• 31 Jan
    2013

Kickstarter Craze Causing Chaos in Board Game Collectors’ Corners

Back in 2010, a tiny board-game publisher called Clever Mojo put its first title, a sci-fi dice game called Alien Frontiers, up as a Kickstarter project. It was a wildfire success. Before the game ever touched a store shelf in wider, traditional distribution, it was a smash hit. The initial print run evaporated, and aftermarket […]

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  • 31 Jan
    2013

A. Elmer Crowell—The Greatest Decoy Maker of Them All

Collectors will forever debate who was America’s greatest decoy maker, but my vote goes to Anthony Elmer Crowell, who carved and painted waterfowl decoys of exceptional quality for more than 40 years. Crowell was born in 1862 in East Harwich, Mass., and lived there all his life. He grew up in the years following the […]

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  • 24 Jan
    2013

If You’re Hearing that Metal Buzz, it Must be Time for Electric Football

As a games journalist, I am beholden to be completely honest with my readers. And I will be completely frank: I know next to nothing about professional or collegiate football. Does Joe Namath still play? Who is in the Super Bowl this year? I have no idea. But I do know games, and when we’re […]

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  • 23 Jan
    2013

Using Social Media to Increase Your Business: Blogging Draws Customers

We recently talked about how to utilize social media in a way that would be easy for you to control, as well as easy to write on a consistent basis, whether it be daily, weekly or even bi-weekly [Don’t End Up on Page 44 of a Web Search: Use Social Media for Online Dealers]. Today, […]

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  • 3 Jan
    2012

Fighting Against the Misuse of the Rare, the One-of-a-Kind and the Antique

How can you tell a true antique dealer with years of experience from someone who is just trying to make a buck under the antique dealer label? One tip-off is how often they use the words “rare,” “one-of-a-kind” or stating that everything in the shop is an “antique.” I remember reading an article by Harry […]

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  • 27 Dec
    2011

Thrift Store Shopping for Antiques, Collectibles and Bargains

Oh, how I love the thrill of the hunt in a thrift store. It is almost as good as a big church rummage sale. My multiple decades of thrift-store shipping have garnered such items as a Coach handbag for 50¢, a beautiful Lladró figurine $5, antique drop-front and roll-top desks for less than $100 each […]

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  • 22 Dec
    2011

Try Your Local Antique Store for Last-Minute Gift-Giving Needs

I know it’s getting late, but if you still have some shopping to do, please rethink shopping the big box stores for your Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah and other gift giving occasions. There are wonderful and unique gift items to be found in your local antique shops. Not only would you be giving a gift that […]

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  • 22 Dec
    2011

The Retrophile Files: Fanning the Flames of a Junk Revolution

Here is the dirty truth; Ki Nassauer has made a career out of junk. Her talent for reinventing curbside castoffs and flea market finds into stylish and clever decorative items has resulted in Ki being dubbed the “Martha Stewart of junk.” Nassauer first established herself as a tastemaker with JunkMarket. a monthly sale she stocked […]

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  • 13 Dec
    2011

The Retrophile Files: A Thrift Shop with a Cure for What Ails You

This Christmahanukwanzakah season, New York City’s Cure Thrift Shop makes doing good as you shop as simple as counting one-two-three. First, every purchase made benefits the Diabetes Research Institute, an organization solely devoted to curing diabetes. Second, if you don’t live anywhere near NYC, where this store resides, no worries; you can shop online. And […]

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  • 13 Dec
    2011

My Disappointing Antiquing Road Trip through Western Kansas

I recently went on a two-week trip to south-central Colorado. The reason for the trip was two-fold; 1) to visit my youngest daughter; and 2) to visit as many antique shops as I could and try to gauge how the shops are faring and what the owners have in inventory. This was my first trip […]

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