Must-Have Toys of Christmases Past

The Christmas season has arrived. For many of us, we think back on Christmases past with a bit of nostalgia―finding and decorating the perfect Christmas tree, attending Christmas Eve church services, feasting at (multiple) family dinners, preparing milk and cookies for Santa, and marveling at the boundless excitement of children opening presents. Read more

Estate Planning for Your Collectibles

Estate Plan

My good friend, Charles, now in his 80’s, was faced with a gut-wrenching choice several years ago. Having passionately collected Civil War artifacts for more than 70 years, his attention was turned to the question of what would happen to his beloved collection after he died. Like Charles, many collectors can spend a lifetime amassing a collection, but pay little attention to what will happen to it after they’re gone. Read more

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Georgia Folk Pottery

Georgia Folk Pottery Blog

Folk pottery is just as synonymous with the state of Georgia as peaches and pecans are―or at least it should be. Long known for its rich deposits of clay, Georgia inhabitants have long used it to create pottery. Native Americans that once lived along the Savannah River, made cooking and storage wares of the naturally abundant red clay. In fact, earthenware recovered from this region are some of the oldest ever discovered in North America (~2500 B.C.). Read more

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Psychedelic Rock Posters

Psychedelic Rock Posters

Among the most prolific psychedelic rock bands of the 1960’s and 70’s, the Grateful Dead’s intoxicating music moved its fans and inspired a new era of artists, and art – rock posters. Read more

11 Warning Signs That You’re Addicted to eBay

eBay Addiction

As a self-proclaimed, modern-day picker, you spend your time and fortunes on eBay. Not only is it filled with the things you’re looking for, it’s also chock-full of things you never knew existed; but now that you know they exist, you must have one of each. And being the fearless treasure seeker that you are, you spend your days scrolling and clicking your way through the endless rabbit hole of junk treasure. If this sounds like you or someone you know, you may be addicted to eBay. Still not sure? Read on… Read more

Mrs. Jones, My Deepest Condolences

BIll Jones and Will Adams

As I’ve previously shared on our blog, the fun of being a picker or collector are the people you meet and the friendships you make. I was reminded of this once again due to the recent passing of my good friend, Mr. Bill Jones. Read more

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What if Twitter Existed Throughout Human History?

Twitter Throughout History Blog

If you follow us on Facebook or Twitter, you may be aware of our peculiar interest in one simple, but very profound question: What if Twitter existed throughout human history? In a very poor attempt to answer that question, we present some of history’s greatest figures in 140 characters or less… Read more

eBay Bid Sniping

eBay Snipping

10 seconds left in the auction. You’re winning! 5 seconds left. You’re still in the lead. 3 seconds left. You have the winning bid. You’ve got this one in the bag. Then it happens. Within the last two seconds of the auction, you receive the message: “You’ve been outbid!” You scramble to respond but it’s too late. You’ve lost. To add insult to injury, you immediately receive eBay’s passive aggressive message: “An item got away – but there’s more!” Make no mistake about it, you’ve been sniped! Read more

Salvaging Collectibles after a Flood

Salvaging Collectibles after a Flood

The destruction of life and property caused by Hurricane & Tropical Storm Harvey has been nothing short of catastrophic. “The 3-to-4 day rainfall totals of greater than 40 inches are simply mind-blowing and have led to the largest flood in Houston-Galveston history,” Houston’s National Weather Service office wrote. Read more

Loaning Your Items to a Museum? Here’s What You Need to Know.

Loaning to a museum

I recently stumbled upon an article that raised the question: “Is it ever okay for a museum to sell some of its works for financial reasons?” And the answer? Well, according to the American Alliance of Museums’ Code of Ethics, the answer is a murky yes―as long as the proceeds from the sale “are to be used consistent with the established standards of the museum’s discipline, but in no event shall they be used for anything other than acquisition or direct care of collections.” Institutions deemed to have violated AAM’s Code of Ethics risk losing accreditation. Not only that, but what message do such “sales” send to a museum’s financial donors and potential donors of artifacts, artworks, etc.? Read more