Looking for Political Collectibles

The world of political collectibles can be odd. Unlike sports memorabilia, there are not stores in malls dedicated to the hobby. There are a few stores scattered around the country that specialize in these items but as a general rule most antique shops and flea markets have a relatively small inventory.
Political collectibles come in many different shapes and sizes.  Some of the most common collectibles available are those that were mass-manufactured during various campaigns. As anyone that has turned on a television, read a newspaper or simply gone outside during the months leading up to a major election knows, there are more than a few sorts of advertisements used by major political candidates. Buttons, t-shirts and stickers are incredibly common across the country, and they were often simply given away to passers-by on the street. Finding these items in relatively good condition can be difficult, but many supporters do keep the various items used to advertise prominent candidates long after election day is over. It is usually somewhat more difficult to find those items that were used in smaller-scale elections than those that were used in nation-wide races, and it is also somewhat more difficult to find political items from those that lost the race.
At the same time, there are a variety of items that are rather less difficult to come by. Some of these are similar to those listed before, but only obtainable through very specific circumstances such as major party conventions. The rest, though, vary from politician to politician. Autographs from fundraisers, communications between various staffers signed by the candidate and even personal items used on the campaign trail and even in office are quite valuable, and quite often sought out by serious collectors. Almost any item used by a politician has some general value, with the price going quite a bit higher due to both the status of the individual in question and the rarity of the item. A pen used by a minor Congressperson might be relatively worthless, while something as odd as a pair of shoes worn by a president can fetch quite an amazing price.
Political collectibles are easy to find, though the more exotic items may take quite a bit of searching. There is a rather large pool of both buyers and sellers, and finding an item connected to an individual politician simply takes a bit of legwork. No matter what it is you aim to find, chance are someone has it.

Check these out on eBay:

Vintage 1948 Thomas DEWEY Earl WARREN Campaign Button (1175)
Vintage 1948 Thomas DEWEY Earl WARREN Campaign Button (1175)
$3.95
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Lot Of Vintage Presidential Political Campaign & Others Buttons Pins &1960's
Lot Of Vintage Presidential Political Campaign & Others Buttons Pins &1960's
$20.00
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Vintage Rockefeller Campaign Pin Button Pinback He's done a lot He'll do more
Vintage Rockefeller Campaign Pin Button Pinback He's done a lot He'll do more
$5.00
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18 Vintage Presidential Political Campaign Pinback Buttons Clinton Reagan Bush
18 Vintage Presidential Political Campaign Pinback Buttons Clinton Reagan Bush
$9.99
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16 Vintage Presidential Political Campaign Pinback Buttons - McCain Gore Dukakis
16 Vintage Presidential Political Campaign Pinback Buttons - McCain Gore Dukakis
$9.99
Time Remaining: 14h 43m
Vintage Kennedy Presidential Small button “1960” Campaign Pin
Vintage Kennedy Presidential Small button “1960” Campaign Pin
$5.00
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20 Vintage Presidential Political Campaign Pinback Buttons - Harkin Connally
20 Vintage Presidential Political Campaign Pinback Buttons - Harkin Connally
$9.99 (1 Bid)
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36 US Presidential Campaign Political Buttons Pins Reproductions Vintage 1972
36 US Presidential Campaign Political Buttons Pins Reproductions Vintage 1972
$27.00 (22 Bids)
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McGovern '72 1972 Political Campaign Button Pinback - Vintage
McGovern '72 1972 Political Campaign Button Pinback - Vintage
$0.99
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Christmas Collectibles

Of all of the theme related collectibles, probably the most popular are Christmas collectibles.  They range from hand-crafted pieces folk items like blown glass angels or Christmas trees.  Here a just a few:

Christmas Ornaments - These are some of the most popular of the Christmas collectibles.  Some collectors only look for Hallmark ornaments. Others collect only the annual ornament put out by the White House.

  • Figurines -  There is no shortage of Christmas related figures.  There's Santa Claus, reindeer, Christmas trees, angels, elves, villages, and nativity scenes.

  • Christmas Plates - There is no shortage of the number of holiday related plates.
  • Coca-Cola Related - There is a whole industry based on Coca-Cola memorabilia and a lot of it is Christmas related.
  • Christmas Trees - Lots of ceramic types of trees out there.
  • Jewelry - Christmas themed jewelry is very popular.  Look for brooches and other pins.
  • Christmas Bells - These come in all shapes and sizes too. Brass, china, porcelain bells are some of the most popular.

If you’re thinking of taking up collecting Christmas related items and don’t know which one to pick, just look around during the holidays.  You won’t have any trouble finding examples.  You may however, have trouble making up your mind.

Here are some items on eBay:

VINTAGE MERCURY GLASS/GLITTER TEARDROP CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS
VINTAGE MERCURY GLASS/GLITTER TEARDROP CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS
$4.99
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 Vintage Christmas Tree Ornaments Lot of 5 Mercury Glass
Vintage Christmas Tree Ornaments Lot of 5 Mercury Glass
$5.00
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12 VINTAGE 2-2 1/4
12 VINTAGE 2-2 1/4" MERCURY GLASS CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS USA/UNKNOWN
$16.50
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10 VINTAGE GLASS CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS MULTI COLOR XMAS MERCURY GLASS  50S 60S
10 VINTAGE GLASS CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS MULTI COLOR XMAS MERCURY GLASS 50S 60S
$10.00
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Antique Vintage 7 Small Glass Christmas Ornaments 1 Marked Shiny Brite
Antique Vintage 7 Small Glass Christmas Ornaments 1 Marked Shiny Brite
$7.99
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Lot 9 Vtg MERCURY GLASS Christmas Tree Ornament POLAND & SHINY BRITE w BOX
Lot 9 Vtg MERCURY GLASS Christmas Tree Ornament POLAND & SHINY BRITE w BOX
$27.00
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Set Of 5 Vintage Rauch Clear Glass Poinsettia Christmas Ornaments
Set Of 5 Vintage Rauch Clear Glass Poinsettia Christmas Ornaments
$8.99
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Vintage Silver Mercury Glass Icicles Atomic Unique Christmas Decorations
Vintage Silver Mercury Glass Icicles Atomic Unique Christmas Decorations
$19.98
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2 Vintage MERCURY GLASS CHRISTMAS Ornaments Hand Painted 2.5
2 Vintage MERCURY GLASS CHRISTMAS Ornaments Hand Painted 2.5" #71
$17.88
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