• 6
    Dec

Identifying Fakes: Old Red Wing Stoneware with New Advertising

Ever since a butter crock with a fake “Goodhue County Co-Operative” advertising stamp showed up at a chapter meeting a few years ago, Red Wing Collectors Society Trails West Chapter President Larry Birks has made it his mission to learn as much as he can about fake stamps and share his knowledge to help prevent […]

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  • 2
    Dec

Breakfast at Christie’s: Attending a New York City Art Auction

November marks the start of the fall auction season in New York City, so it is fitting that the month went out with a bang with Christie’s Important American Painting, Drawing and Sculpture auction on Nov. 30. The event featured art from the 19th and 20th century and included works by Georgia O’Keefe and Oscar […]

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  • 29
    Nov

The Retrophile Files: Billy’s Antiques & Props Defends New York’s Old, Odd

Billy’s Antiques & Props has staying power, and in NYC, that is no easy feat. Big-box stores and over-inflated real estate prices have made small, privately owned shops practically obsolete. Even so, Billy’s—located on East Houston Street—has managed to outlast the other eclectic antique and prop stores on the Bowery. The shop, which is actually […]

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  • 15
    Nov

The Retrophile Files: Establishing the New Cool at Brooklyn’s Sunday Love

While a good number of my fellow New Yorkers are still entranced by the “Ikea effect,” I am happy to report that a growing number of compadres have snapped out of their stupor and are now seeking vintage furnishings. Enter Sunday Love, a small retail establishment based in Brooklyn, N.Y., that can fulfill a retrophile’s […]

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  • 10
    Oct

Red Wing Stoneware Spittoons: Too Pretty to Spit In

How could it be that German spittoons are some of the most beautiful pieces of stoneware made by the Red Wing and Minnesota stoneware companies, yet they sat on saloon floors and were used for such an unappealing purpose? According to Wikipedia, spittoons were an ever-present feature throughout in the late 1800s and early 1900s—during […]

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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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  • 26
    Sep

Guaranteed to Fail: Running an Antique Shop without Common Sense, Basic Business Skills

Last week I was asked to “check up on” a building owned by some friends of mine who are in South Africa. Interestingly, the building is occupied by an antique shop. I was not given any details, so I assumed that I was stopping in to check on the structure to ensure that there was […]

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  • 21
    Sep

Charting the Art and History of Antique Maps

People buy antique maps for many reasons. Some buy for the art or decorative value of the maps and others buy for the history, whether that history is personal, local, national or global. Some buy a few maps to frame, some buy for investment, to some build collections on very specific topics, or by a […]

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  • 13
    Sep

When Antique Shopping is about More than the Goods

Ever since I was a little girl I have marveled at the architecture and grandeur of Antebellum and Victorian era homes. Being from the South meant that I spent a great deal of time surrounded by some of the best examples of these marvelous structures. Whenever we would visit one of these buildings I remember […]

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  • 25
    Aug

Interview with Maureen Stanton, Author of ‘Killer Stuff and Tons of Money’

I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with author Maureen Stanton and discussing her new book, “Killer Stuff and Tons of Money: Seeking History and Hidden Gems in Flea-Market America” and her views on the current world of antiques, collectibles and collecting in the U.S. Rebekah Kaufman: On behalf of WorthPoint, thank you for […]

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