Mermaid shaped swizzle sticks
lagoon creature model kit
Dolls dressed like nuns and brides
Jetson view master slides
Crackerjacks - prize inside."
Our band, TagYerit, wrote the song, "Neat Junk" about collecting, and now suddenly there's a lot of reality TV programming about collectors, collecting and finding all kinds of stuff. And that's a good thing. We're totally into this. Well that's why we wrote the song, "Neat Junk". When I created this page, I wrote, "Would be a trip if one day one of these types of shows played our song.". A few months after that we were contacted about our toilet paper collection to be featured on The Travel Channel show "Bizarre Collections"
(airs periodically since 1/1/2012), which also used this song. Now we'll have to see if lightning strikes twice with this song.
As we modified our collecting interests over the years, we ended up creating a toilet paper collection that has been featured by on television, print and online. Also from time to time we find something to add to our online antique store.
Years ago my folks had an antique store in Waltham MA. They'd find some unusual stuff. But no matter how old or unusual or even rare, you couldn't know the value. My dad used to sell rocks too (geodes and fossils ...) so when someone wanted something really old, he'd always point the rocks out as the real antiques.
One day in 1975 my dad picked up a pretty small vase - beautiful colors. Turned out to be a Burmese glass tooth pick holder (I said it was small) at the time worth easily $100. Today with the internet and easy access to so much stuff, you can find it for about $60. ... you just never know. Everybody's guessing. If something has a story with provenance (something written that authenticates it) well, that helps the price - or at least the desirability.
I never went into auctions that much. There's too much that has to do with personalities that mess with the final price. My mom was a pro at buying stuff she often knew nothing about at auctions - but she'd know how much to bid by who she was bidding against.
When we had a store for a few years, my strategy was to pick out the stuff that no one else was interested in. In Connecticut there were all these dealers who were crazy for early American antiques, so I'd buy all the oak furniture. - stuff like that. When I'd walk into an antiques store or a booth at an antique show, I'd size up what the person was into selling and then see what they had that they didn't know or care much about. There's lots of tricks to the trade and maybe the most important one I learned was that I could easily invest all my money before I ran out of things to buy, so it paid to be picky.
My dad had a different philosophy than anyone else I know. He'd pay more and sell for less. While others were shooting to double their money, he was looking for a quick turn around. So if an oak piano stool retailed for $80.00, most dealers would try to buy one for $40 and ask $80. My Dad would pay $50 and be happy to sell it right away for $55 Imagine if you put $100 in a bank that paid 10% interest in a year. After a year that $100 would be worth $110. But if he bought something for $100 and sold it the next day for $110 (often to another dealer), then he'd be turning his money over and over and over. That was the philosophy that he bought and sold by and it worked out very well for him. And when he'd get a house call to buy the contents of an estate, he wouldn't go unless he could figure out how to be the last dealer there. Then he'd have the chance to outbid the previous dealers. Like my mom would say, " You'll never go broke making a profit."
A Collection of Links about Collecting
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Some of these programs may be defunct by the time you read this, but search 'em out on google, youtube, etc.
- Abandoned -(National Geographic) New in 2012 - The show follows Jay Chaikin and his partners as the look for valuable items. One thing that sets this apart from some of the other shows is that they're willing to buy the contents of a property and not just cherry pick it.
- American Pickers Mike Wolfe & Frank Fritz are out there knocking on doors. Especially cool if you're into the art of the hunt AND into motorcycles too.(History Chanel) We had an antique store in Mystic CT for a few years in the 1970s and we'd have pickers stopping in to try to unload their finds on us. At the time we also a few cold calls, stopping at interesting looking older houses but it wasn't our speed. After a few years we decided to switch to carpentry for our occupation. But I think once you get the antiques bug, you're never truly cured.
- American Restorers (History) Spinoff from Pawn Stars - you can see how the pros take an old item and bring it back to a " brand new" look. Personally I like an item to show its age - its history, while still being brought to a nice patina. But there's still a lot to learn and these guys have the expertise.
- Antiques Roadshow produce by WGBH ( a PBS affiliate) since 1997. - 20 years after the BBS started running Antiques Road Show UK in 1977. One of my favorite ads is based on this appraisal for a Ute Chief's Navajo blanket. In the commercial they have people sitting watching the show with what looks like this blanket on their couch. ...
- Auction Hunters (Spike) - storage locker auction gamblers - like this a whole lot more than Storage Wars
Auction Kings (Discovery)
- Auction Packed (NatGeo)
- Auctioneer$ (TLC) - straightforward reality series based on a large auction house in the Southwest US - began 2010
- Backroad Bounty - Marty and Bambam drive the backroads of Canada in search of great picks.
- Barter Kings (A&E) - began 2012. Watch Antonio and Steve as they continue to trade up in value. For ex. in one episode Steve starts with a car radio and continues trading up in value till he ends up with a red 1980 Mustang. Meanwhile Antonio started with 4 new tires and trades up until he ends up with a 1978 Camero.
- Bid & Destroy (NatGeo 2012 - ?) - A wrecking crew bids on demolition jobs and then search for treasures in the time they have before the wrecking ball hits. Two thrills in one show. What's not to love?
- Big Brian: The Fortune Seller (TruTV) - Takes on estate and whole house sales Haven't seen this on tv, but the web videos are great - check out the straight jacket episode. Hilarious - I've been to crazy house sales myself, but these guys have a bouncer. Takes place in Florida - one episode an alligator shows up.
