First off let me say this, no, Inherited Values is not another site that I've started. I do however have my first article up and plan to contribute a few original pieces each month. As we head into the new year I'd been making plans to scale down the number of places I blog (bye bye Examiner!), but when my friend Deanna Dahlsdad approached me about working on a new project of hers I was immediately intrigued.
I met Deanna on Twitter about a year ago and quickly came to realize she was writing about collectibles in a lot of different places and in a much different voice then I usually ran across. Deanna isn't obsessed with value, she's in this purely for the love of the game. If you read her work it's a series of stories running across many general areas of collecting and talking about the items in both the specifics of what she sees before her with a more general appraisal of the times in which said item appeared.
That brings us to Inherited Values, a brand new site founded by Deanna with herself and Laura Brown co-editing. I'm on board as the first outside contributor and what Deanna and Laura are looking for, besides readers to this new and exciting site, are more folks like me to contribute. This seems as good as place as any to plug in the Inherited Values press release, but you can look for some more commentary from me underneath:
Inherited Values is a website for collectors of antiques and vintage collectibles as well as those who have an affinity for the personal & cultural stories of objects, and we're looking for sellers who would like to share their passion with collectors.
Let's be honest, some of you started blogs & websites to promote your online sales, but quickly discovered that the effort of building & maintaining such sites, while perhaps being effective in terms of promotion, was taking time and focus away from your main business. In short, you're marketing your blog or website in order to market your store.
Stop chasing your tail and join our network of established authors and reputable online dealers!
If you're looking for a way to get your store name and available items "out there" to the public -- while building your status as a knowledgeable seller, passionate about antiques and vintage collectibles -- we'd love to hear from you.
Email Deanna.Pop.email@example.com to start the conversion.
Inherited-Values.com is a website for collectors, not an "industry publication." Please do not contact us if your interest is in writing for/speaking to sellers.
Introductory reduced advertising rates are also available now; visit Inherited-Values.com for more information.
So writers, here's the major sell from my point as one of you: this is a blog you don't have to run, you don't have to manage, you don't even have to make anything near daily posts too (though you can if you so wish!), that you can write for a few times a month and not only point to your own sales items but include affiliate links as well if you so wish. Take a look at the sidebars over on Inherited Values and you'll see besides my eBay Store I also have some of my other sites linked. You can have that too!
Here's the benefit to the readers, and potential contributors should take note too: Inherited Values specifically does not want us talking about e-commerce. This site is not only about the objects but on a deeper level the passion of collecting itself. Since most of us dealers started out in this game long ago as collectors it should come as a natural. My own first article basically wrote itself as I was simply recalling some of the passion I had before I ever realized a dime from any form of collectibles.
As we get ready to round the corner into 2010, Inherited Values stands as one of the projects I'm most excited about. Check it out and shoot Deanna an e-mail if you're interested.