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  • 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

  • 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 Beverly Reid8

  • Travel back in time through these Vintage 1970's Photographs.

    Life in the 1970s

    Life in the 1970s

    by Justine Nalbach2

  • Beautiful porcelain pieces are ageless. But somehow, the older pieces speak to me. The patterns and styles are varied and endless. Enjoy a look at my collection.

    My Vintage Porcelain Collection (With Photos)

    My Vintage Porcelain Collection (With Photos)

    by Ellen Gregory143

  • 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 Brock276

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

    My Vintage Teacup Collection

    My Vintage Teacup Collection

    by Ellen Gregory117

  • United Cutlery's Kit Rae, Black Legion Battle Axe looks pretty, feels heavy, and is backed by nothing but lies and shifty marketing schemes. It is the most beautifully designed hunk of junk I have ever purchased, and it is getting returned as soon as possible. A "Do not buy," from me.

    Review of United Cutlery's Kit Rae, Black Legion Battle Axe

    Review of United Cutlery's Kit Rae, Black Legion Battle Axe

    by Kyler J Falk0

  • 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 U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

    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 Lokker13

  • Collecting decks of playing cards can 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 Livermore6

  • The British mark their silver in symbols. Learn how to read them to properly identify your silver and find treasures overlooked by others who don't know what the symbols mean.

    A Guide to British Sterling Silver Hallmarks

    A Guide to British Sterling Silver Hallmarks

    by Diane Cass144

  • Treasures can be found amongst the family crockery. Check the manufacturing mark on the back. Examples include Japanese post-war imports, Chinese Fine China, Fireking USA, Aynsley, and Towerbrite.

    The Joys of Identifying Antique Tea Sets

    The Joys of Identifying Antique Tea Sets

    by Cecelia2

  • This article covers Beswick/Royal Albert figurines in the Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit series, including the models I personally own. It also features information about Beatrix Potter, the Beswick factory, designers and the significance of backstamps.

    Beswick/Royal Albert Figurines: Beatrix Potter Collectables

    Beswick/Royal Albert Figurines: Beatrix Potter Collectables

    by Diana Grant91

  • Sure, they're collectible, vintage, and decorative, but who would have thought of buttons as being valuable? This article discusses the collecting, history, storage, reuse, and value of old buttons.

    All About Collecting, Storing, and Cleaning Buttons

    All About Collecting, Storing, and Cleaning Buttons

    by CraftytotheCore31

  • Before I moved to the United States with my husband, we used to travel to different places. As we share the same interest, we love collecting Starbucks coffee mugs as part of our travel memorabilia.

    My Travel Memorabilia Collection: Coffee Mugs

    My Travel Memorabilia Collection: Coffee Mugs

    by Liza6

  • 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

  • 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 Hewins12

  • 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, but most cards have some clues you can follow.

    How to Estimate the Age of a Vintage Postcard

    How to Estimate the Age of a Vintage Postcard

    by SheilaMilne109

  • 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 Chechar167

  • I have come to regret ever agreeing to buy L.O.L Surprise! dolls for my daughter. From their extremely contagious cases of Glitter Pox to their environmentally unfriendly packaging, these dolls may be the worst choice I've ever made.

    10 Things I Regret About L.O.L. Surprise! Dolls

    10 Things I Regret About L.O.L. Surprise! Dolls

    by Kelly Wagner5

  • She began her “Barbie Doll Style” in 1959; by 1974, Barbie Doll celebrated her sweet 16th birthday. Mattel’s teenage fashion model had new looks, new clothes and... a special Sweet 16 Barbie promotional doll.

    Barbie Doll’s 1974 Fashion Scene

    Barbie Doll’s 1974 Fashion Scene

    by Teri Silver3

  • Counterfeit coins have always been a problem for coin collectors. This article has some basic tips to help you avoid getting ripped off by purchasing fake coins.

    How to Detect Counterfeit Coins

    How to Detect Counterfeit Coins

    by Doug West19

  • Let's have a look at some of the oldest spinning tops from around the world and learn a little about their history, background, characteristics, and more.

    A Guide to Spinning Tops Across the Globe

    A Guide to Spinning Tops Across the Globe

    by truefaith72

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

    How to Store and Display Your Postcards

    How to Store and Display Your Postcards

    by SheilaMilne38

  • 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 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 Messerschmidt8

  • 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 karMALZEKE208

  • Vintage textiles are valuable, collectible, and need special treatment for laundering or storage. Cutting whole pieces for home craft projects destroys their value.

    Vintage Fabrics: How to Care for Old Textiles

    Vintage Fabrics: How to Care for Old Textiles

    by Dolores Monet4

  • 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 Miller13

  • 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 Zach79

  • 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

  • The correct term for the study of coins is numismatic. Collecting coins from the U.S. and foreign countries over a few years can yield a small fortune with returns ranging from 20% to 30%.

    Tips on the Value of Collecting Old Coins

    Tips on the Value of Collecting Old Coins

    by Cynthia B Turner18

  • 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 Zach344

  • 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 Hellier24

  • There is no right or wrong way to collect baseball cards, but a look at the resources available to help you build a collection can give you an idea of how to get started today! Learn the basics of buying, selling, and trading baseball cards to make your collection great!

    A Beginner's Guide to Buying, Selling, and Trading Baseball Cards

    A Beginner's Guide to Buying, Selling, and Trading Baseball Cards

    by Andrew Harner0

  • If you like history, vintage paper items, and learning about people's lives, try collecting antique diaries. Here are guidelines for collecting, restoring, and selling them.

    How to Collect and Sell Antique Diaries

    How to Collect and Sell Antique Diaries

    by Virginia Allain3

  • 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 Claywell72

  • The Lego company didn't always manufacture little plastic bricks—the first interlocking bricks were made in 1947! In the 60s, they became wildly successful with a series of motorized trains, still prized by collectors. Learn how to identify vintage Legos and buy cheap 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 Lefler19

  • 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 Zach552

  • State quarter errors are a great way to add value to your collection. Learn the history of the statehood quarters and examine a list of mistakes you can find.

    State Quarter Errors List

    State Quarter Errors List

    by Zach328

  • 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 Bisson37

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

    Barbie Doll Fashion: 1964

    Barbie Doll Fashion: 1964

    by Teri Silver4

  • 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

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  • 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 West68

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