Start a new Hobby

If you’re looking for something interesting to take up in 2019, how about starting a collection? You don’t have to collect something expensive, or even something everyone else collects, but KOVEL’S ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES PRICE GUIDE 2019 is a great place to start your ideas.

This is in our new bin right now, but if you stop in and it isn’t available, we can point you to the direction of our antiques books.

Snakes and K-Pop

Yesterday was our first “Bring Your Thing” event of summer. We’re celebrating all of the things people like to do. It’s like a grown up version of show and tell. And our new friend Danyon brought his snakes, while our very own Caroline showed off her impressive Korean Pop star collection. (Sorry, Caroline…the snakes outshone you.)

Sunni and Frank had great personalities, and didn’t mind all the attention. It was a super successful event, and we can’t wait to do it again!

Anyone have any puppies they’d like to bring? (Just kidding…sort of.)


My husband is a collector.  He has a myriad of collections, and adds to them when he spots something fascinating on his occasional jaunts to junk shops, flea markets or antique shops.  Here is a unique little collectible that I’m sure he won’t be picking up any time soon (they’re $895 each!), but they certainly have charm and beauty!

Ducobi has created the world’s first collectible mother-of-pearl inlaid and laquered toy!

If you didn’t know,we have plenty of books at the library that will help you figure out if you’ve got something worth a few pennies, or a few million pennies, such as :

And if those don’t help, stop by the Antiques Roadshow website to view past episodes, see items they’ve valued or ask a question.  Or shop online and find that rare item you’ve been looking for at Go Antiques or eBay.  Just have fun with your collections and you’ll never be disappointed in their value!

$12 Million Stuffed Shark?

Damien Hirst’s  shark suspended in formaldehyde.

People collect many different types of things.  I have never really been a collector, but living with someone who has many types of collections is exciting to me.  I never really thought about starting a collection when I was young, even though I’m sure there were many things I was interested in at the time.  My partner, however, began with hockey cards, books and cowboy figures and has gone on from there.  I like the fact that every so often, he starts a new collection, and even though sometimes it is just a gathering of objects that he’d once collected when he was young, often it is something new that has caught his eye and he begins a new quest to find more.

People think that collecting can be expensive, but of course, with the ease of Ebay, the world is now open to everyone.  You don’t have to wait for something to come up at an expensive auction house or sift through boxes at yard sales every Saturday morning. You can now just pop online and type in the object you are looking for and place a bid, if it is to your liking.  There is something for everyone, with every budget and every taste.

In case you are interested in collecting, we have some great books here at the library to help you sort out what might be worth something and what is actually just junk.  Try one of these:

Antiques Roadshow Collectibles by Carol Prisant

Collector’s Guide to Buying, Selling and Trading on the Internet by Nancy L. Hix

A lot of wealthy people collect art because not only is it nice to look at, but it usually becomes more valuable as time goes on, especially if you buy something from an artist that later becomes popular.  But what is valuable art anyway?  We’ve all seen the giant spider sculpture outside the National Art Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.  Is this really great art?  You can be the judge.

Maman  by Louise Bourgeois

I started thinking today about collecting and art when I read an article about a book by Don Thompson called “The $12 Million Stuffed Shark” about an American billionaire who purchased this stuffed shark by artist Damien Hirst in 2004.  The article questioned why someone would spend $12 million dollars on an enormous stuffed shark suspended in formaldehyde?  I have no idea either.  You can read an interesting article about this book here. And if you want to know more about the artist and this work, along with other questionable art, you can visit this article.

What do you collect?