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How to ship collectible stamps

We must admit that the task of having to familiarise yourself with the right shipping process can be daunting when shipping stamps, especially  collectable ones, because they can be very valuable. Bearing in mind the value of your rare find, you are likely …

Why we love and collect gems

Precious and semi-precious stones have long been revered for their beauty. The ancient Greeks are thought to have originally drawn the distinction between precious and semi-precious gemstones. While the term precious refers to gemstones that are considered …

Reinvent your antique picture frames

Whether you are a fan of DIY or not, antique picture frames and photo frames are a brilliant and affordable way to decorate your home. There are not only a million different ways to arrange them, a million different things you can put into them and a …

How to find good antique furniture

Shopping around for furniture is not an easy thing to do; fun maybe, but not easy. Now imagine how difficult it is to shop for antique furniture.   Remember, for something to qualify as an antique is has to be atleast a century old. Finding a …

Firearm collecting

Humans have been collecting things ever since time began – a particularly interesting stone, deer antlers or valuable furs. But the key essence of collecting is that you start off with one item, then soon the ‘one is not enough’ syndrome strikes you and …

Is it fine to collect replicas?

Many of us love to collect things – art, books, coins or even firearms. However, it is often is difficult to find that genuine article to add to our collections, simply because the item in question is so rare that the only examples are kept under lock and …

Antique or vintage?

The terms antique and vintage are often used out of their original context. Understanding the difference between the two is important whether you are selling or buying.   Formally, the term antique refers to an item that is at least a century …

How to clean your porcelain doll collection

  Starting a porcelain doll collection is fun and easy. However, keeping the collection clean can sometimes be a problem. It is not complicated, but it is a process that will require patience and gentle handling, taking care not to erase the …