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One of the big drivers for interest in vintage items is NOSTALGIA, and what could be more nostalgic than photographs and advertising collectibles featuring a glimpse into the world of days gone by?

Whether it be photographs of a brand new 1957 Chevy or images of what’s happening at the corner of Bagley and Jefferson in Detroit in 1925, people love to look through that window to see how things were in those olden days.

we buy vintage photographs and advertising collectibles

Best Place to Buy Old Photos and Advertising Collectibles

At Back to the Past Collectibles, we love digging out old photos, postcards, advertising collectibles, calendars, and more from dusty boxes that may not have been opened for decades. There’s something very exciting about pulling out a cabinet photo that you know nobody has set eyes upon for a long time. The weirder the better!

Types of Photographs and Advertising Items We Sell

From tintypes and Polaroid photos to advertising signs, counter displays, and framed poster art, we will be hard at work finding the next time capsule for your perusal.

Here’s a sampling of just a few of the types of photos and advertising pieces we handle:

  • Kodak prints
  • Beer Signs
  • Newspapers
  • Scenic locale postcards
  • Ephemera
  • Pinback buttons
  • Cabinet cards
  • Daguerreotypes
  • Countertop advertising displays
  • Brownie snapshots
  • Carnival photos
  • Ambrotypes
  • Porcelain signage
  • Trade cards
  • Mirror Advertising
  • Branded clocks
  • And much more!

Our Back to the Past Collectibles HQ is in Wixom, Michigan, in the Metro-Detroit area.

Click here for hours, location and directions.



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Back to the Past Collectibles is the premier auction house for vintage collectibles and memorabilia of all kinds!

We offer treasures from both our own warehouse and other consignors from across the country.

Main event auctions are held in our physical showroom (COVID-safety permitting) and are broadcast online via, so you can attend whether or not you’re from our local neighborhood. Most auction events have a 1-hour inspection and registration window, so you can take your time looking over the lots.

The buzz you’ve heard is real. It’s a lot of fun to attend our onsite live events, so we invite you to come and check it out!

If you’re unable to join us in person on auction day, we highly recommend using Proxibid to place absentee bids and attend online.


Cool People With Cool Stuff!

Purveyors of the Best in Vintage Collectibles Since 1990

When you step into our Wixom headquarters it’s obvious that we possess a relentless passion for vintage treasures. You’ll always find amazing items in our weekly live online auctions, and on our massive eBay store, with new inventory listed every week!

If you’re looking to make some cash or do some trading with your comic books, figurines, vinyl, magazines or just about any vintage collectibles or memorabilia, we’d love to meet you.

Come and visit! You’ll feel right at home.