• 6 Dec
    2013

Auction Report: Pepsin Gum Dispenser Takes Top Lot at Antique Sale

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A rare antique Pepsin Gum embossed-tin dispenser, coin-operated to accept one cent for gum and to tell a fortune, sold for $57,000 at an auction held Oct. 4 through 6 by Showtime Auction Services. The dispenser was the top lot in a sale that grossed $1 million. Around 1,800 lots crossed […]

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  • 4 Jun
    2013

America’s Early Antique Stores: When did the Industry begin in Earnest in the U.S.?

Having lunch with friends from the U.K., we discussed our afternoon spent browsing through antique stores. “Why aren’t there more antiques in your antique stores?” questioned Nigel. “There aren’t enough real antiques in America” chimed in his wife Susan, “except those that are imported from Europe, of course.” “America has a thriving antiques business” I […]

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  • 15 May
    2013

Cigar Store Indians: The Original Tobacco Advertising Pitchmen

In the 1600s, ships traversed the Atlantic Ocean as businessmen in England looked to expand commerce and consumption of tobacco from America to Europe. The tobacco trade connected settlers who grew the crops in Virginia near the Jamestown colony, sailors who transported the dried leaves and the brokers who sold tobacco to merchants and shopkeepers […]

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  • 1 Apr
    2013

Advertising & Country Store Collectibles to pace Huge Showtime Auction

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – More than 2,400 lots from three major collections of country store, pedal cars, toys and firefighting memorabilia will be offered at auction on the weekend of April 12-14 by Showtime Auction Services, at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor/Saline Road in Ann Arbor. Internet bidding will be facilitated by […]

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  • 26 Sep
    2011

125 Years of Coke: An Interview with Coca-Cola Collectors Club’s President

This year, Coca-Cola marks the 125th anniversary of the creation of the famous beverage, first introduced as a fountain drink in Atlanta, Ga., in 1886. The popularity of the sparkling refreshment was aided by a merchandising frenzy, as thousands of mass-market advertising collectibles were produced over the years. Promotional items—such as ice chests, calendars, thermometers, […]

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  • 12 Aug
    2009

Tossing Numbers Around – the Business of ‘Feel Good’ Appraisals

Since there are no fixed prices for antiques and collectibles, it has become increasingly commonplace to toss around any number that comes to mind. When the number comes from someone billed and introduced as an expert, the public tends to blindly accept it as fact. The truth is it is a guesstimate, almost never backed […]

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  • 22 Dec
    2008

Five Resolutions That Can Improve Business

I think we all make New Year’s resolutions in some manner. Some being to join a gym (note that’s join, not go), lose weight, find a new job, read “Moby Dick,” learn a foreign language. Should antiques-and-collectibles business owners make resolutions for their businesses? You bet! New Year’s resolutions should be achievable and make sense. […]

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  • 22 Dec
    2008

If Business Is Slow, Get Moving

A friend has an antiques shop that does not attract a lot of foot traffic. As a result of the current economic crisis, business has slowed down even more. What are your suggestions for keeping her business alive while riding out this recession? Reaching out to regular customers is the first step. It is hoped […]

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