The Queen of Junk dishes on the hot trend of rustoration, with three fabulous DIY projects from her latest book.
circa 1930s Beistle die cut of a skeleton walking through a graveyard. “There are only maybe 10 in existence,” says Mark. “They go for astronomical sums. One sold for $3,600.” This is for a piece of cardboard! The earliest piece in Mark’s collection is from 1891. It’s a devil smoke set—an ashtray, humidor and match striker—that advertised liquor and sat on a plate. It wasn’t made for Halloween but is sought after by Halloween collectors because of its theme and excellent porcelain. Mark sees people of all ages getting into Halloween collecting. Many people get intrigued after throwing or attending a party. Perhaps the holiday itself is being reclaimed as the spooky adult pastime it once was. “I have seen more movement in this hobby in terms of new entrants in the past five years than I did in all of the past 30,” says Mark. “It’s just nuts … in a let’s-keep-it-going really fun way.”
A BLACK CAT wears a striped hat in a German 1920’s design valued at $185 in Mark’s book.
THIS DESIGN IS A PLACE card made by the U.S.A.’S Dennison and dates to the 1920s.
THESE SWEET sprites are on a hatband.