How To Start A Stamp Collection?

How To Start A Stamp Collection-Tips For Collecting Stamps

If you want to start a rewarding hobby that could also be an investment to you as the collector, stamp collecting would be the best choice for you. For this, you need to gain insights about the right stamps to collect and determine how valuable they are. This guide for stamp collectors will surely be helpful to you.

guide for stamp collectors

One of the best things about starting a stamp collection is that it is an extremely yet fun-filled process. You, as a stamp collector, can get stamps from postcards, letters, packages, stamp auction websites, online websites (such as Ebay), friends, family members, post offices, dealers, or from other stamp collectors. All you need is to remember that stamps should not be stained, dirty, and torn. The colors on the stamps should be bright and stamps should preferably be perfectly centered.

Note: Stamps that have a light cancelation are more valuable for collectors than ones with heavy marks on them.

To get thing started, you need to develop a clear and complete understanding about quality and price. For this, it is best to access some traditional and online books on the history of stamp collecting, types of stamps, and how to buy stamps. To know more about information on stamp collections, you can access highly informative books such as Guide to Stamp Collecting and Stamp Collecting for Dummies. This is also because you as a stamp collector will be more content with your purchases when you know about the type of stamp you are planning to buy.

While buying stamps, it is important that you only purchase stamps that appeal to you in a direct way. After all, there is no point of having stamps in an album that don’t hold your interest. If you want to be happy with your purchases, you should only purchase stamps that you love.

How To Start A Stamp Collection-Tips For Collecting Stamps

‘Antiques Roadshow’ Visits Albuquerque

Folks from “Antiques Roadshow” recently paid a visit to Albuquerque where 3,000 people had their items appraised at the Convention Center.

'Antiques Roadshow' Visits Albuquerque

Three thousand pairs of tickets were given away through a lottery system and more than 5,000 people showed up for the PBS TV show “Antiques Roadshow” at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

The show, now in its 19th season, features local antiques owners who bring items they consider to be “antiques” to be appraised by experts.

It is obvious New Mexico mementos are staying in the area, said the executive producer of the hit show. We’re having a great time in Albuquerque,” said Marsha Bemko. “I think what I’ve noticed in this city, and I commented it to the others … I’m seeing more locally-related objects than I see in most cities.” “It’s all about the stories for me at this point,” said Marsha Bemko, executive producer of the show. “I’ve been doing the show for 15 years now, and there are hidden treasures everywhere.”

Many people at the Convention Center stood in line for hours to haul their collectibles in hand dollies or wagons or simply carrying them.

The TV show while in the Duke City filmed at three locations other than the Convention Center. They were the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum and The Albuquerque Museum.

The last time “Antiques Roadshow” was held in Albuquerque was in 2002. The three episodes shot Saturday will air next year.

Pendleton Antique Shop Damaged

People gathered in Pendleton’s town square on Tuesday as the Blue Ridge Antiques and Refinishing shop on Main Street was damaged by fire around 5 a.m.

antique shop

This shop, in a building dating to the early 1900s, was destroyed by flames. The flames were gone by 7 a.m. but the heavy pine construction inside the brick building made the building smoking for hours. The cause for the fire has not been determined as of early Tuesday afternoon.

“It’s sad to lose an old building like this in downtown, it’s part of the character we have,” Pendleton Fire Chief and Mayor Frank Crenshaw said.

Business owner Charlie Moore opened the antique shop about eight years ago and the building, which dates to the early 1900s, has been used as an antique shop for decades.

“Charlie is the best antique restorer in the area”, said Dan Rash, who had some antiques that was selling at the shop. Moore sat nearby at a bistro table on a sidewalk outside of a cookie shop and Dan sat near the fire and watched the firefighters work.

A sign on the cookie shop said “Cookies fix everything.” Moore laughed about the sign, and said maybe the cookies would work.

Sydney Antique Centre To Close After Four Decades

The Sydney Antique Centre is all set to close after 40 years on South Dowling Street but Don Knowles, manager of Sydney’s oldest antique centre, still wants to keep things nice.

Sydney Antique Centre to close after four decades

“You’ve got to keep up appearances, just like Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced Bouquet) used to say,” said Knowles. The curios, chandeliers, and furniture of the center have been used as props on films like The Great Gatsby. The antique centre was considered daring for its mix of “rare and precious wares” alongside “vendors of old vaseline jars and rusty cigarette tins” when it opened in 1972.

