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Antiques and Collectibles

  Antiques Roadshow 
Will the Antiques Road Show be coming to your area? Check the tour schedule for cities and dates, or browse the site for information on this popular television series.

Krause Publications, a publisher of books on collectibles, created collect.com. It provides links to articles, shows, dealer information and price guides.

  Kovels Online 
Browse and enjoy Kovels Online Price Guide, which covers hundreds of collectibles and antiques including china, silverware and furniture.

Over 18,000 listings of clubs, dealers, museums and more appear in this directory.


This is an interactive web site from the publishers of Astronomy magazine. It features a special section for beginners.

View tonight’s sky by using Earth and Sky’s simple sky charts.

Auctions and Appraisals

  American Society of Appraisers
This site can connect you to professional valuers in your area, as well as appraisers who can value specific types of merchandise.

Collectors.org is the official site of the National Association of Collectors, featuring a show calendar and directories of shows and flea markets.

Is it trash or treasure? Ask the experts at the auction house Christie’s. See the web site for details and restrictions on a complimentary appraisal.

  Ebay or Yahoo Auctions
Internet auction sites offer access to images and information on just about any item. Remember that anyone may post items for sale at auction prices. Bidders and sellers should exercise caution by reading all conditions and disclaimers when using these web sites.


  Autograph Alliance
Autograph Alliance lists upcoming local celebrity appearances and autograph signings.

  Publishers Weekly
The “Authors on the Highway” link features authors’ appearances and book signings.

Bird Watching

  National Audubon Society
There is a children’s page with activities and projects. A directory of local chapters and sanctuaries is also available, as well as information on current conservation projects.

  Birding Guide for Southern New Jersey
There are tips for beginners, a list of birding events, and birding hot spots for South Jersey.

  Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Search here for information about your favorite birds. Slides and sounds are available. See birds live in their nests with the Nest Box Cam.

A popular site for outdoor enthusiasts, GorpBirding caters to the novice birdwatcher.
You can even search for a birding vacation.

Beachcombing, including Shell Collecting and Metal Detecting

Take the beachcombers’ checklist with you as you comb Ocean County’s beaches.

  American Littoral Society
Explore and appreciate our shore. The American Littoral Society hosts guided field trips throughout the year.

  Mariah's Site for Conchoscopy and Molluscation
Identify your shells by emailing Mariah’s staff of experts.

  Philadelphia Shell Club
Founded in 1955, the Philadelphia Shell Club meets regularly at the Academy of Natural Sciences. Information and applications are also available for the Annual Shell Show, which welcomes all exhibitors throughout the region.

  Worldwide Conchology
Worldwide Conchology provides shell images for artists, scientists and collectors.


  Antique Bottle Collectors Haven
This site assists the novice collector with finding, classifying and identifying all types of bottles


Photos, charts and children’s activities appear. Try it the next time you’re at the beach.

Coins and Paper Money

  American Numismatic Association
The ANA is dedicated to the study and collection of coins, paper money, medals and tokens.

  United States Mint
Visit the Collector’s Corner to learn the basics of coin collecting.

Professional Coin Grading Service provides a daily price guide to rare coins. There are also show and dealer directories.

Comic Books

  Comic Book Database 
You can search by publisher, title, character and more. Over 9,000 thumbnail images are available.

Longbox has cover and interior scans of hundreds of comic books. There are contests and current reviews.

Kite Flying

  Kite Flying Fool
Be sure to see the drop down menus at the top of the page to connect to manufacturers, supplies, clubs and kite flying know how.

Model Making, Building and Collecting

  Model Car Hub 
Inside the Model Car Hub, you’ll find a photo gallery, kits, buyer’s guides and more.

  National Model Railroad Association
The NMRA is the largest model railroad group in the United States. The site has a special beginner’s page. The World Wide Rail Sites directory features links to local clubs, model manufacturers, railroad historical societies, and others

  National Retail Hobby Stores Association
The NRHSA is the trade association for model hobby stores. The site has a store locator and a directory of hobby associations. For those who are considering starting a hobby store, there is a startup guide.

