Different Types of Sleigh Bells

December 19th, 2012

When you think of sleigh bells, the first thing that comes to mind may be classic images of Christmas. Although this is certainly a type of sleigh bell, did you know that they actually come in a variety of different shapes and sizes? With centuries of use, it's no surprise that there are so many different ones out there. If you're thinking of starting a collection, you'll have...


Military Collectibles - Military and War Memorabilia

November 9th, 2012

Finding Civil War Merchandise Civil war merchandise may be found from a variety of sources including fellow collectors, online retailers and even garage sales. Networking with fellow Civil War merchandise collectors is one of the best ways to find memorabilia from this war. There are clubs, websites and message boards that put collectors in contact with others...


Collecting Beanie Babies

October 26th, 2012

Remember Beanie Babies? There was a time about a decade ago when you couldn't walk into a store without seeing a bean-stuffed animal waiting for you to take it home. Though they aren't found as readily these days, there is still an active community of collectors out there. If you've been looking to start a collection, Beanie Babies may be right up your alley! Here are some...


How to Start an International Doll Collection

October 24th, 2012

While cultures vary from one geographic location to another, the love of dolls seems to be universal. Dolls are not only fun to collect, they also serve as great decor. If you're looking to start a doll collection, you may want to take a globe-trotting perspective and garner a few great selections from around the world. Here are some tips to get you started and a few dolls you...


How To Start and Maintain a Sword Collection

September 19th, 2012

Whether you're a burgeoning hobbyist who's looking for something new to collect or you're transfixed by the decorative glint of a saber, you should consider these useful tips before starting your sword collection. Know the function There are thousands of different swords, but there are only a few functions that they serve. Before you make your first purchase, consider the...


Cool Things to Do With Your Used Corks

August 22nd, 2012

If you're a wine drinker, you might want to start collecting your corks instead of just throwing them out. You can make a lot of practical and decorative items with these knicknacks, all of which are super cheap and easy to coordinate. Domestic cork use Corks have many practical uses in your home, both inside and out. To save your floors from getting scratched, slice...


How To Make Your Collectibles Soar With Aviation Memorabilia

August 17th, 2012

If you're looking to start a collection, you may want to think about aviation memorabilia. Airplanes have paved the way for America's progress throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, whether it was playing a crucial role in combat or increasing industry and travel. Aviation-inspired regalia is steeped in history, and each piece you garner is sure to come with an interesting...


Delectable Designs - Great Crafts with Marshmallows & Graham Crackers

August 16th, 2012

After you've had your share of s'mores, you may still have some marshmallows and graham crackers lying around. To make good use of them, try engaging in fun crafts with the little ones. Here are a couple you might want to check out. Graham cracker gift box This idea from Fisher-Price will serve as a fun gift or centerpiece where you can stash the rest of your candy. First,...


How To Determine the Age of a Zippo Lighter

May 22nd, 2012

Zippos make great collector's items because of the sheer number of designs out there and how relatively simple it is to get a start on your set. However, if you've recently come into a lighter with little information, you may be curious as to how you can determine just how old it is. As it turns out, whether intentionally or not, Zippos are naturally fairly easy to date. At...


The History of Good Luck Charms

May 21st, 2012

Good luck charms have become an indelible part of our collective consciousness - we know that horseshoes and four-leaf clovers are good luck, but most of us haven't taken the time to figure out why this is the case. You'll see plenty of bracelets with a wide variety of good luck charms on them at most jewelry stores. In fact, these items have been giving people peace of...