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EBay Says "Win Big With Collectibles"

EBay Says "Win Big With Collectibles" | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
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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Christmas Decorating For Collectors Who Want To Show Off Their Collections

Christmas Decorating For Collectors Who Want To Show Off Their Collections | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
The holidays, with all their visitors, are the perfect time for showing off our collections. And what collector doesn't want to show off their collection?! Instead of replacing your antique and vin...
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Lots of simple holiday decoration ideas for collectors to use to show-off their collections!

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, December 16, 2013 8:34 AM

Lots of simple holiday decoration ideas for collectors to use to show-off their collections!

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Practical, Yet Thoughtful, Gifts & Stocking Stuffers For Collectors

Practical, Yet Thoughtful, Gifts & Stocking Stuffers For Collectors | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

It’s that time of the year again, when people ask me, “What gifts can I get the collectors in my life?”

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Odd collectibles may be rare, but that doesn't mean they're always expensive

Odd collectibles may be rare, but that doesn't mean they're always expensive | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Deanna describes ephemera as one of the most overlooked and lowest priced areas of collecting, which hosts some “odd” collectibles.
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This is Part 2 of my two part post at Collector Perspectives. Read Part 1 here.

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, November 7, 2013 12:56 AM

This is Part 2 of my two part post at Collector Perspectives. Read Part 1 here.

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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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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, August 27, 2013 3:07 PM

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

August 17th is National Thrift Shop Day | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

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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10 ways to encourage kids to collect

10 ways to encourage kids to collect | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

There’s a lot of discussion, sometimes couched as a “panic,” about how there are not enough kids interested in collecting. Whether you are concerned about the collecting industry or not, there are valid reasons to get kids interested in the hobby.


Collecting teaches children how to manage money, how to negotiate, how to value objects, how to organize, and, if you (and they) are lucky, they can also learn to appreciate craftsmanship, love history, and a whole lot more.

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Another Old Yellow Dog Follows Me Home | Inherited Values

Another Old Yellow Dog Follows Me Home | Inherited Values | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

When I fist spotted this adorable dog, I thought I’d be adding a new piece to my chalkware collection, but the second I picked him up, I knew better. Sure, I’d be adding him to my collection — who could resist that face?! — but he isn’t made of chalk or plaster.

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Vintage Cosmetics & Beauty Accessories: Not Taken At Face Value

Vintage Cosmetics & Beauty Accessories: Not Taken At Face Value | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

So there I am, in the "Collector's Spotlight" titled Vintage Cosmetics & Beauty Accessories: Not Taken At Face Value, covering two pages (24-25) in text with some photos of my collection.

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Not written by me; but an article about me & my collection.

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What An Obsessive Collector Does

What An Obsessive Collector Does | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

As a collector of vintage retail store items, I was thrilled to spot Gimbels in episodes of The Goldbergs on ABC.

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I know other collectors do this -- fess up!

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, December 13, 2013 7:54 PM

I know others do this -- admit it!

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14 Things This Collector Is Thankful For

14 Things This Collector Is Thankful For | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

Traditionally Thanksgiving involves giving thanks for family, friends, food and other blessings of a non-materialistic nature. I’ll be giving that little speech later today with family, don’t you worry about that; but this holiday I want to give special thanks from the bottom of my little collector heart.

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In the collector world, nothing is truly “weird”

In the collector world, nothing is truly “weird” | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

“The honest truth is, I don’t find anything to be weird in collecting,” says collector Deanna.


...We’ve all heard the expression “one man’s trash is another’s treasure”, well, one man’s treasure is another man’s weird.

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My latest at Collector Perspectives (part 1 of 2).

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, November 6, 2013 11:50 PM

My latest at Collector Perspectives (part 1 of 2).

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Discussing What's Going On In These Antique Photographs

Discussing What's Going On In These Antique Photographs | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
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Join the conversation, follow the links, share what you know!

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About Antique & Collectible Appraisals

About Antique & Collectible Appraisals | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

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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Collecting The Kind Of Molds You Do Want In Your Kitchen

Collecting The Kind Of Molds You Do Want In Your Kitchen | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

When I saw this jangle of vintage copper molds at the thrift store today, I was reminded of my aunt Vicki.


When she was alive, her entire kitchen was decorated with them. It began, I believe, as an inexpensive way to decorate. Back when I was a kid, you could grab these copper molds for just a quarter or so, which meant for a dollar or two you could easily cover your kitchen walls. (They are more expensive now, but still less expensive than other forms of home decor for your kitchen walls.)

I remember how the copper would gleam off the walls and warm the room…

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Rocks Of Ages | Collectors' Blog

Rocks Of Ages | Collectors' Blog | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
One year, when my sister and I were little girls, my parents bought the family a rock polisher or tumbler. It was neat to see what rocks would look like on

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