McCoy Pottery – Most Popular American Pottery

McCoy Pottery
McCoy Pottery

McCoy pottery has been a long time favorite with collectors everywhere. It’s a sought after collectible that can be found for a few dollars at flea markets or could cost hundreds of dollars at an antique store. The pieces are both beautiful and usable items that are highly prized by collectors!

The pottery factory began as the Nelson McCoy Sanitary Stoneware Company in 1910. There earliest pieces weren’t marked and the now famous markings didn’t start appearing until 1929. And, through the years the markings have changed several times.

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Vintage Jewelry: Wearable Pieces of History

Vintage Jewelry
Vintage Jewelry

If you’ve always loved the look of older pieces of jewelry, then you’ve probably already got the beginnings of a vintage jewelry collection! Costume jewelry actually got it’s popular start in theaters and on stages throughout Europe! It made it’s way to America in the duffel bags of soldiers as presents for their wives, girlfriends, sisters and mothers!

In the late 20’s American manufacturers began to dominate the costume jewelry industry. And, they have continued to produce some of the most beautiful, most valuable pieces available today. Many pieces are both signed and marked identifying the designer or the company, but many unsigned pieces are just as collectable.

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Collecting Stamps Is Like Collecting Tiny Pieces of Art!

US Postage Stamp Inverted Airplane
US Postage Stamp Inverted Airplane

It’s estimated that in the U.S. alone there are over 20 million postage stamp collectors. But, stamp collecting is one of the most popular hobbies in the entire world. Stamps are great collectibles for anyone, you don’t need a lot of space to store them and it’s one collection that you can take with you where ever you go!

The first stamp collectors were actually children, at the time, adults considered it a childish hobby. During the 1920’s publicity began to circulate about the value of some stamps and it spurred a huge increase in the amount of stamp collectors. And, today there are literally thousands of stamp shows around the world!

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The Passion for Collecting Barbie Dolls

Barbie Doll
Barbie Doll

The Barbie Doll is probably the most famous of all dolls. Barbie has been America’s favorite glamour girl since 1959 and her fame and popularity has spread world wide.

Some people value their prized Barbie doll collection just as others value their collection of gold coins! And, in fact, some Barbie’s are worth as much or even more than some gold coins. One Barbie sold for $17,000 and one original 1959 doll sold for almost $26,000!

If you love Barbie, whether or not you are a collector, you will enjoy this!

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Antique Toys Are One of the Top Five Collectible Items

Antique Toy Truck
Antique Toy Truck

Collecting antique toys can be both a hobby and an investment, it can be both fun and a way to relive childhood memories.

Toy collections really began getting popular in the United States in the mid 1960’s and toys have quickly became one of the top five collectible items in the U.S. today.

In 1988, thirty-six toy collectors spent over $5 million dollars at the Perlman Toy Museum sale in less than 24 hours! Although, toy prices have leveled off somewhat since the 80’s, their value has continued to keep going up and toys remain a steady investment.


For many collectors the value of an antique toy can’t be measured in dollars. The excitement of once again owning one of their favorite childhood toys is priceless. And, for some it’s just the pleasure of finally owning a toy that they always wanted as a child and never got. It’s a way of stepping back in time and recapturing a much more carefree and simple time of their lives.

The vast array of possibilities for toy collections also helps to make the hobby more popular. There are collections of certain toys, such as trains, dolls, board games and teddy bears. But, it goes even further to collections of tin toys, pull toys, paper toys and even collections of toys from a specific company.

Original Teddy Bear 1903
Original Teddy Bear 1903

The first American Teddy Bear was made in 1902 as a gift for Theodore Roosevelt, but overseas productions began around the same time. Many of the original teddy bears were stuffed with saw dust as it was readily available. And, they were made of mohair, wool and even felt. Some of the most favorite collectible bears feature jointed limbs and growlers.

The passion for board games is elevated by the fact that they often featured popular comic book and television characters. A complete board game is a rare find since they contained small pieces that were easily lost. But, some collectors have actually completed an incomplete game set by finding the missing pieces in various places.

Model trains are one of the most popular toys to collect and some collectors have even dedicated entire rooms to their train layouts. And, one collector paid $10,000 for the very first Batman comic book. Since, toys were all originally made to be played with, one that is in mint or even good condition can be quite expensive.

Many collections have began from toys that were handed down through generations and had great sentimental value. Whatever the reason for collecting toys, it’s one of the most fun things that you can collect and a good excuse to be a kid again!

Written by Connie Corder, Copyright 2008

Collecting Dolls

Antique Doll

Collecting dolls goes back in time quite a ways. There are people who collect nothing except old and antique dolls. Other people will collect any doll that may become of value in the future.

Some of the very first dolls ever made were actually made of cloth. The first cloth doll I remember as a child is the Raggedy Ann doll. As time passed, technology took great strides towards advancement. Another great collectible would become the cabbage patch dolls. Those dolls were very popular for a long time and are today a very valuable collectable.


Paper dolls hit the scene for a brief moment. These dolls, made completely of paper, were easily cut out and made an easy doll. These were mostly popular among the younger children and really did not become a huge collectible.

Wax dolls are another original collectible all the way back from the 19th century. These dolls were wax sculpted over a paper mache body and were very adorable. Collectors did shy away from these dolls to begin with due to their frailty. A true collector does not look for the cut and bruises on a doll though. A true wax doll collector looks for the essence of the 19th century.

After cloth dolls came plastic dolls. Everyone should remember the two very popular dolls that took America by storm when they came out. The Barbie doll and the G.I. Joe doll were great improvements in doll making history. These dolls forever branded themselves in American history as being the best dolls on the market. The Barbie doll and the G.I. Joe doll became instantly popular and a big collectible item.

Collecting dolls can be a fun and entertaining hobby. It will allow you to collect beautiful works of art that will actually increase in value, as it gets older. Just be sure to keep your dolls in their original casing and are kept at a reasonable room temperature.