Tips on cleaning plush stuffed toys, both vintage and new, from an experienced collector, seller, and restorer.
Two dollar bills are few and far between, having last been issued in 2003. Find out how much is a two dollar bill is worth!
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.
Vintage Lego minifigures from the classic sets of the 1970s and 1980s were the predecessors of modern minifigs like Batman, Star Wars and Harry Potter.
Some antique license plates are worth thousands of dollars, but their price depends on many factors. Learn how to determine the value of old plates.
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.
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.
Sooner or later there will be a buyer for just about any item you care to name, but what makes an antique or collectible desirable? What does rarity, condition and provenance actually mean?
The Teddy Bear was named for United States President Theodore ("Teddy") Roosevelt. This article explains why the bear was named after the president and provides information about the history of the Steiff and Vermont Teddy Bears.
Is Barbie, that marvel of disproportionate anatomy, pregnant? (What pretty babies she could produce!) Actually, it's Midge who became pregnant; read on for details.
Some basic history and examples of modest mid-century American pottery by Spaulding/Royal Copley, McCoy, Hall, Shawnee, and Haeger.
In this special entry marking my 75th hub, I would like to share with you the fruits of my favorite hobby.
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.
Radio-controlled model cars; how to change from original equipment brushed motor to new low-maintenance brushless motor. With parts illustrations.
More of my adventures in collecting and learning about midcentury American pottery, as well as a discussion of my experiments with some minor repairs.
Here's a look at the 12 original Star Wars action figures from Kenner that launched a vintage collecting frenzy that continues today.
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.
This article contains information and photographs on the Beswick series of Alice in Wonderland figurines and the designers. They are very collectable little ceramic figurines that make great presents too, as they are relatively inexpensive.
Error Lincoln cents are interesting and fun to collect. Type of errors include: clipped planchet, blank planchet, defective die, off-center strike, and broadstrike.
Outfits, separates, accessories, costumes ... they are all in Barbie Doll's closet. 1964 was a fashionable year for Barbie Doll!
The famous White Star Liner Titanic will always hold a special place in our hearts. Just the name of that magnificent ship immediately conjures up unforgettable and moving scenes from romantic and tragic movies about this great human disaster. ...
A guide for finding sharks' teeth, along with information about fossilized sharks' teeth and sharks' teeth for sale.
An inexpensive yet effective way to show off your postcards (or photos or pictures) and a cool project for children.
Hockey cards have been around for over a hundred years. From the earliest tobacco cards through the classic 1950s issues to cards of today's superstars like Sidney Crobsy or Alexander Ovechkin, the cardboard depiction of the stars of the National...
Although stamp collecting has never been a primary passion of mine, I have faithfully preserved my mother's and grandmother's collections.
Collecting autographs can be for fun or profit. Some autographs can be worth a lot of money, and there have been some famous autograph collectors over the years. Here are some autographs tips and trivia!
Almost anything can be collectible and collected. If you're looking to get into collecting for a hobby then look no further than this article for some good collecting ideas.
This is a description of how I repaired my GI Joe Mobile Support Vehicle (MSV). This is a classic and collectible toy from the 12” GI Joe Adventure Team series of the early 1970s. It is approximately 21” long! It is equipped with a moving...
Thousands of so-called "authentic" autographed photos of famous people/celebrities are sold on eBay and Amazon every week. Lots of scammers get rich selling forged autographs and fakes. If you're wondering whether yours is really signed or just a clever reproduction or forgery, keep reading.
Stamp collecting is wonderful way to learn history. 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 Navy stamp pays tribute to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, the nation's second-oldest service academy. Starting with the official USNA seal on the stamp, you can learn some of the history of the Naval Academy.
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.
It was recently announced that Steuben Glass Works will close November 29, 2011. In its 118 years in business, Steuben was a leader in the luxury glass market. Vintage Steuben as well as contemporary Steuben pieces is the frequent target of imitations and fakes. Forged marks and signatures are often applied to Steuben lookalikes. This article explains how to tell the difference.
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 search through my handkerchief treasure box reveals many happy memories and interesting information about the development of the kerchief.
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.
Learn about Olympic pin trading and its history. See the pins we collected in 1992 during the Barcelona games. Pin trading, while it can be profitable, is most of all fun!
There is a difference between antiques and collectibles and a difference between price guides and actual value which is influenced by consumer demand, availability, and condition of the item.
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.
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.
To keep or not to keep my childhood dolls, that was the question I asked myself. Below I share my personal stories on why each doll is special to me. Read on to learn the outcome of my decision.
From gears to wheels, Lego Technic sets are challengingly fun for builders of all ages. Check out all of the 1,000+ piece Technic sets right here for inspiration as you admire their fine detail!
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.
Antique and vintage plates and their modern reproductions are popular and collectible. A general overview of china dishware, its history, and how to identify patterns and designs.
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.
Some people paint, some people read, but there are lots of people collecting things as a hobby. If you wish you had more nifty things to display, consider starting a collection. I have some suggestions for you.
Tips for collecting antique & vintage chintz tea cups along with some pottery histories and lovely pictures!
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.
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%.
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.
Before trying to learn the value of Depression Glass learn how to identify the pattern of your early 20th century collectible.
Find out about weird rocks to add to your mineral collection. Family friendly rocks, fossils, gemstones and minerals for kids and adults to collect!
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.
You can make an American Girl doll look like new again for the cost of a wide metal bristle brush and some things you already have around the house.
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.
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.
Collecting stamps is a great way to learn history. In 1936 and 1937, the U.S. Post Office issued a series of ten commemorative stamps to honor heroes from the Revolutionary War through the Spanish-American War. The two-cent Navy stamp honors Stephen Decatur and Thomas Macdonough, naval heroes in the Barbary Wars and the War of 1812. The stamps provide a great introduction to early U.S. military history.
