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How to Start Collecting Vintage Cassettes

February 23rd, 2012

Cassette tapes are making a comeback in a big way, though not how you might expect. You're not likely to see many new releases come out on tape, but these days you can find smartphone cases, handbags and even USB sticks shaped like cassettes. If seeing all of these tapes in your day-do-day life has you nostalgic for times past, why not start building a collection? This is...

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Collecting Cigar Boxes

February 16th, 2012

Cigar makers have a vested interest in creating beautiful, eye-catching storage boxes. The visual appeal of a box can drive people to purchase cigars that they may not have otherwise considered. Of course, the empty cases still look absolutely gorgeous, which is great for collectors! If you're looking for something that will look wonderful on a shelf, why not cigar boxes?...

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How to Restore Antique Brass Bells

February 14th, 2012

If you've been collecting antique bells, you may have a few brass pieces that aren't quite ready for display. Antique brass is beautiful when restored, but doing so may seem like challenge. However, it's actually a fairly simple process! Brass is a relatively hardy metal, so you don't have to worry too much about damaging it. Having said that, you may want to avoid any extreme...

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Collecting Sleigh Bells

February 8th, 2012

Sleigh bells are a unique collectible that could be right up your alley. An item with such a rich history naturally lends itself to pursuit, and you can bet that there are plenty of gorgeous antique sleigh bells out there just waiting to be added to an intrepid enthusiast's collection. If you've been looking for a new project to begin, this could be the answer. Here's some...

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How to Spot a Fake Beanie Baby

February 1st, 2012

After spending your time building up a Beanie Baby collection, the last thing you want is to spend a whole bunch of money on an item that turns out to be fake! Unfortunately, there are plenty of people out there looking to scam unsuspecting collectors, especially if you plan on shopping online. However, you can protect yourself by knowing what to look for. About Beanies has a...

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Collecting Antique Dinner Bells

January 30th, 2012

Antique bells can be very rewarding to collect - not only do they provide an avenue through which you can connect with the past, but there are hundreds of different designs out there, so you could potentially spend decades working on your collection and never run across the same style twice! As it turns out, there are a few different types of bells that you can choose from,...

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Three Strange (and Rewarding) Things You May Want to Collect

January 25th, 2012

When you think about collections, the first things that come to mind are probably along the lines of stamps, baseball cards and coins. However, almost anything that can be grouped together may be turned into a collection - a lot of it has to do with the passion with which the collector pursues his hobby. If you're looking to start a collection, one of these may be right up...

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Starting a Brand-Specific Memorabillia Collection

January 25th, 2012

There are all kinds of things to collect - baseball cards, antique pottery shards and even shells! Perhaps you've flipped on the television at some point in the past and seen a special on one intrepid collector's massive collection of brand-specific memorabilia. A lot of older companies, like Coca Cola or Little Debbie, have produced a fair amount of collectible items over...

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How to Begin Collecting Bottlecaps

January 23rd, 2012

Collecting bottlecaps can be a highly gratifying hobby. They've been around for decades and in the past were the first thing that customers saw when looking at an old soda machine. This meant it was important that companies make their bottlecaps unique and attractive to the eye. These days, old caps can have a pleasant retro feel to them, and contemporary ones often have a...

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The Broad Strokes of Preserving an Art Collection

January 17th, 2012

No matter what the medium, whether paintings, sculptures or drawings, it's important to employ proper preservation techniques when it comes to an art collection. The simple fact is that by and large you're dealing with organic materials, and while it's impossible to completely cease the natural decaying process, there are steps you can take to mitigate damage that naturally...

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