What do you collect? And how do you know you're paying a decent price for the items you love? Well, while collector's guides don't offer definitive answers to value-- after all, something's only worth what a person will pay for it-- it helps to think about them a bit like the Pirate Code: they're more like "guidelines."
But who can't use a little bit of guidance now and then? And collector' guides do more than assess value. They help you know what was manufactured and when. A good guide will share pattern names. And best of all, it will let you plan, so you can collect intelligently, as well as for your enjoyment.
Today, I thought I would share with you a few of the books that guide me in my thrifting and antiquing plundering (yes, we are still hanging on to that pirate theme-- it is, after all, Treasure Box Wednesday)... And perhaps these books will either assist with your own collections-- or just give you an idea of the sort of specialized guides available to support you in amassing the, er, booty you love.
In terms of Depression Glass, I've found the following three books extremely helpful...
- The Collector's Encyclopedia of Depression Glass, Revised Tenth Edition, by Gene Florence, from Collector Books, 1992.
- Collectible Glassware from the '40s, '50s and '60s, by Gene Florence, from Collector Books, 1992.
- Kitchen Glassware of the Depression Years, Fourth Edition, by Gene Florence, from Collector Books, 1990.
To inform my Pyrexia (addiction to Pyrex), I'm finding this book quite helpful...
- Pyrex: The Unauthorized Collector's Guide, Revised 4th Edition, by Barbara E. Mauzy. Published by Schiffer Books for Collectors, 2008.
Continuing on the vintage glass theme, this is my friend Scoobie's collector's guide to her Avon ruby glassware...
- Avon's 1876 Cape Cod Collection Glass Dinnerware, by Debbie and Randy Coe. Published by Schiffer Books for Collectors, 2003.
Moving on to slightly older china, we have a few of the Victorian whiteware books which have been infinitely helpful over the years...
- Decorative American Pottery & Whiteware, by Jeanie Klamm Wilby. Published by Collector Books, 2004.
- Warwick China, by John R. Rader, Sr. Published by Schiffer Books for Collectors, 2000.
Now, in terms of finding Maxfield Parrish-styled prints, this book has been a big help to identify them...
- R. Atkinson Fox & William M. Thompson Identification and Price Guide, Second Edition, by Patricia L. Gibson. Published by Collectors Press, Inc., 2000.
And lastly, when I just want to get a little bit more information on a random, possibly-collectible item from the thrifts, I turn here:
- The Garage Sale & Flea Market Annual (Fifth and Sixth Editions pictured here), Sharon and Bob Huxford, Editors. Published by Collector Books.
Collecting is great, but collecting while armed with knowledge is even better. Wishing you bounty in your thrifting and junking adventures, as well as the information you need to find those treasures at a price you're comfortable with.
- If you have a moment and missed Sunday's post on some fun independent artists whose work really complements romantic decor, click here.