Doing some research for a new book, and came across this from today's Craigslist. Now, I may not be the world's best speller, but I can usually get the title right. Here's a hot deal on a Cadyllac. My guess, New West is part of Alabama.
For those of you who may not know, I have a collecting book available on Amazon. I enjoyed the writing process so much, I've decided to delve into a second on. I would love your help.
Book 2 will tentatively be called "Cashing in on Craigslist". I am going to do an in-depth how to. One of the things I need to bring the book to life is stories. Stories from real every day people. It could be, my best, my worst, my first, how I got screwed over, what worked, what didn't work.
Please send me your story, it can be long or short, just make sure it's in the first person, not "my brother's best friends uncle had this happen".
I will give you credit in the book, you will be famous, your name in print! Well, probably not , but it will be fun.
So, any stories about Craigslist, please forward them to me.
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To read my book "Cashing in on Collectibles" go to http://tinyurl.com/l9cpddf
Oh I beg to differ. You can make a huge profit on new and newer books. Harry Potter 1st editions are currently fetching in the high hundreds and even higher. Stephen King (you've heard of him) first editions will continue to climb. Here's an example on eBay right now. Not even in particularly good condition, this 1982 Dark Tower, The Gunslinger hard cover is currently selling for $330 with 41 bids. They can easily sell for $750 in good condition.
So start the hunt through the bookshelves. You may have a hidden gem.
Can't tell Barbie from Midge?
In response to one of my readers who asked me to identify her 1950's German dolls, here's a quick guide to help you identify your old playmates.
1. Most mass made dolls have some sort of id marks on them. The majority will have a mark under the hairline at the back of the neck. You can usually start there. Check the body and the bottom of the feet also. There are reference books available, just like silver makers hallmarks that can identify the maker
2. Check out the size and the clothing. If it's original clothing you may be able to identify the approximate age and country of origin.
3. Once you've narrowed it down to manufacturer, try a doll club to get even more info. Don't forget to ask the owner any information they have. If they remember getting it as a child, you may be able to narrow down the date even further.
4. If you are totally stuck, or just feel it's too much work, there are doll appraisers on line that will appraise the value and give you info on your doll. They usually charge between $10-$20 per doll.
Hope this helps. If you want to learn more about collecting, check out my book on Amazon. "Cashing in on Collectibles"
Well, after a lot of hard work and a lot of fun, my new book, "Cashing in on Collectibles" is now available on Amazon. For a limited time it can be yours for 99 cents!. If you ever wanted to turn your hobby into your business, here's a step by step guide on how to do it! Learn from my mistakes.
Have you always had a penchant for collecting? Have you ever wondered if you could turn your hobby into a thriving business? Do you want to earn more money? Turn your collectibles into cash!
This in-depth book takes you step-by-step from hobbyist to full blown on-line or bricks and mortar business. If you've never collected or don't know what to collect, the author shows you the how to and the where to. Find out about many free on-line marketing tools that are available to you. Not sure where to buy your product at a price that will allow you to make a huge profit? This book tells you about the tons of places where you can buy low, to allow you to sell high!
Not sure if you're ready to take your hobby to the next level? A full in depth analysis of market trends, questions to consider when making that all important decision as to; am I ready to go from on-line only to an actual store-front? This book takes you by the hand and guides you through the entire process.
You'll learn about the tricks of buying those hidden gems at auction. You will find out how to beat those early birds to garage sales. Great insight into all the tricks of the trade by the Collector Dude, whose 30 years of experience will make sure you don't make the mistakes he did.
If you are looking for a single book that will take you through the entire collecting process and allow you to end up with a successful collecting business, this is the book for you!
Again, thanks all. Namaste!
" It's the Next Hot Collectable"
Cross-collectable (definition) - a collectable that is sought after by more than one genre of collector (dictionary of collectordude)
While researching my book, I dropped in to see Bob Hellewell of Bob and Coby's Toys and Collectables in Sardis. Durng our rambling conversation, I asked Bob what the next hot collectable would be. Unhesitatingly he said" " It’s a crossover. Lego Star Wars, star wars is always hot, lego is a classic. They’re always appreciating”.
If you are unsure of what to collect, why not try a cross-collectable or crossover collectable. For instance, one item I collect is Santa Coca-Cola playing cards. I'll never get rich from it, but I collect what brings back feelings of nostalgia. What brings back better memories than Santa Claus or drinking coke on a hot summers day. Toys are always hot, you could collect cap guns and bb guns. They are collected by gun aficionados, toy collectors, as well as western memorabilia collectors, and they can be bought for under $20. Hang hem on a wall, strap them over a chair. It's a great look!
Here's another attic find. This is a first edition 1984 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle comic book found in an attic in Detroit. This comic was limited to a first run of 3000 copies. The current bid on eBay is about $2500
One of my Favourite Pieces!
Just in the final stages of editing my book " Cashing in on Collectables". Did not realize how much finicky work there was to do once the actual book was written. I guess that's why they have editors. I'm lucky enough to be married to one. In the final edit, I mention a local artist Al Nowak, who owns the Dragonfly Gallery in Ladner. We were lucky enough to score one of his re-purposed shelving units at an auction several years ago. It's lined with old Russian newspapers, very cool! Al is mentioned in the book in a section on re-purposing. Check him out at http://www.bcartist.com/
Look for my book on Amazon shortly.
A collector of everything. I know a little about a lot, and a lot about a little. But!! I know where to find it!.