4 Things You Should Know On Collecting Marbles

The Least you Should Know logo∞ ∞  The most asked question would be, what are good things to collect? Well you’re in luck. In my series of 50 “The Least You Should Know”  is about “Collecting”, anything. And this edition is about collecting little old Marbles.

The wonderful world of marbles and why should I collect them you say? The answer is, it’s a fun colorful hobby and they don’t take up a lot of room. To most folks it brings back fond  memories from childhood. They’re cheap or reasonable to buy at flea markets and auctions. When you get real good at identifying the scarce ones from the ordinary ones, they could become a real good investment. Continue reading

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Doll Collecting Changes and Trends

By: Jayne Cremasco

The past 25 years have seen tremendous changes in the collectible doll industry. Until that time, collectors only had antique dolls, or newer children’s dolls to add to their collections. As there were relatively few “new collectibles” to purchase, the market on these “played with dolls” and antiques was vibrant and exciting.

There were many doll shows scattered all over the country, and a visit to one would find three types of dolls available, antique dolls, rescued discarded play dolls, and booths featuring doll makers wares. Doll makers were many, with their work ranging from dreadful to stunning.

Flea markets also found doll sellers, usually of the “discarded child doll type”, and many collectors searched regularly for collectible dolls. At the time, dolls being grabbed up were from the Chatty Cathy family, Chrissie and Velvet family, Patti Playpal types , Vogue, and of course Barbie.

With the emergence of the “Ashton Drake Gallery” dolls, followed by many mass produced porcelain dolls by many other companies, all offering limited editions, artist renderings and much media advertising,  many collectors changed direction and began to purchase these new dolls.

This new collector market was huge for a number of years. People scrambled to complete sets of dolls and to find dolls by certain doll artists. The market on older vinyl “designed for play dolls” softened considerably during this period.

Home based porcelain doll studios, where you could take classes teaching you how to make your own dolls, also became very popular during this time.

A quarter of a century later, many dolls that were so popular, have now come onto the secondary market. Due to the market being so flooded at the time of production, and so many collectors jumping onto the bandwagon, the secondary market is now flooded with these dolls. The value on many has plummeted as a result, particularly Ashton Drake Dolls.

Other collectible porcelain dolls that were mass produced are for the most part worth only a fraction of what was paid for them initially. The biggest reason for this is the fact that these dolls are still being produced, the quality has improved a great deal, and the prices have gone down. What reason would anyone have for purchasing an older one!

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The market on genuine antique dolls continues to be strong, and investments made seem to be sound. As the years pass, it is harder and harder to find antique dolls unless they are coming directly from another collector’s private collection. This keeps the prices high. Unlike modern dolls, there are only so many antiques to go around!

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For more useful information on doll collecting and antique dolls, visit (linkwww.eloradollhouse.com. Jayne Cremasco has been a doll retailer and appraiser for over 25 years.

Collecting Antique Dolls was written by Jayne Cremasco

As a Vintage and Antique  Doll Collector I have seen tremendous amount of changes in the past 25 years  by Jayne Cremasco from Elora Ontario Canada

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It’s Valentine’s Day again and it’s only appropriate to think of flowers. Myself, I think of my Anniversary, Valentine’s day and this is my next edition to THE LEAST YOU SHOULD KNOW SERIES of 50 articles.  This topic in the series is about Collecting Head Vases and in case you don’t know what I’m talking about, flowers and head vases go together, and in the same sentence.

Head Vases where first introduced in the 40s for the florist and boutique industry as give-always to complement  flowers with these stylish vases.  They were a drawing card to bring in new customers to  there brick and mortar store. Grouping beautiful bouquets of flowers together in a classy looking vase known as a Head Vase was a big success. Like today, it’s not uncommon to buy your darling flowers already put in a “plain” ordinary vase. But these weren’t just any vase, they had a look all of their own.

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two head vases one with flowers and one without

Head Vases and Flowers go together.

Here is a little history.                                                                                                                                                                      The term head vase was referred to a special style of ceramic vase. Most to all, these vases as I mentioned, had a distinct look about them. They generally featured the head or bust of a person, but they also came in an animal theme, babies, children, men and some had a religious tone to them. (Nothing ordinary about these vases). So the porcelain head vases where not strictly of just beautiful women but they were the most popular of all.  In the same category of head vases, they were sometimes known as head planters but in my estimation, there is no comparison.

The Americans introduced these gems to the market before WW2 in the early 40’s, but after the war, they were made by many off shore companies. (Mainly Japan)  By the mid 70’s the market was flooded with head vases and the fad peaked. Now they are just a neat, hard to find, collectable.

There were also many companies that produced HEAD VASES just to hang on the wall. There was a pocket in the back for the flowers and they were referred to as “WALL POCKETS” (still seen today).

Point of interest: like I said, many of the most desirable and collectable head vases were of FAMOUS WOMEN like Marilyn Monroe, Joan Crawford, Jackie Kennedy and the likes. They were featured with fancy hats, realistic facial features, and even pearl necklaces with matching dangling earrings. Some even had a shapely hand with painted nails delicately framing one side of the face. By looking straight at these facial art pieces, you don’t notice there is an opening in behind for the flowers. In the 60’s they were hot items sold at five and dime stores such as Woolworth’s and Kresge’s.  Some of the prices being $3.00 or less.

Did you know there are popular “HEAD VASE” CONVENTIONS around the country?

Here is a helpful tip.                                                                                                                                                              When on the hunt for theses unique gems, one way you know they are Head Vases is by putting your hand in behind the head and checking that opening for the flowers. Other than that, you could be fooled thinking it to be just another nice piece of Porcelain.

“One collector said they all have something in common. They are all someone’s fantasy of a beautiful woman”.

