Collectibles and Keepsakes

Collectibles and Keepsakes

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A Modern Hope Chest
By Rachel Paxton When our neighbors moved away, they left behind an old cedar chest and wanted to know if our family would like to have it. I was sure I could find some use for it. ...
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American Tinware of Days Ago
American tinware, an attractive item many collectors enjoy, often adorns their kitchens or family rooms. Some old tinware is highly decorated while other pieces may be subdued in colo ...
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Authenticity of Eskimo Inuit Art & Native American Art
by Clint Leung Both Inuit Eskimo art and Native American art have gained international recognition as valuable art forms over the past few decades. However, the rising popularity of ...
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Book and Collectible Searches
The internet opens up a whole new world when searching for books and collectibles. Over the last four years we have seen sites come and go, but we have also found some great places to ...
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Brief History of Trade Cards
by Ben Crane Over a century ago, during the Victorian era, one of the favorite pastimes was collecting small, illustrated advertising cards that we now call trade cards. These trad ...
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Caring for Heirlooms
The dictionary says an heirloom is "a valued possession passed down in a family through succeeding generations." Did you inherit a quilt that is family heirloom? Or, have you adopted an anti ...
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Caring for Keepsakes: Crystal
Fine crystal is a very special keepsake and great care should be taken when cleaning and storing your pieces. Full lead crystal is "softer" than regular glass, and it will scratch ...
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Caring for Treasured Keepsakes
By Brenda Hydeand Eileen Titterington Caring for family keepsakes can be a tricky process, especially if you are now cleaning a treasure that was buried in Grandmother's attic for ...
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Caring for Your Books
Book shelves shouldn't be placed or built near heating vents or radiators. They also shouldn't be exposed to bright sun. Both of these will fade bindings and warp the covers. Don't c ...
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Collecting Spooners
by Dan Simmons A popular collectible today, the spoonholder, or spooner, provided as much symbolic value as function for Victorian society. The prominently displayed spoons were a ...
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Counted Cross Stitch: Mounting and Framing
Counted cross stitch can be a very fun and rewardable pastime. It's one of the few crafts I enjoy and that I feel confident about the finished results. There are a number of ways you can m ...
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