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For a solid yet portable take-along tote on the overall collectible market, make sure the latest 15th updated edition of FLEA MARKET TRADER (1574324934, $12.95) is close at hand. It includes thousands of items often seen at flea markets and garage sales, including the latest values and even short histories of makers. From glassware to children's books and more esoteric items such as ramp walkers, FLEA MARKET TRADER is a fine, quick reference. Perhaps it's a weightier, larger survey which is required for home usage: if so, the 14th updated edition of GARAGE SALE & FLEA MARKET ANNUAL (1574324942, $19.95) is your items of choice. Black and white photos pack a collection surveying prices and some background history of manufacturers for glassware, toys, comic books and more. These aren't meant to be in-depth; but good general surveys of what's commonly found on the garage sale circuit. Speaking of glass collecting, check out the portable STANDARD COMPANION TO NON-AMERICAN CARNIVAL GLASS by Bill Edwards and Mike Carwile (1574324888, $16.95): it pairs good-sized, clear color photos on each page to aid in identification with an updated value guide providing collectors with the latest prices. The larger STANDARD ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CARNIVAL GLASS by the two appears in its 10th updated edition (1574324861, $29.95) to cover the entire world of carnival glass production, from Depression glass and scarce designs to those commonly used in Carnival glass production. Color photos on every page lends to quite a resource. And if you long for a more portable price guide on the topic, the accompanying 15th edition of STANDARD ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CARNIVAL GLASS PRICE GUIDE (157432487X, $9.95) provides a slim yet detail-packed 8.5x11 reference of just values. Collector Books has plenty of related glassware guides for those who specialize. Dick Sigafoose's AMERICAN ART POTTERY, 2ND EDITION (1574324837, $24.95) lists pottery by manufacturer, which allows for clear descriptions of company history, specialty or commemorative productions, special manufacturing processes, and more. And if you just want lovely color photos and the latest prices--it holds this, too. Jane Flanagan's WONDERFUL WORLD OF COLLECTING PERFUME BOTTLES (1574325027, $29.95) is divided by era and features all kinds of perfume bottles, from custom bottles for holding specialty fragrances to gift packages from Japan and other countries. Move from glassware and you'll often run into decorative tins--and what better to use as a reference to the market than the second updated edition of Linda McPherson's MODERN COLLECTIBLE TINS (1574325000, $24.95). Color photos are good-sized and clear on each page and accompany listings which include edition notes, sizes, and value ranges. Arranged by item within the tin, it's easy to locate containers with such headings as 'candy' or 'crackers'. Two new doll guides offer plenty of detailed reference notes. Linda Crowsey's MADAME ALEXANDER: 2006 COLLECTOR'S DOLLS PRICE GUIDE #31 (1574324985, $14.95) packs in color photos at the bottom of each page, but it's the price listings which will most attract avid collectors who already know how to identify the dolls. Subgroupings where different models appear accompany an easily, quick values access guide. The sixth edition of Patrick C. Olds & Joyce L. Olds' THE BARBIE DOLL YEARS (1574324624, $19.95) packs in a comprehensive listing and value guide of Barbie dolls and accessories. Don't expect the usual color photo display: this is for serious collectors who will delight in at last finding a value guide which doesn't dilute the essential information with lots of photos. Book collectors aren't left out, either: Arthur Boutiette's LEATHER BOUND BOOKS (1574324977, $24.95) packs in plenty of color photos of books from the 1800s and up, listing books by author/title for quick access and including written descriptions noting gilt edging, volume size, leather makeup and more. Even fishermen aren't left out of the collector's book market: Dudley Murphy and Deannie Murphy's FISHING LURE COLLECTIBLES: AN ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE MODERN ERA, 1940 TO PRESENT (1574324926, $29.95) comes form one of the three founders of the National Fishing Lure Collectors Club, which formalized the fishing lure collecting hobby market. Murphy and his wife together hold over 60 years of advanced collecting experience and provides a new approach to explaining the hobby, combining history, realistic values and color photos in a treasure trove of detail. Fishermen/collectors will also appreciate John A. Kolbeck's CAPTAIN JOHN'S FISHING TACKLE PRICE GUIDE (1574324853, $24.95), which appears in its second updated edition to pack in prices on tackle of all kinds. There are some color photos, but the meat lies in these price listings: page after page of lures organized by brand and covering models, providing brief description, and including grades, prices and value dates.
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