ON ANOTHER NOTE:                                                                                                                                                                 HERE IS A HAMILTON, ONTARIO COUPLE WHO COLLECT HEAD VASES — THEY ARE UP TO 1,200 AND collection of head vasesCOUNTING, and that was in 2012. Here is a (link) to their collection.


Now you’re all pumped up about your new found adventure, collecting Head Vases. Now what? You can find them at antique malls, flea markets, garage sales, and even at auction sales. The best part, most people don’t even know what they are or have never heard of them.

Does that make them collectable or just scarce?

When you’re looking, or hunting for these rarities, get in the habit when seeing a porcelain head or bust of some description sitting on a shelf with all those other pieces of glass ware, to place your hand behind the head to feel for that opening.                                                                                                                                                                                                      ∞ ∞ FROM THE FRONT IT IS HARD TO TELL. ∞ ∞

The most popular brands to look for are, Napco, Relpo, Rubens and Lefton. But beware there are a lot of reproductions out there.

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LET’S START COLLECTING “anything” and read my series of “THE LEAST YOU SHOULD KNOW” for other collectable information and, if you have any more than 3 items the same, you are already a collector. You just don’t know it!

Hope this site was helpful on this Valentine’s Day and I say to you, why settle with an ordinary vase when these collectable Head Vases have a little more …. Buzz.

I recommend this excellent book on “Head Vases Identification and values”. By Kathleen Cole

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First Installment #28 The Least You Should Know  (link) 50 collector series, I’ll be talking about BOTTLES, JUST COLLECTING LITTLE OLD BOTTLES. Hopefully I can get you interested enough to get you off your hiny and start collecting, and Antique Bottles would be a good place to start.

This is one reason you should start collecting bottles. They are interesting to look at; they come in every shape and size and most are quite colorful. Bottles have a history, a history of companies that have come and gone. Some have survived the ups and downs of the ever changing economy, and some may be even in the same city you live in.

The part I find most interesting is when bottle companies moved away from the original imposed glass look to the new and improved stick on paper labels. Advertisement of their product had no limits If they could fit some slogan on that label, you were good to go.  pill bottle labelToday if you were lucky enough to find an old bottle with a label still on it, you’d be surprised at some of the interesting advertisements and the ingredient would surprise you even more. So… still interested in collecting bottles? Then this is where you would start.

How and where would you find old Bottles?

You can find bottles at swap meets, flea markets, garage sales, trade shows and one of the best places to buy or trade is at an antique store or mall. You can find and start digging around old FARM DUMPING SPOTS.

Some of these serious bottle collectors add metal detecting to their hobby. Now we all know, when you’re METAL detecting, we’d be waiting a long time for a detector to give off any beeping sound when looking for glass bottles. But not only do we hear beeping from the old tin cans and the likes, there are bottles. Always lots of bottles, sitting right beside  the beeping of the tin cans. EH!


Did you know early settlers dug holes along their fence line just to bury their daily household garbage? That’s where you would find your bottles, and that’s if … “IF YOU CAN ONLY FIND THAT FENCE LINE!” which today are mostly long gone.  Rural dumps and old abandoned properties are a good spot to go digging.

LET’S ASSUME THE FARMER LIKED TO HAVE A LITTLE NIP ONCE IN A WHILE, Whisky BOTTLES, WINE BOTTLES EVERYWHERE and don’t forget the bottles that had a little tonic in them to grease up the hair, as well as perfume for those Saturday night hoedowns.


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The bottles from the yesteryear, like I said were colorful, had different shapes and sizes. Some of the labels were a joy to read, and are something of a joke nowadays. Some state “Made with pure Opium with a touch of marijuana flavoring to help soothe the soul.” The one label from the 30s, a Raleigh bottle describes their ointment this way, “IF IT DOESN’T WORK ON YOUR MAN, IT SURE WILL WORK ON YOUR HORSE”.  . .  That’s the best LABEL I’VE SEEN.


Doing research for this article made me think . . .  “I should add bottle collecting to my resume”. The information out there is enormous with clubs everywhere. BOTTLE SHOWS every 4 months and the people, vendors, are full of information and always glad to share their secrets with a newbie bottle collector.

I’m not a collector of bottles by any means, but being around the scene you do pick up a lot of information. To write this post as accurately as possible, I did a lot of fun research on the subject, and by the  way ,  When You’re Hooked on bottle collecting , you too will have to do even more research on this exciting hobby.

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So now I’m doing research on beer bottles, and that’s a subject I hold “dear to my heart”.  I came across some information on a rare dark colored beer bottle and a bit of history of this old brewery. It was located down the street from where I lived as a kid. I NEVER KNEW THAT!  One block away!

It was way before my time but none the less, I found the information fascinating. I guess I could add beer bottle collecting to my other hobbies, but where I live, there are still only 24 hrs in a day. But I did find that bottle intriguing enough that I’ll be doing more research on that brewery. You know… the one nobody even knew was there … except a “misinformed bottle collector”  . . . right?


Today that brewery in question has been turned back into a modern day home brew establishment, and the proprietors never knew the original building was a famous brew house to start with!


And that’s how it starts, so WHAT TO COLLECT (link) Collecting Antique Old Bottles is where it’s at.

∞ ∞ Check out part 2 of “COLLECTING OLD BOTTLES” ∞ ∞ (link


∞ https://antique-bottles.net/

∞ http://www.ointmentpots.com/home

∞ https://americanglassgallery.com/subscribe-to-ab-gc

∞  https://poisonsnmore.webs.com/oldbottleresearch.htm

∞ https://www.bottlestore.com/blog/the-curious-world-of-bottle-collecting-and-the-people-who-collect-them/

∞ http://www.canadianbottlecollectors.com/

∞ https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/how-to-start-a-collection-50-manly-collection-ideas/


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