Thursday, March 28, 2024

Reduce Your Ecological Footprint by Buying Used Items

In a world increasingly aware of the impact of consumerism on the environment, one powerful way to make a difference is by embracing the trend of buying used items. Whether it's clothing, furniture, electronics, or books, choosing second-hand goods over new ones can significantly reduce your ecological footprint. Here are several reasons why opting for pre-owned items is a sustainable choice:

1. Minimize Resource Consumption: The production of new goods requires significant amounts of natural resources, including water, energy, and raw materials. By purchasing used items, you're extending the lifespan of existing products and reducing the demand for new resources.

2. Reduce Waste: Every year, vast quantities of perfectly usable items end up in landfills, contributing to pollution and environmental degradation. By buying second-hand, you're diverting these items from the waste stream and giving them a new lease on life.

3. Lower Carbon Emissions: The manufacturing and transportation of new products contribute to greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. By buying used items locally, you're minimizing the carbon footprint associated with their production and distribution.

4. Support Circular Economy: Embracing a circular economy model, where products are reused, repaired, and recycled, is crucial for sustainable development. By purchasing used items, you're participating in this cycle and encouraging others to do the same.

5. Save Money: Buying used items is often more affordable than purchasing new ones, allowing you to save money while still acquiring quality goods. This financial savings can be redirected towards other meaningful endeavors or investments.

6. Discover Unique Finds: Shopping for second-hand items can be an exciting treasure hunt, offering the opportunity to find unique, vintage, or one-of-a-kind pieces that add character and personality to your home or wardrobe.

7. Promote Ethical Consumption: By choosing to buy used, you're sending a message to manufacturers and retailers that you value sustainability and ethical consumption practices. This consumer behavior can drive positive change within industries towards more responsible production and consumption patterns.

In conclusion, buying used items is a simple yet powerful way to reduce your ecological footprint and contribute to a more sustainable future. Whether you're motivated by environmental concerns, financial savings, or the thrill of finding hidden gems, embracing the second-hand market is a win-win for both you and the planet. So next time you're in need of something new, consider giving a second life to pre-loved items and join the movement towards a more sustainable lifestyle.

Sunday, March 24, 2024

How to Find Antiques and Rarities in 2024

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In a world filled with modern conveniences and mass-produced goods, the allure of antiques and rarities continues to captivate collectors worldwide. 

Whether you're a seasoned collector or just beginning your journey into the world of antiquing, 2024 offers a myriad of opportunities to discover treasures from the past. 

Here are some tips to help you uncover hidden gems in today's market:

Online Marketplaces: With the rise of e-commerce platforms, finding antiques and rarities has never been easier. Websites like eBay, Etsy, and specialized online antique shops offer a vast selection of items ranging from vintage furniture to rare collectibles. Utilize search filters and keywords to narrow down your options and find exactly what you're looking for.

Social Media: Joining antique enthusiast groups on platforms like Facebook and Reddit can provide valuable insights and connections within the collecting community. Many collectors use social media to showcase their latest finds or seek advice on identifying and valuing items. Engaging with these communities can lead to valuable opportunities and discoveries.

Local Auctions and Estate Sales: Keep an eye out for local auctions, estate sales, and flea markets in your area. These events often feature a diverse array of items, including antiques and rarities, at competitive prices. Attend with a keen eye and a sense of adventure, as you never know what treasures you may stumble upon.

Antique Shows and Fairs: Throughout the year, antique shows and fairs are held in various cities around the world, bringing together collectors, dealers, and enthusiasts alike. These events offer a unique opportunity to browse curated collections, network with fellow collectors, and learn from experts in the field. Check event listings and mark your calendar for upcoming shows in your area.

Thrift Stores and Garage Sales: Don't overlook the potential for hidden gems at thrift stores, consignment shops, and garage sales. While it may require some patience and persistence, scouring these locations can yield unexpected treasures at affordable prices. Keep an open mind and be prepared to haggle for the best deals.

Online Forums and Blogs: Explore online forums, blogs, and websites dedicated to antiquing and collecting for valuable tips, resources, and recommendations. These platforms often feature in-depth articles, expert interviews, and community discussions that can enhance your knowledge and guide your collecting journey.

