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!
- 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.
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
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!
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.
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:
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.
Read more . . .