No one can dispute the Internet has changed the world of collecting and collectibles. From the beginning of eBay in the 1990s, online malls to collector's informational websites, it's all been a great adventure. In recent years of Twitter, Facebook and the ease of doing online blogs, it's gotten a little crowded out there and sometimes hard to find the blog/website you enjoy following.
I've developed several forms where you can submit information about your clubs, blogs, collectibles business or even favorites to follow on Twitter.
Share links with other collectors by taking part in the Collectibles Show and Tell.
It might have been when you looked around and realized you had five teapots, when you only need one. Or the three cookie jars lining the kitchen counter or perhaps it's not ever missing an episode of Antique Roadshow? These are definitely signs of a beginning collector -- when did you realize that, yes -- You're a Collector?
Read what everyone else is saying and then share your funny, serious and real stories by finishing the sentence -- You Know You're a Collector When. . . Finish the Sentence
Do you blog about antiques or collectibles? Use this space to tell us about your collecting blog. It can be a personal blog or commercial blog! Do you tell about your finds or do you write about the newest stuff added to your online shop? Share your story with others.
Do you have a store online? Perhaps a store on eBay, TIAS, Bonanzle or Etsy? Maybe it's a stand alone website or blog that is dedicated to selling antiques and collectibles. Here's your chance for a little publicity on the Collectibles.About.com website.
There are a few rules: the majority of merchandise must be collectible; there must be a contact link on the website; and stores consisting of auto-generated links will not be allowed.
Share your stuff by taking a few pictures of your collections. Tell us more about where you find your pieces and how you like to display them or use them.
Do you have an old piece of furniture that has been repurposed, repainted or redone? Perhaps you have a found object that now has another use? Is there a new use for old t-shirts, record albums or pottery in your home -- share with other collectors and treasure makers.
Hunting Guide on About
f you've been collecting for any length of time there is probably at least one item in the collection that stands out. Something that is notable for the price paid or not paid in some cases. Perhaps it was something stuck in a dusty corner at the back of a store or at a garage sale in a box with a bunch of junk. What's your best find?
Do you have pictures of your childhood Halloween costume? Or perhaps you've never grown up and still like to dress up each year, maybe in a super hero costume. Why not share your favorite Halloween pictures with other collectors? It only takes a few minutes to share the fun.
Share your adorable photos from your childhood Christmas or Chanukah celebrations. Do you have a new toy you're showing off? Was it something on your Santa list? How about standing in front of the family Christmas tree or maybe sitting on Santa's lap? Share your favorite stories.
Quick User Answers
This section is all about helping out other collectors with ideas for cleaning, selling, decorating, whatever -- it only takes a few moments to submit an answer. Read the replies, submit your own answer or if you have an idea for a User Question? Let me know!