• 23
    Dec

Circus Christmas Cards — A Colorful Big Top Collectible

During the Christmas season, circuses are typically at winter quarters preparing for another year on the road. Circus owners have always been alert to use any and every means to promote their shows. Mailing Christmas cards to members of the media, business associates and friends is a perfect way to remind everyone that the circus […]

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  • 19
    Nov

Polishing Your Antique Silver: Tips for a Tedious Holiday Chore

Thanksgiving Day is less than a week away, and if you are tempted to get out your antique silver to make your holiday table sparkle, there are a few things you need to know before you get down to the chore of cleaning and polishing that silver. Before cleaning or polishing silver, it is important […]

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  • 21
    Sep

Papal Games: If You Can’t be the Pope, at Least You can Play one at Home

This week we will get an up-close-and-personal look at Pope Francis. I often wonder what it would be like to be the Pope, the Bishop of Rome and the appointed worldwide leader of the Catholic Church. It’s kind of a cushy job and it comes with an awesome hat. Not to mention the fact that […]

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  • 6
    Jul

What Makes Antique Furniture Valuable? The Four-Part Test

How many times have you read the report of an auction somewhere and the price quoted on some article just didn’t seem reasonable; either way too high or way too low? Or have you walked into a shop or show and asked yourself, “where do they get off asking that kind of money for that […]

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  • 8
    Jun

Brand of Brothers – The Stickley Furniture Family

Anyone who dabbles in older and antique furniture knows that the name “Stickley” is an important one in American antique furniture. And everybody knows that Gustav Stickley made much of the high-priced Mission style furniture that currently enjoys so much favor in the auction market. Is that all there is to it? Not by a […]

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  • 1
    Jun

Saving the World: How to Restore Antique and Vintage Globes

Globes were initially engraved or painted directly on spherical shells. In the late 16th century, globe-makers began printing maps and pasting them onto round shells made of solid wood or hollow wood stuffed with layers of paper. Some were made of blown glass, marble or metal. The maps were divided and cut into panels (gores) […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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  • 14
    Jan

1973 Hot Wheels Promotion Leads to Collectible Toy Treasure Trove

What do you do when presented with 40 cases of collectible toys? Why, you sell about 25 percent of them for a down payment on a house and squirrel away the rest for a rainy day, of course. This is exactly what my friend Erik did when his mother gave him three dozen unopened cases […]

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  • 19
    Nov

Video: Making the Most of Your Holiday Thrifting Buys

Bryan Goodman and Jason T. Smith of Thrifting with the Boys—who offer tips on buying low at thrift shops and reselling for profit on eBay—talk with WorthPoint’s Christina Kapusta in their inaugural Holiday Hangout. Jason and Bryan explain how they use WorthPoint to get the most from the items they buy and sell, with a particular […]

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