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An Interview With a Collector: Vintage Pinball

Let’s take a stroll down memory lane, shall we? It was the summer of 1996, and in the small town that I grew up in, there wasn’t much to do. My friends and I would spend most of our time just riding our bikes around our neighborhood and spending all of our parents’ hard-earned money at a local mom and pop movie store called Movie Time. We would gather all of the change we could find and spend hours at the arcade there. While my friends were playing Mortal Kombat or Street Fighter, I always gravitated towards the bank of pinball machines in the back. If I had a quarter for every time I played the Lethal Weapon 3 machine, I could probably afford to buy my own. We recently discovered that pinball was one of the top searches on EstateSales.NET, so I wanted to delve a little deeper into the topic. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Arcade Game Sales (@arcadegamesales) on Mar 31, 2020 at 10:08am PDT What pinball machine would you most like to add to your collection...

Funky Fiberglass Loungers

Did you know pool lounge chairs could be so beautifully designed that they become pieces of art? I didn’t, until about a year ago when I stumbled upon a yellow and blue pair of Fibrella lounge pool chairs. I was hooked and begged my wife to let me bring them home. This fascination with vintage fiberglass/plastic furniture inspired me to see what other unique pool loungers were waiting for me to discover them. Here are four pieces of vintage outdoor fiberglass furniture to keep your eyes out for when estate sale hunting (some a little easier to find than others)! Fibrella These were my first love, the Fibrella poolside furniture pieces by Le Barron Pool & Patio Furniture. Information about the history of Fibrella is limited, though, according to retrorenovation.com , Aquaslide 'N' Dive of El Monte, California may have had their hands in the manufacturing of these pieces through the 60s and 70s . View this post on Instagram A post shared by Kelly Golightly (@kellygolightly) on May 25, 2015 at 10:36pm PDT You are not limited to just the above four brands...

Big Money Comics

This week, we will take a deep dive into the comic book collection and take a look at a few of the comics that might be worth a small fortune. I’ll admit that I wasn’t into comic books very much as a kid, but I loved hanging out at my local hobby shop. There always seemed to be someone feverishly thumbing through the stacks and looking for that winning lottery ticket disguised as a comic book. Knowing what I know now, I would have been searching too. I’m going to start this by saying that there are a TON of comic books floating around out there. We are always seeing sales that feature not only single comics but oftentimes entire collections. If you’ve been to an estate sale or auction, you’ve seen a table full of comic books and just kept walking. Hopefully, this article will make you take a second look the next time you find yourself surrounded by a stack of comics. X-Men #1 (1963) In September of 1963, legendary comic writers Stan Lee and Jack Kirby gave us our first look at the mutant superhero team, the X-Men...

An Interview With a Collector: Vintage Guitars

We’ve all imagined what it would be like to strap on a guitar and stand on stage in front of thousands of screaming fans, right? Well, maybe not all of us, but I know I have. I have been playing drums for over 20 years, but both of my grandfathers were guitar players and collectors. I have always had immense respect for anyone that can play. While I may not be an expert in vintage guitar collecting, I do know someone who is! I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Adam Hellman to talk about everything vintage guitars. He is an avid collector, a great guitar player, and just so happens to be my bandmate. Adam has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to guitar collecting, and he is going to guide you through what you should look for next time you come across one of these six-stringed beauties at a sale. How did you get into guitar collecting? “Like most collectors, I started as a player. You gravitate towards certain instruments because of the sound you want, or a player you admire used a particular model. And then inevitably you get carried away...

Bobbleheads: A Beginner's Guide

While my knowledge may be a touch limited when it comes to things like egg chairs and depression glass , if there’s one thing I know about, it’s bobbleheads! My goal for this article is to help you know what to look for the next time you’re lucky enough to find some of these at your next estate sale. The first bobbleheads were religious figures called temple nodders. They were produced in Asia in the early part of the 17th century. The bobbleheads that made their way to the United States were produced in Germany. These bobbleheads gained a lot of popularity in the 1950s. The first sports-related bobbles came about in the 1960s in the likeness of baseball greats like Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle. They were initially made out of painted papier-mache instead of the more modern porcelain, resin, and plastic. The baseball craze really started in 1999 when Candlestick Park was celebrating its 40th anniversary. Most sports bobbleheads are distributed as SGA (stadium giveaway) and are made to commemorate a special event or celebrate a particular player...

