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…]
What is an “Original” Rolex? Were they the first models sold by the company? Perhaps they are the models that were first given the Rolex trademark and brand name? Or perhaps they were the first models that were designed and assembled by Rolex themselves.[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…]
During the early days of Walt Disney Studio’s productions. It was discovered, that by releasing picture books along side some of their films. They were able to capitalize on the popularity of a movie and garnish additional revenue long after the films have stopped screening.
Before the innovation of the home theater releases that we have today, be it Netflix or BlueRay. People who wanted to re-experience the films, would relive the magic by reading these books. These books would often retell a movie scene by scene, and use the same style of art work. [Read more…]
The Walt Disney Studios have produced some of the most highly sort after memorabilia and collectibles of all time. There is one product that stands out most as having the largest impact and influence on the lives of so many. Over the years the humble piggy bank has not only taught many children around the world the skills needed for saving money. They also gave many of us a sense of pride every time we managed to save up enough money to buy that new toy or see how much money we were putting into our bank accounts.
Disney was able to capitalize not only on the parents who were wanting to help their children learn vital skills for the future. But also the child’s fascination and obsessions that comes with their favorite characters. [Read more…]
While the majority of antique enthusiasts know of or collect Hummel Figurines, the later produced Hummel Plates were not as widely collected. The first line of Hummel figurines were produced during 1935 but it wasn’t until 1971 that the annual Hummel Plates were released.
While some Hummel Figurines are priced well into the thousands, their cousins, the Hummel Plates are worth a lot less.
Production: The Original Hummel Annual Plates were produced from 1971 until 1995.
A few months ago we covered the famous Hummel figurines. In this article I have listed the top 10 rare Goebel Hummel figurines and their current values.
1) Hum 1 – Puppy Love
Early Sample before TMK was used – 1935
Artist – Master Sculptor Arthur Moeller
Early models were made with out a tie and the head was tilted at a different angel.
- Original Number FF 15, Price: $5000 – $10000 USD
- II/1 With Attached Pot, Price: $5000 – $10000 USD
- T-1 Terra Cotta Material, Price: $7500 USD