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African traditional beadwork

While recently browsing through bidorbuy (one of my favourite pastimes), I came upon these lovelies in the Africana section of antiques and collectibles: They are, from left to right, a cascade necklace in Xhosa tradition; a Yoruba diviner’s belt; …

The beauty of the globe

There is something special about holding the world in your hands. This feeling was once reserved only for the wealthy and educated members of society. Today, everyone can enjoy the beauty of a globe. World globes, also known as terrestrial gloves, are …

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 …

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 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A glass paperweight is a solid object with a flattened base, originally made to hold down papers.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 …

Does that glass have blemishes?

Learn how to recognise manufacturing flaws and wear-and-tear damage in antique, vintage and collectable glass objects. Antique, vintage and collectable glass and crystal are very popular on bidorbuy. And what’s not to like! Our crystal and glass …

Vintage wooden kitchen tools

You’ve just renovated your kitchen. It looks all spick-and-span... and a little impersonal. There’s nothing better than a touch of antique or vintage kitchenalia to add a bit of character! The options are practically limitless, but this time I’d like to …