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Saving Stuff: How to Care for and Preserve Your Collectibles, Heirlooms, and Other Prized Possessions Paperback – June 2, 2005
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-- Betty C. Monkman, Curator (Retired), The White House
"Don Williams has distilled years of research and museum experience into practical advice for anyone concerned with preserving a collection -- from the beginning collector to the connoisseur."
-- Joseph Godla, Senior Conservator, Historic New England
"I am someone to whom stuff is serious business, so Saving Stuff is indispensable. Luckily, it covers saving books, because one thing I know I'll always want to save is Saving Stuff itself."
-- Sam Posey, the author of Playing with Trains
Top Customer Reviews
Browsing through this book, you'll find ways to take care of everything precious to you from your vintage comic books to Grandma's quilt to your tattered teddy bear.
The book helps you decide which of your items are worth keeping, and how to decide what should be given away or just junked. It gives advice for saving photographs and films and how to save toys. It covers preservation of furniture, fine art, musical instruments, textiles, sports and political memorabilia, and coins and stamps. If it is books, comic books or newspapers you want to save, it gives advice for that as well.
I find this topic fascinating and have created my own web page about saving World War II letters.
I also would have liked more specifics in the area of cleaning things.... but the Do/don't organization is helpful and there is a lot of valuable information about taking care of your treasures, from a person who apparently has been charged with taking care of some of the world's treasures...
If you need a book that covers caring for a wide variety of items, this is a great general reference.
Bringing together his extensive experience at the Smithsonian, Don Williams covers a huge swath of ground on how to preserve, clean, and display to your valuables.
This book covers diverse assortment objects you might want to store. From the obvious art, photographs, and magazines to toys, children's artwork, cast-iron cookware, furniture, musical instruments, and much, much more.
Since a lot of this is how-to, it can get dry, so the authors liberally sprinkle stories from the Smithsonian. Before, you get started, there is a list of supplies that will you need for that type of item. They then walk you step-by-step on what to do. Often, the book will show you 3 different levels of preservation - Quick 'N Dirty, Middle Road, and Pharaoh's Tomb.
If you have anything that you want to preserve or store safely, this book is a must!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've gotten this one for my self AND twice as a gift for good friends. Filled with great tips. Home-friendly suggestions for archiving your treasures.Published 16 months ago by circa24
A real reference manual of taking care of stuff, preserving it for future generations. He even tells you when to see an expert conservationist and lists places that do... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Karen S. Lebeter
This is a great book for those of use who want to downsize our Stuff. I have checked it out of the library before, but wanted my own copy for reference. I love it. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Barbara S. Behling
Great ideas, clear and doable solutions to maintaining your family's history.Published 18 months ago by Jennifer Faulkner
Wow! Don't know how to store your marionette? What about that macaroni sculpture Junior made in the 3rd grade? This book tells you. It is really inclusive. Read morePublished on July 14, 2014 by C. Braden
Excellent advice for serious collectors & sentimentalists told by an expert with a sense of humor in easy to read format. The primary author is a sr. Read morePublished on June 26, 2014 by tck