Today, many stalls are half empty, packed, or selling their treasures at half price or less before the antiques centre closes at the end of June. The new owners are expected to turn the vast site into inner city apartments and the owners, a consortium, have sold the property as business had been slow in the last few years. Knowles said retail was suffering and added, “Back in the 1980s, people were restoring Paddington terraces back to the original. Now they bulldoze everything.”

Antiques vendor Lyn Doolan said tastes had changed.” A lot of young people don’t have an appreciation for fine things. Younger kids want to go to Ikea, buy everything, then change it all three years later. It is all very disposable.”

Antiques Roadshow Painting To Sell For £500,000

A painting revealed to be a Van Dyck portrait on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow is all set to sell for approximately £500,000 when it is auctioned later this year. This painting was identified after show presenter Fiona Bruce saw it and thought it might be genuine. This work was bought by Father Jamie MacLeod from an antiques shop in Cheshire 12 years ago for just £400.

Antiques Roadshow painting to sell for £500,000

Father MacLeod, who runs a retreat in the Peak District, said he was “not being greedy” by selling the painting.

“It has been a blessing to own this magnificent portrait which has given me great pleasure over the years,” he said.

“I will be sad to part with it, though the proceeds will be put to excellent use going towards the acquisition of new church bells for Whaley Hall Ecumenical Retreat House in Derbyshire to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War in 2018.”

The retreat house, “is about cohesion, ecumenism and working with people that are sometimes on the edge of society,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today program.

Christie’s specialist Freddie de Rougemont said: “We are delighted to present this beautifully observed head study by Sir Anthony van Dyck for sale, particularly after its exciting re-discovery on the Antiques Roadshow.

“The picture is of great importance as it provides a fascinating insight into Van Dyck’s working method and also constitutes a significant surviving document for the artist’s lost group portrait of The Magistrates of Brussels.”

Ivory Tusks Appraisals Removed By Antiques Roadshow

Antiques Roadshow, the public television series, has removed past ivory tusk appraisals from the series archive program in an attempt to educate viewers about ivory crisis.

Ivory Tusks Appraisals Removed By Antiques Roadshow

The Wildlife Conservation Society said it is pleased to learn that Antiques Roadshow on PBS will no longer feature carved ivory tusks on air.

“On behalf of WCS and all of the 96 Elephants campaign partners, we commend Antiques Roadshow on their decision to cease appraisals of ivory tusks,” said John Calvelli, Wildlife Conservation Society Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Director of WCS’s 96 Elephants Campaign. “It is vital to the survival of this iconic species that we limit the demand of ivory products. These policies are an important step in assuring these items are not glorified on-air and the assumed monetary value is not a factor. We look forward to working with Antiques Roadshow in the coming months.”

Calvelli added, “One of the 96 Elephant’s campaign goals is to educate the public about the ivory crisis. Antiques with proper provenance that contain de minimis amounts of ivory are not the target of the campaign. We want to stop the poaching of elephants so the species can recover and survive. Antiques Roadshow’s commitment to educating their viewers about the ivory crisis and the issues surrounding it could directly impact the demand for ivory, both legal and illegal, in the United States.”

The decision comes as elephants of Africa struggle for survival because of ivory poaching. Antiques Roadshow, according to the policy published on their website, only features items in accord with U.S. law, including the Endangered Species Act (ESA), U.S. regulations for implementing the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), and other applicable laws.

Antique And Artisan Show Received Good Response

The St. Lawrence County Historical Association’s 24th annual Antique and Artisan Show and Sale that took place on April 26 with over 20 vendors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in McKenney Middle School, 99 State St. received a great response from everyone.

Antique And Artisan Show Received Good Response

A wide variety of items were offered by vendors from St. Lawrence, Franklin, Lewis, and Essex counties. Antique Dealers include KAM Jewelry & Collectibles, jewelry and antiques; Decker Hill Antiques, oak furniture; Time On My Hands, antique clocks repair; Ephemera & Paper Nostalgia, paper memorabilia, ephemera, advertising items, postcards, financial papers; Antiques & Collectibles, vintage toys; Ice House Antiques, antiques & collectibles; Grasse River Antiques, glass & china; Hope Reilly Country Collectibles, small country accents; Breakable Collectibles, glass, jewelry, timepieces, ephemera; Artbank, rare books jewelry, art and collectibles; Weatherup’s Antiques, old tools, kitchen items and Antiques & Collectibles, antiques & collectibles.

