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Hello Jon Thurmond here, welcome to my store!

Collectorholics is your premium source for Antiques, Collectibles, and all items in between. I work hard to specialize in the hard to find, odd, weird, and just plain waaayyy cool items of the past and the present. Spend a few minutes looking over my various items and categories. Come back often, new items generally added daily.

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Tag Archives: collectibles

Change can be a constant or a flowing event.

Funny how things change even though they are staying the same. In fact, when I was much younger, many of the situations I found myself in were simple to negotiate and to overcome. Now that I am closing in on my 60s these simple things are becoming more and more difficult. I use to glide through various tasks daily without thinking about them, and now I have to stop and pointedly ask myself can I now do this. Yes some of this is simply old age rearing its ugly head. Another part of this is I have actually gotten smart enough to realize not to blaze into every thing that happens without thinking about the consequences. For example, when I was younger I could like most people bound down the stairs, even skipping some to save myself a bit of time. Now I look at most every stair step and make sue my foot is firmly planted as I step down. When I get up in the mornings, many times I must force myself just to get out of bed, but not before I check myself to and make sure everything is still in place and is still working. I also tend to count every pain, making a mental note of any other pains that have popped up today. I think about every trip away from the house, how far I must walk,and is this really important to go? Although I have some minor health issues, overall I am not in too bad shape considering my age, weight, and general mileage on the old body. It just amazes and amuses me that I look at the entire world through my slow and painful glasses. I am not really complaining, but rather just discussing life in general. I do not complain about my advancing age, simply because at least I am aging, if not the alternative may be a lot worse. I also find it difficult to get off the ground or the floor anymore. Some of this again is age, weight, and general declining muscle mass. I also realize that things I use to like to do are no longer fun for me. I do not really care to go to amusement parks, the rides are generally more painful and less exciting than when I was young. Even though I do once in a while pine for some of the things I no longer do, I find myself making new areas of interest to keep my life exciting, or at the least entertaining. I enjoy movies but feel they have gotten way too expensive...why pay $9 and up to see a movie that I may find lousy or boring? I do not need to see any movie first run, I am just as happy to watch it later when it has been around for a while. I do not much care to go to sporting events, why go it is much more relaxing to sit in my living room in front of a large screen tv only a few steps from the bathroom, or the kitchen and my chair is much much more comfortable than a bench seat, or hard plastic chair in a stadium. Things as they are overall, I am satisfied with how my life is heading, and wish only that everyone else could find peace within their own boundaries, such that I have found.


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Why Antique Indian Beadwork Are The Most Cherished Native American Collectibles

Why No Collection Of Native American Collectibles Is Complete Without Antique Indian Beadwork Whether it’s for fashion or for a museum display, Native American collectibles only grow in popularity over time. Antique Indian beadwork is among the most collectible of the Native American collectibles. Before Native Americans used beads on their clothing, they painted them. That said, even before the European settlers in America introduced them to beads, Native Americans were beginning to incorporate bead-like items into their garments which were made from bones and dried berries. How Antique Indian Beadwork Came To Be In 1675 or thereabouts, settlers from Europe came to the Americas with brightly colored beads made of glass to trade with the Native Americans. These early beads found in antique Indian beadwork are actually called pony beads since pony pack trains carried them to Native American villages. For the most part, these beads were blue, but others were white and even a brownish red. So, antique Indian beadwork took on a predominantly blue striped look with some reds and whites mixed in. Pony beadwork started to fade in popularity by the middle 1800s, when smaller beads with brighter colors started to be traded between Native Americans and white settlers. Indeed, over time, Native American collectibles, from moccasins to shirts, leggings to headbands, all seem to have some sort of beadwork worked into them. The needle and thread wasn’t introduced to Native American cultures for many years and actually, what they used to apply beads to Native American collectibles was called a sinew. Sinew is dried tendon from large game like an elk or deer. The Varities Of Antique Indian Beadwork There are three main kinds of Indian beadwork found in Native American collectibles. These are: Overlaying Or Spot Stitching This type of antique Indian beadwork is characterized by its curvaceous and flowery patterns. The Lazy Stitch Western Native Americans used this geometric style more commonly than other tribes. Beads Woven With Looms This particular style of beading is most likely traceable to the Ojibway peoples. As time and trade wore on, the practice became more commonplace among many other tribes. Since the tribes often migrated with big game, the loom was made to be ultra portable, which only lent to its popularity. Essentially, the loom was made of four pieces of flat wood and a sinew. Its Popularity Holds Firm Even nowadays, tribes of Native Americans are mimicking antique Indian beadwork styles to create new Native American collectibles to sell. If you are a collector of Native American collectibles, you know full well that it’s imperative to have many pieces of antique Indian beadwork as part of your archive. Visit this website for Antique Indian Beadwork today.


