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Thirty fascinating people share their extraordinary collections

By Eileen Birin

Cover Design by Janet Wandrey

Soft Cover, 184 pages

 7 1/2" x 9 3/8", Perfect Bound

Usually shipped within 24 hours

ISBN# 0-9655339-2-1


Edited by Eileen Birin

The Wall

An Enchanting  Story for Children of All Ages with Reading-Thinking-Writing Activities

by the Phoenix Writers' Club

A Woman for All Ages

An article by Eileen Birin



WHATNOTS! Thirty fascinating people share their extraordinary collections.

Why a book on collectors, what they collect and why?

Then again, why not a book about these interesting somewhat quirky, but always fun and fascinating individuals who describe themselves as indefatigable collectors.

In these pages meet collectors of 3,500 toys, 6,000 license plates, 50,000 pencils, 100,000 beads, 500,000 postcards plus jukeboxes, branding irons, decks of cards, Blue Willow, swizzle sticks, even mice and old tins.

And along the way discover the history of Juke Joints, Ribot cards, dippy eggs and soldiers, mocking kachinas, Doc Savage, a 1910 Reo, African trade beads, Cattail, graphite, the game of faro, and things called cumberlandite and maximartinezii, hear stories about a runaway quail, a mouse named Chester Thistlehorn, river lore, and so much more.

For the seasoned collector, the beginner, or even those who don't give a hoot about someone else's stuff, WHATNOTS! will hold you captive from start to finish.

But beware--without warning the collecting bug bites hard--you may be next!

Valuable Resources are Included

Whatnots! contains an entire selection of resources for collectors, suggestions for getting started and ways to display those precious treasures!

Sections in the Resource Section include:

Arizona Clubs

Arizona Museums

Antique Stores

Antique Malls

Antique Miscellaneous


Magazines & Newsletters

Web sites

About the Author

Eileen Birin

Eileen Birin is a professional writer, editor, and publisher. She holds a master's degree in Education-English from Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois. Ms Birin taught language arts at the junior high lever for thirty-six years, in Dallas, Texas, Chicago and Skokie, Illinois. Presently she resides in Glendale, Arizona where she has started her second career as an independent publisher. Ms Birin is the owner of NEELIE Publishing, a consultant for new writers and self-publishers, a reader and storyteller, and a speaker on topics related to writing.

Ms Birin is a member of the Arizona Book Publishing Association, Arizona Authors' Association, and The Society of Southwestern Authors. She is on the Arizona State Board of the American Association of University Women, actively involved in the Glendale branch of the same association, and president of Soroptimist International of the Kachinas.

BOOKS by Eileen Birin

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Audio Book/CD


Chalkboard Dust

 by Eileen Birin is out of print.

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