What to give someone who has everything.

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Is your mail box full of catalogs, flyers and sale papers offering great gifts for friends and relatives? I don’t know about your mail box, but mine has been full of catalogues for the last several weeks… and we are still a couple of weeks away from Christmas. If you have special people in your life and you don’t know what size or color, we have some ideas to help.

PICTURE MEMORIES OF THE PAST

Several years ago, I wanted to give our grown son something besides the normal clothes.  I finally came up with a gift no one else could give him.  Something that he would keep and enjoy for years to come.  It was something that Christmas is all about,…memories.  Ah ha, a book of picture memories.

Those boxes of pictures that are in the closet now were something that had meaning and something that would be treasured for years to come. 

In my case, several years ago, I had regular developed pictures and I scanned each picture and arranged in the kids age.  Perhaps you have pictures of relatives that have already passed away and you want your kids to see them.  Or maybe you have pictures on your phone, that would have memories for your family. 

I planned for 2 books, one for our son and one for my husband. For our son, I pulled baby pictures of the kids, past holiday pictures of the kids and put them in their growing order.  For my husband I did one of our memories of our marriage and the grandchildren.

Now is the time to get out those boxes of memories.  If you cannot afford or don’t have the time to do things on line, first go to your local craft some and get some of those black corners to hold photos in with.  Then get some paper and put together your memories.  Take to any office supply store or UPS / FED EX store and they will scan the pages for you and put together in a spiral bound book or other options.  Make as many copies as you want for gifts.   

There are also many companies on line, who have templates and you can upload your pictures from your camera and put into hard bound books.

MEMORIES OF OUR PAST

A box full of things that they remember,  will bring laughs and smiles.  Here at icollect247.com we are full of memories.  Here are just a few ideas which will bring back memories to your friends and family.  Gift ideas:  a calendar of the year they were born, a vintage Santa, a tiny vintage Christmas stocking, just big enough for a gift card, a record that they remember from childhood, a toy or doll they remember playing with.  How about a postcard from the town or city they grew up in or a tradecard from a business that was in that town. 

With over 17,000 vintage items on http://www.icollect247.com and things starting at $5, how can you go wrong?  These are gifts you can’t find in any catalog or department  store. Something that is special from you!

Enjoying Vintage Postcards

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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.

 

Collecting Easter Memories

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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. .

 

 

Sailor’s Valentine

Have you heard the term Sailor’s Valentines and wondered who and what this was? Interesting enough, this is a term that modern-day collectors assigned to what they thought sailors created during their free time. After doing some investigating, it was discovered that the sailors really did not make them, but purchased them for loved ones stateside.

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This beautiful and interesting form of folk art came into being during the late 19th and early 20th century.  Hundreds of tiny seashells were glued onto a cotton backing.  Each type of shell was then separated by a partition.   Designs were colorful and creative.  Many had a message, such as “Thinking of You”, “Forget Me Not” and “Home Again” written on the shells.

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Through research and examination, they found that most of the shells came from the same West Indies Island, with similar designs and workmanship.  They also concluded the island of Barbados was often the last port for many whalers, English, and Dutch traders.  Barbados is located to the east of the West Indies Islands in the Atlantic Ocean. So perhaps those sailors did buy these for souvenirs to take home.  They also found that these early turn of the century examples stopped during the time when whaling stopped and steamships came into fashion.

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In the late 1930’s, these folk art shells were rediscovered in attics and collectors begin to see them as beautiful works of art.  From very simple designs to large ornate pieces we still enjoy them from the past as a piece of the “sea”. When you picture a rough and strong sailor, the last thing you think they would purchase is something so delicate, but the men longed for their homes and loved ones and this was a way to show their women how much they missed them.

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