24 Mar 2015

How To Prepare My Car For Long-Term Storage

How you store a car is just as important as where you store it. The more work you put into getting it ready for storage now, the less work you will have to put into taking it out of storage later. Whether you’re storing a sports car for the summer or are putting your car away while on extended vacation, your preparation will make a big difference in the how your car runs when you retrieve it. Here are the steps to follow to get a car ready to put away and drive later. Get a Tune-up A tune-up can be expensive, but it will save you both time and money later. If you know your filters and plugs are in good working order when you put it into storage and yet your car doesn’t start when you take it out of storage, then you’ll know that the wires or battery have degraded. Other problems can also be easily diagnosed…

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17 Mar 2015

42% of all home buyers say they would have made a higher offer had there been less stuff in the property. Let that sink in for a moment. The media likes to talk about how employment, Wall Street, and the oil industry affect house prices, however they rarely talk about the effect that clutter has on the buyer’s decision to purchase. The truth is that nearly half of all home sellers didn’t get a fair price because their home was too cluttered. Clutter has a very real effect on the housing market, and even the economy as a whole. Why Home Buyers Hate Clutter Clutter has a serious and immediate effect on the brain. We can’t help but try to…

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9 Mar 2015

When you’re working on a large collection, it’s easy to see clutter add up as your assortment grows. With an increasing amount of items, does your collection actually translate to a hoarding problem? Despite your concerns, the answer is no- definitely not! No more than all beer drinkers are alcoholics. Hoarding is a specific and defined psychiatric disorder that often co-occurs with anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and addictions. What is Collecting Classified as? The practice and behavior of collecting is as old as humanity. Prehistoric humans collected flowers, rocks, and other nonfunctional objects. Even many higher-intelligence animals, like chimpanzees, also engage in collecting for fun. A collector’s behavior is not a disorder of any kind. In general, it is a…

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6 Mar 2015

Despite the fact they’re given out for free with the purchase of a Happy Meal, the McDonalds toys are known for generating great value over time. If you’re looking at your McDonalds toy collection and are debating whether it’s junk or if they’re valuable collectables, this list should provide some guidance in deciding what to keep! Disney’s Hundred Years of Magic Disney put on A Hundred Years of Magic as an ice show from 1999-2002. During this time, they also released a whopping 100 Happy Meal toys through McDonalds. If you have a full set in good condition, they will sell for about $200. Beanie Babies McDonald’s hitched a ride on the Beanie Baby craze back in the 90s, and…

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3 Mar 2015

Like it or not, advertising defines how we experience products. It’s inescapable: all studies on the subject have shown that the people who think advertising does not influence them are usually the most influenced of all! Advertising can make us think products taste better, can give us an identity, and make consumption give us a feeling of excitement or comfort. As a result, advertisements are a valuable nostalgia item. People don’t just want to drink a Coca-Cola to remind them of the joys of childhood, they want to again experience the ads that made Coca-Cola so fun and exciting in the first place. Tastes and smells are the most nostalgic senses, so when considering the value of collectibles, remember that…

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28 Feb 2015

Photographs are special, whether they’re recent personal family photos, pictures of ancestors, historical artefacts, or art photography prints. They can hold a tremendous amount of sentimental value as well as monetary value in some cases. But they’re also fragile and vulnerable to a number of forms of damage and deterioration. That is why it’s important to make sure your treasured and valuable photographs are stored with care and protected for years to come. Photographic prints from different historical eras were often made with different technologies. As a result, your photos may require different care depending on their type. Family Photos These are the most commonly encountered photo prints. While they might not have as much monetary value, their personal value…

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25 Feb 2015

You may already know that a personal storage unit is a great way to free up some space in your home or apartment. If you have a lot of things taking up space that you seldom use but don’t want to discard, keeping them in a storage unit is the way to go. The same applies if you are moving from a lager living space to a smaller one and need to store excess furniture and other items. But did you know that there lots of other ways to take advantage of self-storage? For storage facilities that allow you to use the space for more than just holding your belongings, the possibilities extend far beyond simply being a place to…

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23 Feb 2015

Whether you’ve started collecting autographs recently or have inherited one from a family member, collecting autographs can be a really enjoyable hobby. And of course, some autographs can be quite valuable! But not all autographs are of value, and often times it’s hard to tell whether or not you’re collecting junk or a treasured item. There are a few crucial things to consider when trying to appraise the value of an autograph: Who signed it The more famous or historically significant a person is, the more interest there will be in their autograph. It’s probably little surprise to learn that movie stars and world leaders have more valuable autographs then the average D-list reality star. Supply and demand Like any…

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20 Feb 2015

As far as collectible items go, concert posters can be some of the most fun and visually striking to look at and display. There’s nothing quite like the bold and brilliant designs of a classic psychedelic rock posters of the 1960s. On top of the stunning visuals, these posters come loaded with nostalgia and atmosphere from the music and movements they represent. Concert posters don’t just carry aesthetic and personal value. Some can be worth several hundred or thousands of dollars! Some of the most valuable concert posters ever sold include: $25,200 for an autographed 1959 poster for Johnny Cash performing at the Division Street Corral $38,821 for a 1968 poster for The Who performing at the Town Hall in…

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17 Feb 2015

Vintage postcards are a great collectable, and for good reason.With so many interesting and attractive designs, and it’s easy to get a collection started. Whether they’ve been passed down to you or you’ve found cards in the attic or a flea market, storing postcards properly is important to keeping them in top shape. Even though paper items can be delicate, many very old postcards remain ingreat condition if they were stored securely when they were new. If you’ve found, purchased, or inherited old postcards that are not well protected, you should see to their proper storage right away. Then, you’ll be able to enjoy your collection for years to come, and more importantly will retain their their value. Simply keeping…

