Friday, March 20, 2009

Collectics

Today I visited Collectics.com, and that is the subject of today’s article. Actually I have visited this wonderful web site many times, and I just keep going back. Why? Because it is one of the best antiques and collectibles web sites around today! Now, Collectics is not a new site, and mine is definitely not the first review of this site. World Antiques Weekly said about Collectics:

"Antiques, collectibles, antique and vintage jewelry, and home furnishings in a large, eclectic antique shop and mall, collector bookstore, collecting information, prices and values, antique shops and jewelry stores directory, antique collector quiz, and Art Deco, Art Nouveau, and Tiffany online museums. Quality, selection, and discount prices make Collectics our top antiques and collectibles web site. It's just plain fun!"


And Collectibles Guide 2009 had this to say:

"Best online shopping for antiques and collectibles, featuring antique, vintage, and retro jewelry, bakelite and lucite, clothing, dinnerware, kitchenware, ceramics, glass, art, memorabilia, and home decor -- with prices 30% less than your local antique shop or thrift store plus free shipping."

So as you can see, I am not the only one enamored with this site! Rather than repeat what the web site’s “about” page says, I think they say it best when describing their site:


“Founded in 1998 by Karen Lee, Collectics is one of the Internet's largest and most diverse online shopping and resource destinations for finer antiques and collectibles. Collectics brings you an eclectic array of collecting and home decorating ideas from the finer estates of the eastern seabord as well as select consignments from around the world. Those of us who work with Karen don't always understand some of the things that catch Karen's eye, but our many long time repeat customers long since convinced us that you can sell L. C. Tiffany Favrile glass and $15 salt & pepper shakers on the same site. In fact, Karen personally vets all the inventory on the site, an important aspect of our business often mentioned in letters from our clients who have been deceived through misrepresentations and reproductions elsewhere.


Our main Antique & Vintage Shop and Mall offers thousands of finer antiques and collectibles in over 30 categories, at prices 30% or more below typical antique mall prices- all with free shipping within the continental United States. The Antiques & Collectibles Bookstore sells only the best reference books and price guides on antiques and collectibles, compiled by top dealers and auction houses. Don't miss our exclusive Collector Book Reviews on all the top dealer reference books! You can learn about major artists, manufacturers, and design periods on our Antiques Information & Education pages, while Collector Books Topic Search and our unique Antique Price Guides Slideshow help you find the best reference books by manufacturer or type of collecting. The Art Deco & Art Nouveau Museum 1890-1935 displays the best design of the Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and Arts & Crafts periods and features Tiffany, Handel, and Pairpoint lamps. Learn the life history of Louis Comfort Tiffany and see an exhibit of famous Tiffany Studios lamps and Favrile glass in our Tiffany Lamps & Glass Museum. If you're planning a trip or just out for adventure in your own area, use our Museum & Historic Site Directory to locate museums, national parks, historic homes, and other attractions by state and city across the U. S.


The Collectics Group has won numerous industry awards for top online shopping sites, plus technical awards for web site design and operation. We're glad you're visiting us and look forward to serving you, and your satisfaction is always guaranteed. Collectics Gift Certificates are a great way to let your gift recipient select something they really want from our diverse inventory, and enjoy playing the Collectics Quiz each month to win a free $100 Collectics Gift Certificate.


Thanks for visiting and shopping at Collectics!”


Believe me when I say that every word of this is true! In fact, I think they have understated it a bit.

One of the main areas of the site that I visit most is their “Antiques Information & Education” area

Included in this area are 96 different topic pages ranging from Amberina Glass to Bakelite to Depression Glass to Limoges. Collectics “Antiques Information and Education area of the best sources of information on Antiques and Collectibles on the web today, and well worth the repeat visit.


In addition to the information and education area, also take some time to visit the online museums and directories area. In this area you will find an online museum of Art Deco and Art Nouveau pieces, an online museum of Tiffany Lamps and Glass, a Museum and Historic site, by state, directory, and a collecting and designing directory featuring a directoryof the best in Antiques – Collectibles – and Thrift malls, fairs, shops, stores and markets. An invaluable resource for both the collector and the dealer.


From the antiques and collectibles bookstore to the collector books topic search, and the collector book reviews, it is possible to find just about any reference book on antiques and collectibles you might possibly need or want. And, when checking the book reviews, it is possible to simply scroll your mouse icon over the photo of the book in question and get a quick summary of its availability and price from Amazon.


The primary reason most folks visit Collectics, however, is their Antiques & Collectibles Mall. The mall is fun to browse around and see what’s what. Like window shopping in a huge antiques mall, right from the comfort of your home computer. I did find some of the prices a bit high, but I assume that is to offset the free shipping offered by the site. On the other hand, however, I did find a few good bargains.


All in all, I found Collectics.com to be a fun and enjoyable site to visit, and spend some time at, and I definitely plan to visit often!

3 comments:

AuctionWally said...

Jack, thanks for yet another interesting as well as informative article.
I've actually never heard of Collectics.com yet, but I'm on my way there now to give it a look.

Rather than just pour on praise, you've provided solid information that makes one want to visit the site, I can't wait to check it out.

Thanks
Walt

Whiskey Jack said...

Thanks Walt,
I always appreciate and value your opinions. After all, I kind of look at you as one of my mentor's. Listening to your podcasts has always been very educational, and fun, for me. I've learned a lot from you.
Take Care Hombre,
Whiskey Jack

p.s.: If any of my readers haven't listened to either one of Auction Wally's podcasts, I would strongly encourage you to do so. You can find links to them on the right hand side of this blog.

http://collectible-glass.com/ said...

Thanks for the information, Whiskey Jack. I look forward to visiting the site to view their "eclectic" selection. I have a new found love for vintage jewelry. Thanks!