• 19
    Dec

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

  Gale Force Nine started out in the hobby gaming business as a manufacturer of accessories for miniatures games—mostly die-cut acrylic tokens, range templates and other bookkeeping aids. But over the past year, the company has made a big impact on the board games market with two stand-out, best-selling hits that just happen to also […]

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  • 19
    Dec

Repurpose and Recycle to Ease Tight Holiday Gift-Giving Budgets

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 not as difficult as you might think and once you start looking at items with a different eye, you might be surprised at what you come […]

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  • 19
    Dec

My Greatest Antique Restoration Project to Date

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 out—so for a year my daughters and I split our time between Tartu, Estonia and Riga, […]

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  • 17
    Dec

Warming Up Your American Quilt-Buying Knowledge

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 didn’t grow up around quiltmakers? First of all, it helps to have a basic understanding […]

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  • 16
    Dec

Awesome Toys of the ’80s: Shogun Warriors

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.” I had never watched the show before, although growing up […]

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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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  • 14
    Nov

A Primer for Determining Fair Market Value of Estate Art, Antiques and Collectibles

Uncle Bob has always been proud of this vast collection of widgets. A world-traveler, Uncle Bob would invariably come across the most rare and interesting widgets in the oddest places. He always said that when he died, and those widgets were sold, it would bring in 10 times what he paid for them. Unfortunately for […]

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  • 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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  • 5
    Nov

Despite their Current ‘Hot’ Status, Skylanders’ Collectibility is a Shaky Proposition

If you’ve got kids of video game-playing age (or if you are a video game-playing adult), I’m sure that the fact that there is a new Skylanders set will not be a surprise to you. In fact, you may already be witnessing a Tribble-like infestation of the new “Swap Force” figures, which allow you to […]

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