Wade Whimsies – Inexpensive Collecting Fun

If you’re looking for a fun time and you have a sweet tooth you’ll want to visit Albany Antique Mall on Saturday Oct. 29th from 10am to 12pm. If you can follow the footprints to the end of the mall your reward will be a sweet treat. Don’t worry if you get lost there will be plenty of costumed characters to help you stay on the right path. And kids, you can bring your parents too!

As you follow the path throughout the mall you might see some unusual Halloween items. Vintage Halloween items have become quite collectable and hard to find. Did you know that some of the oldest Halloween collectables date back to the Victorian era? Almost all Halloween items older than 1970 are collectable today. Postcards, plastic toys, cake picks, noise makers, plastic blow mold figures, die cut decorations and even drink stirrers are all popular to collect. Prices for these items can range from a few dollars to thousands of dollars for older, in perfect condition pieces. The most popular Halloween decorations are either American or German made.  German made Halloween decorations were made by homemakers so each piece you find will be unique. A popular theme in Germany was vegetable people. You can look for pieces featuring these fun and cute little characters. All of the early German Halloween pieces were made and exported to America after WWI. At this time Halloween was becoming more popular in the U.S.

As with any collection you may be starting choose items that appeal to you. Postcards are great because they don’t take up much space but they can be expensive and are getting harder to find. Some collectors like the old papier-mâché candy holders while others concentrate on the hard plastic blow forms of pumpkins, cats and ghosts.  Some people just choose items that remind them of their childhood.

However you celebrate this fall season remember to stay safe and support your local non-profit organizations by shopping at Points for Profit businesses.

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