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.
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!
Here's gemstone treasure that you can work yourself. The Oceanview Mine, Temecula, California gives chances to separate tailings of aquamarine, tourmaline, citrine, morganite, amethyst, and more.
Why do people collect stuff? What are psychological motivations and joys of collecting? What are some tips and ideas for creating, organizing, and displaying a collection?
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!
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.
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.
eBay is not the only online auction source for vintage toys. This article examines five vibrant auction sites that have a large selection of high-quality vintage toys for sale.
The best toys are the ones you had as a kid, and for me that was 80's toys! Start up a collection of these priceless memories with the help of this hub. Learn how I fell in love with 80s toys again and had a blast doing so.
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.
With a long running mintage, Washington quarter values have always remained promising. Discover Washington quarter values.
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.
A claasic R/C toy from the 1990's! Tomy Char-G's were loved by many kids. They were fast, could do 100 million 360's and had rear lights. You could charge them in 45 seconds from the controller. Could we ask for anything more back then?!
How did Barbie come to be? Learn about how the lovely doll's controversial beginnings led to a worldwide phenomenon.
No action base? No problem! Here's a guide to posing your action figures without spending a lot of money on an expensive platform.
The 2016 Mercury Dime Centennial Gold Coin. This is an event 100 years in the making. Beautifully struck in .9999 fine 24–karat gold and weights one-tenth of a Troy ounce.
Repair and rebuild shock absorbers on your radio-controlled (RC) cars. A step-by-step guide with photos.
Learn history through stamp collecting. 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 Navy stamp honors Revolutionary War naval heroes John Paul Jones, captain of the Bonhomme Richard, and John Barry, captain of the Lexington. The stamps provide a great introduction to early U.S. military history.
This list includes the original 16 hot wheels cars first released in 1968, plus fun facts about the die-cast toys.
Collecting vintage Melmac and melamine dinnerware can be a fun hobby. This article will tell you a bit more about this fantastic plastic of our past!
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 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!
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.
An article exploring the history of wheat pennies, wherein I clear up some misconceptions about their value and explain simple appraisal for those interested in coin collecting (or, "numismatics").
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.
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.
Flow Blue is a highly collectible, antique blue-and-white china popular during the Victorian era, known for hazy blue floral, pastoral, or Asian patterns on bright white china.
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.
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.
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!
Stoneware is a tough, versatile type of pottery made in the U.S. for 300 years. The antique blue and white spatterware and spongeware is a popular collectible that is still being produced today.
Love rocks? It's easy to become addicted to rock collecting when you spend time surrounded by rocks in the great outdoors.
Blue Ridge Pottery dishes made in the Appalachian mountains are very popular with collectors. History and information on Blue Ridge Pottery Show and Sale yearly in Erwin, Tennessee
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.
Collecting theater programs from the earlier years has become an interesting hobby for those who collect paper memorabilia
Even the most matted and knotted My Little Pony hair can be washed and curled if you have the patience. I've only tried this with vintage My Little Ponies (from the 1980s), but I believe it will work on the newer models, as well.
Collecting Bicentennial Vintage Patriots Series Decanters by McCormick is a fun way to learn about the year 1776 when the United States of America began its struggle of becoming its own republic.
Learn history through stamp collecting. From 1936 to 1937, the United States Post Office issued a series of commemorative postage stamps that featured Army and Navy heroes from American wars prior to 1900. The three-cent Army stamp honors Civil War Generals Ulysses S. Grant, William Tecumseh Sherman, and Philip Sheridan of the Union Army. The stamps are an interesting window into U.S. military history.
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.
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.
Learn history through collecting stamps. In 1936 and 1937, the U.S. Post Office issued a series of ten commemorative postage stamps honoring Army and Navy heroes from American wars. The two-cent Army stamp honors Generals Andrew Jackson and Winfield Scott, and also includes a view of Jackson's home The Hermitage. The stamps provide a good way of learning about early U.S. military history.
With 32 different buildings, the Lego Architecture Series has been growing in qauntity and popularity since 2008. Continue reading to see ALL of the buildings in both the Landmark and Architect Series
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.
Vintage textiles are valuable, collectible, and need special treatment for laundering or storage. Cutting whole pieces for home craft projects destroys their value.
This article covers everything from preprinted albums and loose leaf binders to archival quality stock books for valuable philatelic items.
Vintage teacups have an elegance all their own. There are an infinite amount of cup shapes and patterns. So very delicate and beautiful.
The Real Photo Post Card was the Instagram of its era. It got pictures of the important things in life to people who should see them, sometimes with a short message included.
This article covers Beswick/Royal Albert Figurines in the Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit series. Models I own, something about Beatrix Potter, the Beswick factory, designers & significance of Backstamps
I've realized my regrets about 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 worse choice I've ever made.
The Barbie Dream House has come a long way since its inception in 1960. Here, read about the numerous changes in style, look, and colors of dream houses for this dream doll.
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.
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.
In the late 1950s to 1970s, Lucky Products Inc. produced a 100 piece toy soldier set that came with a storage footlocker. These comic book mail-in toys were a remarkable mix of toy Army, Navy, and Air Force figurines.
So you have this old picture, and you're not sure who it's by. The right name could make all the difference at auction, but just how do you find out who painted your item—and were they famous?
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?
Sterling silver and silver plate is attractive and collectible. Sterling is valuable for craftsmanship, rarity, and for melting as a commodity.
Comic book trading cards, a once thriving giant of geek culture, lies in a moribund state. This article is a heartfelt nostalgic look at these addictive packs of coolness.
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.
When buying vintage or antique teddy bears, it is important to learn the identifying features that help to date them. Here are six features that help to determine the age of a vintage teddy.
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.
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" ...