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Beanie Babies

Beanie Babies
History and marketing tactics, values and what to look for with Beanie Babies animals including the list of nine original collectibles produced by Ty Inc.
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Masonic collectibles

Masonic collectibles
Tips to identify valuable Masonic, the Masons, and Freemasons collectibles by their markings, symbols, and emblems and what collectors want to buy.
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Girl Scouts memorabilia

Girl Scouts memorabilia
Resale markets, values and history of Girl Scouts' memorabilia items such as magazines, pins, badges, jewelry, cookie tins, uniforms, cameras, dolls, pocket knives, watches, and more are discussed.
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Steiff teddy bears

Steiff teddy bears

Values and history for Steiff teddy bears, understand how to identify them by how they are made, and avoid the myth that Steiff pieces must have a metal button to be valuable.

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Matroyska or Russian Nesting Dolls

Matroyska or Russian Nesting Dolls

Matroyska or nesting dolls from Russia are carved and painted to teach children folktales. From diverse areas of Russia, identifying features and value depends on many factors.

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German Bisque Dolls

German Bisque Dolls
German bisque doll history, locations of identifying markings, mold numbers, head and body construction and the prominent firms of the 1800s and early 1900s such as Armand Marseille, Simon and Halbig, Kammer and Reinhardt are discussed. Tips to fully understand market value indicators of antique dolls.
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Madame Alexander Dolls

Madame Alexander Dolls

Values and history for Madame Alexander Dolls including those made with porcelain, plastic, and vinyl plus tips on the most valuable characters dolls and other clues to identify dolls for value.

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Mills Slot Machines

Mills Slot Machines

History and values for Mills Slot Machines, the three types of coin operated machines and other companies who produced them, popular models and how to examine a machine for value.

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Hot Wheels toy cars

Hot Wheels toy cars

Values and history for the Mattel Hot Wheels toy cars including their popular Redline series, who designed the toys and what real life vehicle models were featured in the series.

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Marx Toys

Marx Toys
Louis Marx & Co. was known as the largest toy manufacturer in the 1950s producing many wind-up toys including the Marx Merry Makers which originally sold for 91 cents. Other toys included popular characters like Amos and Andy, Popeye, and Tidy Tim. Today, these toys are highly collectible.
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3 Secrets to Thrift Store Shopping

3 Secrets to Thrift Store Shopping

Are you an avid thrift store shopper looking for that edge? Want to find the next bargain whose story goes viral and makes you rich? Ph.D. Antiques Appraiser Dr. Lori reveals secrets to getting thrift store discounts, understanding how to spot steals, and how to use the thrift store's calendar in your favor. Plus, a secret that only Dr. Lori can offer you to help you find the biggest thrift store find ever.

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