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Historical Background of Teddy Bears

September 4th, 2013

Although kids can appreciate stuffed animals in many forms, teddy bears may be considered the most classic of all plush toys. Many people may not realize that the teddy bear's origins are a subject of dispute. Some sources note that the original nationality of teddy bears is American, while others claim the toys are of German descent. In the U.S., the better-known part...

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The Basics of Collecting Crystal Stemware

December 31st, 2012

There are a few different reasons to collect crystal stemware - some people simply enjoy having the nicest glasses to show off on special occasions, while others treat it as a more serious hobby, keeping valuable limited edition champagne flutes behind lock and key. No matter what your motivations are, collecting crystal stemware can be a fun and fulfilling practice to get...

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Collecting Antique Medallions

December 26th, 2012

If you've been interested in starting a new hobby, you've no doubt realized that there are plenty of things that would make a great collection. Whether it's bottle caps, rare coins or even hubcaps, as long as you're passionate about your hobby, it will reflect nicely in the presentation. Antique medallions are one option that could prove to be quite rewarding - there are...

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How To Collect Antique Musical Instruments

December 26th, 2012

Do you consider yourself a music lover? Perhaps there's a particular instrument that you've always been fond of. Regardless, collecting musical instruments is a wonderful way to explore your passion and bring some unique and charming d├ęcor into your home. Although it sounds expensive, you may be surprised just how easy it may be to find reasonably priced instruments that look...

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Collecting Christmas Ornaments

December 19th, 2012

Collecting Christmas ornaments is by no means unheard of - in fact, it's a beloved tradition of many families throughout the United States. It brings people together to celebrate the joy of Christmas and makes setting up the tree a much more personal affair. You can reminisce about old memories and bask in the familial glow that only the holiday season can provide. If you've...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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