Do You Collect Barometers?

 I have recently learned about Barometers. The vintage Barometers are sexy in design and as in all things vintage, they usually have a story to tell.

For those of you who may have been like me and did not  know a about barometers it  is a  weather instrument that measures atmospheric pressure  also known as air pressure or barometric pressure) – the weight of the air in the atmosphere.
Barometers have been around for a long time and there are some very interesting and unusual ones.. There are variations on the storm barometer, such as the Collins Patent Table Barometer, to more traditional-looking designs such as Hooke’s Otheometer and the Ross Sympiesometer. Some, such as the Shark Oil barometer, work only in a certain temperature range, achieved in warmer climates.

Here are two that are currently listed on Ebay that I thought were interesting:I may post more later.But if you know more please feel free to share or if you have one listed please share.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can see the details about this one HERE

 

Betty Boop Makes You Smile-Great Baby Boomer Therapy

I recently purchased this fun ceramic at a local garage sale. When the seller flipped over the piano and wind it up the two little magnetic dogs started dancing to “I want to be loved by you just you and nobody else but you.” I smiled.

I later went to visit someone at the hospital. I still had the song buzzing in my ear and shared it with the volunteer who gave me the pass. We both broke into a singing duet right in the lobby with Betty Boop song and ending with laughter as we said ” Boop boop de doop.”

What great baby boomer therapy!

In case you  are wondering this cute little item was purchased for 1.00 and sold for 12.51 in auction. But it brought so much pleasure that I almost kept it.

betty boop

 

Have fun and keep smiling.

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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.

Collectibles That Make Up an eBay Consignment Shop, Deals-R-Us

Running an on-line eBay Consignment Shop opens up the door to many types of collectibles that you may not think as being collectible. Here at Deals-R-Us, we like to focus on music items, clothing and vintage housewares.

Our consignors bring us items such as vases, antique sewing items, comic books, glassware, estate jewelry to consign and sell for them.  These collectibles must be researched to determine if they are valuable in today’s collector’s market or if they are something we would pass on selling or suggest selling in a garage sale or donating to a charity thrift shop.  For example, this item was brought to me by a collector who won it in an auction.  Our research found that it’s rare wood puzzle from 1971 and features the Captain Crunch Cereal characters.
Vintage Toy Puzzle

 

Louis Armstrong-A Remembrance “Sleepytime” LP is a Baby Boomer Collectible

“Sleepytime” is a LP that was created specifically by Abbott Laboratories in 1972 to promote the sleeping medication Ethchlorvynol-(Placidyl)  It would be interesting to know other Jazz greats that were used as a marketing tool for pharmaceuticals.

This LP is a compilation of some of Louis Armstrongs’s hits from every period of his career. It includes “St. Louis Blues”, “Cabaret” plus “All of Me”.

It was produced on the Columbia label.

Liston to “All of Me”

What is a Collectible?

The word collectible has so many meanings to different people. When I started learning about coins in my boomer years I realized that I was not a true, die hard collector. I love learning and looking at coins. I enjoy looking at collections but I really enjoy watching coins sell. So, what does that make me? Perhaps a collector/invester/appreciator of coins?

Wikipedia had the following definition of a collectible:

A collectable or collectible (aka collector’s item) is any object regarded as being of value or interest to a collector (not necessarily monetarily valuable or antique). There are numerous types of collectables and terms to denote those types. An antique is a collectable that is old. A curio is a small, usually fascinating or unusual item sought after by collectors.[3] A “manufactured” collectable is an item made specifically for people to collect.

I like this definition because it looks at those things that have attachment, sentimental value as well as those things that are created to capture memories in the minds of those who see an item and recall certain feelings. I wonder if some of our popular soft drinks will ever have collector value? Oh my, they already do.

Anyway, here is a really good article from Barbara Crews. She presents an assortment of definitions from different collection experts. Why are they experts? Ah, another good question.

So, tell me, what is your definition of a collector?

Rosie