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  • 19
    Dec

Gale Force Nine becomes a Development Force with Cult TV Board Games

  [caption id="attachment_2517734" align="alignright" width="269"] I can’t think of another board game that has a “Mature Content” warning on it. But it’s probably a good idea to heed that warning, as Spartacus isn’t really suitable for younger kids. It doesn’t pull any punches.[/caption] Gale Force Nine started out in the hobby gaming business as a manufacturer of accessories...

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  • 19
    Dec

Repurpose and Recycle to Ease Tight Holiday Gift-Giving Budgets

[caption id="attachment_2517634" align="alignleft" width="300"] Take an old tea cup or piece of stemware and melt candle wax into it around a wick. Now you have an instant designer candle.[/caption] Money is tight for everyone… well, at least everyone I know. So why not repurpose some of the items you already own and give them as gifts? It is...

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  • 19
    Dec

My Greatest Antique Restoration Project to Date

[caption id="attachment_2517646" align="aligncenter" width="491"] The 19th-century house outside of Riga, Latvia, the top two floors would become our home.[/caption] During my third year of living in Estonia I met and began dating Egils, a Latvian man. As a working partner in a publishing house in Riga, Latvia, he didn’t have my flexibility of location—or relocation, as it turned...

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  • 18
    Dec

A Day At Disney World—In Postcards

[caption id="attachment_2517741" align="aligncenter" width="539"] From this vantage point, you can see two of the most popular attractions: the beautiful, old-fashioned 189-foot-tall Cinderella’s Castle and, directly behind it, a futuristic Space Mountain.[/caption] When Walt Disney World opened its gates in Orlando in 1971, I was 19 years old. Having traveled Florida’s byways since getting my driver’s license at 16,...

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  • 18
    Dec

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 12/18/2013

[caption id="attachment_2517708" align="alignright" width="323"] Ghost #1 (Paolo Rivera Variant Cover), 1:20, ($7-$9)[/caption] The Comic Speculator is a blog written by WorthPoint Comic Book “Worthologist” Matt Baum that takes a look at each week’s hot new comics, back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from Comicspriceguide.com (CPG) and current online auction sales....

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  • 17
    Dec

Warming Up Your American Quilt-Buying Knowledge

[caption id="attachment_2517615" align="alignright" width="267"] A red and white Lone Star or Star of Bethlehem pattern quilt, circa 1900.[/caption] Quilts are everywhere this time of year—in decorator magazines, at winter bazaars, for sale at all kinds of stores, and in many antique shops. How do you know what to look for if you are interested in buying one, but...

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  • 16
    Dec

Rinker on Collectibles: Developing an Interior Decorating Mindset – Part 2

In my column “Developing an Interior Decorating Mindset – Part I,” I explored the inherent decorating value in antiques and collectibles, stressed the importance of understanding “Looks”—also known as decorating design styles—and suggested methods to determine which Looks are dominant, stable or declining. These topics represent the “broad brush” approach. Now I’ll focuses on details. In 2013, a...

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  • 16
    Dec

Awesome Toys of the ’80s: Shogun Warriors

[caption id="attachment_2517559" align="aligncenter" width="490"] The Shogun Warriors family portrait. I miss these guys.[/caption] My soon-to-be-4 son has suddenly taken an interest in the Power Rangers, Saban’s long-running (20 years!) Westernization of several different Japanese tokusatsu (“special effects”) superhero series. And by “taken an interest,” I mean “obsessed to the point of believing that he is the blue ranger.”...

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  • 16
    Dec

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Michael Lauck and the Magic of Collecting Magic

[caption id="attachment_2517492" align="alignright" width="208"] A vintage Harry Houdini poster. Michael Lauck talks about the collecting of magic and its related items.[/caption] On this week’s Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis speaks with Michael Lauck about the history of magicians, including women in the field, Houdini, collecting ephemera, posters, props and more. This is a fascinating interview with a...

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  • 16
    Dec

Furniture French: You May Already Speak It

[caption id="attachment_2517543" align="alignleft" width="208"] A chifferobe's name is a combination of two words: "wardrobe" and chiffonier, the French term for a tall chest of drawers.[/caption] If you like older and antique furniture, you may have already acquired another asset that you didn’t even know about in addition to the antiques. You may have the beginnings of a second...

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