By leveraging the resources and opportunities available in 2024, you can embark on a rewarding journey of discovery as you hunt for antiques and rarities. Whether you're seeking a specific item to complete your collection or simply enjoy the thrill of the hunt, there's never been a better time to explore the world of antiquing. Happy collecting!

Saturday, March 23, 2024

Beginner's Guide: How to Start Your Coin Collection

Are you fascinated by the world of coins and eager to start your own collection? 

Whether you're drawn to the history, artistry, or investment potential of coins, embarking on this journey can be both exciting and rewarding. 

In this beginner's guide, I will walk you through the essential steps to kickstart your coin collection with confidence.

1. Define Your Collecting Goals: Before diving into the world of coin collecting, take some time to define your goals. Are you collecting for enjoyment, investment, or both? Determine the types of coins that interest you, whether it's ancient coins, modern coins, commemorative coins, or coins from a specific country or era.

2. Educate Yourself: Knowledge is key to building a successful coin collection. Take the time to educate yourself about different types of coins, grading standards, and collecting trends. Read books, join online forums, and attend coin shows or local club meetings to learn from experienced collectors and dealers.

3. Start Small: You don't need to break the bank to start your coin collection. Begin by acquiring a few affordable coins that align with your interests and budget. Consider starting with circulated coins or coin sets from reputable sources. As you gain experience and confidence, you can gradually expand your collection.

4. Invest in Supplies: Invest in basic supplies to protect and organize your coins properly. Essential supplies include coin holders, albums, magnifiers, and gloves for handling coins. Proper storage and handling will help preserve the condition and value of your coins over time.

5. Research and Authenticate: When acquiring new coins for your collection, research the coins thoroughly to ensure authenticity and value. Be cautious when purchasing coins online and from unfamiliar sources. Consult reputable coin dealers or experts if you're unsure about the authenticity or grading of a coin.

6. Enjoy the Journey: Above all, coin collecting should be an enjoyable and fulfilling hobby. Take the time to appreciate the beauty, history, and stories behind each coin in your collection. Explore different themes, designs, and denominations, and let your collection evolve over time based on your interests and discoveries.

Conclusion: Starting a coin collection is an exciting journey that offers endless opportunities for learning and discovery. By defining your goals, educating yourself, starting small, investing in supplies, researching and authenticating coins, and enjoying the process, you can embark on a rewarding hobby that will bring joy for years to come.

Friday, March 22, 2024

Flea Markets/ Feiras de Velharias em Portugal

 Flea Markets in Portugal - by day of the month:

(any help and updates are welcome)

First Saturday / Primeiro Sábado 

-Abrantes, Praça Barão da Batalha 

-Alverca do Ribatejo, Junto ao Mercado

-Estremoz, Rossio

-Figueira da Foz, Jardim Municipal

-Funchal, Direcção Regional Juventude 

-Guimarães, Largo da Oliveira e Praça São Tiago

-Lisboa, Campo Santa Clara (Ladra)

-Porto, Fontainhas (Vandoma)

-Porto, Hotel Tuela

-Porto, Praça Carlos Alberto 

-Seixal, Jardim Mártires da Liberdade

-Setúbal, Largo José Afonso

-Silves, Algoz

-Tavira, Junto ao Mercado 

-Torres Vedras, Junto ao Hotel Império 

-Viana do Castelo, Jardim Dom Fernando 

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First Sunday / Primeiro Domingo 

-Alcochete, Av. D. Manuel  I

-Costa da Caparica, Av. 1 de Maio

-Entroncamento, Junto ao Pingo Doce

-Ermesinde, Parque Urbano

-Fuzeta, Junto ao Parque de Campismo

-Espinho, Avenida 24

-Lisboa, Jardins de Belém 

-Lisboa, Lx Factory

-Lisboa, Mercado da Ribeira

-Óbidos, Cruzeiro da Memória 


-Pinhal Novo, Junto à Estação Caminho de Ferro

-Ponta Delgada, Junto à Universidade

-Portimão, Parque das Feiras e Exposições 

-Porto, Associação Católica Portuense

-Porto, Praça Dom João I

-Redondo, Praça da República 

-Vale de Cambra, Centro Cidade

-Valença, Antiga Praça

Second Saturday / Segundo Sábado 

-Amora, Parque Ribeirinho da Amora

-Armação de Pêra, Junto ao Casino Antigo

-Borba, Largo da Liberdade 

-Braga, Claustros da Rua do Castelo 

-Estremoz, Rossio



-Lisboa, Avenida da Liberdade 

-Lisboa, Campo de Santa Clara (Ladra)

