Monday, 8 June 2015

Hoonaloon News 8 June 2015 - More Banknotes and another Happy Customer

It`s always a good feeling when a customer gets in touch to express their appreciation, so we were glad to hear from Andy J, who had recently purchased some uncirculated banknotes for his collection.

Andy contacted us "to say how very very very very pleased I am with all the purchased notes. Very crisp, clean notes, efficient and excellent service. ". 

Contacted to ask if he minded being quoted he responded "I have no objection to you using me as a quote,  I was only telling the truth.".

Thanks to Andy for his generous comments and for his continued support.

That brings me to some banknotes we have recently added to our listings, a selection of which are  pictured here ;

In truth, uncirculated banknotes have been selling well recently, and this little top-up order of around 24 notes will be followed by further acquisitions soon so we can continue to provide collectors with the range of choice they want.

As always, visit us at   to see what else we have to offer.

Happy Collecting !

Nick and Ann-Marie
Hoonaloon Collectables

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Hoonaloon New 16 May 2015 - Egyptian First Day Covers

At any given time you can always find a supply of Egyptian banknotes and First Day Covers among our listings.

Recently we were lucky enough to acquire a job lot of Egyptian FDCs dating from the period 1958 - 1966 to add to our existing stock, which tend to be mostly modern. Putting them all online
is time-consuming but we are making good progress.

To me personally, Egypt has produced some of the most interesting and attractive covers you could hope to find. Certainly their appeal is not just to Egyptophile philatelists but also to those who simply appreciate the designs.
As always, find out more by clicking here ;
Happy Collecting !

Hoonaloon News 16 May 2015 - Simon Drew Signed Book

Time for another trawl through our online emporium.

Among the books we find a copy of Simon Drew`s Spot the Book Title, signed by the author in his trademark green ink.

Subtitled "a collection of cryptic nonsense and pointless hidden meanings", this book is a must for Mr D`s many fans.

Find it among our stock at

Happy collecting !

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Hoonaloon News 28 April 2015 - Uncirculated Banknotes - A Cheap and Cheerful Hobby

Collecting uncirculated banknotes has become a popular hobby in recent times, no doubt due to the affordability and attractiveness of many of the notes on offer.

Budding collectors are presented with an almost mind-boggling level of choice often for a very limited outlay.

I myself began a collection a while ago and it seemed natural as our business began to diversify to begin to deal in them myself.

Here are a few recent additions to our stock ;


Banknotes (from top) ; Bangladesh 1 Taka 1982, Russia 1 Rouble 1991, Turkmenistan 5 Manat 1993, Vietnam 100 Dong 1991 .
These and others from our stock can be founded by clicking here ;
Happy Collecting !

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Hoonaloon ! 14 April 2015

Each week, we`re planning to highlight one item from our stock of badges, books, First Day Covers and Banknotes.

This week we have selected this American badge from a branch of Lions Clubs International ;

It relates to a particular Lions Club branch in Chicago, which seems to have a strongly  Hispanic American membership.

The Branch is identified on the badge (Chicago District 1A), as is the year (1980). Around the edge of the badge are a variety of phrases representing different aspects of HIspanic American culture ( Pan American / Azteca / Jose Marti / Borinquen etc).

The badge is clean, intact and undamaged with only light wear.

Along with a selection of other items from our stock, this badge can be found at ;

Monday, 23 March 2015

Hoonaloon News - 16 March 2015

Following a long silence, we`re now able to bring you an update on our doings and dealings.

There have been a number of changes in the last six months.

The major one is that we are no longer a business that deals only in books. After a few false starts we have re-invented ourselves as Hoonaloon Collectables, dealers in books, badges, banknotes, tokens, first day covers and related items.

Following on from that we no longer trade on book trade sites such as ABE, Antiqbook and  Mare Libri. The reason is the obvious one,  that such sites are really geared up for the needs of sellers of books and related materials and not for those of us who need to list a variety of types of items.

We can be found here ;

Without more ado, here are a few of the items we are currently offering for sale on E-Bay ;

First up is this attractive Souvenir Sheet (also known as a miniature sheet) from India commemorating Rath Yatra Puri, a Hindu festival. We are not a specialist stamp dealer but do stock a range of First Day Covers and Souvenir Sheets from various parts of the world. Our intention with these is to provide a range of inexpensive items aimed primarily at those just starting a new collection. Most are attractive and many have historical interest in one way or another.

We also stock a range of badges, both military and non-military. One of the more interesting is the badge pictured above, which commemorates STS-44, a Space Shuttle Flight which took place in 1991.

 We have a few other badges with a space travel theme, and many originating with clubs and associations, whether that be Bowls Clubs, Trade Unions, Lions Clubs or others too numerous to mention.   

Given our background in the book trade it would be surprising if we didn`t have a range of book available. Our current stock includes a number of  signed books, proof copies and titles relating to the history of the Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire area.

A few of these are pictured below ;

John N Merrill - Sir Richard Arkwright of Cromford  
Chitra Bannerjee Divakaruni - The Conch Bearer (proof copy)

                                                   John Winter - Legacy (signed copy)

All of these can be found in our online emporium by using this link ; .

That`s all for now,

Nick and Ann-Marie
Hoonaloon Collectables

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Hoonaloon News 2 August 2014 - We`re Diversifying !

Apologies for the absence of new postings to our blog/newsletter in recent times.

The reason is that we are diversifying our business to incorporate a wider range of collectables - banknotes, coins, tokens, badges etc - in addition to our continuing book sales business.

It`s quite a steep learning curve !

The next posting here will reflect the full range of our actvities and will hopefully appear before too long.

All the Best,

Nick and Ann-Marie