Collectors Weekly is an online resource for people interested in antiques, collectibles, and vintage items. The site pairs live auctions with original content, which ranges from encyclopedic essays to multi-sourced articles that aim to illuminate the cultural history of objects.
Founded in 2007 by San Francisco-based antique-telephone collector Dave Margulius, the site has since grown into a directory of more than 1,800 different types of objects people like to collect—from action figures to Zippo lighters. In 2017, Collectors Weekly was purchased by Barnebys.com. Today, its staff of three writers and editors share an office in The Grotto in San Francisco.
Collectors Weekly has three main areas of focus—its category pages, a community known as Show & Tell, and hundreds of long-form articles and interviews, which are presented contextually across the site. Each of its category pages features a written description known as an Overview accompanied by a selection of filtered eBay auctions, which can be sorted by highest bid, the number of people on eBay watching the item, or the time left in the auction. Users can also see about a month's worth of completed auctions in any category. The site's "Show & Tell" section allows registered users to showcase items they collect, as well as to get feedback on their pieces from other collectors. Finally, Collectors Weekly writers publish articles that often delve into the technological and social histories of objects. Some of these articles are presented as long-form interviews with antiques experts, while others are shorter, photo-driven, blog-style posts. Recent examples include articles on the history of Hawaiian hula girls, a 1960s rock band called the Charlatans, and the 16th-century practice of using applied beauty marks to cover facial blemishes.
- "How America's Obsession With Hula Girls Almost Wrecked Hawai'i". Collectors Weekly. Retrieved 2018-01-04.
- "Hippies, Guns, and LSD: The San Francisco Rock Band That Was Too Wild For the Sixties". Collectors Weekly. Retrieved 2018-01-04.
- "That Time the French Aristocracy Was Obsessed With Sexy Face Stickers". Collectors Weekly. Retrieved 2018-01-04.