• 12
    Nov

From America to Estonia: Finding the Hidden/True/Lost Value of Antiques

I bought my first antique in 1977; the year my son was born. It was a late 19th-century oak sideboard with a beveled mirror. I convinced my husband that it was an investment that would appreciate on our drive home unlike new furniture. I’m certain that the investment aspect was a consideration in my desire […]

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  • 12
    Nov

Hurricane Sandy Anniversary Reminds Us to Protect What We Collect

A little more than a year ago, on Oct. 29, Hurricane Sandy pounded the entire U.S. eastern seaboard from Florida to Maine, with particularly severe damage in New Jersey and New York, flooding streets, tunnels and subway lines and cutting power in and around the New York City. But the damage was not limited to […]

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  • 3
    Oct

The Adventures of Prop Girl: Supplying Vintage Items for ‘Men in Black III’

I think my new name should be Prop Girl. I could be like an antique/memorabilia superhero in Movie Land. Recently, my team and I wrapped up working on the new “Men in Black III” movie starring Will Smith. There is always that little thrill that overtakes me when we get the call from a prop […]

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  • 19
    Jul

Novice’s Nice Find Makes a Fan of Brimfield Antique Show

Baseball, apple pie, Elvis . . . add the Brimfield Antiques Show to the list of classic Americana—it doesn’t get any more red, white and blue. And it’s big, alright—not like a tag sale you might drive by. It’s got scale. Brimfield, if you don’t know, is a small town in south-central Massachusetts that hosts […]

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  • 13
    Jun

Summer Antique Shopping with Smarts & In Comfort

Summer is my favorite time of year for a couple of reasons: 1) the weather is warm (I am not a cold weather person); and 2) the outdoor antique and collectible shopping season is in full swing. There are garage sales on just about every street, outdoor flea markets are filled to capacity with vendors […]

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  • 7
    Jun

Auctions 101: A Beginners Guide to the Auction House

Going to live auctions is an exciting experience. It’s fun, fast-paced, educational and arguably the best source for bargains. It can be, however, very daunting—especially if it is your first time. My first live auction was much like the first time I walked into a casino. I wasn’t sure of protocol; I was uncomfortable betting […]

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  • 25
    Jan

Getting a Handle on Collecting Antique Walking Sticks

Walking sticks, or canes as they are sometimes known, have been in the hands of man since he first walked the earth. Since then, walking sticks have been used for both practicality and decoration throughout history. King Tut had more than a hundred buried with him to accompany him in the afterlife. King Louis XIV […]

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  • 26
    Apr

Ask A Worthologist Question: Carl Kauba Bronze

Jarvis C. sent a question in to WorthPiont’s “Ask a Worthologist” service, writing: “This piece belonged to my grandfather and over the years it was always referred to as the ‘Remington bronze.’ Being that it sat on top of a rather tall book case for at least 30 years, I never really examined it until […]

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  • 26
    Apr

What Makes ‘Auction Wally’ Tick, Pick?

Walt Kolenda is a busy man, indeed. Probably better known as “Auction Wally,” Kolenda has turned his love for and knowledge of auctions, antiques and appraisals into a highly successful—and enjoyable—business. Born and reared in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, Kolenda now makes his home in Barre, Mass., where he hosts a radio show, publishes a newsletter, […]

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  • 20
    Apr

Where’s Will? Postcards from the Edge of the Collecting World

COLUMBUS, Ohio – There has been a spirited conversation in the comment sections of some of our WorthPoint articles about whether collecting is in danger of dying out because younger people do not collect. It is my belief that yes, there are young collectors, and no, collecting is not dying. First I have to laughingly try […]

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