Scalemodel.net is an international list of sites for the scale modeler. Directories include manufacturers, clubs, retailers, and modelers themselves.


  American Sewing Guild
The Guild is a nonprofit association of people who sew at home. Their site features sewing tips and a list of their local chapters.

  Home Sewing Association
The Association is the trade association for companies who serve people who sew at home. Their site includes a projects page , sewing tips, and directories of trade shows and retail dealers.

  Quilting from the Heartland
Sharlene Jorgenson’s site offers free online videos and projects, and even recipes from the Quilter’s Companion Cookbook.

  World Wide Quilting Page 
Download patterns, consult the glossary and check out the Trading Post where you can exchange fabric and blocks with other quilters. There are also quilting tips and techniques, and an online quilting library.

  Yarn Lovers Room
The Room has knitting and crochet projects, patterns and tips


A long list of how-tos for amateur photographers only adds to the wide array of topics covered by photographer Peter Marshall and About.com.

Targeting the amateur photographer, the online version of Shutterbug magazine offers hints, product and book reviews plus contest and club information.


IcollectPostcards.com lists collectors, clubs, shows, and items wanted or for sale.


  Eham: Ham Radio on the Net
Eham has news, product reviews, message boards and more.

Rocks, Gems and Minerals

  Bobs Rock Shop
The Shop is an online magazine for mineral collectors, lapidary hobbyists and rockhounds


  Creative Scrapbooking
Scrapbooking enthusiasts can find ideas, tips, a retail directory, layouts, enhancers, and an event calendar here.

Scrapbooking.com caters to beginners with detailed basic instructions on creating your first scrapbook.

Sports Cards

Beckett.com offers grading and appraisal services for baseball, football and other sports cards

  Tuff Stuff Online
Collecting publisher Krause Publications produces this online version of Tuff Stuff magazine.


  American Philatelic Society
The Society promotes the hobby via distance learning and online mentoring. Members may buy and sell stamps, or locate dealers, local chapters and shows.

  Linns Stamp News Online
News, reference information, and a marketplace are available.


  Collect Dolls at About.com
Author Denise Van Patten presents many topics concerning doll collecting.

Dollyrama specializes in Barbie, celebrity and Disney dolls.

  Gary's Tips on Doll Collecting
Gary's tips cover grading and valuing, doll repair and basic collecting.


  House of Toys
This commercial site has images of vintage toys, book and magazine information, and more.

  Museum of Advertising Icons
Advertising agency CreatAbility presents this virtual museum, featuring popular icons in advertising. There are images and descriptions.

  Super Toy Archive
The Archive covers popular action figures of the 1970’s and 1980’s.


CarvingWorld is the online version of the popular magazine Woodcarving Illustrated. Access past articles for tips on designs themes and patterns for your next project.

  Chip Chats
Chip Chats is the official site of the National Woodcarvers Association.

Writing, Diary and Journal keeping

  Mom Writers
Momwriters.com serves mothers writing at home.

  Seniors Writing
Seniors writing their autobiographies can find free workshops here.

  Writers Digest
The magazine presents their 101 best web sites for writers, and a directory of publishers and others who publish writers’ work.

  Writers Resource Center 
There are articles on how to write, and also how to sell what you write.

  Writing the Journey
The online journal writing workshop presents exercises that explore concepts and techniques.

Wild and Whimsical

  Bad Fads Museum
What’s your favorite bad fad, pogs, pyramid power, or PacMan? Find them all at the Bad Fads Museum.

  Burlingame Pez Museum
The site has pictures of its collection of Pez dispensers, as well as collectors’ information.

  Roadside America
Do you need salt and pepper shakers, head bobbers or snow globes? Try Roadsideamerica.com to locate tourist attractions that carry your favorite souvenirs.

