I started going to local auctions about 5 years ago when I retired. I bought just about anything that I thought I could make a profit on. WRONG. Ended up losing money on most. Then I either read or heard someone say that you should focus on and become a expert on 1 or 2 items. Since I always had a fascination for vintage pocket watches I choose this item. Now I go to every local auction I can searching for gems. Many times I find them. I keep the ones that I really like and usually list the others now I COLLECT 247. I have many – yes very many men’s wrist watches and pocket watches. I try to list a few every day. So keep watching.
Thanks to our guest blogger – Kenneth Miller.
Nobody writes anymore. In fact, kids are not even taught to write anymore and in another generation, we will only talk via computer. In our small rural area, it was not unusual for friends to travel by train to a town 30 miles away and send a postcard back to a relative. We have an old postcard book full of vintage postcards mailed from one small town to another. Postcards were sent, enjoyed and kept. So why should we collect postcards?
They are simply a piece of affordable art that connects us with history in many ways. From a heavy paper to leather and even linen, these were mailed with postage stamps and were delivered as something special. They can be touched, looked at, admired, take up little space, inexpensive and even comical. You can research a lot of history, such as fashion, architecture, historical events, artists and more. Even Santa Claus’ history can be seen in postcards.
Do you remember summer vacations…every stop for gas you went in and got a souvenir postcard. Every place you went there were souvenir postcards. How about your city or town, I bet there were postcards of events and buildings. My small town had stock postcards with their town name printed on the bottom. I know that as there were not meadows and sheep, in the town we lived. In fact, I recently found them in a paper notebook from an elementary school report I had to do on my hometown.
You do not have to be a history bluff to enjoy postcards. You just need to enjoy times past. Why not collect holiday postcards and put them on a postcard display during the season. On icollect247 there are over 2400 different postcards for sale. Here are a few of my favorites which are currently for sale on http://www.icollect247.com. You can use the search function and just type in postcard.
If you are short on space and short on money, then how about collecting small advertising pinback buttons? These were small token giveaways left by the handfuls from salesmen who visited the local country stores. Remember there were no radios, no television and no Facebook. The best way to get someone to buy your product was to put a picture of your product on a small lapel button. Remember also that not everyone could read and so putting a picture of wringer washing machine would sell the piece.
Small pinbacks were produced by Whitehead and Hoag, Bastian Brothers, Parisian Novelty and The American Art Works. You will often these names on the sides of the pins. Everything was advertised on them including beer, whiskey, soda, stoves, paint and just about anything that could be sold. In many cases they looked like small oil paintings, as the colors are deep and resolution wonderful.
These can be found priced from $5.00 to $95, depending on the advertisement. If you want to narrow your search, you could look for the ones with a theme. Colors are deep and selection are wide.
Find over 300 different of this great celluloid pieces on www.icollect247.com. Currently the only website that is only vintage and seller’s guarantee their listings as old is icollect247.com.
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.
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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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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