That is an interesting question and if you are not a collector, you cannot understand what drives this community. It is something that happens unconsciously, it is not a decision you have made, it just happens.
You see something with your name on it.
Remember the Share a Coke Personalized bottles?
Remember a Christmas Toy from Santa?
A memory of a vacation?
Are you looking for a piece of the family business?
So, if you have started reading this, you must be interested in becoming a collector. Only you can decide on what to collect. What are you drawn to? What makes you feel comfortable? Do you like to hunt for things? With all of this in mind, the key is to buy what you like and what you can afford. Collecting can be a fad, remember the Beanie Babies, so don’t buy something to get rich, buy to enjoy.
While we have mentioned Beanie Babies we also want to make you aware of Limited Edition items. The dictionary says it is…a collector’s item, as a doll, plate, coin, die cast models, etc. of which only a given number is made. Often manufacturers will make over ten thousand pieces of one item so there will never been of real value in your lifetime.
After you finish this article, look around you home, do you have three of anything? If you do, you are a collector. While there are a lot of places to buy and shop, we hope that you will check out the only vintage marketplace on line at http://www.icollect247.com. Looking to learn about what people collect, check out our magazine http://www.AntiqueBackRoads.com. Be sure to share our blog and like us on facebook.
Coca-Cola chewing gum??? Why yes, there was! It was made from 1910 to 1917. The sticks of gum were shipped in the cardboard box that held the packs of gum. The gum was sold in packs for 5 cents each. After all the gum was sold, the store owner tossed these out, but luckily this one was saved. Amazing to look at something that is over 100 years old. If you know a Coca-Cola collector, ask them if they know about Coca-Cola gum!
Really the first commercial chewing gum in the US was in 1848 and made from the resin of spruce trees. Then in 1869, after a lot of trial and error, a new gum was introduced as Adams New York chewing gum. From there new flavors emerged including a licorice favor called Black Jack.
So Coca-Cola jumped in to join the many chewing gums offered. Lots of advertising was done to promote the Coca-Cola gum, including die-cut cardboard pieces, bookmarks, and paper fans. Due to the short time, the gum was produced, these early pieces of advertising are very hard to find. However, you can still find it today on websites such as icollect247.com. Feel comfortable with buying from the sellers on the site as they carry only “real” vintage pieces with no reproduction or limited edition items. If you want to learn more about collecting, please subscribe to our blog.
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I was following my wife through a “junk store” several years ago when all of a sudden I found something that peaked my interest. She would take me to several antique stores on weekends and I went along for the ride but never really had any interest in the available items until the day when I saw what appeared to be a miniature license plate. For the first time, I spoke up and asked the store clerk a question. Until that moment, he had to think I was a deaf, dumb mute whose only job was to carry around my wife’s wallet! I asked, “Was this plate for small cars?” That is when he explained to me it was a bicycle license plate.
This peaked my interest because I am an avid road bicyclist. I ride on average 5,000 to 7,000 miles a year and I ride all over the East coast. The first thing that I found funny about this plate was its sheer weight. It was made of metal, was about six inches long and two inches wide and even had a reflector on it. You see, high-end road bikes made today are carbon fiber. You can spend hundreds of dollars more for a gear or a tire just to save a few ounces in weight. Having to bolt a plate to my bike would send me into shock! I bought that plate because it was cheap and intriguing and because I wanted to learn more about it. Little did I know that was the beginning of me becoming a collector.
Read the complete article, written by John Summer, in our Volume 11 magazine. Check it out at AntiqueBackRoads.com. Use the tab “Back Issues” and look for Volume 11.
Gentlemen… do you knees get weak then you hear that hum and see the soft glow of a beautiful neon sign? It brings back some great memories of when life was much simpler and gas was cheap!
Neon was first used in 1898 with the discovery of the element Krypton. In the sign industry it was first demonstrated in a sign in 1910. From gas stations to shoe stores, inside and out, neon became used in every type of advertising.
While the tubes were clear, it is the different color gas discharged through the tubes that gave the sign its color. Signs with the most colors are the most expensive due to the amount of tubing and colored gas. As the sign industry has changed and modernized, now neon has been replaced with fiberoptics. Sign companies no longer have the demand for neon and no longer offer it.