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Medieval Knight Armor Knowledge

The medieval knight was the most powerful soldier of the middle ages. Two reasons make this an undeniable truth. The first one is the fact that he was mounted and could move much faster than foot soldiers. The second reason is because he was wearing a solid set of medieval knight armor. In this article we'll talk more about medieval knight armor and how it made the medieval knight so powerful. You'll even learn where to purchase a spectacular looking set of medieval knight armor.   The first thing you must acknowledge is the fact that the legendary knight bore armor that weighed an incredible amount. This would not have been possible if he was not mounted. His strong horse bore the weight of both the knight and his armor, allowing the knight to bear the weight of the heavy armor without becoming too tired. This allowed the knight to wear medieval knight armor that provided much better protection than the average soldier's armor.   This soldier was highly trained and could easily hit targets with his wide array of weaponry without ever having to slow down or get off his horse. Medieval knights were strength trained as well as combat trained so they could endure long hours in heavy armor. They also trained heavily in equine sports so that they could out ride their enemies.   The armor of this knight was extremely expensive. The reason for this is because they had solidly thick metals throughout them. Also it covered the soldiers entire body which is more expensive due to the increase in metal needed. Ancient knights came mostly from the class of nobility because most could not afford to buy war horses, armors, or medieval knight weapons.   This type of armor is currently used for reenactments, plays, films, and display purposes. One great place to purchase it is http://www.armorvenue.com . They have all sorts of armors for sale at reasonable prices. Customer support and satisfaction is their number one concern.   You'll find that purchasing a set of medieval armor is a great way to start a conversation. Each time you host an event at your house, people will comment on your medieval armor display. They will want to know where and when you purchased the armor. After they see your armor they might even think to buy some armor for their own homes. Shouldn't they be able to buy a great set of armor like the one you bought?


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Now that is just downright mean!

