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…]
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…]
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…]
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 Cabbage Patch Kid Guide, you can expect to find useful information that will help you price your vintage collectible doll and ensure it is fit for auction.
If you’ve browsed the toy aisle at your local superstore, you may have noticed the reappearance and recent rise in popularity of the Cabbage Patch Kids. These soft-bodied, hard-headed, and deliciously smelling dolls are still being wish-listed with parents seeking out a special Cabbage Patch Kid to gift to their children since the 80’s when the craze first began. These days not only can you purchase the standard sized dolls, the addition of the Cabbage Patch ‘Cuties’ means that there’s something for even the littlest family members to love and cherish. If you were lucky enough to have kept your much loved Cabbage Patch Kid from your childhood, or perhaps your ‘Little People Original’, you may be now seeking an appraisal or looking to determine the current market value of these highly sought after vintage items.[Read more…]
If you grew up in the 80’s or the 90’s or even the early 2000’s, chances are you or your sibling loved and cherished a Cabbage Patch Kid. You wouldn’t have been the only kid in your street to be loving your doll though, as these dolls similar to Barbie’s became a global sensation with many keen collectors still holding onto their original dolls 40 years later.[Read more…]
When it comes to vintage watches, many collectors will agree that there are watches, and then there are Rolex Watches. Never has there ever been another watchmaker who has been more deserving of the price and reputation that is synonymous with the Rolex brand.[Read more…]
Before salt and pepper shakers became the main staple for serving salts and spices, many cultures used to serve their salts in small tableware containers known as salt cellars and open salts. From Russia, to Europe, to China, over the centuries artists and skilled craftsmen all over the world have made salt cellars out of a variety of materials. Thanks to the skills of people and businesses of yesteryear we now have access to many different styles and designs for us to collect.[Read more…]
The saying goes; ‘One person’s trash is another’s treasure‘, and in the case of some of the million dollar antique items that were given up for less than a penny or two made their new owners nothing less than millionaires. In this article we will take a look at a number of antique items that have sold for over a million dollars in the last couple of decades.[Read more…]