It's a Tupperware Party!

This week, I'd like to highlight America’s favorite food storage solution. That’s right, we’re talkin’ Tupperware ! I bring my grandmother up a lot in these articles because she seemed to always have the coolest collections of random stuff in her house. If there was one thing she loved, it was her huge assortment of Tupperware. A few years ago, I found a complete set of orange Tupperware canisters and I was instantly taken back to being five years old, helping her cook in her tiny kitchen. There was also a green juice glass that I was particularly fond of and always had to use when I was at her house. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Vintage Mary Bradshaw (@vintagemarybradshaw) on Mar 31, 2020 at 12:54pm PDT Estate sales are a great resource for finding complete sets of vintage Tupperware. If you’re lucky enough to find an estate sale of a former party host, you’re sure to find a treasure trove of classic Tupperware! Searching For a Company Looking for a company to conduct your sale...

An Interview With a Collector: Vintage Pencils

Collectors are such an integral part of our business here at EstateSales.NET, and if there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that there is a collector for pretty much everything out there. I was looking through Instagram the other day, and I came across something exciting. View this post on Instagram A post shared by @antiquewoodpencils on Mar 18, 2020 at 3:07pm PDT What are some of your favorites in your collection? Tye: “Some of my favorites... Eberhard Faber “Suffragist” “Votes for Women” pencil. Produced in 1913... 7 years before women officially gained the opportunity to vote. Rare because it was such a divisive topic and hard to imagine a store owner placing a display of them on the counter for all to see. 1888 Campaign Pencil: This one is unique as it wasn’t given away by the presidential candidate but instead was sold by the American Pencil Company to cash in on the election excitement. On one end of the pencil was a printed image of Benjamin Harrison and, on the other, his opposition Grover Cleveland...

The Dish on Depression Glass

When I was growing up, one of the fixtures of my grandparent’s house was a giant green bowl that sat on their coffee table filled with pecans or hard candy. Several years later, I learned that the bowl was depression glass , and they had a ton of it! The piece they had is very similar to the one below. View this post on Instagram A post shared by MintGreenDaisyVintage (@mintgreendaisyvintagegoods) on Mar 23, 2020 at 6:44pm PDT If you’ve been to an estate sale lately, chances are you have seen a piece of depression glass. Make sure to keep an eye on the EstateSales.NET Marketplace to find your own piece of history! Searching For a Company Looking for a company to conduct your sale? Go to our Hire a Company page to find a company in your area. Find a Company Get Notified Sign up to receive free email notifications of estate sales in your area! Subscribe Now...

Are You a Vintage Expert?

Think you know all there is to know about vintage stuff? Test your skills with this quiz! Searching For a Company Looking for a company to conduct your sale? Go to our Hire a Company page to find a company in your area. Find a Company Get Notified Sign up to receive free email notifications of estate sales in your area! Subscribe Now...

The Ovalian Egg Chair

In part two of the Vintage Comfort Series , we’ll take a peek at one of the most unique (and maybe a touch impractical) chairs out there. I was recently watching Men in Black with my daughter when something caught my eye. In one scene, Agent J can be seen awkwardly trying to fill out paperwork while sitting in an Ovalia Egg Chair! View this post on Instagram A post shared by Michael Larsen - (@michaellarsen8) on Nov 19, 2017 at 6:41am PST In 1978, after only ten years of production, the Ovalia Egg Chair fell out of demand and just sort of disappeared. That is until Men in Black hit the theaters. On the official movie poster, Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith can be seen sitting in a pair of Egg Chairs. This limelight caused the chairs to go back into production and have remained so ever since. Whether it’s an Ovalia original or reproduction, if you happen to come across one of these iconic chairs the next time you’re at an estate sale , pick it up! Stay tuned for Part three of the Vintage Comfort Series! Love all things vintage? Us, too...

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