Wandering through my storied past, I come across another tale from the recesses' of my wicked mind. The story begins as I and my best friend Jack (names have been changed to protect the truly embarassed) are driving our way from Kansas City to Chicago to buy and sell at the big Toy Show that is held 3 times a year in Chicago. On our trek northeasternly Jack is telling me about how he had spent the last six weeks working out everyday trying to improve his health, and stamina. He spent quite a bit of time reshaping and was extremely proud of his results. Personally I am not a really observant person and in all honesty I had not noticed any change in him, due in part to the fact that I had  seen him many times over that period . so I did not notice the gradual process of change. Anyway, not really thinking about it, we continued on our way and the conversation was forgotten by me. We arrive that Wednesday afternoon, and begin unloading merchandise from the van and to take up to our hotel room. Within a few minutes of our arrival, one of our mutual friends and fellow toy traders comes by and immediately remarks to me that I am looking good, and how did I lose my weight? I explained I had not been doing anything special and thanked him for his comment. He turns to Jack eyes him for a second, and nods his direction. He then turns back to me shakes my hand with another compliment  and wanders off. I begin unloading again, when Jack remarks in a kind of annoyed way,"What gives here? I have been working out hard every day for 6 weeks, and he does not even notice me. You however have not done one thing , and he is all over you gushing about how much better you look! What gives?! I turn to him and shrug and begin planning my next move. Realizing Jack is somewhat frustrated, I decide to add some gasoline to the spark of  fire. I am such a pyro when it comes to annoying people. My plan forms in my head as a clear picture of wickedness! Later that day, I slip out of the hotel room on the pretense of room shopping for toy purchases. I proceed downstairs to several dealers I know who always have the same room numbers at this show. I tell each of them about what has happened, and encourage them to come to our room in the next day or so and compliment me on my fitness, while ignoring Jack's hard work. I also instruct each dealer to tell other dealers within the hotel what is going on and not to let on to Jack what I had planned for him. Boy this really worked out better than I had ever dreamed! Satisfied, I return to the room and settle in for the fun to begin. Sure enough within an hour or so a dealer walks in. He begins praising me and ignoring Jack. I act embarrassed by the compliments and thank him. He nods at Jack and leaves. Jack sits there brooding, as more and more dealers filter into the room, with basically the same actions. The day passes to the evening, and I can tell Jack has gotten more ruffled as dealer after dealer wanders in. That evening he grumbles about the situation some more, and not generally a very happy camper. I continued acting like the sympathetic friend with the shoulder to cry on, greatly amused at his snubbing. I keep  reassuring  him that things would be better the next day. The morning hours begin new tortures for Jack as more and more dealers come in and praising me while in most cases almost completely ignoring Jack. By now Jack is fit to be tied, I think everyone in the hotel must have heard of the fun and everyone wanted to join in. Just before lunchtime, in comes this giant friend of ours (we will refer to him as bear). Now bear is the six foot six individual with wild curly black hair, beard stubble and tattoos running rampant on his arms. He looks like an original Hell's Angels founder. However Bear is one of the nicest gentleless guys you would ever meet. He comes up to me and gives me a huge hug, with those giant long arms. Stepping back and surveying me from head to toe, he grins and says "Jon my old bud,how ya been? You're looking great, you losing weight?." Then for the final straw that breaks the camel's back, he turns to Jack and kind of snorts at him in contempt and asks"Why don't you follow Jon's lead?" The next moment even I did not anticipate the reaction from Jack. He suddenly leaps up and shouts angrily" Dammit it all! I worked for weeks at the gym, to trim down, and all he did (me) is nothing! Everyone thinks he is looking great, but no one is even mentioning me!" With that, he storms out of the room, grumbling loudly all the way down the hall, and vanishes. The dealers there in the room burst out into a hearty laugh, which lasted for several minutes. Out in the hall other dealers in on the joke,  are snickering at him as he leaves. I continue selling that day and several hours passed before Jack shows back up. Obviously in a black mood, he drops into one the chairs still grumbling, but not so loudly now. After he sits there a while, I finally admit that I set him up, and Jack informs me he will get me back for my trick. Needless to say he never forgot that and did try on at least one occasion to get me, but that is a story for a later date........maybe after I work out a bit!


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Kansas City Chiefs one and done!

Ok the bad news is the Chiefs got pounded by the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens ate them for breakfast and did not leave any scraps for lunch. But on a whole this is not ALL bad. The Kansas City Chiefs  ARE the AFC West Champions this year! I for one applaud the wonderous season given to us by the Chiefs. They were able to turn a season that everyone (including my blockhead self) believed to be just another sub par season into a Division winning season of magic. They have thrilled us this year with highs and depressed us with lows. Yet still they achieved what virtually no one expected, and at times almost looked invincible. They started the preseason looking fairly vanilla, with only very faint glimpses of the coming thrills. Then they broke out on Monday Night Football with an astounding win against last years division winner the San Diego Chargers. Following this win, they went on to stay on top of the division the rest of the year, and doing the impossible by winning the division. Did the "best" team win out in the division? No real way to tell. The Chargers certainly could have played better and once again taken the championship, but they did not do this. The Oakland Faders (Raiders) played better this year, yet as they usually do in the thick of things lost important games to come out on the bottom of the heap. And the Denver Donkies (Broncos) played their way out of the division real early, and basically were never a real contender. However it can be pointed out that they not only beat the Chiefs,but beat them down to a quivering mass of hopelessness in at least one game. None of this really matters, the Chiefs ARE the AFC West Champions this year! Yeah it might also be said the Chiefs had a powder puff schedule going against washouts, never beens, losers, underachievers or teams that beat themselves. Yet this does not matter; the Chiefs ARE the AFC Champions this year! We the fan base of the Chiefs can only revel in the warmth of the entire season and look forward to next year.  I myself, nor anyone else can actually say what will happen  next season. Their schedule will be more difficult due to their playing into the play-offs, but who knows maybe they will get that much better. Can Todd Haley and company sans Charlie Weiss (Leaving for  the Floridas) recreate this years "magic" and take on all comers victoriously? Again it is hard to say, but again it does not matter, the Chiefs ARE the  AFC West Champions this year! The fan base at least can feel at this time that there is some light at the end of this multi year losing atmosphere, and that they may just be watching the beginning of a dynasty of winning? It really does not matter cause; The Chiefs ARE the AFC West Champions this year!


