Q: How can I find out the value of some old Tarzan books I've had since I was a kid?
A: Send for a copy of "A Reference and Price Guide to U.S. Books Written By Edgar Rice Burroughs," by James A. Bergen Jr., available for $11.95 postpaid from JO-D Books, 81 Willard Terrace, Stamford, Conn. 06903; phone (203) 322-0568.
Q: My 94-year-old mother has a bag full of old pearl buttons she collected over the years. She insists they are of some value.
A: Write to the National Button Society, c/o Lois Pool, 2733 Juno Place, Akron, Ohio 44313, or call (216) 864-3296.
Q: I have some old paper shopping bags from different stores. Some are quite decorative with pretty logos. Who might be interested in the lot?
A: A collector of paper shopping bags (the kind with handles) who claims to have more than 2,000 in his collection is Leonard Padron,1130 S. Michigan Ave., Apt. 4116, Chicago, Ill. 60605; phone (312) 427-8242. Especially interesting are shopping bags relating to events, fairs, organizations, politics, architecture, famous people, holidays, sports, amusement parks, vacation spots -- you name it. There's even a book on the subject, "The Shopping Bag -- Portable Art," by Stephan Wagner and Michale Closen (Crown, $25).
Q: I am a recent but avid collector of china head vases or planters, and have collected more than 150 in less than a year. Is there a collectors club I can join?
A: Write to Head Vase Collectors in care of Maddy Gordon, 8 Mohican Trail, Scarsdale, N.Y. 10583, enclosing $10 for an annual membership and bimonthly newsletter that includes free ads for subscribers, or phone (914) 472-0200.
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