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...


Collecting Zippo Lighters

May 8th, 2012

If there's a lighter that you could call iconic, it would be the Zippo. The distinct metal rectangles have been in use for decades, including special military models for specific regiments. What's great about Zippos is that they last for years - the design has been more or less standardized for quite some time, and every single part is replaceable. This makes them perfect for...


How To Start Collecting Classic Videogames

April 18th, 2012

Believe it or not, it's been more than 30 years since the first home videogame console was released in the United States. Today, these machines have evolved into entertainment centers, with DVD players, internet access and even movie rentals. But there was a time when they played simple games that required no more than a joystick and a single button. Videogames are only going...


How To Start Collecting Antique Books

April 12th, 2012

Are you a lover of books? There's definitely a certain appeal to bringing home a new volume. Perhaps you enjoy the look of antiques as well! If so, why not combine your passions? Collecting antique books is a great way to fill your home with classic works that boast an elegant design. If this is a hobby you could be interested in pursuing, here are some tips on getting...


Collecting Old National Geographic Magazines

April 9th, 2012

If there's one magazine that you frequently see lining entire shelves, it's National Geographic. Having been in publication for decades, it can be hard to throw away the immediately recognizable yellow-covered volumes, if only because of their gorgeous iconic photographs that mark every front cover. There are some fantastic examples of top-tier photography throughout National...