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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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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,...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more