Hobbies and Pastimes
A Passion for Autographs – While Hollywood celebrities are a popular subject for hobbyists, many hobbyists, further specialities include athletes, authors, musicians, scientists, historical figures, politicians, and even criminals!
Books Glorious Books – From bookworms to bibliophiles, many people love, admire, and collect books. Even before the invention of the printing press there were book collectors whose passion rises above the average reader.
Collecting Canning Jars – Many collector’s enjoy the discovery process to each jar in a collection and welcome the challenge of learning about the canning jar history.
Philography – Collecting autographs becomes much more than a script on a piece of paper. It may turn out that it becomes a fascinating tale of history. An autograph collector or philographist will likely have a story about many, if not all of the signatures in a collection.
Jacquard’s Tie Dye – The art of tie dye, so prevalent in the hippie days of the ’60s and ’70s, is actually an ancient craft. It’s lucky for today’s generation that tie dyeing a simple white shirt can have eye-popping results, especially when using a do-it-yourself kit.
On the Bookshelf
Four Fun Books for Star Wars Fans – Through 35 years of collectible toys are illustrated with photos of each figure in action. The margins of the page feature relevant photos from the feature films.
The Secret of Collecting Girls’ Series Books – Providing information and resources about the books and authors to help readers get the most from their series books, a value guide complete with color illustrations is included for the serious collector.
Gift Books for Grandparents – This lovely journal from Chronicle Books provides plenty of opportunity for grandparents to record, remember, and enjoy a lasting record of the youngest generation of their family tree.
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Best Baby Boomer Games – Baby Boomer games and toys are certainly long-lost treasures for many grandparents today. The holiday season is a terrific time to bridge the generation gap(s) and bring some nostalgic fun to the game table!
In the News
Collect Forever – Upper Deck launches the largest one-stop direct-to-consumer’s collectible platform.
Hans Solo Blaster – The BlasTech DL-44 Heavy Blaster carried by Han Solo, portrayed by Harrison Ford, in “Star Wars: A New Hope,” will be up for auction during Rock Island Auction Company’s Premier Auction.
US Postal Service Celebrates Mariachi Music & Culture – U.S. Postal Service celebrated the sounds of mariachi, the traditional music of Mexico that has become widely popular in the United States, with a first-day-of-issue ceremony unveiling a pane of 20 Mariachi Forever stamps.
Royal Mint to Auction Rare Tudor Coin – Struck more than 500 years ago, this rare coin was created to assert the authority of the first Tudor king of England through its splendour and impressive weight and size. Bids will open at £950,000 for the sought-after coin.
eBay Kicks Off New Event Series – As demand for sneakers, luxury watches, and trading cards skyrockets, eBay hosts authentication events with influential collectors and top sellers.
Walthers Build-A-World Railroad Subscription – Walthers’ Build-A-World Modeling Kit reimagines how model railroading is introduced to hobbyists bringing creativity, learning and fun straight to their door.
Science Fiction Day – Fans of classic film will enjoy the playlist of sci-fi-themed movies from the 1950s and 1960s.
National Hat Day – Each January 15 we show appreciation for the fashion and necessity of hats and headwear!
Appreciate A Dragon– January 16 is an opportunity to learn about the history, mythology, and real-life dragons today.
National Puzzles Day – January 29 marks National Puzzle a day when we celebrate the enjoyment of completing puzzles and all sorts of mind-bending problems.
The Great Outdoors
Birdwatching Vancouver Island – The Island offers first-class viewing opportunities of hundreds of native and migratory birds.
Beachcombing Oregon – Agates, shells, and fossils. You never know which treasures you will find on the Oregon coast.
Northern California RVing & Camping – The varied regions of northern California present opportunities for all who enjoy the great outdoors!
Vancouver Island Sports Fishing – Vancouver Island has world class opportunities in the ocean, rivers, and lakes.
Garden Month – National Gardening Week was observed yearly in April until 2002 when the entire month of April was dedicated to “all things gardening”.
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Board Games & Puzzles – Table-top games and jigsaw puzzles provide hours of entertainment for friends and family.
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LEGO Ghostbusters ECTO-1 – This 2352-piece set is a perfect building experience for any Lego or Ghostbuster fan.