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  • 7
    Apr

Collectible Vintage Cookbooks: Which are Tasty Treats and which are Past Their Prime?

In my business, I visit (and work at) a lot of estate sales and antique stores. It’s always amazing to see the number of vintage cookbooks that come up to the cash register. Usually, they are small and inexpensive, with recipes that were once popular but no longer fashionable (like casseroles and Jell-O salads). Often, they represent ethnic...

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  • 6
    Apr

Whether Called Peer, Pier, Console or Petticoat, it is always a Pier Table

One of America’s most favorite pieces of furniture in the first half of the 19th century was that odd size table that usually sat in the hall and had a mirror in the lower section. What the thing was called is often and confused, as is what its original use. Old timers in the trade will call it...

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  • 3
    Apr

The Search for Christian and Easter Rarities in the World of Chinese Export Silver

中國出口銀器: 復活節的珍寶 Christianity has had a presence in China since the Tang Dynasty, including a significant influential Jesuit network, as well as Protestant missionaries, many of whom were Scottish. Yet, despite the long history, surviving Chinese Christian religious artefacts are extremely rare. During Passion Week and Eastertide, we explore this complex and at times violent history as well...

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  • 3
    Apr

It’s Rabbit Time: Steiff’s Bitty Baby Easter Bunnies

There are so many reasons to love Easter—the family gatherings, traditional brunches, spirit of the holiday, lovely seasonal flowers, baskets full of candy—the list could go on and on. For most people all over the world, Easter is synonymous with rabbits. And why is that? For many centuries, rabbits have been equated with high fertility, making them the...

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  • 2
    Apr

Finding the Best of Bin: What to look for in the Thrift Store Book Aisle

As recent WorthPoint articles attest, many online sellers are discovering the joys of buying thrift store inventory for resale. Treasure-seekers love to rummage and love a bargain. But they love it even more when they can pull a prize out of someone else’s discards and turn it into a profit. It takes a sharp eye, but certain types...

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  • 1
    Apr

The Origin of the Chocolate Easter Bunny – Collecting Antique Chocolate Molds

How can we think of Easter without a chocolate bunny? Today, the foil-wrapped confections are mass-produced by the hundreds of thousands. But there was a time when they were handcrafted, using individual molds. And those original molds are now antique collectibles. Cocoa is believed to have first harvested in the Amazon more than 4,000 years ago and a...

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  • 31
    Mar

Circus Memorabilia Expert’s eBay Searches Reveal Scores of Misidentified Posters

Every day I search eBay for new listings of circus items, hoping to find something rare or unusual to add to my collection. I use several search criteria. My search today for “circus, Barnum, Ringling” in the collectibles category resulted in new 800-plus items listed since yesterday. It takes only minutes to scan the typical items and my...

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  • 29
    Mar

Find of the Week: Steiff Easter Rabbit

As the season has turn from winter to spring, it's time to start thinking about Easter and all of the wonderful traditions that come along with it. For many people, the Easter Rabbit is practically synonymous with the holiday of Easter itself. As a matter of fact, the concept of an “Easter Rabbit” has its first origins in Germany...

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  • 26
    Mar

Tumblin Collection of ‘Gone With the Wind’ Screen-Worn Costumes, Art & Props to Cross Block

DALLAS – The iconic blue-gray cotton dress worn by Vivian Leigh in her Academy-Award-winning role as Scarlett O’Hara is expected to sell for $100,000 or more as the James Tumblin Collection of screen-used costumes, props and behind-the-scene rarities from MGM’s 1939 classic “Gone With the Wind” crosses the block at Heritage Auctions in Beverly Hills on April 18....

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  • 25
    Mar

Comics Speculator: OMG! They’ve Killed Donatello! and the Amazing Spider-Gwen?

I’m back, taking another look into the world of hot comics and giving you the skinny on whether you should buy or sell. This past week IDW whipped up a firestorm in the pages of TMNT, Spider-Gwen (yes you read that right) continues to heat up. But before we get started, BEWARE: HERE THERE BE SPOILERS!!! You’ve been...

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