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Although the collecting of antique thimbles has been going on for many, many years, usually by the very wealthy, “Thimble Collecting” as we know it today began “trending” in the 1970’s and 1980's with the explosion of “Instant Collectibles.” These were new items made exclusively for a newly-created market in collectibles, thimbles being one of the main ones. They were very popular and hundreds of thousands were sold to eager buyers through magazine and newspaper advertisements. If it was small and had a hole in it, it was called a thimble whether or not it could be used as such, and people bought them as fast as suppliers could offer.
That being said, even the more seasoned and discerning collectors of antique thimbles and needlework tools were subject to succumbing to the vast array of beautiful thimbles offered. We all have them in our collections and I have to say that I enjoy mine very much, albeit in a different way than the antique ones.
For the purposes of this website I have included in my sample Galleries on the following pages, a greater ratio of the newer thimbles simply because they are brighter and oftentimes more pleasing to look at than the antiques.
“I never met a thimble I didn’t like.” (sic)
THE STORY OF THE BLUE M&M
upon a time there were four thimble friends who lived in different
countries and frequently traded thimbles. A perfect shipping container
for shipping thimbles is an empty Mini M&M candy tube-container.
Once, shortly after the turn of the century, the collector in South
Africa inadvertently left a tiny blue M&M inside a thimble package
she shipped to the USA, which fell out when it was opened. Thereafter,
and many jokes later, it became a tradition among the four to include a
tiny blue M&M candy inside all thimble packages to signify their
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** UNITED WE STAND **
PHOTO: Dallas Texas, October 2, 2001. Flag on tarp; 14 stories high. Erected in response to Twin Towers attack on 9/11/01. Photo by Mary Craft.
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FIRST MONDAY TRADES DAYS - CANTON, TEXAS
I'm happy to report that I live only 17 miles from Canton, Texas, home of "First Monday," the largest outdoor, year-round fleamarket in the world. Since its start in the 1850's, it has grown to over 150 acres of wonderful treasures with 3,000 to 7,000 dealers and 100,000 to 300,000 visitors on a trade weekend, depending upon the season and weather. I go EVERY month, rain or shine or snow, year round. For a collector, or just a general lover of junk, its heaven. For more information on First Monday click on these links.