Vintage Halloween Postcards
Ellen Clapsaddle Vintage Halloween Postcards
Way back in the 80's (the 1980's) when the economy was better (for me) I use to ride up to the Catskills with friends and buy Vintage Halloween Postcards; at the time you could find them from $5 to $20 a piece. eBay use to be a great source for buying although I have mainly sold on the auction site I recommend buying from a Seller with 100% feedback and someone who specializes in ephemera; and be aware of retro and reproductions. I don't collect anymore, I do have a few Vintage Halloween Postcards left that I use as Halloween Decorations; sadly I had to sell most of my collection when my mother took ill and I fell on hard times (you can read about "My Sleeper Auction" if you choose to read on).
Halloween is, was and always will be a Hot Collectible, there are many collectors guides out there; if you are an artist like I am these books are a great source of inspiration and also appeal to the scrapbook crowd as well. So get out there, hit the attics, antique stores and auction sites and find that dusty gold.
Halloween Collectibles on Amazon
My Sleeper Auction on eBay
I almost didn't buy this postcard I had reached my limit I budgeted out for that particular trip; the guy at the collectibles market in an old movie theater that had over 40 vendors said he'd throw it in for an extra $5; it wasn't a Clapsaddle and I was trying not to stray from my jonra of collecting. Luckily I begrudgingly broke down as this particular card turned out to be quite rare. Who knew!? Published by Bergman it was in B&W & colored, Series number is BE1 and the card marking for the artist Wall (information in the G&L book it's on page 33). At first no one was bidding on it, and at the eleventh hour it went from $5 to $200, it turned out to be rare it was hand-tinted. The moral of the story, know what you have, do your research and be as knowledgeable as possible when it comes to collecting anything; it can make the difference of getting a bargain or being a rube. As it turned out this one postcard made up for all the postcards I had overpaid for and it put money in my pocket when I needed it most.