Intro to Vintage Dog Figurine Collecting

If you are interested in starting a vintage dog figurine collection it is such a fun collectibles area to be involved in, especially if you love dogs like we do. We hear from many folks that are interested in starting a vintage canine collection or just have basic questions like “What is the Difference Between a Made in Japan Dog Figurine” and a “Made in Occupied Japan Dog Figurine” to “How do you know its Vintage” so we thought there just might be more folks out there with the same interest and questions and we hope this little guide will provide a bit of insight into this neat collectibles arena for you. The term “Vintage” references items from the1920s -1980s and typically anything at least 50 years old can be considered Vintage. An Antique on the other hand should be at least 100 or more years old to be classified as an Antique.


Items stamped or marked “Made in Japan” were typically made prior to the First World War and after the Second World War as Japan was much like China and Taiwan are today; countries where items can be cheaply manufactured and mass produced. The term “Made in Occupied Japan” refers to the period in history right after the Second World War when the United States, Australia, British India, United Kingdom and New Zealand were involved in re-building Japan and were a main presence. In 1951 a peace treaty was signed that was enforced in the spring of 1952 when Japan became an independent state again. Items produced in Japan during this short time frame are stamped/marked “Made In Occupied Japan” and considered more desirable and valuable by many collectors. Many of the Vintage Dog Figurines we sell are from these eras and are fun to collect as they have an appealing charm about them that comes across in the way they were molded and painted.


So, how did these charming dog figurines become so sough after today? It is becoming more and more difficult to find these little canine treasures as many collectors are seeking them out and they are a very “hot” collectible item. You most likely will not find these figurines at too many yard sales and thrift stores any more but you may find some at auction houses and antique malls, Etsy, and Ebay. The prices these little cuties command today is still relatively inexpensive at $9.99 – $50.00+ depending on if your figurine is ‘Made in England’ by ‘Royal Doulton’ ‘Beswick’ or ‘Made in Germany’ by ‘Rosenthal’ or ‘Made in Hungary’ by ‘Herend’ so be prepared to pay upwards of $100-$1,000 depending on size and condition. Many folks seek out and collect only particular breeds and manufacturers; we have a hard time stocking Scottie Dogs, Spaniels and Poodles as many of our buyers (luckily for us) seem to particularly adore these breeds. You can find our figurines at our Etsy and Ebay stores.

In conclusion, if you are a dog lover or are looking for a fun and interesting & yet still affordable item to collect – then you might want to consider Vintage Made In Japan Dog Figurines while they are still available in the market place.


Put it Down or Pick it Up? Tips for Buying Antiques & Collectibles

This is the time of year when folks begin their search for gifts as the holidays are (as of this posting) 53 days away! This is also the time of year when it is more important than ever to try and snag some bargains. All my loyal readers know that I am a eBay Power Seller and also sell on Etsy and I wanted to share some tips and tricks with you all when you are shopping that can save you money and get you some really great items.

Lets start right off with the “Pick it Up or Put it Down” scenario we have all faced at some point. Today, shopping at thrift stores and flea markets is a very “in” and “hip” thing  to do and we will focus our article on shopping for Vintage/Antique items and the best part is you can actually hold these item(s) in your hands and get a really good look at them as opposed to buying online where you are taking the sellers description and photos into consideration and not able to actually see and touch the item.

Pick Right Up:

  • Designer & Name Brand Clothing
  • Designer Accessories (Sunglasses, Handbags, Shoes, Belts)
  • Limited Edition Items
  • High-end Pottery and Dinner (Spode, Lenox, Herend, Roseville, Moorcroft, Vietri Deruta, Limoges, Prussia) items Made in England, France, Germany and Italy.
  • Collectibles With Tags and Boxes
  • Singed Items With Artist or Makers Marks
  • Items in Good Over-All Condition
  • Items That Are Strange, Unique, and Weird (these can be valuable & highly desired)

Put Right Down:

  • Items That are Dirty, Broken or Have Damage
  • Items That Have Been Mass-Produced
  • Items That Are “Fakes” Replicas” and “Knockoffs and “Designer Inspired”
  • Books That Are Previously Loved (Ripped Pages, Stains and Damage)
  • Items That Are Primarily Made in China (Lots of Pottery and Dinnerware Fall Into This Category And Are Not Vintage or Antique and Very Common)
  • Stuffed Animals (Although Very Collectible, Usually Not Clean And Damaged)
  • Items That Still Retain Their Thrift Shop or Garage Sale Tags (Look These Over Well as There May be Something Wrong With the Items Because if it Didn’t Sell at The Garage Sale or Thrift Shop You Need to Wonder Why?)

There are a lot of online sellers on eBay, Etsy, Rubylane, Tias, Bonanzle aka Bonanza, Shabby Lane Shops, Lollishops, Beautiful Shops and Shabby Cottage Shops and also Craigslist where you can actually contact the sellers and “make an offer” or have them create something unique and one-of-a-kind for you and actually buy at auction and totally score fabulous items at next to nothing!! Etsy and eBay allows buyers to view seller ratings so you can easily see what other buyers are saying about their experience with the seller and quality of merchandise etc… Other sites, you need to be a little cautious and Ask, Ask, Ask, when in doubt. Hope this article is helpful to you and Good Luck with all the many things that are starting to take place as we near the Holidays!!


Where Are All The Teacups?

Tea Cup Saucer Collection

With the latest decorating and collecting movement focused on that of “Romantic Country”, “Shabby Chic”, “Paris Apartment”, “Romantic Roses”, “Cottage Chic” and “Pretty Pink”, collecting tea cups and saucers is a hobby that fits into any of these decorating categories as well as being financially affordable during these hard economic times as many vintage English tea cups and saucers can be picked up for around $9.99 on EBay, at your local thrift stores, flea markets, antiques shops, and sometimes for free from grandma’s collection.

In the early 1600s the fist teacups were actually little bowls from China that were used to drink from and in the late 17th century teacups were made from sterling silver and only the elite and wealthy of society had them.  The teacups we are familiar with today came about sometime in the 1800s when cups where fitted with handles. Primarily teacups we find today are made from Fine Bone China, Porcelain, China, Stoneware and Earthenware.  Porcelain is fired, glazed, and re-glazed and Fine Bone China has very finely ground bone powdery ash added and this makes it extremely strong with a very white appearance. China has similarities to bone china but it is made with additives to make it strong. Stoneware and Earthenware are not as feminine and dainty of porcelain and are much heavier.

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