Snag A Tag!

A blog devoted to serious collectors of tags and labels.

Monday, December 19, 2005

Now Accepting New Clients

Ex Gays Make Satisfied Customers: Two Successful Graduates of our Holding Therapy Program

So far, this blog has been about our passionate avocation—collecting tags and labels of all description. But, believe it or not, Sharon and I do work for a living! We have a few openings in our schedule, so we wanted to tell all you folks about our wonderful Mom and Pop service we started about 8 years ago. You see, Sharon and I are team Holding Therapists by trade.

What is Holding Therapy?
Holding Therapy is a centuries-old practice with origins in medieval Europe. It was discovered during the witch hunts that simply holding a person firmly and determinedly was often sufficient to “drive the demons out.” Many a cheeky wench were spared the stake after undergoing this simple procedure. Recipients became docile, obedient and biddable. Sharon and I have extracted all the benefits of this ancient method, and perfected it to a healing art form.

Who can benefit from Holding Therapy?
People with a broad range of issues, including fear of intimacy, anger management and rage disorder, gender dismorphia, and general emotional vulnerability. Also, people in transition, such as those recently divorced, retired or beginning menopause.

How does it work?
We set the mood for comfort and healing with dim lighting and new age music. Then we begin by gently holding you. Often Sharon will initiate the process, then I’ll join in as the client becomes accustomed to the feeling of warmth and security. The intensity and duration of the holding is dependant upon your particular need or disorder. We have package pricing for on-going therapy. Rocking or swaying is available on request.

What are the benefits of Holding Therapy?
Most people who experience Holding Therapy say they are greatly comforted and have an easier time coping with life in general.

If you live in New York State and would like to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation, just e-mail us!


Holding Therapy---It’s Good For What Ales Ya’!

Monday, December 12, 2005

Collecting Old "vintage" Fruit of the Looms

Hello to Everyone,
I have a request! I have decided that I will be collecting old Fruit of the Loom (FOTH)underwear and t-shirt tags. As you probably are aware, the logo for FOTH undergarments is now stamped into the clothing. I thought it would be a good time to gather old and used under clothing just after the holidays when everyone gets new underwear as gifts. I'm sure we can make a quilt or something interesting out of the many tags we will collect. Any thoughts out there?

Confessions of a Tag & Label Thief

I found this very interesting article in the Journal of Security Adhesives and it said that they are finding innovative ways for tracking label removal. For instance, the old fashioned way to remove labels was simply to pull them off and clean up any residual. If you try to remove a label that is an identifier of a product, the label leaves behind a "can't be missed" pattern. See the images below. As you can see, there is a polylabel that is intact on the left. To the right of the original label is the residual of a label that has been removed. It's just getting harder and harder to come by these things. I guess I won't be snagging these tags any longer.

Monday, December 05, 2005

For Sharon, Tag Collecting Adds Extended Family

Dear Readers,
You know, Tag collecting is really about people collecting. Most of you have probably experienced the thrill of "snagging" a highly personal tag---a tag that was intimately associated with its previous owner. When you collect that tag, you're really collecting a small part of that person's life. For many of us, this is a way to live vicariously, filling an empty void in our otherwise lonely, isolated, and dejected lives. For myself, I've found a great joy in collecting Nametags. These are like family to me, only better. I can take them out and look at them, handle them, and hold them whenever I'm feeling down and need a pick-me-up. Likewise, I can put them away in a shoebox when they hurt my feelings or make me angry. How many of us can do that with our children or grandchildren!? I want to introduce you to some special nametags I've collected in my travels. Snagging these can be problematic, but, with a little ingenuity, highly rewarding (Some people can be reluctant to part with their nametags). I hope you'll make these part of your family, and start adding some of your own!


Unlike my daughter, Raquel is smart, funny, and in control of her life.

I'm so proud of Andy! He's turned out to be a responsible young man and a loving son.

Lisa is the kind, loving daughter-in-law I never had!

Mary is the rebellious teenaged grand-daughter. I guess every family has one!

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Planning on Getting Blind Drunk This Christmas? We've collected two unusual wine labels that may help!

Above Left: The label of this Cotes du Rhone is thoughtfully embossed with Braille. Chapoutier was the worlds first winery to introduce Braille labels in 1997, and now their entire range is so labeled, some two million bottles every year. Hint: I snagged this one while no one was looking!

Above Right: This label is one of a range of jolly labels for Christmas. Does this explain why Rudolph has a red nose? Another has the slogan Jingle Bells, White Zinfandel .

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Mail Bag!

Barbara Weyerhouser of Madison, WS writes:

Dear Shane and Sharon,

I am so delighted to find your website! For so long I thought I was the only one out there with a passionate interest in medical ID bracelets. As a technician at an eldercare facility, I've amassed literally hundreds of braclets and charms emblazoned with rare and unusual medical conditions. In fact, I've devoted a whole room in my house to my collection! And you're so right---they are fun to wear---around the house, or out to dinner. I always enjoy the attention I get whenever I wear my 1973 vintage Irritable Bowel pendant. Friends and relatives have told me I'm crazy! But I can't help feeling nostalgic about my collection...Each one has its own personality. Thanks so much for letting me know I'm not alone in my zeal! Good Luck, and Happy Hunting!

Monday, November 28, 2005

License to Love...

Here's the Vintage License Plate that brought us together.

Sharon Snags Tags At Airport!

Shane---Sharon here. I'm so excited to tell the readers about my latest expedition! I just got back from the airport. What was my quarry, you ask? Luggage Tags! You won't believe the exotic locales I got hold of! Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Orlando! There were people coming in from all over these 50 states, and around the world! Folks are generally happy enough to give them to you right off their suitcase, and it's a great way to strike up a conversation! (It doesn't hurt, though, to take along a pair of manicure sissors) Hint: Smokers coming off a long flight are unlikely to notice if you "snag a tag." Do you have a good experience collecting at an airport? Tell us about it!

Sharon's Latest Obsession

I've discovered a wonderful new collectible I want to tell everyone about. If you like tags, you'll love collecting gently used medical ID bracelets! This is a fascinating way to brush up on your layman's knowledge of medical conditions, and these beauties are as fun to wear as they are to collect! Estate Sales and Nursing Homes are your best bets (be sure to look in the medicine cabinets and under the beds), but did you know Shane and I snagged three medical ID bracelets just by having lunch in the cafeteria at the Medical Center? Hint:Most models made from 1971-1979 have a faulty clasp which is easily caught on the track where diners move their tray down the line.

Shown Above, the coveted 1959 Diabetic/Aggrevated Thyroid combination bracelet is considered highly desirable and collectible.

Where have you found to be a good source for this type of collectible? Tell us about it!


Tagging about Town

In this blog, we're going to share our trials, tribulations,and triumphs in our journey to find that one-of-a kind tag! We want to invite others to join us in this fun-filled hobby! Do you collect tags? Tell us about it!