- Canadian Pickers - hey turns out they've got antiques north of the US border as well
- Cash & Cari (HGTV) - estate sale appraiser and seller.
- Cash in the Attic (HGTV) The US version has been airing since 2006. The experts have visit people's homes to help them raise turn their treasures and trash into money for a special project or purchase they're planning.
- Dirty Money Take some dirty old stuff - with some skills and ingenuity these guys might turn it into something cool and unique.
- Collection Intervention (SyFY) - This is the show for all you folks that believe collecting has gotten out of hand, Hoarders for the SciFi fans. New in 2012. Hosted by Elyse Luray (History Detectives).
- Hardcore Pawn (TruTV) - I haven't seen this one, but it sounds like it gets into more of the grit behind the scenes of pawning as well as item purchase and sale in a large pawn shop in Detroit.
- The History Detectives has the coolest theme song of any show I can think of - "Watching the Detectives" by Elvis Costello. In this show, the objects are a jumping off place for finding the story behind them. Here's a link to the episode about Josh White's Guitar
- Hoarders - This show features the serious down side of collecting - I confess that I haven't watched the show. We have known several hoarders I suspect (& hope) the show is more about obsessive compulsive behavior and addiction than about the collections. Hoarding is very dangerous and at times life threatening to the hoarder.
- Hollywood Treasure on Syfy - One of my new favorites - Extreme wow factor. The Hollywood auction house Profiles in History finds and auctions off movie memorabilia. Often record breaking significant stuff. The items they find and auction are not things you'd normally come across unless you're somehow related to someone who knew someone who knew someone. But where else will you see the original designed pair of Ruby Slippers for the Wizard of Oz that were not used.
- "It's Worth What?" is a game show that taps into issues of cost and value, such as hidden gems found in one's attic. includes collectibles, antiques and treasures, America is "brought into a world with seemingly endless doors behind which are various objects ranging from a life-sized replica of the White House, to William Shatner's kidney stone which was auctioned off for charity". Brand new 2011 on NBC
- Market Wars (PBS) - Cross-Country Competition Series - 4 contestants compete to see who makes the best deals (new in 2012)
- My Crazy Obsession (TLC) - This show first season aired in 2011 features some of Americans extreme obsessions and/or collections. A 2nd season will be available in 2013.
- Oddities (Science Channel) - New York City's Obscura Antiques & Oddities The show follows this unique store as it deals in the strange and the bizarre, item-wise and client-wise.
- Pawn Queens (TLC) - Minda & Nicky work to make their pawn shop a successful venture.
- Pawn Stars - The cranky Harrison family have a pawn shop in Las Vegas and the viewers get to see some of the fascinating stuff that gets offered to them. Anyone interested in handcuffs and leg shackles that once belonged to Harry Houdini? The show can be interesting, but I don't like the way it drags the story along as if it was a high suspense item.
- Picked Off (History Channel) - In yet another stab at the prize, the History Channel premiered Picked Off July 11, 2012. It's a competition picking show in where 4 pairs of pickers compete in 3 challenges to find the most valuable item.
- Smithsonian Channel - Stories From the Vaults This series aired in 2008 & 2009 showing some of the treasures from Smithsonian's collections that are kept in vaults and are not currently on display. As a side bar to the show Inside America's Vaults where they visited several private collections including our Toilet Paper Museum
- Storage Wars (A&E) - It has its moments, but the personalities are a bit too snarky for my taste and it feels like they make up numbers for how much they're going to ask for some of the junk they get.
What the Sell? (TLC) - Features a store, The Perfect Thing outside of Chicago.
- Toy Hunters (Travel Channel) new in 2012. Show aimed at toy collectors in search of their holy grails.
- It seems these days that shows are proliferating out of hand. Enjoy your channel surfing.
- Bargain Hunt (BBC America) - Antiques game show where 2 teams with a fixed budget are given an hour to invest at an antiques sale and then compete to see who fares best in the auction the items are sold in later.
Cash in the Attic - (BBC America) Since 2002, the experts have visit people's homes to help them raise turn their treasures and trash into money for a special project or purchase they're planning.
- Find It Fix It Flog It: Series 1 - a fun show on cleaning, restoring and upcycling of found objects. The premise is a bit dodgy, but once you ignore the pretend economics, it's neat to see what they find and what they repurpose. 20 episodes are/were available on Netflix in 2018.
- Flog It (BBC2)since 2002 - reportedly an appraisal show similar to Antiques Roadshow.
- Four Rooms Sellers of unique items (art, antiques & collectibles) haggle with 4 high end dealers. (2011 - 2016)
- Secret Dealers UK - Two family homes are visited by three antique dealers who are on the look-out for items they can sell. When the families return home they learn the cash offers that are being made for some of their most prized possessions. They then have to decide whether to sell their prized possessions or to keep them.
Rumor has it that Zodiak USA is planning to recreate this show in the US
- American Treasures (Discovery)- Looks like this show aired 3 episodes so far in 2011. At the time of this posting it seems the show might have been cancelled.
- In 1953 there was a show "What's It Worth" where the audience members submitted objects of art or antiques to Sigmund Rothschild for appraisal
- The Best Offer (movie) - This is a psychological thriller involving an auctioneer of fine arts and antiques. Geoffrey Rush plays the auctioneer. I'm not much into psych thrillers, but I loved the first half of the movie, until things started get unscrewed.
Our folks, Edith & Irving ran "Antiques 'n Oddities" in Waltham, MA from 1970 to 1986.
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