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Ordinary Politics Make For Strange Collectibles

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Political collecting can be a strange area : not just because politicians are strange, but because the details may not transfer with time. Culture, pop
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Like Flies To Honey... An Antique Primitive Fly Trap

Like Flies To Honey... An Antique Primitive Fly Trap | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
We've sold a number of these primitive antique fly traps -- but none quite this large. (I forgot to measure it, but it's at least a foot tall.) Nor did any have their original maker tag with instru...
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Mapping Out Your Antiquing

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Whether your antiquing trips are local or you hit the road to search far and wide, there are a number of antique networks offering maps to help you discover places to haunt & hunt. The Minnesot...
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A great way to include antiquing in your travels to historical sites...

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If you have a real-world antique mall or shop, here are places to advertise.

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How I Spent My Afternoon: Cleaning Old Feed Sacks (A "How To" Guide!)

How I Spent My Afternoon: Cleaning Old Feed Sacks (A "How To" Guide!) | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
While the graphics can be real beauties, they lie beneath layers & clumps of stuff that is not so beautiful and smells — like dirt and, yes, manure.

In order to be of any real value, the vintage and antique feed sacks must be cleaned.

But it is neither safe nor advisable to throw them into the wash machine. (Since the weave of burlap sacks is so wide, I rarely ever trust my washing machine with them. Even the gentle or hand-wash settings always seems to create pulls or holes, often starting at the threads at the seams. I just don’t like to risk it.)

Instead, you must hand wash them — and, due to their size, one at a time at that.

While the old feed sacks I cleaned today are made of burlap, you can clean other feed, seed, flour, sugar sacks etc. in the same way.

How To Clean Old Feed, Flour, Seed Sacks Found In Barns
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13 Gift Ideas For Collectors

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What Can You Give The Collectors In Your Life This Holiday? We collectors often think we are easy to shop for. But the truth is, it's not so easy. While each collector knows their collections very well,...
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Serving Up A Rustic Primitive Thanksgiving With Stoneware Bowls

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While other holidays are more festivals of lights, glitter, and vibrant colors, Thanksgiving for me has always been about the simple, rustic look. (And the food, of course!) But there’s just something...
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Categorizing & Organizing Collectibles: The Quandry Of Ephemera

Categorizing & Organizing Collectibles: The Quandry Of Ephemera | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Photographer Alex Waterhouse-Hayward's post has me thinking... He writes: The biggest worry in my mind these days as I toss and turn in bed the waning days of the year has been what to do with 13, ...

Via Laura Brown
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Signs From Antique Wooden Shingles

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On a barn pick, I got a rather large box of antique wooden roof shingles. Since there are times one just has to put the piles of supplies to use, I began making a series of classic signs, such as "...
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Educational Doll Articles

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Just finished my doll articles for the Dolls By Diane newsletter. This time, I write about a large doll I literally was shocked to find -- Slumped like that on the floor, I thought she was a person...
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EBay Says "Win Big With Collectibles"

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Among the steps eBay is taking to try to bring back their antiques and collectibles presence, is a new series of Collector Events: Discover another world of shopping -- with items from around the w...
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Polly Dolly (Or, Of Boys & Dolls)

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In 1972, the Ms. Foundation for Women produced Free to Be… You and Me, an illustrated book and record album set. Initiated by Marlo Thomas, the mission of the Free to Be… You and Me project was to provide healthy messages refuting and rejecting gender stereotypes while encouraging the positive and empowering post-1960s ideas of gender equality, individuality, comfort with one’s identity, and tolerance. Using her celebrity clout, Marlo Thomas got a number of her celebrity friends to create, write, and perform the modern day lessons to children in song and story form. No doubt the hope was that the parents and other adults in children’s lives were listening — and learning — too.

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Remember "William Wants A Doll"? I do.


Plus, the story of my dad's doll.

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Sweet Antique Candy Boxes

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Valentine's Day wouldn't be Valentine's Day without the proverbial box of chocolates! These two boxes are pretty examples of sweet antique advertising ephemera. The first box marked "Overhauser's o...
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Loved To Death Or Irked To Death? | Inherited Values

Loved To Death Or Irked To Death? | Inherited Values | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

Is anyone else annoyed by this season of Oddities: San Francisco?


