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Tools of the Trade (1/30/08)
a sextant, one tool of the tradeWhile sailors, carpenters, doctors, masons, and farmers all have tools designed specifically for their needs, spies and detectives seem to have the best tools. Like James Bond or Sherlock Holmes, you too can have a set of tools that will help you be a sleuth – as a furniture, art and decorative arts detective. More >>


Gone in 45 seconds… (1/30/08)
Everyone is fascinated by the auctioneers’ chant and wonders, “What do they do when they’re not selling items at auction? Do they have a real job? They only work 4 to 8 hours a week! They really have it easy!” Today’s auctioneer is far more involved in the making and breaking of an auction and the company’s success than you could ever imagine. More >>


Legacy at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1/28/08)
Euphronios art returned by the MetDid you know the country’s most prestigious art museum, the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, doesn’t charge an entrance fee? More >>


Movie and Television Merchandise as Collectibles (1/27/08)
Mr T In Your Pocket The box office tally isn’t the whole story of a film’s profit margin – “It’s the merchandise, silly.” So says Mel Brooks in his 1987 science fiction parody Spaceballs, as his character displays merchandise from the film – within the film – including bed sheets and a cereal box. More >>


Making Paper from Paper (1/21/08)
Life Magazine cover from 1922Magazines can be one of those collections that just happened – you weren’t planning on collecting but you just couldn’t get rid of those great issues. There were articles you still planned to read or great writing you might need to reference in the future – recipes, an editorial, beautiful pictures. Next thing you know, you’ve become a collector! More >>


How Much Per Fume? (1/18/08)
The WorldA tasteful perfume bottle can be a work of art and has long been a popular collectible. Here’s a quick run through of the scent bottle lexicon to help you make sense of it all! • A Commercial bottle is a perfume bottle available at the perfume counter, as opposed to a handmade, one of a kind. • A Signed bottle is a commercial bottle signed by the designer. More >>


Buckle Up, Soldier (1/16/08)
Confederate belt buckleConfederate belt buckles can be valued at thousands of dollars – a fact which has spurred an interesting pastime – digging for buckles. While record collectors refer to searching for valuable vinyl at stores or sales as “digging in the crates,” “digging for buckles” in the southern United States literally means grabbing a shovel and unearthing a specific part of, say Tennessee, for example. More >>


Postcards (1/11/08)
antique christmas cardVintage and antique postcard collecting can be an enjoyable trip through time and space. American, Canadian, and European postcards are en vogue and are a lot of fun to hunt for at auctions online and in shops. The technical term for postcard collecting is deltiology. It’s one of the most popular collectibles. More >>


Falling Prices Mean More Bang (1/10/08)
Now is the time to buy antiques and collectables. Some of the greatest collections have been assembled when the economy and antique market were down. Henry Frances DuPont amassed one of the greatest collections of Americana during the Great Depression, which are now on display at the Winterthur in Delaware. More >>


Santa’s Bag of Collectibles (1/9/08)
Battles of the Civil War mapYes collectors there is a Santa Claus! This Christmas has renewed my faith in younger generations. Yes children do have an interest. My 9 year-old grandson asked for folders for his presidential dollar and state quarter collections, along with maps of civil war battles. More >>


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