One of the site's features that we've been working really hard to finally incorporate is a variation of a tagging system. We soon realized after adding more than 200 different products that there are distinct similarities between them. For those unfamiliar with tags, these are like keywords whereby similar products can be categorized together (think of it as a secondary category system). Similar to site categories (and sub-categories) such as Novelties or Ephemera, tags work well in place of categories for "keywords". A good example of a tag that's now in use is tobacco tin which isn't a subcategory but instead more of a description. If you're still confused, read on. We're sure it will explain itself.
Recently we've been adding these tags within each product page, so viewers can click on them to view similar products. Take a peek below at this listing for a Uranium Glass Vase:
Viewers can now click on specific tags within each product! Clicking on a tag will take you to another page with all of our products that share the same tag.
A Breakdown of Tags...
This is a work in progress, and far from exhaustive, but here is how we've begun the process of grouping by tags:
While examining how to manage tags, one major thing we've attempted to accomplish is to determine (or at the very least, guesstimate) the date of everything on the site. Thus, almost everything here at CaribooCollectibles now has a decade date tag assigned to it. Referring to the Uranium example above, the last tag at the end [1920s] is its date tag. Go ahead and click on the links below; they'll take you to a complete listing of all products manufactured within that particular decade. About 95% of our items have a date tag.
This is an adaptation from a Wikipedia page entitled "List of Collectibles". Historically these tags have also been used to denote antiquities of a certain genre. Significantly they pertain to the descriptive terms memorabilia and paraphernalia. We've incorporated a few examples internally, such as:
• alcohol paraphernalia (for paraphernalia related to alcohol, but not beer)
• automobilia (products referring to cars, autos)
• breweriana (for items relating to breweries & beer)
• Canadiana (for items relating to Canada)
• ephemera (for items not meant to last, such as paper products & photos)
• kitchenalia (for things relating to kitchens & foodstuffs)
• militaria (for items related to military, army etc)
• petroliana (all things petrol, gas, oil, gas stations, etc)
• tobacciana (for all things tobacco-related)
BRAND NAME Tags
Another way to utilize tags is to organize consumer brand names and companies, such as Kodak & Barbie.
Taking it a step further, tags can be used to group specific descriptions & likenesses. Here are just a few examples:
• advertising box (products that contain their original cardboard boxes)
• advertising tin (metal tins with product advertising on them)
• art deco (items pertaining to a time period between WW1 and WW2)
• food tin (food products with outer tins, such as spice boxes)
• green glass (anything made of green glass)
• household products (non-edible household products, such as cleaners)
• metal tin (anything that is or has a metal tin)
• miniature (items that are created smaller on purpose, like paintings)
• new old stock / NOS (pertains to vintage items that are unused & new)
• office (items found in an office; typewriters, staplers, etc)
• poison glass (glassware that could or would contain harmful or poisonous liquids)
• real photograph (tag used to denote something with a real photo; ie. postcard or original photograph)
• rustic (term used to describe something old and worn)
• shabby chic (similar to rustic but for the sole purpose of looking old & used)
• steampunk (items that can be used to fuse old and new technology))
• tobacco tin (metal tins that are specific to tobacco products)
• under$10 (everything here that's under $10)
• unique (items that are very rare or exclusively found at CaribooCollectibles)
• wood box (boxes made from wood, ie. cigar boxes, kitchen boxes, crates etc)
• WW2 (militaria items pertaining exclusively to WW2)