Random Reflections on Baby Boomer Collectibles

I wish I knew then what I know now! Then I would have kept all my toys, coins and other fun items I had access to before I became a baby boomer. But since I never collected anything when I was young this new found interest in all  things “boomer” provides an opportunity to manufacture memories.

I enjoy  talking with people online and off who relish their baby boomer treasures. But where do you find these treasures now if you did not save  them in your attic, basement or collections?

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I now go to yard sales looking for records. And although I resell them, my hubby and I often snatch some out of the bins to keep and listen to. Yet, many more people are keeping their collections. I try to help by encouraging them to buy record players to listen and enjoy them. LOL

I find that getting introduced to these treasures is being done by way of the internet, yard sales, estate sales and auctions. Shows like the Antique Road Show wet your appetite for items you never ever knew were collectibles with value.

I admit that I am a baby boomer who is really going backwards. Since I never collected when I was young I an fascinated by those things people have and do collect. For example, I was clueless to coins for anything but spending. Now I love reading about them and looking at others collections online or live.

I recently went to a model car show with hubby. Now he loves them. I never thought about them. But wow, during that show I enjoyed seeing the smiles on baby boomer faces as they experienced each and every model car. I listened as they talked, laughed and played. I learned so much that I have a whole new respect and appreciation.

So this blog serves as a way to tip my toes into this exciting arena. I just hope that the generations after us grow to appreciate the many collectibles that their parents and grands desire to pass on to them.

Be patient with me as I take this journey and I hope you share your collections and love for all the treasures that baby boomers enjoy.

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Baby Boomers Love Collecting Coins

Baby Boomers love collecting coins. Some started when they were young and continue to collect. Others have found it something great to do in their transition from day to day work. It is not only relaxing but oodles of fun.

So, I want to begin to explore some of the coins that folks like to collect. I have included in this post a link about a “Concept Coin”. This is a coin that was submitted by a designer to be considered for currency.

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That was the case with the Bessie Coleman concept coin.. Although the Sacagawea Golden Dollar won and was accepted as US Currency some still collect the concept coins.

In the case of the Bessie Smith Concept Coin there is a rarity factor. Not many of them were minted and not many available for sale. Many collectors have added them to their collections.

Why? I would think because of the rarity of some and the beauty of the design. What do you think?

Do You Like Pocket Watches and Clocks?

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I am getting more and more fascinated with clocks and watches. It seems to be all about the “movement”. No, I am not talking about arthritis LOL

People interested in horology are called horologists. TThis term is used both by people who deal professionally with timekeeping pieces(watchmakers, clockmakers), as well as lovers and scholars of horology. Horology and horologists have numerous organizations, both professional associations and more scholarly societies.

Horology is the art or science of measuring time. Clocks, watches, clockwork, sundials, hourglasses, clepsydras, timers, time recorders, marine chronometers, and atomic clocks are all examples of the kinds of unique instruments used to measure time. In current usage, horology refers mainly to the study of mechanical time-keeping devices, while chronometry more broadly includes electronic devices that have largely replaced mechanical clocks for the best accuracy and precision in time-keeping.

Once you start looking into this area as a collector it is easy to get hooked. So, as I learn more I will share it here. But please share what you know so we can all be on the look out for some interesting time pieces.

But here is a really cool article I ran across talking about an upcoming auction for a pocket watch.

Upcoming Auction for Henry Grave’s Supercomplication Pocket Watch.

Want to Know a Little About Hummel Figurines?

Hummel figurines are also referred to as M.I. Hummel figurines or just plain Hummels. This porcelian figurine series are based on the drawings of an Artist namedSister Maria Innocentia Hummel, O.S.F.

I have, recently, been posting a few Geobel Hummels for a client on consignment. In doing my research I ran across this video that was done by a fellow Ebay Seller. I thought it was good and wanted to share it with others.

Hope you enjoy it too.

Hot Collectibles on Ebay From My Facebook Friends For Saturday July 13, 2013

I decided that I will start posting some really cool collectibles that are currently online by some of my Facebook Friends. Hope you get a chance to click on them and check them out. I am going to try and do this often. If you have something listed you want me to share in a post please let me know.

Disney Beauty and the Beast Music Jewelry Trinket Box Princess Belle RARE

Vintage German Enamelware 3775 Baby Cup and Bowl Pink Boy & Dog, Girl & Doll

Vintage Tin Tea Set Plates Walt Disney Goofy Mickey Mouse Pluto Ice Cream Stand 

Vintage 1960s Lenticular 3-D Holographic Art Redhead Girl Boy Fishing Pier 10×13 

1975 Avon 1936 MG Car Decanter Blend 7 After Shave MIB Vintage Fragrance MIB 

Vintage 50s Tole Metal Handle 16″ Green Tray Hand Painted Roses Fine Arts Studio 

Vintage Kenmore Tanning Lamp 

First Edition 1953 Pinocchio Golden Book 

A Franklin Mint MacDonald Collectible Plate 14K Gold Trim 

 

A Vintage Mickey Mouse Phone that still works!

 

Interview with George Betton Owner of a Fine Arts and Antiques Business

While at the Glen Ridge Antique Show this year I had the pleasure of interviewing Mr. George Betton. It was impressive to know that his love for collectibles lead him to become a business owner. A wonderful way to keep the fire under his passion.

George can be contacted by email: george.betton (at)gmail.com

Many Will Are Using Collectibles to Upcycle-Goodwill is a Great Source

Goodwill ‘s Pinterest page has become a great source for upcycle ideas. Many of those ideas include vintage items. What not sure what upcycling means? Well it may mean different things to different people. But read the definition that is on Wikipedia.

So, just another reason to see the upside value in the things others may call junk.

Are There Some Collectibles That Are No Longer Collectible? What Did Terry Kovel Say?

I just read an interesting interview with Terry Kovel in, The Bottom Line Publication, about the status of 10 collectibles that are not worth their earlier value.I believe Kovel. Why? Because Kovel is co-author of Kovel ‘s Antique and Collectibles Price Guide. She co-authored many books with her husband Ralph Kovel prior to his death in 2008.

In 2011 the 100th book was published. From what I have read about the two of them not only are they consummate experts but they have a very generous spirit as evidenced by the multitude of volunteer services that have been blessed with their involvement.You can read more about the Kovels by clicking this link.

In the interview that I read she briefly discusses 10 popular collectibles and their current values. They include Hummels, Barbie Dolls, China Sets, Franklin Mint items, collectible plates, cookie jars, vintage metal boxes, Longaberger Baskets, and autographed Sports Memorabilia.  Read the article now, 10 Collectibles Not Worth Collecting Anymore.

 

I going the order the latest copy of her Price Guide. I have  heard  that it is invaluable.