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I am a math/science teacher, amateur photographer/couple's dancer, mixed media artistist, outdoors sports person, and collector of different things at different timeI am a math/science teacher, amateur photographer/couple's dancer, mixed media artistist, outdoors sports person, and collector of different things at different times (cookbooks, original prints/contemporary art, glassware/pottery, iron/steel work, children's books, fashion jewelry, kitchenware/utility knives, tools, watches/clocks, wooden chairs...). I am currently living in South-Central TX, but am from Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and generally suffer from wanderlust. All of my items have been inherited, found, or purchased at personal property auctions/thrift shops/garage sales (teacher budget). I just can't pass-up something that appears to have an interesting history or has a fascinatingly practical design. Financial value is nice, but an item is only worth what you are paid for it. I've made mistakes trying to find investment items and have since settled into collecting for myself. My collections stay small as I frequently weed-out my collections, keeping only my favorite pieces. Otherwise I'd be buried in the fascinating things I've found over the years. My favorite item to date has to be a general's stick from the end of WWII that had field art and an inscription. A local museum was happy to accept it as a donation. I rescued it from the toy section of a thrift shop for $1.99. The history of the item was well worth the investment. (Read more)

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  1. Will you like this ring less if you find out that it isn't worth much? I hope that proceeding forward that you will love that ring, no matter what. Someone put thought and time into creating it. Keep ...
  2. My first thought was Hopi, but it's been a long time since I've collected Native American art. Zuni might be right. Regardless, Native American arts from the southwestern US are definitely the place t...
  3. I wonder if this one has been doctored up a bit. I had one like this 1920s, old Gund, but the eyes were different (and this fur looks polyester where as mine was mohair, but sometimes pics are deceivi...
  4. Yep. It's for making rugs.
  5. We were selling these Citizens out of the case in 2001 at about the price listed on the box. (Though, honestly, I'm a bit confused by the box. The first image looks like the lady's version, not the me...
  6. No tush tag? Looks like the rabbits that were popular when the TY beanie babies first came out. TY's version of this were called Attic Treasures (but were mostly jointed rather than floppy). Gund made...
  7. I've seen this before but in cream-colored (also not painted) plastic. My grandma had a whole set (6, maybe). She had them displayed for as long as I could remember...so at least since the 1970s. ...
  8. Oops, sorry, didn't read your title...I'm not telling you anything you don't already know. lol
  9. Looks like an oil lamp, to me.
  10. If you're trying to determine value, most of the religious medals/crosses I have (regardless of age or metal) aren't worth much (only the cost of the scrap metal). I found that surprising/disappointin...
  11. Coil baskets are made in many places around the world. Without reading the comments this reminded me strongly of the collection of baskets a friend had - all made by Native Americans in the Southwest ...
  12. I agree. I wouldn't at all be surprised if this is a real stone. It is not uncommon for certain stones (including amethyst) to be processed as large gems. Citrine and blue topaz are 2 others that quic...
  13. Do you have a macro/close-up setting on your camera (usually represented by a small flower)? (Be careful about getting too close or too far from the subject, the focal length will be important here.) ...
  14. I don't know if the forum will allow me to post this link, but it's the closest I got to the information I think you're looking for (something beyond the selling of commercial "light blue" turquoise j...
  15. Thank you Michigan Mills and Bekessa.
  16. Thank you, Michigan Mills.
  17. I have a picture of these on a ladder for a slide (playground). They may have been used for other things, as well, though.
  18. These 3 items remind me of the mini Mexican blankets sold at shops/flea markets here in southern Texas as decoration/mousepads (the smallest ones). Trying to find the exact artist of one of the pieces...
  19. Reminds me of the styles of the glow-in-the-dark ones we had when I was a kid in the early 1970s (but ours were articulated). Does this one glow-in-the-dark?
  20. Some things intrigue me, other things bother me. I really wish we had a general 'artisan' category. I can't put a finger on it. Can you say where (generally) the estate sale was located? Do you rememb...
  21. Several of the bakeries around Chicago used to make them. The last I checked a few still do. I'm not sure how you would date it, since I remember these from my own childhood in the 70s. We used to get...
  22. Every piece of jewelry has value to someone. People collect vintage, themes, styles, and even parts for up-cycling (making new items from old pieces). Based on what I see here, I'd be most curious abo...
  23. I know nothing about this artist (though I love the photograph), but fyi - when shooting through glass a polarizing filter helps (if your camera can take filters). If you tend to do a lot of shooting ...
  24. It's a prosthetic arm. I assume it's one of the versions that wraps around the body and flexing torso muscles to open/shut the pincher-hand. I can only find a child's version (to help determine value)...
  25. This Ebay listing indicates a 10 stamped on the back. I have a feeling, indeed, that your handle broke off. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-WILTON-Cast-Iron-Kitchen-Trivet-w-Broom-Heart-Design-/22108...
  26. Atari 400 (with box) is running for approximately $30 on Ebay. The Atari 400 was one of the first home 'computers' and was primarily used for games like PacMan and QBert. The Atari 600xl is on Ebay fo...
  27. Also, if you call it a 'vintage carnival mirror', I think you'll find more similar products to compare it to.
  28. It's true. These were carnival prizes that were particularly popular back in the 1980s. They were very common and came in a variety of themes (anything that was popular at the time: Teenage Mutant Nin...
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