-Montijo, Praça da República 

-Quinta do Conde, Jardim

-Vila Real de St. António, Pç Marquês de Pombal

Second Sunday / Segundo Domingo

-Águeda, Praça do Município 

-Almancil, Junto à Escola C+S

-Batalha, Frente ao Mosteiro 

-Caldas da Rainha, Parque D. Carlos I


-Cartaxo, Junto ao Mercado Municipal 

-Corroios, Quinta da Marialva 

-Costa da Caparica, Av. 1 de Maio

-Évora, junto à Capela dos Ossos

-Ferragudo, Baixa de Ferragudo

-Lisboa, Mercado da Ribeira

-Redondo, Praça da República 

-S. João de Ver, Airas Centro

-Tomar, Centro

-Vila Nogueira de Azeitão, Rossio

Third Saturday / Terceiro Sábado 

-Albufeira, Rua das Escolas

-Estremoz, Rossio

-Faro, Largo da Igreja do Carmo 

-Lisboa, Campo de Santa Clara (Ladra)

-Lisboa, Jardins de Belém 

-Mafra, Claustros Sul do Palácio Nacional

-Pombal, Jardim Municipal 

-Seixal, Jardim Mártires da Liberdade 

-Setúbal, Largo José Afonso

-Torres Vedras, Junto ao Hotel Império 

Third Sunday / Terceiro Domingo 

-Alcobaça, Junto ao Mosteiro 

-Costa da Caparica, Av. 1 de Maio

-Lisboa, Mercado da Ribeira

-Ovar, Mercado Municipal 

-Paço de Arcos,

-Pinhal Novo, Junto à Estação Caminho de Ferro 

-Ponta Delgada, Junto à Universidade

-Portimão, Parque de Feiras e Exposições 

-Redondo, Praça da República 

-S. Brás de Alportel, Pavilhão Polidesportivo 

Fourth Saturday / Quarto  Sábado 

-Amora, Parque Ribeirinho da Amora

-Barreiro, Pólis


-Estremoz, Rossio

-Lisboa, Campo de SantaClara (Ladra)

-Marinha Grande, Frente à Câmara Municipal 

-Moita, Avenida Marginal

-Monte Gordo, Calçada da Praia 

-Montijo, Praça da República 

-Quinta do Conde, Jardim

-Santarém, Largo Padre Francisco Silva

Fourth Sunday / Quarto Domingo 

-Algés, Jardim

-Aveiro, Rossio

-Costa da Caparica, Av. 1 de Maio

-Lagos, Centro Cultural 

-Lisboa, Mercado da Ribeira

-Lourosa, Centro da Localidade

-Monchique, Rua Dom Francisco Gomes de Avelar

-Olhão, Mercado de Quelfes

-Pinhal Novo, Junto à Estação Caminho de Ferro

-Redondo, Praça da República 

Fifth Saturday / Quinto Sábado 

-Estremoz, Rossio

-Lisboa, Campo de Santa Clara (Ladra)

-Setúbal, Largo José Afonso 

Fifth Sunday / Quinto Domingo 

-Almancil, Junto à Escola C+S

-Costa da Caparica, Av. 1 de Maio

-Lisboa, Mercado da Ribeira

-Macieira de Cambra, Centro da Localidade 

-Pinhal Novo, Junto à Estação Caminho de Ferro

-Portimão, Parque de Feiras e Exposições 


Last Saturday Último Sábado (4th or 5th)

-Grândola, Junto aos Bombeiros 

Every Monday / Todas as Segundas 


Every Tuesday / Todas as Terças

-Lisboa, Campo de Santa Clara (Ladra)

Every Wednesday / Todas as Quartas

-Baixa da Banheira, Recinto do Mercado

-Vila Viçosa, Rossio

Every Friday / Todas as Sextas

-Baixa da Banheira, Recinto do Mercado 

-Cova da Piedade, Av. Rainha D. Leonor 

Holidays / Dias Feriados

-Costa da Caparica, Av 1 de Maio

This list is indicative only and the dates/locations should be previously confirmed with the market organisers. We deny responsibility for consequences of any errors in this list. An effort is done to constantly update it and any help is welcome.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Coins and Banknotes Catalogue 2020 Ferreira da Silva


The "Catálogo de Moedas e Notas Ferreira da Silva" is one of the "Bibles" of most portuguese coin and banknote collectors.

