Aimless wandering is one of my preferred pastimes, and finding things locally blends well with this; I have a strong collecting impulse and it's a good way to know an area. But many recreational spins on this - geocaching, Ingress - are too internet-based for my tastes lately, and feel somewhat artificial. So what other things do you find it interesting/useful to go hunting for? All I can think of offhand is edible weeds/plant stands.
I'm looking for desk objets d'art of a particular kind - beautiful, highly complex mechanical objects. One great example would be a Curta mechanical calculator. Another would be [more inside]
How do we catalog & value a large die-cast construction toy collection for eventual sale? [more inside]
I'd like to start a collection of some kind of everyday items from different parts of the world... [more inside]
My previous thread was a huge success, so I thought I'd give another go. We're talking vinyls, we're talking shops, only this time, we're talking Amsterdam! I'll be visiting Amsterdam for four days, and I will be on the hunt. Do you know any good places for vinyls in the city? Thanks!
The state quarter sets are pretty cheap and boring, so is there something I'm not seeing that could provide a nice substitute? [more inside]
Looking for acid-free non-plastic translucent or transparent sleeves or envelopes to fit folded printed paper PDF event tickets of various sizes and similar containers for digest-size and legal-digest (7 x 8.5 in ) xerox zines. Any leads? Details follow. [more inside]
Is there anywhere I'm welcome to go fossil hunting along the Connecticut River in MA? Greenfield's closest, but down toward Springfield isn't out of the question.
There's been some discussion recently about what a bad investment Beanie Babies turned out to be - but what about other products sold as 'collectables'? Have there been any studies or articles on these products and those who buy them, or has anyone here done so? I'm curious as to whether people primarily collect them because they like them or because they see them as an investment. Is anybody getting rich from selling their old Franklin Mint plates or Ashton Drake porcelain dolls? [more inside]
I've been told recently that collecting micrometeorites is as easy, basically, as placing a clean surface outside and picking through the debris you collect because thousands of tons of space dust and debris fall to Earth every day. That can't be all there is to it, can it? How do you know whether you're looking at Earth dust or space dust? [more inside]
My sister and I like matchy books: works by a single author or in a thematic series in new, nice, editions. Preferably hardcover, preferably freshly typeset, preferably authoritative and not decorative. [more inside]
As a non-hobbyist with not a lot of time, what's the best place to sell my old, rare Magic Cards and get a fair price?
As a non-hobbyist with not a lot of time, what's the best place to sell my old, rare Magic Cards and get a fair price? [more inside]
Stamp collecting is philately. Coin collecting falls under numismatics (perhaps as a subdivision). Rock collecting is not really geology in the same way as the above terms are used. Is there a similar term for rock collecting?
How can I find and buy art as an investment but without breaking the bank? [more inside]
I have several identical Bonds written entirely in ?Cyrillic/Russian and would much appreciate their headings translated for me. (No need for a full translation!) Here is a picture. [more inside]
How do I collect on a default judgement in MA without an attorney? [more inside]
Help me build up a Louis Wain art collection. [more inside]
Does anyone have information about collecting Kinder Surprise Toys in Canada or getting German goods into Canada affordably? [more inside]
My hope is to find a secure and inexpensive method for collecting my client's B&B guest deposits online, but I am unsure how to proceed?! My newest client is an already existing B&B that wants to attract new guests, in return a portion of the stay rate (aka my commission) will be allotted for me and my services. Works for me in theory, but unsure how to go about collecting the funds... [more inside]
I have a 1937 King George V1 Specimen Coin set. The 3d maundy coin is missing (my grandma lost it). Where can I find a replacement? I expect the answer will be to contact a dealer, but which one or ones are best suited for this?
Help me jump-start my fossil collection without getting scammed. [more inside]
Need tips on collecting small claims judgement in Texas. [more inside]
Looking for good record stores in chicago: my buddy is coming this weekend for Lollapalooza, and to make up for the fact that we didn't get tickets for all three days, I want to take him around to some record stores. I know about Reckless and Dusty Groove in Wicker Park, but what else is out there? I'm in Andersonville, and we'll be in Logan Square tomorrow for Kuma's, so anywhere in between is highly welcome.
I have a craaazy question about coin collecting in the 1950s. Help! [more inside]
anyone have unique ideas for using collected bottle caps?? [more inside]
The comic book bug has bitten me again. What are some good ones currently being published that I should put on my pull list? (secret identity snowflakes revealed inside!) [more inside]
How can I easily save the images I find online for later viewing? [more inside]
How do I collect on this lawsuit? [more inside]
Calling all collectors (particularly of music and DVDs, etc.)--let's talk about dismantling our collections. [more inside]
Can anyone help me identify these four patches that I picked up traveling in Europe two decades ago?
Can anyone help me identify these four patches that I picked up traveling in Europe two decades ago? [more inside]
Just came across a bunch of basketball cards, looking for tips on getting proper valuation and the best way to sell these cards. [more inside]
Will TV shows come out on Blu-ray? Which ones should I wait for, which shouldn't I? [more inside]
Why are State Quarters from the Philly mint so hard for me to find nowadays? [more inside]
Book Collectors: Is my new signed collector's edition book more or less valuable with a cutting machine error? [more inside]
Where can I - legally - collect plant and insect specimens, in the southwest? [more inside]
On a whim I bought a cheap electronic Buddhist Chant Box off Ebay--Not FM3's Buddha Machine, but one of the myriad (so I'm led to understand) cheap boxes sold outside temples in China. [more inside]
Some years ago, a friend gave me this rock but we don't know what it's called. Can you ID it? [more inside]
I am a purger. How do I stop throwing away so many things and start collecting? [more inside]
What's the oldest man-made thing I can buy for €1500-2000? [more inside]
How do you begin to sell collectible or designer items on eBay that are easily counterfeited or faked without thousands of positive feedback? [more inside]
I'll be going to a convention next month with a number of "Dawn of the Dead" alumni in attendance and I'd like to have something unique for them to sign. I love the very unique style of Polish movie posters and want to get an original print of the 1978 "Dawn of the Dead" poster, but am having no luck. [more inside]
I would like to be able to scan in the bar codes on all the comics of my collection into a software that will track and allow me to manage my collection. Scanning being the main requirement. [more inside]
I'm looking for an authoritative price guide for postage stamps, primarily US stamps from prior to 1960, similar to the Overstreet guides printed for comic books. There are a number of such stamps I would like to look up. Online would be great, physical guides that need to be purchased would be fine too. Thanks in advance.
I managed to sell a set of appliances without collecting the money on the spot, to someone I felt I could trust in this scenario. How do I get the money now? [more inside]
Avid readers: In twenty years, am I going to regret the fact that I only checked books out of the library, rather than amassing my own collection? I read about a book or two a week, and my budget could stand buying 3-4 used books a month.
What objects gain value through use and time? [more inside]
Should I sell my COIN COLLECTION, and how would I go about it? [more inside]
Matchbox, Hotwheels, Tonka: What's the difference? [more inside]