Book Collecting

  Advanced Book Exchange
Here you can connect with booksellers from across the globe, for detailed information on millions of titles with current market prices

  Book Collectors Home
The Home is brought to you by the International Book Collector’s Association, whose purpose is to inform, educate, collect and preserve.

Books @ the Library

To access our books on collecting and crafts use our catalog.
Try a Subject Search for:

  • Antiques

  • Collectibles

  • Collectors and collectibles

  • See also your specific subject, for example: Jewelry-collectors and collecting

Antique Trader Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide
R 745.1075 Anti
The Trader covers the traditional categories of antiques such as furniture, glass, and ceramics and also many other specialty collectibles. Prices listed are for retail, but the editor reminds us to take into consideration condition and rarity of an item.

Davenport’s Art Reference & Price Guide
R 707.5 Dave
Davenport's includes almost 200,000 artists of oil paintings, watercolors, tempera, pastels, drawings, engravings, lithographs, and sculptures. New to this edition are fine prints, posters, and photographs.

Garage Sale & Flea Market Annual
R 745.1 Gara
The subtitle of this book, “Cashing in on Today’s Lucrative Collectibles Market” gives you tips on how to accomplish this. Every kind of collectible is covered with other very useful information such as: learning to become a successful bargain hunter, what’s hot in today’s market, and how to sell your collectibles.

Kovel’s Bid, Buy and Sell Online
R 745.1 Kove
This guide gives you the basic information to buy and sell using the Internet auction Web sites such as eBay. Buying on the Internet covers topics such as: registering to buy and sell, searching an online auction, automatic bidding, reserve prices, and fraud. Selling on the Internet covers topics such as: preparing to sell online, choosing an auction site, how to list your item, minimum bids, how to include a photo with your listing, selling on a large auction site such as eBay, auction fees, and what to do after the sale. The book includes Kovel’s list of helpful Web sites for collectors and compares eBay, Amazon, and Yahoo auctions.

Maloney’s Antiques & Collectibles Resource Directory
R 745.1 Malo
This book is useful in the appraisal, authentication, replacement, buying and selling of over 3,100 categories of art, antiques and collectibles. Unusual categories are covered including: Cracker Jack collectibles, barbed wire collectibles, swizzle sticks, baby rattles, barber poles, JELL-O memorabilia, spy equipment, calculators, sugar packets, and many more interesting items.

Miller’s International Antiques Price Guide
This guide has over 10,000 photos of antiques that have sold in antique shops, auctions, flea markets, and fairs. All major collectibles are covered including: costumes, lamps, tapestries, samplers, fans, lacquer items, musical instruments, teddy bears, toys, dolls and doll furniture, arms, militaria, and sports items.

Net User’s Guide to Buying, Selling, and Trade Collectibles
R 745.1075 Gull
This guide includes information on buying and selling on the internet using collectibles companies’ and auction Web sites. Many Web sites are listed in this guide.

Schroeder’s Antiques Price Guide
R 745.1075 Schr
This guide includes more than 500 categories of antiques and collectibles. Prices for items sold are from auction results and dealer lists. The publisher also consults with national collectors’ clubs, recognized authorities, researchers, and appraisers. A sample of items in this guide includes: beer cans, Christmas collectibles, decoys, marbles, jewelry, musical instruments, occupied Japan collectibles, Precious Moments collectibles, rock ‘n roll memorabilia, salt shakers, and Tiffany collectibles.

Warman’s Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide
R 745.1 Warm
Warman's provides reference information and detailed descriptions for more than 50,000 antiques and collectibles in more than 500 categories. Warman’s is considered a buyer’s guide not a seller’s guide, so prices suggested are those you would have to pay to purchase an object.



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Researched and Compiled by E. Parker
Contributions by K. Galya - Books on Collecting section
Edited C. Paulson

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