WHAT TO COLLECT, what to collect

collecting So you want to start a new hobby and you’re not too sure what to collect? If its any help, that’s the most asked question on the web,  WHAT TO COLLECT” what to collect? What relaxing type of hobby could I start? . . . YOU KNOW, something I could just… ease into, something not too expensive?  In the end, YOU’RE the only person that can answer that question. But today is you’re in lucky day, 🍀 I do have a few suggestions.

HERE ARE MY SUGGESTIONS TO WHAT TO COLLECT.

PICK A HOBBY OR COLLECTIBLE THAT YOU’RE ALREADY INTERESTED IN.  SOMETHING YOU FIND EXHILARATING OR MAYBE SOMETHING YOU ALREADY KNOW LOTS ABOUT AND THAT JUST NEEDS A LITTLE . . . POLISHING.

REMEMBER, IF YOU HAVE ANY MORE THAN 3 THE SAME, YOU’RE ALREADY A COLLECTOR.

In my series of “THE LEAST YOU SHOULD KNOW” I will try and show you, the readers, simple things to look for to collect, anything.  I myself try and look at things from different angles, simple things to look for, and help date unusual things. I will NOT make you an expert. I’m just showing you a few tricks that I picked up along the way of collecting, or just buying and selling if that’s your niche. I bookmark any websites that I find interesting on collecting for the readers. There are some real good and interesting reads on your choice of hobby.

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HOPEFULLY INTRODUCE PEOPLE TO THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF COLLECTING, anything.

But it would only stand to reason if you like sports, collecting sports related items could be more in line of your future hobby, or heavy manly stuff would be cast iron goods. People are fascinated with wood molds, or any factory related items. Many people also collect military item, antique machinery or tools.

WHAT TO COLLECT, WHAT TO COLLECT, DECISIONS, DECISIONS.

In my installments of “THE LEAST YOU SHOULD KNOW” Series of 50, I tell you what to look for, maybe get you interested in collecting anything, something unusual.

  • Vintage Photographs with hopefully a famous signature on it.
  • Coins.
  • Cosmetic Jewelry.
  • Clothing.
  • Playing cards from around the world
  • Stamps
  • Vintage bar-ware
  • Action figures
  • Bottle Openers
  • Train sets are fun and lucrative.
  • Snow globe
  • Anything with Advertising on it!  Signs, Pens, Campaign Buttons.
  • Wine corks.
  • Rare books.
  • Penny Banks are small as well as Royal Dalton figurines, match boxes, decorative thimbles, Pez dispensers, etc., and the list goes on!

RULES FOR COLLECTING ANTIQUES

    ∞ Buy what you can afford.

   ∞ Buy something that you enjoy and that is already pleasing to the eye.

  ∞ Buy collectables that suit your lifestyle. (If you are an apartment dweller, collecting antique furniture might prove challenging) but smaller items (Like my list) SHOULD NOT DETER YOU FROM THE FUN OF COLLECTING.

So what are good things to collect you ask, “THE SKY IS THE LIMIT”

Do your research. There are many things of interest for everybody’s tastes and lifestyles.

 ∞ Did you know that most, to all Antique malls do not charge  admission.

Going to most antique malls could turn out to be an exciting 2 hour afternoon adventure.

Did you know that garage sale treasure hunting is one of the most entertaining things to do for you and your family bonding?

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Train the eye to “SEE”

The hunt is the best part of your new found hobby. Whether it’s collecting antiques or collecting new and up and coming future collectable items, do your research and “TRAIN THE EYE TO SEE”.

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“THINGS TO COLLECT”

PLEASE CHECK OUT MY 50 SERIES OF”THE LEAST YOU SHOULD KNOW”.  THIS BLOG SITE IS WHERE I CAN HELP YOU WITH A VARIETY OF TIPS AND INFORMATION ON COLLECTING “ANYTHING”


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Match Box

 

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#48 in a Series of 50

Vintage Match Stick Holder or collecting Match Boxes  is one of those upcoming fads for new collectors. As in a reference book, (address at the bottom)  there are something like 4000 different varieties of match holders of sorts.

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Two match Holders

Match Boxes, I like to call them have  been around for a long time. they’ve been sitting there,  all by themselves, lonely on some old shelf at your friendly antique shop or flea market.  Hell, you will even find them at any Good Will or used clothing outlet.

