Welcome Back, Baby Boomer

Posted on May 10th, 2011 in 1970s,Celebrities,Collectibles,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

It was a smash pop culture hit in the mid-1970s: the adventures of a group of misfit baby boomer high school kids known as the Sweathogs. All unknown actors, they become overnight celebrities. The television theme song Welcome Back by John Sebastian shot to #1 in 1976. Baby boomers made up the core audience. TheRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Assets in the Attic

Posted on April 30th, 2011 in 1950s,1960s,1970s,1980s,Collectibles,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

Attics, basements, closets, bottoms of bottom drawers. When’s the last time you explored these places? Who knows what could be lurking there? Maybe baby boomer collectible treasure. Here are some tips and inspiration ~ The most famous baby boomer doll in history: Barbie. A 1974 survey revealed that 90% of all American girls between 5Read the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Name Game

Posted on April 28th, 2011 in 1950s,Celebrities,Collectibles,Television by Terry Hamburg

I wasn’t the greatest baby boomer autograph collector of the 1950s, but I had an impressive portfolio. I specialized in television celebrities and baseball players. My family bonded around the TV. I’d write the personality and request a signed picture. Each was “my favorite star” or “the greatest talent on earth,” and “please sign your nameRead the Rest…

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BABY BOOMERS INVENTED A NEW CAREER + CURRENT COLLECTIBLES TIPS

Posted on April 20th, 2011 in 1970s,Collectibles,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

What’s the difference between a garage sale and an estate sale? An estate sale is a garage sale with an attitude. When disposing of the contents of a house or lifetime accumulation, “estate” is appropriate, as opposed to a spring cleaning offered in your driveway. In reality, the distinctions are blurred, and the ambiguity beganRead the Rest…

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BABY BOOMER BIG-SHOT: WHO AM I?

Posted on March 23rd, 2011 in 1990s,Celebrities,Collectibles,Movies,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

Baby Boomer Reverie: 1998 He caused quite a stir. Pop culture celebrities are common at antiques/collectibles shows, and he did live right there in Miami. Dealers try to act calm and unimpressed. Beautiful people “dress down” at these events (like everyone), on the theory that if you appear too well-heeled, prices will be higher. ThisRead the Rest…

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BABY BOOMER WALK ON THE WILD SIDE

Posted on March 8th, 2011 in 1970s,1980s,Collectibles,Sexual Revolution by Terry Hamburg

Reverie: 1980 I asked her out three times. Three excuses, including the lame and insulting: “I have to change my hair color that night.” I can take a hint, but she was always so friendly and flirty. Plus, everything a baby boomer dream girl should be: smart, liberated, sexy – not to mention “legs thatRead the Rest…

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BABY BOOMERS INVENTED COLLECTIBLES: SOME TIPS

Posted on February 3rd, 2011 in 1950s,1960s,1970s,1980s,1990s,Collectibles by Terry Hamburg

In the 1950s, “collectibles” referred to philatelists and numismatists—stamp and coin hobbyists. “Vintage” was used to described old cars and wines. In a historical blink of the eye, antiques and collectibles were reborn and redefined. The change began in the late-1960s. Driven by young baby boomers with disposable income in search of fresh treasure, itRead the Rest…

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RAGS TO BABY BOOMER RICHES

Posted on January 25th, 2011 in 1970s,1980s,Collectibles,Fads & Toys,Me Generation by Terry Hamburg

BABY BOOMER REVERIE: 1980 Stefan grew up hungry in Hungary. Frugality his master, hard work his creed, he immigrated to the Promised Land after the unsuccessful 1956 uprising against Russia. He became a junk dealer in the right place at the right boomer time. What was recently regarded as worthless stuff and used merchandise wasRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomers in the Mood

Posted on January 9th, 2011 in 1970s,Collectibles,Counterculture/New Age,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

Mix New Age frenzy, boomer consumers, and an appetite for fads—you have a glowing new product: the mood ring. Slip it on and the “magic crystals” change color depending on your emotional state. How cool is that! Baby boomers were wearing and swearing by them in the 1970s. Unlike another hot fad of the era,Read the Rest…

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BRAVE NEW BOOMER WORLD

Posted on December 7th, 2010 in 1990s,Collectibles,Midlife by Terry Hamburg

Baby Boomer Reverie: 1999 A heady time, indeed. Fueled by irrational exuberance, NASDAQ stocks are shooting through the roof. Midlife boomers plan European vacations and buy Mercedes. Buoyed by a similar enthusiasm, the Internet is the talk of the antiques world. David had been selling “antiques” since they were  called “used merchandise,” made a fortune,Read the Rest…

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