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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In this special entry marking my 75th hub, I would like to share with you the fruits of my favorite hobby.
Here's a look at the 12 original Star Wars action figures from Kenner that launched a vintage collecting frenzy that continues today.
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" ...
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.
The Brown Betty teapot is considered by most tea drinkers to brew the perfect cup of tea. History, buying guide, tips for use and care
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
Vintage textiles are valuable, collectible, and need special treatment for laundering or storage. Cutting whole pieces for home craft projects destroys their value.
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 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.
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.
Each day in the UK, millions of pounds in coinage change hands each day in small transactions. Amongst all these coins are some that are worth much more than their face value. If you take a couple of seconds to check your change, you could be one of the lucky ones to find that the coin in your hand is worth considerably more than you expect! Who knows, maybe you have unsuspectingly passed on a 50 or 20 pence piece that is worth £50 - £60!
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.
A search through my handkerchief treasure box reveals many happy memories and interesting information about the development of the kerchief.
Love rocks? It's easy to become addicted to rock collecting when you spend time surrounded by rocks in the great outdoors.
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!
An inexpensive yet effective way to show off your postcards (or photos or pictures) and a cool project for children.
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.
Vintage teacups have an elegance all their own. There are an infinite amount of cup shapes and patterns. So very delicate and beautiful.
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.
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
How did Barbie come to be? Learn about how the lovely doll's controversial beginnings led to a worldwide phenomenon.
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.
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...
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.
What are some of the most valuable and in-demand Modern Age key issue comics to date? Read this list to find out!
Whether you are a novice to collecting antique glass or an expert, these tips can help you identify antique glassware and stay away from reproductions
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
A guide for finding sharks' teeth, along with information about fossilized sharks' teeth and sharks' teeth for sale.
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.
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.
Sterling silver and silver plate is attractive and collectible. Sterling is valuable for craftsmanship, rarity, and for melting as a commodity.
Error Lincoln cents are interesting and fun to collect. Type of errors include: clipped planchet, blank planchet, defective die, off-center strike, and broadstrike.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Some basic history and examples of modest mid-century American pottery by Spaulding/Royal Copley, McCoy, Hall, Shawnee, and Haeger.
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.
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.
The Blue Willow Pattern has been in constant production for over 200 years and is a favorite among collectors. Learn how to collect, evaluate, care for, and identify blue willow china
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.
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.
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.
Wolverine is one the most iconic and marketable characters in all of comic book history. This article looks at 12 of my favorite Wolverine comic book covers!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Collecting theater programs from the earlier years has become an interesting hobby for those who collect paper memorabilia
With a long running mintage, Washington quarter values have always remained promising. Discover Washington quarter values.
More of my adventures in collecting and learning about midcentury American pottery, as well as a discussion of my experiments with some minor repairs.
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.
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.
The mystery of the two old photographs. People, three bicycles, a strange fence and one truss bridge. Circa 1850 - 1900.
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.
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!
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.
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").
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.
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.
Although stamp collecting has never been a primary passion of mine, I have faithfully preserved my mother's and grandmother's collections.
1921 was the key year for the end of the U.S. Morgan silver dollar and the beginning of the U.S. Peace silver dollar. An article for Coin Collectors and Historians.
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.
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.
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.
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.