What Souvenirs are Hidden in Your Home?

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What souvenirs are hidden in your household drawers at home?

Very early souvenirs were just a relic from a place and often just trinkets to visitors. As more and more people travelled popular souvenirs such as etched spoons and postcards were the go to for mementos. When the middle class started to travel small souvenir businesses opened, which were close to major tourist destinations or stops along the way.
So, let’s get back to what may be hiding in the back of your household drawers. Might it be a postcard, a pennant from a ball game, matchbooks, scarfs or salt and pepper shakers?

In fact about 60 years ago friends who traveled would bring me a set of salt and pepper shakers from the places they traveled. They were fun and different, so I fell in love with them and looked forward to them.

Today, the souvenir industry is still a multi-billion dollar industry and a huge part of tourism. Memories are a part of what connects us to the past and where we have been and what we have seen. Souvenirs are now very collectible and prices span from a couple of dollars to thousands of dollars. Collecting souvenirs has lots of options, as you could collect automobile tag toppers, fast food toys, souvenir plates, or posters and maps! You can collect a certain souvenir or all souvenirs from a particular place, the possibilities are really endless!

Enjoy some of these souvenirs from the past which have been offered for sale on http://www.icollect247.com

How Collectors Decorate their Homes and Men Caves

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As a collector myself, I know what it means to feel comfortable in a home (note I did not say a house). Our home is decorated with things I love and feel comfortable with. I live with history and things that remind me of a simpler time and memories. The great thing about collectors is that they are a community of people who have the same passion. A passion to collect and live with their collections.

It does not matter what you collector or how you display it or even if it is in a box, your collection is personal and cannot be found in a big box store. I have been very honored to have been invited into many collectors homes to share their passion. These collectors enjoy showing their collection and letting me take photos. I hope you enjoy these collection’s pictures as well as give you some ideas on how to display and enjoy collecting. No matter if you like country, a theme or have a formal home…home is where the heart is!

Celebrating Trivia Day – All Month!

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Lots of holidays are put on your calendar but did not hear of National Trivia Day, celebrated on January 4th.  Enjoy some of the Trivia you never knew about!

Did you know…Beer is the most popular beverage in the world, with tea in second place. People collect beer memorabilia and there actually a Breweriana Collector Club. From beer cans to beer bottles, from signs to beer trays, it is a passion for many collectors. Find over 200 pieces of vintage beer advertising on http://www.icollect247.com and start collecting! If you like our post please share and like it! We will keep them coming!

REPRODUCTION OR REAL?

If you are new to collecting there are a lot of pieces out there that you will consider buying.  In the last 30 years, we have seen a large number of reproductions enter the market.  Some reproductions are made in the same shape, size and style of the original.  Some are easy to tell from the original, others are exact replicas and made to deceive the buyer.  Some are the exact same size but others are larger and you may think it is a variation.

As the price and demand go up on any collectible, reproductions will appear.  Back in the 1960’s reproductions were being made of Depression glass, cast iron toys, cast iron banks and cast iron door stops. Reproduction signs started being seen in the 1970’s and continues today.

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As for reproduction signs, do your homework on any item that you are investing your money in.  First and foremost, ask the seller if it is an original piece or a reproduction.   Ask if the seller guarantees the item to be an original.  Look at the piece for manufacturer marks and don’t assume just because it has a marker’s mark. We know that reproductions are being made by several companies including Desperate Sign Company and AAA Sign Company.

If you look at the number of holes there will be difference between the original and the reproduction.  Also look really closely around the grommets.oilzium copy

Sign companies who made the old signs used metal that resisted rust.  Grommets were used to protect the corners. If you see rust or lots of chipping around the grommets, beware.  This is not normal with an old sign.  Be conscious of size.  Is the size different from what you have seen…is it smaller or different?  Are the more holes than normal? Reproductions will often be a different size than the original.

Don’t forget to look at the back.  Porcelain does not rust and you can see from this picture it is made to rust to look old. The back of American made porcelain signs WILL NOT look like this. Note lots of rust around the holes. back

Lots of reproduction signs are from India. There are of low quality, feel grainy and the seller will “rough up” the holes and edges, including breaking off the porcelain and rusting them.  These are being shipped in quantities.  Where the problem comes in when they are purchased at a cheap price by US buyers,  than offered at auctions or on line for a high price as the original.  Here are some reproduction signs we have seen available for sale.packard

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Your best bet is to buy from a reputable seller / dealer who knows what they are selling and can even give you some history of the piece. If you are buying on line, contact the seller and talk to the seller to very they guarantee the sign is old.  At the current time, the only online marketplace to only sell only original pieces (not reproduction)  is http://www.icollect247.com. The sellers on the site only sell original pieces.  There are no reproductions, no limited editions and nothing later than 1980.

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By the way, if you are just using is as a decorator piece or a barn hanger and you don’t care if it is a reproduction, go for it! Reproductions are an inexpensive way to enjoy collecting and decorating.  Just know what you are buying!

 If you end up buying a reproduction piece you thought was real, don’t give up on collecting!  Use it as a learning curve as part of collecting.  No matter how long you collect you will be fooled., believe me there is someone always out there reproducing something to fool the buyer.  Believe me when I tell you that it happens to even the best of us!

Pinbacks all Shapes & Sizes

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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.

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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.

Living with a collection!

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No matter if you have just a few pieces in your home or your whole house showcases your collection, it is unique and no other home will look like yours.  Just as your house has a personality, so does your collection. Collectors enjoy sharing their pictures of how they have decorate and used their purchases in their home.

As both sellers and collectors we enjoy seeing those pictures. Here are two Coca-Cola some recent vintage pieces we have sold on icollect247.

These photos show how a recent buyer has displayed vintage Coca-Cola cardboards and vintageCoca-Cola trolley signs recently purchase from icollect247 along side their newer pieces.

We featured a Drugstore collection of wonderful pieces that were breathtaking in our Antique Back Roads magazine.  Terry McMurray has a collection of early Drugstore pieces which are to die for.

Pictures below of Terry McMurray’s Historic Drugstore

         Read and enjoy pictures of Terry’s collection in our magazine –                       www.AntiqueBackRoads.com – Back Issue Volume 9.

Collections are as individual as a DNA, no two are a like.  Here is how this collector displays his passion in his man cave.

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