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Mailaway Marauding Money Munchers!

Okay time for a rant. I hate, not dislike, or even just loathe, I HATE  these mail firm companies that offer the poor unsuspecting pidgeon their product for what seems to be a reasonable price. Then not only do they offer you the product but since they claim they are your "friend" and since you are so nice, they are generously are going to send you a second unit of the product asbsolutely FREE!! Yeah real free alright, in reality in small print you are still on the hook for ONLY additional shipping and handling. WOW what good guys they are! Then you rush to your phone to get that order in before someone buys the last one(Two?). Or you jump into the internet to buy it on line yeah! Up clicks the flashy display page showing the item in full living color, and you are chomping at the bit to buy! There is the holy grail button (also known as the submit button) and up pops the information page. After filling out the important info, you put in the credit card number and you are now about to launch into the proud ownership of the product in duplicate! Then the reality check drops on your head like the Green Giant stomping a helpless bug. The total for the order is TWICE or THREE times what you originally thought. WHAT is going on here? Scanning down these pompous charges you discover that the small shipping and handling fee is a couple of pennies short of the USA debt load! The item cost you $9.99 with a shipping and handling fee is $9.99 more. When they add in the second FREE item with shipping /handling charge , suddenly the entire order is $29.97. That means you are paying $9.99 for the 2 items (of course one is FREE) and $19.98 for shipping /handling. I refuse to be connived into spending twice as much for shipping and item(s) than the original cost of the item. I have been in the  mailing business for over 20 years, and I can say I am a bit of an expert on shipping values. A 4 ounce items (X 2 = 8 ounces) does not cost a company almost $20 to ship. Even if you factor in the handling? charge, any idiot should know that if you pack an order with the same 2 items, it does not take twice as much time, the items should theoretically be in the same place and it is a simple job just to pick up 2 of them and pack them in the same box. I propose that we all band together and protest with our wallets. Refuse to buy these knuckleheads products, and eventually even the thick headed marketers will come to the realization that they are doing something wrong. They probably will think up some new scam to lay on the masses. Anyway that is how I see it.


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Thoughts of no particular importance or impotence

Zombies can come and go, but mostly I wish they would go........away!


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Thoughts of no particular importance or impotence

My girlfriend is like a zombie, shes cold, dead, and puts the bite on me whenever she can!


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Kansas City Chiefs Kings of the Hill for NOW!

Will the Kansas City Chiefs step up and control their own destiny? Or will they slump and fail in the end to win the Division Championship outright? Good questions but no real good answers. The answers will depend on which team shows up over the next two weekends, the Chiefs that have easily handled several teams this year and looked like powerhouses, or the team that got their tails whipped in both Denver AND San Diego. The Kanas City Chiefs have a potential Defense that has shown to be almost titantic at times, stopping virtually anything the offenses have thrown at them. Then suddenly out of the blue the defense at times looks like a kid on a tricycle could pedal his way through them. The defense in certain games has made average runners look like superstars, and below average running backs look really good. Romeo Crennel is an innovative coordinator most of the time, but some of the problems with the defense has to fall on his shoulders. On the other hand the defense sometimes just tackles poorly, gets caught in the wrong defensive scheme, or simply gets beat by the offensive receivers. The next two weeks will tell us just how far the Kansas City Chiefs have come in their surprising rebuilding mode this year. No one including this writer gave a chance that the Chiefs would be contending for a playoff spot this year, let alone be leading the division this year. Yeah we can point out that their schedule was heavily slanted to poorer talented teams, easier than many other teams schedules. It can also be said that the other teams in our division have played below their own talents and have lost many games that they originally has perceived to be a “win”. This said, the bottom line is that the Kansas City Chiefs have played much better than any of the other teams and now stand at the brink of not only playing into the playoffs, but winning the division. The San Diego Chargers have almost played their way out of the division race, but are still hanging in there. If the Chiefs win the last two games, they can wave bye-bye to them. If they lose one of the last two, and San Diego wins both of their last two, the Chiefs lose the Division title to Chargers because of tie breakers. If the Chiefs AND the Chargers both lose both of their last two games, and then you have the possibility for the Oakland Faders (ooopps I meant the Raiders) become a major factor. This division is by no ways sewn up, however if the Raiders lose one of their last two games, they cannot catch the Chiefs or the Chargers, they presently sit two games back with two games to go and have no margin for error. The end result is that the Kansas City Chiefs must find their defense, create a point producing juggernaut, and cannot snooze their way into the playoffs, they must take care of business and spank both Tennessee and the Raiders, and the fans can then can sit back and smile out loud Then of course we begin worrying about the playoffs…….but we get way ahead of ourselves.