Along with a new cast member (Lincoln Smith replaces Korrie Sabatini), the Oddities spin-off (which has fared better than the other spin-off, Odd Folks Home), has been tweaked for season two. Among the tweaks: lots of smirks, fake looks of horror and shock, and, I kid you not, actual “boing” and “doing” noises to emphasize them.

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Halloween & Other Collectibles Articles For October

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I've been busy with articles again this month...


I also write regularly for the Dolls By Diane newsletter. This month it was all about wax dolls — from their history to some spook-tacular antique wax dolls, including 17th century wax anatomical models (like those by Anna Morandi Manzolini) and effigy dolls

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The Black, White and Shades of Grey in Collecting Black Americana

The Black, White and Shades of Grey in Collecting Black Americana | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

According to Howard Dodson, director of the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, “There are two kinds of collectors of black Americana: those who are interested in collecting as a financial investment and those with a passion for finding ‘the missing pages of history.’”


...There is also some concern that part of the drive in purchasing black Americana is pimpin’ black culture.: that this adoption of old images and negative stereotypes is being glamorized in a perverse way. Like hip-hop’s bad ‘rap’ (pun intended), collecting black Americana is sweeping the nation in a concerning way.

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As a white chick, I don't dare collect this stuff -- even if I, as a collector of similar negative sterotypical items about women, understand the desire to document the horrible past.

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August 17th is National Thrift Shop Day

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National Thrift Shop Day: a day to promote the ethical and economic opportunities of shopping at thrift stores. Why should collectors care? Because among the common secondhand goods, lie the uncommon treasures.

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7 tips for shopping at thrift stores

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About Antique & Collectible Appraisals

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With all the work we do in antiques and collectibles, we are often asked about appraisals. Here’s what we know, and what we do.


First of all, it is important to note that there is no such thing as a licensed appraiser in the United States of America.

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Becoming Unhinged Over Antique Beaded Purses | Inherited Values

Becoming Unhinged Over Antique Beaded Purses | Inherited Values | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

This dreamy creamy white antique hand beaded bag is a square 4 1/2 by 4 /12/ inches, but it’s placed into the frame on an angle so that it looks diamond shaped. The German Silver frame is embossed with leaves — and the clasps are acorns!

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An opinionated woman obsessed with objects, entertained by ephemera, intrigued by researching, fascinated by culture & addicted to writing. The wind says my name; doesn't put an @ in front of it, so maybe you don't notice. http://www.kitsch-slapped.com
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Antiques & Vintage Collectibles
Collecting old things; heirlooms and new to you things! Companion to http://www.inherited-values.com/
Colorful Prism Of Racism
Racism past and present. Companion to http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/category/colorful-prism-of-racism/
Consumption Junction
Consumerism meets marketing; who & what manipulates the free market of goods & services. See also: http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/category/ze-big-mouth-promotions-stuff/
Crimes Against Humanity
From lone gunmen on hills to mass movements. Depressing as hell, really.
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The roots of culture; history and pre-history.
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In The Name Of God
Mainly acts done in the name of religion, but also discussions of atheism, faith, & spirituality.
Kinsanity
Let's just say I have reasons to learn more about mental health, special needs children, psychology, and the like.
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Mostly vintage and retro "badness" but you can decide how delicious it is. http://www.kitschy-kitschy-coo.com/blog/
Nerdy Needs
The stuff of nerdy, geeky, dreams.
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The meaning behind the math of the bottom line in publishing and the media. For writers, publishers, and bloggers (which are a combination of the two).
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Sexuality as a human right.
Vintage Living Today For A Future Tormorrow
It's as easy to romanticize the past as it is to demonize it; instead, let's learn from it. More than living simply, more than living 'green', thrifty grandmas knew the importance of the 'economics' in Home Economics. The history of home ec, lessons in thrift, practical tips and ideas from the past focused on sustainability for families and out planet. Companion to http://www.thingsyourgrandmotherknew.com/
Visiting The Past
Travel based on grande ideas, locations, and persons of the past.
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You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important
Links to (many of) my columns and articles.