In eleven years of collecting Mark has acquired over 345 catalogs!
How did you get started?
I had some vintage Christmas items from when I was a child as my father was always heavy into Christmas decorating. I would get on the roof with dad.
I also had some vintage Bubble lights from a neighbor, but I didn't know what things were or even what they were called since Dad threw away the boxes. I went on eBay and bought a Noma catalog because all I wanted to do was find out when something was made and what it was called.
It became a passionate obsession with me. Soon people would send me a picture and ask when it was made, etc. and I would help them with it by checking the catalogs.
Where to find catalogs
Although I've found some catalogs in antique stores, I would say over 98% were found on eBay. But prices have risen over the years. I would pay about $28 for a catalog in the earlier years, but today most catalogs will sell anywhere from $100. to $250. online.
Suggestions for newbies?
Start out by looking on a photo website like Flickr and look for other like-minded folks that share the same passion. Ask questions and make comments. Some people might exchange catalogs or even sell items to you. Etsy is another good website to try out, as well as social networking sites including Facebook groups.
Catalogs on CDs
It was about three years ago that Mark decided to start selling CDs with catalog scans. Although he advertises that he is offering 146 catalogs, often folks will get a treat and receive even more. The set of catalog CDs sell for $29.95 and can be ordered direct from him at:
markdpodmore @ yahoo.com (remove spaces!)
I've been browsing through a set of CDs and they are a wealth of information, as well as easier than trying to find and track down all those catalogs. When I think of all those scans, the price is very reasonable and even cheap.
Favorite Resources from Mark:
Mark was featured on the HGTV show, If Walls could Talk which shares some of his collections. Mark also collects and has a passion for Roseville Pottery, Hull Pottery, Purinton, McCoy, antique furniture depression era furniture, Fostoria, Sebring Pottery Townhouse and Norman Rockwell plates. As well as vintage magazines such as Better Homes and Gardens and Motor Trend.