I grew up with The Three Stooges. My parents were fans, and of course, their black-and-white viewing habits rubbed off on me.
Over the years, my mom in particular managed to gather up quite an interesting collection of Three Stooges memorabilia, and believe it or not some of these things are still being sold today. However seeing how she bought most of her things in the 80’s and early 90’s, the prices of them have gone up, and only a die hard fan would pay these sky high prices.
You though, can start collecting memorabilia now, and perhaps in 10 or 20 years it will be worth 4 times or more, what you originally paid.
The first must-have gift for any Three Stooges fan is the complete set of The Three Stooges on DVD. That is every single episode, back to back! You can pick up up the entire set at http://www.tvaddicts.tv/themes/comedy.html for $78.99. This is where my mom picked them up, and they came shipped in perfect condition in less than a week.
Over at www.soitenlystooges.com you can find a nice selection of Three Stooges gifts. Their Stooge products include tin signs, mugs, t-shirts, books, crystal pieces, busts, framed portraits, clocks, and a very unique BBQ grill cover.
At www.giftapolis.com they sell hard to find cardboard stand ups, magnets, tin signs, Three Stooges drivers licenses, metal license plates, playing cards, salt and pepper shakers, trivia games, cards, shot glasses, boxer shorts, waste paper baskets, curtains, bobble heads, and puzzles.
This particular site has a very large selection compared to the other sites, and their prices are fairly decent as well.
www.wackyplanet.com has a large collection of Three Stooges t-shirts, and ties on sale right now.
One item my mom picked up years ago for $30.00 was The Three Stooges cookie jar. For those still looking to get their hands on this unique ceramic cookie jar you can pick it up for $80.00 at http://www.shopstardustgifts.ca/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=TS-CA2301.
At www.chefdepot.net you can pick up The Three Stooges talking beer opener. The opener has 7 phrases spoken in the voices of the actual stooges. The voices are activated every time you open a beer or soda bottle.
www.cafepress.com sells a large selection of unique t-shirts. However they are a bit overpriced when it comes to tees. For those looking for hard to find tee’s though, this is the site to check out.
Other Three Stooges gifts can be found by taking the time to visit yard sales in the summer.
I have found numerous amounts of Three Stooges gifts just laying out on someones table going for pennies on the dollar.
Other events where you could obtain Three Stooges items is at flea markets.
Many Three Stooges items go up and up in price as years pass on. However purchasing a t-shirt may not grant you much of a profit years down the line. For those looking to profit, busts, ceramic figures, dolls, and limited edition prints are the pieces you are going to want to get your hands on, if you plan on making any sort of profit.
The Three Stooges Franklin Mint collectors plates are a collectors item that will go up in price. You can find these collectors plates at www.ebay.com. There are approximately 12 plates in the collection. As of now, there are sellers auctioning off the whole set, or you can buy them individually for around $10-$50 per plate.
With a little bit of hunting around on these sites I have provided, you will be on your way to finding the perfect Three Stooges gift for yourself, or for someone else.