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Abebooks.com
Access the bookshelves of thousands of used, secondhand, rare, and out-of-print booksellers around the world; over 10,000 independent sellers and 40 million books.

Books and Book Collecting
A resource for book collectors searching for rare, out of print books, or volumes to complete sets. It contains links for searching for used books, volumes for incomplete sets, sources for used magazines. There is a bibliography with titles on identification, price guides, specialty collecting and preservation of fine books.

Collectibles from About.com
The Collectibles site on About.com: the leading network of niche vertical sites. Each site is devoted to a single topic, overseen by an expert Guide dedicated to helping the users find what they want quickly and easily. There are many sites for collectibles of all types here.

Collector Online Club Directory
This directory lists over 800 clubs related to antiques and collectibles. Search the alphabetical list by the name of your collectible.

Collectors.org
Uniting the many worlds of collecting. It features calendars of events, industry news, reviews of industry magazines, and directories of specialty collectors clubs.

eBay
Possibly the largest online auction Web site. A enormous garage sale: 2,224,524 items for sale in 1,627 categories. This is an online trading marketplace for collectors and hobbyists. It allows buyers and sellers to exchange and bid on antiques, books and movies, coins and stamps, collectibles, computers, dolls, jewelry, gemstones, pottery and glass, sewing machines, sports memorabilia, toys, Beanie Babies, trading cards, Elvis, and more. Start with the Site Map to orient yourself to this gigantic site.

Gas Station and Auto Service Collectibles Web Site
This "community bringing gas station antique collectors, dealers, publishers and service providers together..." has listings of swap meets, auctions, and other sales events; classified ads; a discussion forum; a list of museums, restored gas stations, and other "petro" displays; a directory of suppliers; and more. Links are provided where available.

Icollector: Art, Antiques, and Collectibles Auctions Online
A resource for bidding on and previewing online art, antiques, and collectibles auctions worldwide. Search archived auction house catalogs, find art price sales at auctions for the past ten years, visit dealer and gallery sites, and link to associations and publications. Also, view slide shows of art and photography exhibitions.

Palmer/Wirfs Antique and Collectible Shows
Palmer/Wirfs offer The Largest Antiques and Collectibles Shows on the West Coast. Includes information on shows in Portland, Oregon and the Tacoma Dome.

Replacements. Ltd
China , Crystal , Silver & Collectibles (1) Old & New Flatware: the world's largest inventory including 137,000 different patterns. (2) They are also a supplier of of old and new china, crystal, silver, and collectibles with an inventory of nearly six million pieces. The site features brief histories of well-known tableware manufacturers (Spode, Waterford, Reed & Barton, and more); assistance in identifying types of pieces; place setting guides for different meals; and images of hundreds of popular china, crystal, and flatware patterns. Services include free pattern identification and customer alerts listing pieces available in registered patterns. A good starting point for collectors or consumers wanting to match missing pieces.

Sports Memorabilia & Collectibles
About.com hosts many useful links in regards to sports collecting. It includes hundreds of categories on specific sports memorabilia.

Video Game Collectibles
The Video Game Memorabilia Museum is a great source for information on the memorabilia, merchandise, and collectibles in the world of video games. There is an extensive image-based database of all of the available types of memorabilia available, as well as a database of fake items.


About.com: About Hobbies
Hobbies Guides on Arts/Crafts, Collecting, and Pastimes; plus highlights, news, community and shopping.

Collecting and Preserving Insects and Mites: Tools and Techniques
Detailed instructions for the collection and preservation of insects. Topics include equipment (such as nets and jars), traps and lures, mounting, labeling, and collection maintenance. From the Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Yahoo! Hobbies Directory


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Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center
How-to instructions and ideas to meet the interests of hobby-enthusiasts. Includes arts & crafts; collecting; games & electronics; model building; home & leisure; needlework; outdoors & nature; and scrapbooking & papercraft.

Price It! Antiques & Collectibles
Identification, research and pricing for art, antiques and collectibles.


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