About Treasure Matching

How it all started...

This is a free community where collectors connect with one another to match missing pieces to their collectibles and collections. We're creating a community of treasure hunters that not only help each other find missing pieces to their collectibles, but also look for treasures from the past that are missing pieces that they can rescue from being tossed in the trash, and instead, bring these items to the community to make them whole again.

Our History:

Cynthia, one of the co-founders of Treasure Matching has loved old things since she was a child; she'd ride her bike to yard sales and buy treasures that were small enough to carry on her pedal home. Her love for treasures from the past was the impetus for this site that was first imagined over twenty-five years ago when she purchased a box of Depression Glass lids at an auction; green, pink, amber, clear... she thought they were beautiful! But what really drew her to those lids was that someone had saved them; most people would have tossed them into the trash, throwing away pieces of history; Cynthia immediately connected with this person she'd never met, and determined she would continue to preserve those orphaned lids.

Overtime Cynthia added to that collection of lids with more Depression glass and china and pottery lids as well. She displayed the lid collection in baskets on the buffet in her dining room. Then one day she was out treasure hunting and bought a pink Depression Glass cookie jar at a thrift shop; it didn’t have a lid, and it was a perfect match to one of the lids in her collection. What had been two valueless pieces became a valuable, beautiful Depression Glass cookie jar.

That match gave Cynthia an idea for a website where collectors could find missing pieces to their incomplete collectibles. If she found a match when she wasn’t even looking for it, wouldn’t people be much more likely to be able to put pieces back together if they had a place to share what they’re looking for?

Cynthia had no idea how to build a website; few people even knew what coding was back then. It would be over twenty years before she would work with her two co-founders, Kim and Mandy, to build Treasure Matching. They weren’t coders and had only a shoestring budget (a single shoestring :/), but despite the challenges, they eventually found and web programer extraorinaire, Mitko, to help create this community. The Treasure Matching team is excited to be part of the hunt to help collectors find missing pieces to their collectibles.

Do you have collectibles or collections that are missing pieces? Do you have what someone else is looking for? We hope so!



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