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Friday February 28, 2014

It's a little bittersweet for me, but Friday, February 28th, will be my last day on About. It's been a terrific seventeen years and a long way from the days of Prodigy's collecting boards where I started this journey. I can't even begin to count the many friends I've made because of this job. There have been some amazing trips, a chance to meet fantastic artists, and at times had more fun than should be legal. The world of collecting has great and sharing people in it and I can only hope that you also experience the same joy in your collecting that I've had over the years.

I'll still be around doing a little bit of writing about my favorite collecting interests on the website --aptly named: barbcrews.com and through my email newsletter that has been published since 1996!

Hope to see you on the other side . . . . Please stay in touch!

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AuctionBytes Blog

Tuesday February 25, 2014
It takes me leaving, but I finally got to be a subject of a blog on AuctionBytes Blog. Thanks for the writeup!

Popular Pages on Collectibles

Sunday February 23, 2014
As I wind down my last few days on About.com I thought I'd share some of the more popular articles on the Collectibles site. They're not in any particular order, just pages that continually show up on my What's Hot pages!
  • Beanie Babies, will they ever die down?
    People aren't buying them like they did in the Ty heyday, but they are still fun to collect, especially as Ty comes out with new pieces on a regular basis. Will the current ones increase in value in five years? Basically the answer is No.

    Which is the same answer to many of those collected in the nineties. There are always exceptions, so they might be valuable if they are one of the very limited pieces, one of the original nine or one of the given only to special people beanies.

    But that doesn't stop people from continually asking how much they can get selling those bins of beanies stored away in the closet. Read more about Beanie Babies and then find out what ones are really worth something.

  • Elvis Presley Record Values
    Vintage Elvis will be popular and sought after for many years in the future. And one of the simple articles I wrote about Presley's vintage records still gets lots of traffic as people want to know what their old 45 rpms are worth. But it's my Elvis Trivia Quiz that people love to take and it's been a popular piece for many years, real fans should have no problem, but casual fans might get stuck on a few questions. Take the quiz and see how you do!
  • Disney Movie Trivia
    Speaking of trivia quiz for collectors, the Disney Movie Quiz is another very popular feature that has readers testing their Disney knowledge. If you're a Disney fan, it's worth taking just to see how well you know the vintage Disney movies. The Disney Movie Trivia Quiz. It's a tough one!
  • Cookie Jar Resources
    I daresay I've built one of the biggest resources on cookie jar collecting on the Internet, and it shows in popularity. It's usually in my top ten in page views. This also includes the Cookie Jar Index with an easy-to-use list of jar pictures on this website.

Collecting Community Comes Together

Friday February 21, 2014
One of achievements I am most proud of from my years here on About happened just a few months ago. In 2012 - 2013 there were several weather related catastrophes that shook different areas of the United States. Many people lost their homes, all their possessions and unfortunately there were too many lives lost. People help as best they can during times like these, and like many of you, our family did our best helping locally in several different ways.

But I wanted to do just a little more.

Last summer I called on collectors and companies I knew in the collecting community to help the folks who lost everything during the Oklahoma tornadoes. My thought was to help a few families with their Christmas decorations. At the time of the storms, that's the last thing on anyone's mind, but I knew when November and December came around, they would be remembering what they lost. What an amazing project it turned out to be!

Read more about the Christmas in Moore project

Selling on Lofty

Tuesday February 18, 2014
High dollar collections, fine art paintings, jewelry and fashion items -- including Prada and Louis Vuitton, all items currently being shown on Lofty.com.

It's a newer marketplace for those who want to sell something special, something that perhaps might not be a good fit on eBay or consigning locally. There were some cool items on there that I was definitely interested in learning more about -- like a screen with scraps and a great looking desk. Which brings me to the next thing, Lofty actually arranges the shipping so a buyer doesn't have to worry that the seller might not ship correctly.

Learn more about Lofty.com, see if it might work for you!

Happy Valentine's Day

Thursday February 13, 2014

Shirley Temple Black

Tuesday February 11, 2014

Shirley Temple Black (4/23/28 - 2/10/14) has led a quiet press-free life over the past few decades, which was probably a relief to her after being in the glare of the spotlight for so much of her early years. Her debut into the American scene during the midst of the depression brought joy and happiness to those who were able to watch her movies. I don't even remember the plot of the movie, but every time I hear about her, The Good Ship Lollipop song goes running through my head and I start humming. Like I am right now.

Shirley Temple dolls were the dolls to have even two decades after her movies first came out, I remember the excitement when I got my first, and probably only, Shirley Temple doll. I wish the one shown was mine, but alas, I didn't know the ins and outs of collecting back then.

RIP Shirley Temple Black - a life well-lived.

And Your Favorite Beatle was?

Sunday February 9, 2014
I Want to Hold Your Hand -- It wasn't my favorite Beatles song, but it's the one I remember the most from their very loud beginning here in the States. Yes, I was one of the lucky ones old enough to remember watching the show. But I do have to remind folks that everyone watched the show in the sixties. Everyone watched The Ed Sullivan Show even when the Beatles weren't on. There weren't that many channels back then, even in the New York area where we lived, and his show was the must see of the weekend. If you made it to the Ed Sullivan show, you had it made.

Today authentic Beatles memorabilia is still a strong seller, for instance the first Beatles Aladdin lunch box can still sell for as much as $1600., other vintage stuff also does well. Look at places such as Hakes Americana & Collectibles auctions for authentic vintage Beatles.

When the Beatles came to town, the burning question was, who is your favorite Beatle? So now I ask you, if you were around in their heyday:

Learn More about Morton

Monday February 3, 2014
Morton Pottery, a company that produced utility ware, giftware and figurines and in the declining years was owned by Rival and made ceramic inserts for crock pots A few of the cookie jars produced by the company included the hen shown here, a scarecrow-looking clown and a white poodle head that I've wondered about for years!

Read more. . .

Sports T-Shirts into Cool Scarves

Friday January 31, 2014

I have a confession. I don't wear t-shirts. At all. Well, except for a rare Thunder shirt when it's layered. So when our "collection" of Thunder shirts grew to two large boxes, we had to do something with them. First a lightweight blanket was made and then scarves with more t-shirts.
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