I only have seen this compelling fence centerpiece made by Whitney in the 1930s a handful of times since beginning collecting in 1988. Whitney sometimes produced the strangest imagery. Who would have thought of incorporating imagery of snakes escaping being boiled alive in a cauldron? This top-notch seller got top price for this fence.
Beistle made a set of twelve diecuts beginning in 1932 and continuing through the early 1950s. Each was made very early in the run with this unusual color variation, rather than the more common versions with their coloration heavily represented with green. These early iterations are hard to find. The seller, different from so many on Ebay these days, actually has a reasonable opening price, so this may be a good time to acquire one of this variants for your collection.
This set of six anthropomorphic carrots is one of the more coveted of those issued by Dennison. They make their first appearance in Dennison's 1928 Price List pamphlet and weren't made for many seasons. It took me many years to find the one in the collection. These typically trade for $325.
I am amazed at how much artistic skill others have! Why was I so shorted? :) I rarely comment on newly made items in this space, but I am impressed with this wonderful devil head lantern. It's obvious that it is well-made and would be able to hold its own amongst many vintage items. I don't know the artist but wish him/her much success.
I wish I would have seen this lot offered at the extremely low BIN price of $159. Kudos to the fast mover. The two shades intrigue me. They look like Whitney, but I haven't seen other shades manufactured by Whitney, so they are surely Gibson.
I wonder if this is a record-setting price at auction for one of these whimsical planters?
Crepe paper has been a hot sub-genre over the last few years. With designs like the one this fine seller offered, I can see why! One superb way to display crepe designs is to frame them. My good friends, Tammy and Barry, will have several eye-catching crepe paper designs framed and ready to sell at the American Folk Art Festival at the Madonna Estate Winery in Napa, CA on Saturday, September 6th from 10-3. There will be several people selling an assortment of vintage Halloween: Bobbie Lasky, Kimberlee Edgar, the aforementioned Tammy and Barry, as well as yours truly. (I have quite a lot of great vintage items I'll be selling, plus copies of my new book - so come on by!)
This is one of the better known fantasy pieces out there. The poor seller, in his description, sounds so excited to have found FOUR ALL AT ONCE! The person who sold them to him was probably happy to unload them. These began appearing in about 1995 and have wormed their way into many, many collections. (I see it taking up space in a distressingly high percentage of collections to which I am lucky to have access.) I, myself was fooled. A holiday dealer in business back then was Jenny Tarrant. She sold me one then refused to refund my money. That was a valuable lesson on several levels. Deal only with sellers who will guarantee authenticity forever. In any event, this is a purely decorative item with zero collectible value. Don't be fooled.
This result didn't make sense to me until I looked at the bidding history. These typically trade for around $200. This tambourine would have ended around $175 if it hadn't been for one determined bidder who skyrocketed the price to the maximum the underbidder was prepared to pay in extremis! I don't see this as a sustainable price - but that is the joy of Ebay. It is a true crap shoot. The seller has to be completely delighted.
You know the season is upon us when great items like this pop up on Ebay. This Gibson interlocking table decoration was made in the later 1920s. Typically, these kinds of items are missing one or more of the "end hooks." This looks to be complete and in awesome condition. These typically trade for around $175.
This lantern is both desirable and rare. Made by Beistle in the early 1930s, I have seldom seen one in such condition with such bright colors. Although the seller, someone I trust, is asking a small premium to guide for this item, I believe that if you don't already own one, this may be an item to be quickly snapped up for the BIN price.
The packaged witch is of fairly recent manufacture and has little collectible value.
This great tally was made by Hallmark beginning in the later 1920s.
This is a cool item with an interesting concept, but it is not a vintage piece. The two heads are patterned after two of a set of eight well-known fantasy lanterns that were first imported from Germany in the 1990s. The Germans did not celebrate Halloween until relatively recently, so everything made from pre-WWI through the 1960s was made for export. Nothing was kept, so when a dealer tells you that something was found in a warehouse in what was East Germany, or some such tall tale, simply laugh in their face and scuttle away.