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Keefur

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Hello everyone. I came here pretty much out of frustration tying to find a decent place to learn about MLP. I have done antiques since about 1962. Yes, I'm 62, but I started really young. I am a finder of items more than a collector, although messing with these little guys is starting to affect me. You will find me a very laid back individual. A funny fact about me is that my real life initials are MLP which I will be glad to prove if called out on it. lol

I am not a professional dealer. I do this kind of stuff for fun, and sometimes profit if I'm lucky. I do antique appraisal from time to time for the public TV station here when they have their antique fairs. No... it isn't for The Antiques Roadshow (I wish). I have done appraisals for about 12 years and am self taught. I work with glass, pottery, porcelain, bottles, older toys, marbles, advertising, paper goods, and Christmas ornaments. If/when I do start selling some items here, I may be open to trades for such items. If I break protocol or rules here, I apologize in advance. I did read the FAQ stuff and am trying to proceed in a law abiding fashion.

I love finding and researching old things. I ran across an Apple Bloom So Soft that speaks Russian. I can't find out a thing about it, so I guess I'll start a thread on it soon unless someone wants to throw me a life line here.

I am also very verbose so thanks for letting me ramble, and if any of you all need an antique something or other identified, let me know. First rule that I tell everyone about antiques is that you don't sell to your appraiser, because some appraisers know you don't know what your stuff is worth and cheat you. I won't try to cheat you, but if you want to trade me something, I will tell you to get the price comped somehow so you feel at ease with the trade. OK. That's just me being me. I hope to have some nice times here and everyone be safe.
Sincerely,
Keefur
 

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Hi there, Keefur! Welcome ♡ What an interesting find! I've been collecting ponies since I was little, about 15 years now, but my knowledge in variants is very slim. However, you can post info to the variants board and perhaps get some insight? I'm sure there are lots of knowledgeable people on here who might be able to help you! Also I definitely reccommend checking out Strawberry Reef, it's a great identification guide that has loads of info on various ponies, from G1 all the way to G4. There were a couple other sites for that too but I think most of them have sadly been left to die and be taken down.

You can also check out the My Little Wiki, it has some nice info as well.

I wish you luck with your Apple Bloom!
 
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Keefur

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Thanks for the insight. Fifteen years? You should have quite a collection by now.
 

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Thanks for the insight. Fifteen years? You should have quite a collection by now.
Ahaha I did at one point, unfortunately my family hit some money troubles a few years back and I had to sell a large portion of it. I also lost some in our most recent move which was quite a shame. But I still have a pretty good collection, and adding more all the time! ^u^
 

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Welcome to the TP! You should be able to find answers for any sort of pony questions here. Especially if you can post a pic of it someone here will likely be able to tell you all about it. I've actively collected for about 17 years and I've almost got the US collection complete but I just collect G1 and have a particular fondness for MLP merchandise. Most of us pony people tend to collect more then just ponies. I love first edition books, Peanuts/Snoopy and antique holiday decorations to name a few. I also collect several vintage Pyrex patterns and I'm starting to get into Hazel Atlas a little too. I love digging through antique stores looking for all sorts of treasures but in my experience finding some of those treasures seems to be getting harder and harder, especially finding it for a great price. With the internet and all the sites like eBay and such I feel like the days of finding a box of G1s for .50 a pop are long gone. However I did luck into something a couple months ago, came across an original printing of the "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Clause" from a magazine that ran the article the same year it was first published. It ran first in Sept 1897 and the reprint I found was from a magazine published in Dec 1897. The person selling it knew it was old but didn't know anything else about it and I bought it for 10.00 just because I liked the look of it, then when I started researching the article that was on the backside of the page I was able to track down which magazine it came from. Investigating and learning about what I had was actually pretty fun and I was very happy with my treasure! I plan to have it framed and matted but for now it's safely tucked into my file cabinet. That was one of the best finds I've had in a very long time, now if only the pony gods would smile upon me and let me find a 2.00 Sweet Scoops!
 

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Interesting about the Christmas article. It is very famous, indeed. I remember finding the original printing of Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. I think it was a Western Auto or similar company little booklet. Paper goods can sometimes be quite valuable. The glassware I look for tends to be more in the elegant/art/depression/cut catagories. I am starting to branch out into the more modern stuff as the supply of older items is drying up thanks to Ebay.
 

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So glad you joined us. I am an older collector of MLP. I was in middle school when MLP came out. All the children I was babysitting had them. I had a secret love for them. I also love antiques. I am mainly into dolls, textiles, children's clothing, jewelry, sewing notions, gadgets in general and a few other things which includes toys. My favorite way to spend the day is strolling through antique malls. There is a lot of research that goes into selling/collecting anything really. I amazed at all you have to know to really purchase well and find your buyers market better. My favorite decades are 1930's, 1950's, and 1960's. And oh how I love the older marbles!!!! I love glass items too, I just have no place to store it. I tend to collect the glass tea sets for children. I am dying to have a depression glass set, complete my pastel Hazel Atlas set and a few others. I think your job is like a dream job. I would love to do what you are doing. I have such a passion for the older things. I have often felt that I was born in the wrong decade and wish I had been born a long time ago. I am so different. I would be quite happy in an old house full of old things and nothing new lol. I do have a very old house and it is full of old things, but I would love all the old furniture too. ha ha

Really glad you joined us. We can certainly help you with pony stuff and if we don't know something we can direct you to someone that will. Just have fun. My Little Pony is really special.
 
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Well, it's not actually my "job". It's my avocation. It's what I do when I'm not working, though I have made money off of it from time to time. I don't do much with Hazel Atlas, though. It is impossible to know everything about all the antiques. I study more of the "elegant" glassware going back to the teens. I also know cut glass, some pattern glass, and some depression. I admit to having to look some things up. I remember making a bulk purchase at the end of an estate sale. I only spent $50, but got a lot of nice glass that wasn't marked so the dealers passed it up. When I got home, I found a banana split dish listed for $600 that I thought was a $20 piece. I think I ended up selling it on Ebay for $450. Not bad for $1. Oh, the banana split dish was Fostoria American pattern. Marbles, too, I really love, but you can only actually identify about 10% of the marbles you find. That's what the books say, but I think I do a little better identifying the manufacturer although there are actually only a handful that have names.
 

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Yes I have two Fostoria pieces. I have not really studied the marbles enough that I could recognize them. I just try to purchase mint bagged vintage Marbles. I also love the loose ones too. I have no idea who all made them, but my interests in collecting marbles is more of an aesthetic one rather than that of obtaining the rare ones and certain brands. Yes I just love Hazel Atlas. At some point when I have money to toss I will purchase the dot nesting bowls set. They sell for a lot in mint condition and I just love them. There are other things they made as a glass company. I love Milk glass and really enjoy the everyday kitchen styles of the 50' pieces. I don't really collect things from teens and earlier. I do have a few antique dolls though I actually inherited. They are my oldest pieces besides a few children's books from my grandmother's era. My mother has all those extremely expensive family glass pieces. Then there is the appeal of antique medicine glass bottles too.
 

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Welcome to the TP! :)
 
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