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Collectible Vintage Rolex Diving Watches On Display

Collectible Vintage Rolex Diving Watches On Display | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
When my parents were working on this latest estate sale, the found this miniature copper diver's helmet. Attached to it was a note stating it was from a Rolex watch store display. Ever curious, err...
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Of Swastikas & Confederate Flags (Collectibles Vs Living Culture)

Of Swastikas & Confederate Flags (Collectibles Vs Living Culture) | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

I was watching Morning Joe and they were freaking out that eBay (and perhaps others) were selling swastikas while removing confederate flags. They said such an announcement to remove the flags was hypocritical and a pandering publicity move.


*sigh*


 Let me educate you:

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Enter the dull world of vintage corporate boardgames

Enter the dull world of vintage corporate boardgames | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Do you like forklift trucks and saving money for minor industrial groups of the midcentury midwest? We have the game for you!
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I Go Dotty Over A Vintage Mid-Century Modern Brass Metal Lipstick Tube & Case

I Go Dotty Over A Vintage Mid-Century Modern Brass Metal Lipstick Tube & Case | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Who wouldn't go dotty over this fabulous Mid-Century modern lipstick tube with polka-dots! The golden dots in the ivory enamel or paint expose the gold-tone metal beneath it. (Both the vintage lips...
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Ring-A-Ding-Ding, A Spy's Phone

Ring-A-Ding-Ding, A Spy's Phone | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
I'm a fan of FX's The Americans. So I was thrilled when I spotted the mod round brown Sculptura phone aka "the doughnut telephone" in the Jennings' master bedroom. I like to spot the vintage in TV ...
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Ordinary Politics Make For Strange Collectibles

Ordinary Politics Make For Strange Collectibles | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
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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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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The Care & Feeding Of Vintage Jewelry

The Care & Feeding Of Vintage Jewelry | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
I was born in the 60's & regularly going to & purchasing at rummage sales and flea markets in the 70's, so when the 80's hit, with all that flashy
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The Green-a Of Patina, Should You Scrape It Clean-a?

The Green-a Of Patina, Should You Scrape It Clean-a? | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
We don't talk much about the conditions of items here at Collectors' Quest; we figure any collector worthy of his salt & pepper shakers knows that if t
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Ghosts Of Christmas' Past: Toys

Ghosts Of Christmas' Past: Toys | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Looking for Kitschy crafts to scan I found myself shopping for children's toys -- in 1962's Today's Woman Christmas Ideas magazine (1962). So now you do to
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Collectible ERA? Yes!

Collectible ERA? Yes! | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
I don't like to make a lot of specific predictions regarding what will be the next collectible trend, but... On July 21, 2009, Representative Caroly
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I'll Never Clean-Up With Soap Collectibles

I'll Never Clean-Up With Soap Collectibles | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Whenever stumped for something to write about, I take a walk around the house. You'd think it would be easy to find something with all this stuff, but som
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The Novelty Of Retro Nurse Novels

The Novelty Of Retro Nurse Novels | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
When you own a lot of vintage paperback books, you sometimes feel compelled to read them. Even when you feel they will be as kitschy as their covers and a
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My Little Pony -- No, MY Little Pony! (An Interview With My Little Pony Collector Hillary DePiano)

My Little Pony -- No, MY Little Pony! (An Interview With My Little Pony Collector Hillary DePiano) | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
An interview with Hillary DePiano, a fiction and non-fiction author best known for her play, The Love of Three Oranges, and her e-commerce blog, The Whine
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13 Gift Ideas For Collectors

13 Gift Ideas For Collectors | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
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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Holiday Shopping In The Classifieds - In The '60s | Collectors' Blog

Holiday Shopping In The Classifieds - In The '60s | Collectors' Blog | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
No, they're not action figures, they're Sport Star Statues. Eight inches tall, they feature such sport legends that only last names are needed for identifi
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Collecting Rudolph and Other Reindeer Games

Collecting Rudolph and Other Reindeer Games | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer was born in 1939 as a marketing gimmick. This may surprise you, but the amazing thing is, Rudolph still draws 'em in. Rud
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A Rare Antique Folk Art Find: A Family Tree Made Of Tintypes

A Rare Antique Folk Art Find: A Family Tree Made Of Tintypes | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
A few weeks ago, my husband & I attended an auction at the Cass Country Historical Society. The museum was deaccessioning hundreds of items in order to raise funds to replace the historic St. J...
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If you find this inspiring, I've also posted some tips on how to make your very own folk art family tree here http://www.thingsyourgrandmotherknew.com/2014/10/making-folk-art-family-tree.html

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Salvaged Antique Church Fixtures and Furnishings

Salvaged Antique Church Fixtures and Furnishings | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
This past July, a fire broke-out in the historic St. John's Lutheran Church on the grounds of Bonanzaville in West Fargo, North Dakota. Bonanzaville, a pioneer village with 12 acres, 43 historic bu...
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Nostalgia Drives The Collectibles Market

Nostalgia Drives The Collectibles Market | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
I was reading "Don't Count On Old Bikes Selling High" by Lynn Hopper, and one passage really stuck out: Nothing else drives the antiques and collectibles
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Bingo, Anyone?

Bingo, Anyone? | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Once upon a time, there was a collector who thought collecting vintage Bingo games would be one of the easiest things to collect... I nearly always foun
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Review: Kommissar, the cold war board game

Review: Kommissar, the cold war board game | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Deanna Dahlsad escapes Soviet Russia, sends her friends to Siberia, and braves the wicked Kommissar in this 1960s-era board game.
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Curator of Your Own Museum: Part Two

Curator of Your Own Museum: Part Two | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Perhaps the one area in which you are least likely to feel "like a museum" or a curator is that, at least in the beginning, you may not have defined your
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Curator of Your Own Museum: Part One

Curator of Your Own Museum: Part One | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Perhaps you resist the notion that as a collector you have your own museum. Maybe you (still) imagine that a museum must be significantly historical or b
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Curated by Deanna Dahlsad
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
Other Topics
A Marketing Mix
Adventures in advertising and marketing - the contemporary, the historical, and the hysterical. http://deanna.dahlsad.com/
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.
Cultural History
The roots of culture; history and pre-history.
Dare To Be A Feminist
I do. http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/category/hey-sister-can-you-spare-some-social-change/
For Art's Sake-1
Art, crafts, and the people who make them. To inspire and purchase. Companion to http://www.ululating-undulating-ungulate.com/
Herstory
History as this woman sees it. The serious, the kitsch, the opinionated. Companion to http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/
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.
Kitsch
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.
Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic
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).
Sex Positive
Sexuality as a human right.
Vintage Living Today For A Future Tomorrow
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.
Walking On Sunshine
Stuff that makes me smile.
You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important
Links to (many of) my columns and articles.