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13 Feb 2015

High quality percussion instruments are a major investment, so it’s important to maintain proper care and storage of your instruments in order to ensure years and years of quality performance. Clean It’s essential that you properly clean your instruments. Not only will a clean instrument look better, it can sound better, too. Thoroughly cleaning your instrument before placing it in storage allows you to closely examine the entire instrument to check for any damaged areas that need attention. Use a soft cloth, avoid harsh chemicals, and always make sure to look for any rust or corrosion on metal pieces. Cleaning cymbals Cymbals require a special cleaning solution instead of regular all-purpose cleaner. Check with your cymbal manufacturer or a music…

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9 Feb 2015

Most parents agree that keeping toys and play rooms organized and clutter-free feels impossible at worst and Sisyphean at best. No matter how hard you try and no matter how hard you encourage them to pick up after themselves, toys always seem to get distributed all over the place. Regardless of how many toys have accumulated throughout the years, there are still ways to maintain a clean space. With some careful planning and commitment, you and your children can maintain a decluttered life and still have fun. There are three main elements to decluttering the toys in your house: Limiting the acquisition of new toys, carefully choosing old toys to get rid of, and organizing the toys that you keep.…

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30 Jan 2015

If the original painting was valuable, often restorations can retain the value of a painting. Works of art are meant to be seen, and having a painting restored removes the effects of time so that we’re able to see the painting as it was originally intended. A good conservator will restore the painting safely and properly without affecting its authenticity. In fact, many famous works of art have been carefully restored by skilled hands – even the ones that you see in museums! Conservation Vs. Restoration Conservation is a newer discipline whereas restoration has existed for centuries. Conservators are trained in the science behind paints and age as well as historical trends for accuracy. The idea behind conservation is to…

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27 Jan 2015

As with all collector items, the answer to a script’s worth depends on a number of considerations with many scripts selling in the hundreds of dollars to low thousands. The script for Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather even sold for $12,500! Source: www.gilliananderson.ws Condition is not Crucial to Worth First editions of books and collectible art are significantly worth less when showing damage or signs of wear. The condition is not as important when it comes to the value of a script since they were originally produced to be used rather than admired. In fact, signs of use can even increase its worth if it’s believed that the script was used by a famous actor. Personal markings in the script…

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23 Jan 2015

This year marks the 30th anniversary since the first Macintosh was launched, and computers have changed drastically since then. Ever since CEO Steve Jobs’ passing, there has been an interest in collecting old Macs. The cash from selling the Mac 128k is enough to partially defray the luxury item’s original price tag of $2,500. Source: www.opusfidelis.com Within 3 months of placing an ad during the Super Bowl time slot, 50,000 units were sold, although currently there are far fewer working models. The value depends largely on condition, and almost new models can go for over $2,000, although typical prices range from $500 to $1,000. If you have the Mac 512k, prices tend to hover around the $500 mark. Interestingly, original…

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20 Jan 2015

Some of these items on this list were expensive set pieces to begin with, while others are mostly valuable for their famed use in the movies. With proper storage, the memorabilia were able to retain their monetary value and stay in good enough shape to be appreciated by collectors. Simulating Aircraft in Star Wars In Episode IV, the T.I.E. fighters flew across the screens as engrossed members of the audience followed closely along. The filming actually used miniatures which ended up fetching $402,500 in a 2008 auction. 007’s Weapon of Choice There have been many James Bonds over the years, but in the hearts of many fans, Sean Connery is irreplaceable. His iconic black and white poster where he lifts…

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16 Jan 2015

Many auctions and sales of Rat Pack memorabilia have come and gone, but the authenticity of these items are sometimes suspect. Finding items that strictly relate to the Rat Pack and not a specific member himself is difficult, as each member was a star in his own right. Furthermore, having an item or a set of items with the marks of all 5 members adds to the difficulty. Source: www.robertsenslerpresents.com Pricey Private Collections Recently Debbie Reynolds sold off her set of collectible Hollywood memorabilia for a total of $28 million. Of course, she sold many items at the auctions, including clothing from the films Gone with the Wind and Citizen Kane. The Rate Pack item was a tuxedo ensemble, although…

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13 Jan 2015

Children buy comics to read, and it’s easy to see why mass produced books have difficulty surviving the tests of time. Comic books are thin and tear easily, but in mint condition, adults are willing to pay top dollar for them. Amazing Fantasy Spider Man Stan Lee’s classic creation was first introduced in this series as part of a different storyline, but it was so popular, the superhero had its own series The Amazing Spider-Man. Originally published in 1960, the issue is valued at $280,000. The mutant spider/teenager is so captivating that several spin-offs and reboots in the form of other comic books, movies, and TV shows have taken off in the 50 years since its birth. Flash Comics The…

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9 Jan 2015

Fame and talent draw attention from people all over the world, and people often want a memento to connect to their favourite celebrity. Autographs of popular and acclaimed authors are bought by fans and collectors alike, and can sometimes rival memorabilia signed by other famous people. Over time, the demand for signed books has not faded, despite changes in print media and publishing, as you’ll see from the list below. The Hunger Games Series The beloved trilogy which has now become a multi-million dollar franchise and the author of these popular books, Suzanne Collins, is now a household name. Online vendors sell signed editions from $400 to $700 per book, and over time the value should hold steady or even…

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