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Kansas City Chiefs a Champion or a Chump??

The Kansas City Chiefs have proven once again they are an extremely fragile team with few strengths, and many glaring weaknesses. I have just witnessed the total whipping given to them by the San Diego Chargers. They were beat in almost every facet of the game. Starting with a backup quarterback who is just barely talented enough to be on a mediocre team. Without Matt Cassel, this team cannot go anywhere. Poor throws, lack of timing, even poor decisions plagued the Chiefs all afternoon. Despite the Oakland Raiders losing earlier, the Chiefs could not capitalize on this and in turn drop both the Chargers and the Raiders back three games with only 3 games left. Now instead the Chiefs must go on the road again next week without the services of their main quarterback (a very good possibility). There were at least 2 positives to come out of the game, grodie Brodie protected the ball very well, and they did get several turnovers against the Chargers. Negatively, the Chargers had their own way with the defensive line most of the day, and shut down the offensive line handily. They prevented the Chiefs from getting first downs most of the day, consistently stopped any kind of offense, and ran almost at will against the defense. If the Chiefs cannot right this sinking ship next week in St. Louis, it could come down to a showdown with Oakland the last game of the season, and Oakland although they lost today are not looking all that bad. While the Chiefs might not be keeping you happy these days we do offer other NFL football related items from a number of different teams. Please visit our store to find NFL memorabilia and to browse our other great items.


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Collecting Helmets

Medieval helmets are extremely popular collectibles as well as display items for the house. These types of helmets make great displays. They have fancy plumes, intricate details, and highly polished metals. They come in many different shapes, designs, and colors to choose from. Replica helmets make for quick and easy displays since they are relatively small and have a multitude of display options. You can display these items on shelves, in display cases, on table tops, and even on specially made helmet stands. Helmet stands tend to give you the best display you can get for a helmet. You'll find that a Spartan helmet really stands out on a nice helmet stand. In this article you'll learn why a helmet stand is your best display option for your helmet. You'll even learn a fantastic place to visit to buy your new helmet stands and helmets. Firstly, I should tell you that helmet stands are not for everybody. If you are trying to secure an expensive helmet, you are better off putting it in a lockable display case. However, all others should consider a helmet stand for their display. Many people decide to buy or make shelves because they can hold a lot of helmets and do not cost much. Unfortunately, these shelves do not display the entire helmet. The back of the helmet cannot be viewed when it is up against a wall. Also if you place many helmets on a shelf, you won't be able to see the sides of the helmet either. Do you really want to buy an entire helmet and only display part of it? Table tops can be good venues for displaying helmets because of the 360 degree view. Sadly, they do not provide a grand display for your helmet. Placing the helmet on the table top will make it look like table clutter rather than a nice display. Using a helmet stand is the best way to display a helmet. They can easily be purchased from www.armorvenue.com . You'll have a proudly raised helmet as well as a nice 360 degree view of your helmet. You can place these stand on any flat surface. Table tops and even floors can hold your new helmet and helmet stand. You'll also be able to place things under them because the bottom of the stand doesn't take up much room.


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Cash paid for all types of collectible toys, advertising and character items

We are always looking for the rare, unusual and just really fun stuff. Why don't you dig out your basements, garages, parents homes, or any place and put cash in your pocket right NOW! Call us, email us with what you have and what you need. We also will consider trades on any of our items, let us know, we are here to help you.


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