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We have all seen them, but paid little or no attention to them.  Then when you spot one, you say “WHAT IS THAT THING?” They are small, don’t take up a lot of room, and they’re different. Some look like an old fluid style Zippo lighter but without the lighter inside. “Someone stole the lighter” and left the case! No, now they call it a match box/holder. They would even make good conversation pieces!

Match Boxes are just fun to collect and could be a lucrative hobby.

What is a Match Holder you say?  WELL let me tell you. First you have to understand their purpose and their use. Here is a few pictures to get you acquainted with what they look like. Now you’re going to say,  “yeah”  I’ve seen hundreds” and yes, you have. They are overlooked by most of  the general public. These little match holders, which some just call match safes, were made to store friction matches. (ordinary match sticks)

The match revolutionized the way people started fires in the mid 18oos

We all have read stories of inventions that changed the world, but you will not find matches on that list.  You should have! Penicillin changed the lives “saved lives” as we knew it and I hate to say it, the silly old simple match stick/holders should be at least in the top 10, “Somewhere”.

In and around the year 1830 a chemist named John Walker from England mistakenly invented the match tip or matches. Hard to believe but in the earlier days before the match and match holders, you basically had to rub two sticks together, or just keep the fire burning.

The silliest part of the match stick story is the match holder was not debued until the 1850s, 20 years later.

But the invention of a silly friction match did change the way we lived. And having said all that,three figurine match holders people needed someplace to safely store their matches. Sure when you buy them they come in small cardboard boxes, and in most part that’s all you needed. Some people would just throw a couple of match sticks in their pocket and when needed, they just pulled them out, struck it on something abrasive and you’re in business.

The ingredient of the match stick was so flammable in their first stages of invention, they would just light up from the friction of movement in your pocket. They were very unpredictable at best and probably, burnt more houses down from premature combustion.

Which brings us up to the MATCH HOLDERS.

To clarify what the difference is, match box or a match safe, I would like to think of as a match box, just an open container that you put your matches in.

Maybe a match holder with a lid (simple right) I would also consider a match safe as being a closed container of sorts, as per pictures. And that would make more sense around an open flame, or wood stoves.

To throw another curve, England sometimes called match holders, match boxes and match safes, “Vesta Boxes”   Only the English language can have 4 completely different words, meaning the same thing.

“England uses proper English” so we’re all pronouncing match boxes, “WRONG”. . . Eh!

MATCH BOX . . . MATCH SAFE . . . VESTA BOX . . . MATCH HOLDERS

Now we know that the match box was made for the storage of flammable match sticks. Just to store your matches safely! A common place most people kept their match sticks was near the old wood stove,  for easy access to start the fire. So on its own, match boxes were a welcoming invention.

Match holders come in a variety of styles to choose from. There are ceramic ones, just ordinary stamped tin ones and there are fancy decorative ones for the rich and famous. My all time favorites are just the old rustic looking cast iron ones. They had a small pocket on the one side for your matches and would hold 10 or so matches.

NOT  a lot of information out there.

Sorry to say, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of information on match boxes, but these feverish, die hard collectors they know what they’re looking for.  You should be learning, research more and help these serious collectors out. Hunt them down, There out there or maybe just for save them for yourself. Eh

Hope I helped you out some.

I hope I helped you, armed you with a little information on, as the English would say. . . “Vesta Boxes” “MATCH BOXES to the  ORDINARY GUY” So next time you’re at one of these used antique shops, look down on the selves, look up, they’re there, just waiting for you.  Eh!

Just remember, this would be an excellent hobby to start and in most cases, like any collecting “IT’S THE FUN OF THE HUNT!”   Eh!

Note, People use –

Vintage Decorative Match Holders for, “Toothpicks”

Please check out more fascinating stories and history of Match Holders. I recommend this excellent reference book with hundreds of images,  “Match Holders by Denis B Alsford” 

Reference ∞ 

◊   https://www.schifferbooks.com/search/results.html?search_in_description=1&search-option=&keyword=DENIS+B+ALSFORD&x=0&y=0

  https://www.collectorsweekly.com/tobacciana/match-holders

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This is part 7 of

“THE LEAST YOU SHOULD KNOW” 50 Series.

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