Thus the demand for old neon is growing. Just like everything in life the less of it the more expensive. From clocks to signs, gotta tell you this would look great anywhere in the house or man cave! Check out http://www.icollect247.com for a selection of old neon!
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Looking to add a little bit of class to your mundane kitchen? How about some vintage counter ware? This great looking Borden’s malted milk glass jar would look great on your counter. You can use it for just about anything you would want. Cookies come to mind…must be close to dinner, lol. But really, cookies, wrapped candy, chores for the kids (too funny), etc., you could use it for lost of things and bring a vintage feel to your home!
For example, a Malted Milk Jar would be perfect to hold breakfast bars or other snacks. The jar is extremely heavy and with a metal, top will not chip the glass.
Or how about this late 19th-century wooden rack mounts to a wall and has three tiers that fold up when not in use. The tiers have open bottoms with rungs for hanging drying herbs and milk glass finials on the nail heads that attach the rungs to the end brackets.This decorative copper four cup teapot would dress up a shelf and dates from the nineteenth century. Has unusually ornate brass handle brackets with a dark wood handle.
My favorite pieces in my kitchen are my Prayer Ladies. These were made in the late 1950s to early 1960s and come in blue and pink. Easy to keep clean and are always a reminder that God is there in my kitchen.
Using vintage pieces in your home gives it a warm, fuzzy feeling, as well as useful. The pieces above as well as fresh to the market pieces are available at the “Only All On-Line All Vintage Marketplace” – icollect247.com.
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When I was growing up Easter was a special day of the spring season. I always knew what was important about Easter, which was the resurrection of Jesus Christ. While church came first, our family would then made a trip to Ocean City, Maryland to walk on the boardwalk with our new Easter outfits. Back in the 1950s, we called it the “Easter Parade” and my dad would sing about our Easter bonnets. I wore my little white gloves, pink pocketbook and pink hat with flowers.
But as a child, I also knew that the Easter was important as the Easter bunny would be putting candy in my Easter basket. Back then, I kept that special basket and put it out each year for the bunny. In fact, it is now over 60 years old and I still have it. Nowadays, the baskets just get thrown away. As I have shopped antique shops, I have accumulated a lot of old Easter baskets, in all shapes and sizes. I am sure that the size of the basket depended on what the parents could afford to fill.
From postcards to fuzzy chicks there is a lot of collectibles to bring back childhood memories. From left to right: 1950s Vintage Easter Egg Candy Container Paper Mache; Vintage Easter Decoration Chick On Nest Honeycomb Body; Rosbro Easter Bunny On Wheels Candy Rabbit Container; 1950s Easter Bunny Plastic Bank Knickerbocker; 1940s 1950s Germany Easter Candy Container Pink Duck; Knickerbocker Vintage Easter Bunny Plastic Bank and 1950’s Woven Reed Easter Basket Bamboo Trim Japan.
I often put a few of the baskets around the house and put the milk glass Easter eggs in them. These are just a few of the great Easter pieces you can find online at http://www.icollect247.com. Come visit our site for all vintage pieces offered by quality sellers. .
Have you ever heard of a salesman’s sample? No, what is it? Well way before the internet, salespeople traveled to sell their companies products and needed a miniature version of what they were selling. The could not carry a huge item with them into different stores to sell the store owner their product. So they made smaller versions of the real deal with working doors and the store owner could see the colors and style in order to decide if he wanted to stock the item.
One of the favorite salesman samples was a Buddy Lee Doll. The dolls were dressed in everything from Lee Jeans to gas station uniforms and more. These were carried to large companies to show them exactly what material would be used, how they would be labeled and more. Popular with Gas and Oil Collectors are Buddy Lee dolls dressed in Texaco, Phillips 66 and Shell. These little guys were made to look exactly like the “Real Deal” even down to the small patches on their hats. From composition dolls to hard plastic, they are happy little guys with a round head and side glancing eyes. Due to uniforms going out of style, these were discontinued in 1962.
However, when they became a pricey collectible, they were reproduced in the 1990’s. Once you see an original you can quickly tell a reproduction from a mile away. The real vintage pieces can be priced from $350 for common uniforms to $700 for rarer ones.
Want to see more of the little guys for sale? Check out http://www.icollect247.com and use the search – buddy lee. The website only offers original pieces for sale and all are guaranteed old.
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