It includes lists and pictures of reis, escudos and euro issues. Also includes some eurocoins of other european countries as well as coins and banknotes of former portuguese colonies. It includes two or three indicative prices for each item according to its state of conservation.

As of 2024 this catalogue is unfortunately no longer published, but luck may strike letting you be able to find it at some old book store or flea market. 

Monday, November 25, 2019

Agate: Exploring its Geological Properties and Mystical Energy

Agate, a mesmerizing gemstone, holds a fascinating blend of geological wonder and mystical allure. Formed from layers of chalcedony, quartz, and other minerals, agate displays a remarkable variety of colors and patterns, each unique to its geological origins. Its banded appearance often captivates the eye, showcasing nature's artistry.

Geologically, agate forms in cavities within volcanic rocks or ancient lava flows. Over millennia, mineral-rich water percolates through these voids, depositing layers of silica that gradually crystallize into agate. This intricate process gives rise to the stone's distinctive bands and vibrant hues, making each specimen a testament to Earth's dynamic forces.

Beyond its geological origins, agate has long been revered for its purported mystical properties. Believed to promote balance, harmony, and protection, agate is often used in spiritual practices and crystal healing. Different varieties of agate are associated with specific attributes, from grounding and stability to creativity and emotional healing.

Whether admired for its natural beauty or sought after for its metaphysical properties, agate continues to enchant and inspire both geologists and spiritual seekers alike. Its enduring appeal reminds us of the profound connections between Earth's ancient processes and our human quest for meaning and enlightenment.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Kyanite: Unveiling a Geological Marvel with Mystical Potential

Kyanite, an extraordinary gemstone, intrigues with its mesmerizing blend of geological marvel and mystical allure. Formed within metamorphic rocks under high pressure and temperature, kyanite showcases a striking blue color, often reminiscent of a clear sky or serene ocean.

Geologically, kyanite emerges through the alteration of other minerals such as andalusite and sillimanite, transforming into elongated crystals with distinctive bladed or fibrous structures. Its formation process highlights the dynamic forces at work deep within the Earth, where minerals undergo profound changes over eons.

Beyond its geological origins, kyanite is steeped in mystical lore and spiritual significance. Some believe it possesses unique energetic properties, aiding in meditation, communication, and spiritual growth. It is said to align the chakras, fostering a sense of balance and harmony within oneself and the surrounding environment.

While the scientific community primarily focuses on kyanite's geological significance, its mystical potential continues to captivate spiritual seekers and crystal enthusiasts.

Whether viewed through the lens of geological processes or metaphysical beliefs, kyanite stands as a testament to the wondrous interplay between Earth's natural phenomena and humanity's quest for deeper understanding and connection.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

The charm of 19th Century Stamps

The 19th century was a golden age for stamp collectors, marked by the emergence of postage stamps as a crucial component of global communication. As nations embraced the idea of pre-paid postage, a fascinating array of stamps was born, each telling its own unique story of history, culture, and innovation.

During this era, stamp designs were as varied as the countries that produced them. From intricate engravings depicting national symbols to colorful lithographs showcasing local flora and fauna, 19th-century stamps offered a glimpse into the artistic and technical prowess of their time.

One of the most iconic stamps of the 19th century is the Penny Black, issued by Great Britain in 1840. Featuring the profile of Queen Victoria and adorned with elegant scrollwork, the Penny Black revolutionized the way mail was handled and paved the way for the modern postal system.

Beyond their utilitarian purpose, 19th-century stamps also served as symbols of national identity and pride. Colonies and territories around the world issued their own stamps, often featuring depictions of local landmarks, indigenous peoples, and historical events.

Today, 19th-century stamps hold a special place in the hearts of collectors and philatelists. Whether you're drawn to the classic designs of Victorian England, the exotic allure of Far Eastern issues, or the pioneering spirit of early American stamps, there's something for everyone to appreciate in the rich tapestry of 19th-century philately.

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