Wednesday June 19, 2013
I try to keep track of some of the higher priced jars on eBay, just to see what's going on, the direction of the prices, etc. One suprising thing to me over the past few months is the variety of jars that are among the highest priced. At one point, not too long ago, it might be mostly Appleman, with perhaps a sprinkling of Shawnee. The trend seems to be changing a bit, take a look at what we've found are the higher priced jars for the April and May.
Top Jar Prices
Tuesday June 18, 2013
At a recent auction I was able to buy a Regal China cookie jar that I thought would never come my way or at least be affordable. I actually passed on the Peek-a-Boo to bid on the Alice in Wonderland jar. It's a gorgeous jar and one that I am really excited to add to the collection. It's a beautifully detailed jar and she looks great on table. But I digress a bit, this all had me looking for and doing more research on Regal China and like other potteries from that time period, the history is just not all that clear.Read more . . .
Sunday June 16, 2013
Morphy's Toys & Mechanical Banks
Shaving mugs, banks and loads of toy trains.
June 22, 2013
Old Toy Soldiers
Approximately 1,600 lots of choice soldiers and figures
June 21, 22, and 23, 2013
James Julia's Toy & Dolls
360 lots of toys and dolls, including one fabulous Santa advertising poster that I will have to probably pass on!
June 21, 2013
Saturday June 15, 2013
Living not quite in the Southwest, (never sure how Oklahoma should be classified), but close enough to see the influences the landscape has on a lifestyle, I've always been drawn to the collections that encompass the area. No, I don't collect Southwestern items, but I wish I did. The art is mystical and earthy at the same time.
As author Esther says
"Across diverse cultures and landscapes, many collectors love the Southwest (and all that it represents). Collectors want to take away a piece of the place with them as a reminder and as a kind of anchor (knowing that they'll be back for more)."
Read more about the collectibles adventure that is Southwestern collecting....
Image ŠJohn Moran Auctions
Wednesday June 12, 2013
It's been a long time, but when I got this image in the mail, I knew it had to go up as a Mystery Antique
. As you can see it fits on a finger, but what on earth is it used for?
Would love your comments, ideas and answers.
Post away . . . .
Friday June 7, 2013
Some of the best fun about vacations and road trips was stopping at those tacky little gift shops. All that great stuff to buy, take home and promptly forget about. Then there was the free stuff -- matchbooks, advertising postcards, and perhaps a pilfered ashtray or two. Things have changed and although folks still collect those things, travel souvenirs have moved up a notch or two and can put a serious dent in the budget.
My question is - when you're traveling, what souvenirs (if any) do you buy, collect or look for? Please post your comments below.
Also see: Collecting Vacation Souvenirs
Friday May 31, 2013
This week I decided to check out an auction in Las Vegas, what particularly intrigued me was the different ways that buyers could bid on items. Bidders could use LiveAuctioneers, icollector, absentee bid, phone bid and live at the auction house. What had me curious was how the auctioneer was able to keep it all straight. They did. And I was very impressed.
Bidding Live and Online
Wednesday May 29, 2013
Can I just say it's been a rough ten days and we don't even have any damage in our neighborhood?
The storms have been horrific and scary, most of those who have personally seen the damage are surprised that there wasn't more loss of life, as house after house was completely destroyed. Mother Nature hasn't been nice lately and while we can't change the weather or forecasts, we can make sure that when it's time to file an insurance claim, we can recover the monies to pay for our household goods and treasured items (and please if you don't have homeowners or renters insurance -- what are you waiting for?).
One suggestion is to go around the house before there are any problems and just take a bunch of pictures with your phone or digital camera. They don't have to be studio portraits, but just a way of proving what you had in the house. Open the cabinet doors, closets and drawers and start snapping away.
Read more . .
Monday May 27, 2013
If you've ever been inquisitive about how things work or just what is inside that mechanical collectible, this book could have the answer. Todd McLellan's book Things Come Apart
is an beautifully photographed book of 50 classic items, all meticulously taken apart, photographed with all the components and then also photographed exploding in mid-air. It's an interesting book that's also perfect reading material to keep on the coffee table.Read more . . .
Wednesday May 22, 2013
There's nothing quite as comforting as a good book and a cozy chair to sit and read. Add a cup of tea and my Thunder blanket -- I'm in heaven. One good thing about collecting books is that you can enjoy your collection and not just look
Okay, you probably might not be sitting and reading a valuable first-edition with tea nearby, but I would only keep that away from the valuable ones and be careful with the rest. Over the past few years, I've put compiled several articles on book collecting, along with links to other resources.
Find out more . . .
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