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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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How to Start a Record Collection

January 11th, 2012

Depending on how old you are and how well you took care of your music throughout the years, you may already have a budding record collection without even realizing it! If you're a music lover, keeping records both old and new is a fun and gratifying way to make a hobby out of your passion. Who knows? You may have a valuable treasure sitting in a crate completely unbeknownst to...

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Antique Bells - Collectible Bells - Vintage Bells

January 9th, 2012

Antique dinner bells on eBay Cleaning antique brass bells Comparing antique school bells and fire bells and church bells Determining if antique farm bells are authentic Having vintage bells appraised Hummel bell collectibles at the Hummel Exchange Learning about antique ship bells at the U.S. Navy Museum Learning the history of antique bells Meetings for...

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A Guide to Collecting Star Trek Memorabilia

January 5th, 2012

"Live long and prosper." The Vulcan Salute is not only familiar to devoted fans of the Star Trek series, but is also recognizable by nearly everyone born in the 20th-century. While some have fond memories of watching Star Trek: The Original Series featuring William Shatner as Captain Kirk and Leonard Nimoy as Spock in the '60s, the franchise went on to expand into a total of...

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Collecting Movie Posters

January 3rd, 2012

Collecting movie posters can be a very interesting and rewarding hobby - many of them can be considered artistic pieces in their own right, adding a lovely aesthetic value to your home. They can also appreciate in value, if you're lucky enough to get your hands on an original printing. However, even if you can't find vintage posters, reprints are a great way to get into the...

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Collecting Comic Books Can Be a Great Adventure

December 22nd, 2011

The period from the late 1930s into the next decade is widely regarded as the Golden Age of Comic Books, when many of the superheroes that we know today - Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, to name a few - were created, and when the form became much more widely accepted in the mainstream. Of course, many of these early appearances by our favorite characters have increased...

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Snow Globe Collections

December 22nd, 2011

It's possible to collect nearly anything, but you may have noticed that snow globes are one of the most popular items. Here's a little of the history behind these creative pieces and tips for starting your own collection, according to TheFamilyStore.net. Snow globes first appeared in France in the late 1800s, possibly as a spin-off of the glass paperweight, which was popular...

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Tips for Collecting Model Planes

November 30th, 2011

There are plenty of things out there to turn into a collection, whether it's stamps, baseball cards or even model airplanes! That's right - they're far more than something to keep kids distracted. Although you may think of model planes as a fairly expensive hobby, there's no reason it has to be. Yes, some items can cost upwards of hundreds of dollars, but these are reserved...

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Wish You Were Here! The Basics of Postcard Collecting

November 18th, 2011

Have you ever thought about collecting postcards? Though some may not think of them as collectible items, they're actually quite popular. Why? Well, for one, postcards are very inexpensive, so it's easy to amass a collection without having to spend a bundle. There are thousands upon thousands of them out there, meaning your set can have any number of themes, depending on what...

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