatively.

    How to Store and Display Your Postcards

    How to Store and Display Your Postcards

    by SheilaMilne36

  • Why stop with just the Statehood Quarters, when you could be collecting the America The Beautiful Quarters Program? Come learn more about National Park Quarter errors and values!

    America the Beautiful Quarter Errors List

    America the Beautiful Quarter Errors List

    by Zach50

  • He-Man once blazed a new path for action figures. With tons of great characters and a world of fantasy behind it He-Man figures still are prized possessions for collectors, but which pieces are worth the investment?

    Collecting Loose He-Man Action Figures

    Collecting Loose He-Man Action Figures

    by Sam Little2

  • In this guide, I cover seven valuable pennies that are still found in circulation today. These rarities pop up more often than you think! In addition to these seven coins, I reveal some of the rarest and most expensive pennies out there and discuss some of the nuances of numismatics.

    7 Rare and Valuable Pennies Found in Circulation Today

    7 Rare and Valuable Pennies Found in Circulation Today

    by Zach212

  • A look at the Legends of Hollywood, a commemorative stamp series created to feature legendary actors, actresses and directors who have made a positive and undeniable impact on American film.

    Legends of Hollywood Stamp Series

    Legends of Hollywood Stamp Series

    by Glory Miller10

  • If you have an old stuffed animal that you are unsure about, you just might have a Steiff animal. Prized by collectors around the world, Steiffs are fairly easy to identify. Using the 3 identifiers described in this article will help you determine if you have a Steiff animal.

    How to Identify Steiff Bears

    How to Identify Steiff Bears

    by Claudia Mitchell42

  • Error Lincoln cents are interesting and fun to collect. Type of errors include: clipped planchet, blank planchet, defective die, off-center strike, and broadstrike.

    Collecting U.S. Mint Lincoln Cent Errors

    Collecting U.S. Mint Lincoln Cent Errors

    by Doug West11

  • I first "discovered" Fiestaware several years ago, when I wanted brightly colored china for my kitchen. Fiestaware is retro but is becoming popular again. It is well made and has lovely shapes.

    Fiestaware China by Homer Laughlin China

    Fiestaware China by Homer Laughlin China

    by Jean Bakula14

  • The Peace silver dollar came into being through the vocal requests of coin collectors to commemorate the end of World War I. It was the last dollar coin to be made of silver for general circulation.

    Battle for the Peace Silver Dollar

    Battle for the Peace Silver Dollar

    by Doug West0

  • If you collect vintage postcards, you may like to know roughly how old the card is. It isn't always easy to establish its age. Most cards have some clues you can follow.

    How to Estimate the Age of a Postcard

    How to Estimate the Age of a Postcard

    by SheilaMilne109

  • Thornton Utz, a masterwork artist for Hamilton Collection Limited Edition Plates. Utz has artistic talent as an illustrator, portraitist, and as a collector plate artist, and a fine art painter.

    Thornton Utz, Hamilton Collection Plates

    Thornton Utz, Hamilton Collection Plates

    by Glenn Waters2

  • In 1974, the United States Postal Service issued a beautiful set of commemorative stamps in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Universal Postal Union. Each of the eight stamps in the set features a famous work of art by an internationally renowned artist that reflects the theme of reading and writing letters. These stamps are a miniature art gallery, with masterpieces by Raphael, Hokusai, Peto, Liotard, ter Borch, Chardin, Gainsborough, and Goya.

    Famous Works of Art on U.S. Stamps: 1974 Universal Postal Union Commemoratives

    Famous Works of Art on U.S. Stamps: 1974 Universal Postal Union Commemoratives

    by Brian Lokker15

  • A guide for finding sharks' teeth, along with information about fossilized sharks' teeth and sharks' teeth for sale.

    How to Find Sharks' Teeth

    How to Find Sharks' Teeth

    by Holle Abee144

  • The Lego company didn't always manufacture little plastic bricks - the first interlocking bricks were made in 1947! In the 1960's, Lego became wildly successful with a series of motorized trains, which are prized by collectors. Learn how to identify vintage Legos, and buy cheap Lego sets online through eBay.

    Vintage Lego Sets: How to Identify and Collect Classic Lego Bricks

    Vintage Lego Sets: How to Identify and Collect Classic Lego Bricks

    by Leah Lefler17

  • Nanking Cargo is the name given to a hoard of porcelain recovered from the South China Sea in 1985. This is the story of that porcelain and the ship that carried it to the ocean's floor.

    The Nanking Cargo

    The Nanking Cargo

    by Kaili Bisson35

  • Airmail stamps are not just stamps. They are pieces of aviation and postal history going back some 1 1/2 centuries! "Airmail Stamps..." takes a look at the history and examples of these stamps.

    A History of International Airmail Stamps

    A History of International Airmail Stamps

    by truefaith78

  • I saw this once in a Dengeki Hobby issue. I will be trying this to one of my Gunpla.

    How to Pose Your Gunpla

    How to Pose Your Gunpla

    by JR Mamerto0

  • Learn history by collecting stamps. From 1936 to 1937, the United States Post Office issued a series of ten commemorative postage stamps featuring Army and Navy heroes from American wars in the 18th and 19th centuries. The four-cent Army stamp honors Civil War Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson of the Confederate Army, and also includes a view of Robert E. Lee's birthplace, Stratford Hall. These stamps make American military history come alive.

    1937 Four-Cent Army Stamp: Robert E. Lee, Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, and Stratford Hall

    1937 Four-Cent Army Stamp: Robert E. Lee, Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, and Stratford Hall

    by Brian Lokker9

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