When visiting a nearby toy store, it’s difficult to overlook the abundance of Squishmallow toys. These plush toys resemble traditional fluffy toys but possess an additional quality as their name implies: they are exceptionally squishy. You may have experienced the urge to squeeze one as you passed by them in the store, or perhaps, like myself, you succumbed to the temptation. Squishmallows are available in numerous styles and colors, yet they all share a common feature—a marshmallow-like stuffing that grants them a soft outer texture.[Read more…]
The renowned Steiff Bear is the creation of the German company, Steiff. The Steiff company has been in operation for over 140 years founded by Margarete Steiff in 1880. Steiff is well-known for many stuffed animals such as dogs, cats, horses, and other wildlife, although bears are their most popular. The bears crafted by this company are always made from premium materials and display attention to detail. It is due to the premium materials that are used to create these soft toy creations including but not limited to mohair, alpaca, and wool that they stand out next to a regular stuffed bear toy.[Read more…]
Crafting cookie jars from 1910 to 1990, the McCoy Pottery Company produced jars in a variety of shapes and sizes. The cookie jars made by the McCoy Pottery Company often playfully depict animals or characters. Roosters, cats, and clowns were often images on the cookie jars. When speaking about the value of McCoy Cookie Jars, the jar’s rarity, condition, and design have a vast impact on the current price fetched at resale. If you are someone who is interested in starting a collection of vintage McCoy Cookie jars, familiarizing yourself with the different styles and designs produced over the years can help you make informed purchasing decisions in order to build a beautiful and valuable collection.[Read more…]
If you were a young boy during the 1950s, chances were you dreamed of finding a metal Tonka Truck with a bright red bow resting under the tree on Christmas morning. Due to the desire of those young and old to get their hands on a Tonka Truck of their own, by the end of the 1950s, the Tonka Toys Incorporated company was producing 400,00 toy metal bulldozers, firetrucks, semitrailer, and pickup trucks every week.[Read more…]
While the days of young boys and girls collecting comic books may be vastly over, some years ago, purchasing your favorite comic from the corner store would have been the highlight of your week. While it is hard to say when the very first ‘Comic Book‘ came to life, we do know that the popularity of these paper books grew immensely after the release of Superman in 1938. Even today, the character Superman is known and adored by youngsters, with their dreams to become as strong, or powerful, or courageous as he.[Read more…]
Coca-Cola is one the most recognizable brands in the entire world, so it’s no wonder that memorabilia garners so much interest. In fact, some of the memorabilia can even be placed into the ‘antique’ category as the company began over a century ago with the first glass of cola being served during 1886. It is due to the age and rarity of some pieces that see their auction prices skyrocket.
In this post, Collecting Coca-Cola with Price Guides, we’ll outline some of the higher-priced collectible pieces.[Read more…]
In this post, Vintage Tonka Trucks with Price Guide, we’ll go over the history of the very interesting history and evolution of the Tonka Toy company. You’ll find price guide references, some of the most unique items up for sale right now on eBay and information about the different sizes that were made over the years.[Read more…]
Do you remember your first vinyl record?
In this post, Vinyl Record Price Guide: Discover The Value Of Collecting Records, we’ll cover a brief history of the vinyl record, grading vinyl for price evaluation and wrap up with a few of the most expensive vinyl records ever sold!
The history of records
The earliest “records” were actually just wax cylinders invented by Thomas Edison in the 1880’s.
By 1888, inventor Emile Berliner came up with the 78 as an alternative. He called it a “flat disc,” and experimented with different types of materials before settling on shellac in 1891.
Edison would in return, respond with his own, much thicker version of that flat disc. He claimed better quality sound and many would agree that he was right.
However, Berliner’s 78’s would eventually win this battle and by the end of the decade, Edison’s version was no longer being produced, according to Goldmine’s Essential Guide to Record Collecting.[Read more…]
In this post we’ll explore How to Identify and Value Vintage Milk Glass, it’s history and a look at some of the many collectible shapes available.
What is Milk Glass?
Milk glass is an opaque or translucent, milk white or colored glass that can be blown or pressed into a wide variety of shapes. Made into decorative dinnerware, lamps, vases, and costume jewelry, milk glass was very popular back in the Victorian era.[Read more…]
With the Boom of the Cabbage Patch Kid during the 1980s and 1990s among both girls and boys, there is no surprise that the Coleco company brought out a line of accessories that went with the popular dolls. Sometimes the accessories were sold alongside specialty Cabbage Patch Kids, while others were sold separately. This meant that young children could create a very own ‘world’ for their Cabbage Patch Kid, change their clothes, and set up a nursery. Many of the accessories were made from durable plastic meaning that many still exist almost 40 years later. In this article we will take a look at a number of vintage Cabbage Patch Kid accessories and their current second-hand vintage values.[Read more…]