Artisans who attended include: Blue Frenzy Wearable Art, jewelry made from recycled glass and sterling silver; Heirlooms, handwoven and handknit fibers, yarn, patterns; From the Hollow Tree, quilts and sewn items; Dominy Forest Products, handwoven baskets; Specialtea Teas, looseleaf specialty tea, handmade soaps, soy candles and gifts; Happy Lather Soap Company, skin care products; Keller Country, decorative miniature quilts; Silver Bench Jewelry, handmade sterling silver jewelry; Rock Hill Creations, handmade afghans; DejaRu, textile artist; Soft Maple Design, decoupage plates and Revised Editions, recycled book art.

The event was sponsored by Blanchard’s Auction Service in Potsdam and Mort Backus and Sons in Ogdensburg. There was a silent auction, luncheon, and dessert.

Garden Antiques, Jewelry, & Decor Added As Offering By Newtown Antiques Market

For the first annual Newtown Antiques Market, Barn Star Productions and Newtown Historical Society are broadening plans by adding garden antiques, jewelry, and decorations to the offerings.

Garden Antiques, Jewelry, & Decor Added As Offering By Newtown Antiques Market

The Newtown Antiques Market will be displaying benches, urns, sculpture, and planters to make it fun designing the outdoor living space and jewelry for summer entertaining dazzle.

The event will take place at the Fairfield Hills Campus, Primrose Street in Newtown on Saturday, June 21 from 10 am until 5 pm. Admission is $10 per person. It will benefit Newtown Historical Society and dealers specializing in benches, urns, sculpture, and planters may inquire for the few spaces left by calling 845-876-0616 or 914-474-8552.

A wide variety of antiques from early American furniture to fine art, ceramics, jewelry, stoneware, cast iron urns and garden furniture, Continental, architectural elements, mid century, weathervanes and folk art, sets of chairs, tables, glass, jewelry, and clock will be offered by offered by 75-100 exhibitors in an informal setting of tents and pop-up canopies.

“We are very pleased with the excellent line up for this new show and have room to expand with exhibitor interest continuing to grow,” said show manager Frank Gaglio of Barn Star Productions. “The Newtown Antiques Market was born out of dealers requesting a show in June that is one day, centrally located in a great community, cost effective and targeting real collectors with diverse interests.

“The Newtown Antiques Market fulfilled all of their criteria plus it benefits the Newtown Historical Society — but first and foremost will be the wonderful antiques our exhibitors will be bringing for sale. now including garden decorations and furniture, so plan to spend the day,” he said.

‘Antiques Roadshow’ Filled By KC Collectibles

George C. Hale, was one of the most celebrated firefighters in the world at the turn of the last century. The Kansas City’s fire chief was an innovator and held dozens of patents for firefighting equipment, including the fire pole.

‘Antiques Roadshow’ Filled By KC <b>Collectibles</b>

The name of Hale, nearly a century after his death, is front and center at the opening of the first of three Kansas City segments of the PBS series “Antiques Roadshow.” Those bits of history were enjoyed by Producer Marsha Bemko and viewers who have made “Roadshow” the top-rated program of the network.

This show became so popular that more than 18,000 requests were sent by people who wanted to have their heirlooms and collectibles evaluated by appraisers of the show when the production stopped in Kansas City last summer. Three thousand pairs of tickets in the end were handed out for the daylong session at Bartle Hall and 60 items made the cut for broadcast.

New York appraiser Philip Weiss described a 14-karat-gold fire badge presented to Hale in 1898 as one of the finest fire badges he’s ever seen. Other appraisals, in addition to the three shows airing this spring, recorded during the Kansas City stay could still appear next fall. “Roadshow’s” annual two-hour special, “Junk in the Trunk,” will be featuring appraisals from Kansas City and seven other cities Bemko and her crew visited in the summer of 2013.

Antique And Collectible Store To Open On West Side

A Sioux Falls couple is opening an antiques and collectibles store on the city’s west side in early April.

Antique And Collectible Store To Open On West Side

The store will feature primitives, antiques, fine art, collectibles and more, according to co-owner Laura Bossman. The 49-year-old Bossman quit her job earlier this month as a business office employee at a medical clinic for pursuing her dream of having her own business. “I wanted something to do when I was 75 years old,” she said. “I didn’t want to look back and say, ‘I wish I would have,’” she said.

Laura and her husband, Troy, own the business, and Troy also owns Complete Drywall Services. “We have a lot of different items in here. I’ll try and make it classy yet very comfortable,” she said.

The business will be making house calls if customers want to sell antiques, art, or collectibles owned by them and Laura has started a list of items customers are looking to buy.

The store’s location was selected as the street has convenient access off the interstate and good access off of Marion Road. Store hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.  The location previously was used by Minuteman Press, which has moved downtown to 125 S. Main Ave.

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