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Need a Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Gift? Just Ask Your Local Antiques Dealer

by Laura Trueman (02/13/12).

No. 9 on the Top 20 Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Gift Requests of 2012 is an unopened bottle of Marilyn Monroe Merlot, 1995.

Roses are red, violets are blue, find me a Valentine’s gift that is really special for my significant other and I’ll love you, too!

Well here we go again. It is that special time of the year, where Cupid hits everybody’s love button and the games begin! You cannot blame the economy for doing things at the last minute, though. In all the years we have been finding special antiques and collectibles for our customers, Valentine’s Day (and not birthdays) tops the list as the last-minute, hurry-up-and-get-it-to-me-type of day. Ever! Last-minute Christmas shoppers have nothing on procrastinating sweethearts on the V-Day.

The last four days have been a whirlwind of e-mails and calls from harried customers needing that “special gift.” Not surprisingly, all of these calls were from men!

We always say “if you need it, we will find it,” even if the minutes are ticking away. I will know within seconds of talking to the customer whether we can find an item, and will be upfront and let them know if we cannot.

So, without further delay, here are the top 20 gifts—some romantic, some nostalgic—we had to scramble to procure for 2012.

Top 20 Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Gift Requests of 2012, Found within Four Days

20. 1880 antique mantle clock
19. Gold cigarette case, circa 1940s
18. Fontainebleau towel, circa 1960s
17. Flip the Frog memorabilia, circa 1930s
16. 1959 Barbie doll
15. Original Dawn and Angie Dolls
14. Max Factor Black Cat Perfume Container in original plastic box, mint condition
13. Real Fur Toys Mouse, circa 1960s, in mint condition only
12. Tales of Suspense #39 comic book – first appearance of Iron Man, March 1963
11. Antique wine urn – green-glazed with brown matte, circa 1900s
10. Robe from the Waldorf Astoria
9.  Bottle of Marilyn Monroe Merlot, 1995, unopened
8.  Polar bear refrigerator magnet, circa 1950s
7.  1960s matchbook from the Waldorf Astoria
6.  French candy tin from 1920s
5.  Mink stole, just like they wore on the “I Love Lucy” show
4.  Kojak Siren from the 1970s TV series
3.  Alox Ball & Jacks set in original packaging, 1950s
2.  Alox Jump Rope in original box, 1950s (must have metal bells on them)
1.  Silver cufflinks with a floral engraving (preferred), must be 1920s-1930s

Can you guess which item was the hardest item for us to find in just four days? Before I tell you, here’s a look at some of the Top 20 from this year:

No. 19 Gold cigarette case, circa 1940s

Mink stole, just like they wore on the “I Love Lucy” show

Polar bear refrigerator magnet, circa 1950s

Alox Ball & Jacks set in original packaging, 1950s

Kojak Siren from the 1970s TV series

French candy tin from 1920s

I would love to hear from you about your Valentine’s Day quest; how long it took you to find it and (if you are brave enough to admit it) when you started your search?

If you are an antiques and collectibles dealer, what were your ultimate hard-to-find items you were able to secure for your customers this year?

So, the hardest to find item this year? It was robe from the Waldorf.

GoAntiques seller Laura Trueman runs Truetiques, Inc. and RVT’s Primitives.

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2 Responses to “Need a Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Gift? Just Ask Your Local Antiques Dealer”

  1. Reyne says:

    I believe one of my gifts I needed was on this list!
    Thanks Laur!

    • Laur says:

      Anybody who has as much energy and drive as I do deserves good things to happen for them. You inspire me Reyne and you I consider to be part of my cicrle of Trust. I love you dear girl. I hope it truly was as lovely as it sounded.

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