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DerBayz Collectables has always been a dream of mine. The name DerBayz is very significant to us, as it is a merging of two families. My youngest daughters last name is Durr and my husbands last name is Boese (pronounced Bayze). When we first started dating all of my friends told me that when I opened my business I should call it DerBayz because it is a great name and it would merge the two families. I guess it really has. This truly is a family business. My husband and two kids are all helping to make this store a success. My 16 year old daughters takes most of pictures for the store as practice for her photography career, my 9 year old daughter helps to clean and inventory the items, my husband helps me restore some of the more injured or neglected items and we all get in the car on Saturday or Sunday (sometimes both) and go searching for new hidden treasures. It is great family time.
So why vintage collectables? Well in 1996 I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and I spent all of my time, other than work, at home in the beginning scared to go out into public. eBay was a wonderful place for me back then and I started a collection of antique and/or vintage books. One day I was searching Craigslist and I came across a seller who had a book that I had been searching for, for years “The Adventures of Uncle Wiggly Longears” (my grandmother had read this book to be as a child and I wanted to copy so I could read it to my children). This seller refused to ship because it was fragile and he did not want to take the risk of shipping it. My love of this book gave me the courage and strength to overcome my fear and go out into public. That’s when I found a whole new world for collectables. It wasn’t only books that I found, it was silver, bells, figurines, crystal and researching and learning the story behind each item was so gratifying. But like most things we get older and these items start collecting dust as children and work get in the way. That is when the idea of opening a store telling the items story came to me, I can still enjoy finding and restore the beauty inside. Then I can find them a home where they will be loved and appreciated.
There is a story behind every item, you just have to search and find it.
If you belong to other collector groups which one(s) do you belong to?
Would you be interested in moderating or co moderating a group forum in the area of collecting you specialize in?
Not at this time.
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A very big welcome to our terrific site, we hope that you get involved in many of our groups, and post some photos of your collection(s) etc with the information on yourself already on your page. When you get comfortable here please would you add an avatar picture and feel free to customize your profile page, to make it more you (easy templates provided)
Then you can start exploring the site and join as many groups as you like, let us know your interests and we can point you in the right direction as to which groups to join, if you only want specific topics. Invite some friends from the group, this is very easy and we have such a great group of people, write an article or make an announcement on our http://iantiqueonline.ning.com/forum (found on the main page) or post in any of the specialty group forums. Be sure to visit Whadja Find (tell others what you found remember to read how to post the photo’s correctly not links and add a detailed description to enable the others to give help easier). Visit the Sell My Antiques Group (where you can sell antiques, collectibles, art etc, should you wish to sell an item) By the way....each group has its own forum and also a comment wall (like a bulletin board). Forums help keep the threads (topics) organized. You are always welcome to start a new forum in any group. The Main forum is for general announcements for the whole community. If you need further help click on the Help Desk button at the top of your page. This feature provides answers to frequently asked questions and other tips, suggestions and information. Should you get stuck on technical matters or need to report an issue use the "Report an Issue" button on the very bottom of your page. Please tell your friends not already on the site about us. You can invite new members by clicking on the invite button on the top of you page,
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C. Dianne ZweigKathyParkEditor-In-Chief Co-Founder Welcome Centre Team Leader Dianne@cdiannezweig.com