Collecting vintage brooches

Brooches are beautiful pieces of jewellery very often overlooked. They come in many shapes and sizes and can easily transform a dull outfit into an interesting one. You will find that brooches span across a broad spectrum when it comes to value. By this, I …

Collecting rocks, crystals and minerals

Do you appreciate the beauty of rocks, crystals and minerals? You are not alone. Many people do. Some choose to have an interesting crystal as a decorative element in their home. Some enjoy handling tumbled stones, whether they believe in their …

Tips for vinyl collectors

Vinyls are quite popular these days, having made a come-back in recent years. Move over coins and stamps, vinyl collecting is the new kid in town! There are many great places you can find quality vinyl records at great prices. This blog post is here to …

Antique and vintage cutlery

Are you about to throw away those forks and spoons that somehow came to you from a grandmother? I am all in favour of decluttering, but don’t consign your old cutlery to a (hopefully, recycling) dust bin just yet! At least not until after you’ve given …

How to identify rare stamps

A stamp is a small, adhesive little piece of paper. Yet, for some, they are a passion and a source of wealth. The most expensive stamp in the world was sold for $9.5 million. So, if you are hoping to identify a rare stamp in your collection, read …

How to collect wrist watches

Traditionally, men were more likely to collect wrist watches than women, and they tended to collect men’s watches. The times are changing. Nowadays, women collect watches too, and many collections are themed around women’s watches. Whether you …

Collecting celebrity memorabilia

The appeal of a sweat-drenched T-shirt worn by a superstar may escape those who are not (yet) affected by celebrity culture. However, most of us are to some degree fascinated by celebrities and items used by or associated with celebrities are widely …

Collecting glass paperweights

A glass paperweight is a solid object with a flattened base, originally made to hold down papers. The best paperweights are a wonder of design and workmanship. They are recognised as works of art. Paperweights made entirely of glass were first …

Militaria: 6 books on warfare

As every collector knows, half the fun of collecting is in the learning. All collectors want to know the story behind a specific artefact, but to also find out the history relevant to their collection. This is especially true about militaria collectors, …

How much is that in notgeld?

What, have you never traded in notgeld currency? No? Well, I hope that you never have to. Notgeld is a German term for emergency currency, and it does not take an economics brainiac to figure out that emergency currency is not a good thing: it means …