• 22
    Aug

Red Wing’s Short-Lived Run of Charles Murphy’s Chromoline Hand-Painted Pottery

Red Wing designer Charles Murphy worked during the post-World War II period from around 1948 to 1964 often described as the Eames Era of Modern Design.* Artists of the time often portrayed a vision of the future in sweeping lines and shapes with bold, distinctive styling. This era was named for husband and wife furniture […]

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  • 28
    Jul

Turn Your Antique Shop into a Profitable Business – Part 2

In Part 1 of Turn Your Antique Shop into a Profitable Business, I laid out some basic suggestions to jump-start your antiques business. If you read it, you have had the opportunity to implement or at least get the ball rolling on putting the suggestions in to play. If so, you are on the road […]

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  • 21
    Jul

From Salt to Zinc: Red Wing Pottery’s Transition between Stoneware Glazes

When it comes to the period between 1895 and 1900, when the Red Wing and Minnesota Stoneware companies moved away from making salt glaze stoneware, some very unique pieces were turned out of these potteries. This time frame is known by collectors as the Transition Era, as it is when potteries around the country began […]

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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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  • 12
    Jul

How to Turn Your Antique Shop into a Profitable Business – Part 1

Whether you sell antiques, collectibles and memorabilia online, rent space in a mall or are the owner of a brick-and-mortar antique shop, the sputtering economy has no doubt affected you. To be successful in the current economic climate you must use every tool available and think outside the box, which is sometimes difficult for people […]

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  • 11
    Jul

Brimfield Antique Shows: Diary of a First Timer

I’m going to Brimfield. I’ve never been there before so really have no idea what to expect. I’ve heard stories from a lot of dealers and collectors, but they all say you have to see it to believe it. I’m in. For those of you that have never heard of it, Brimfield is a small […]

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  • 20
    Jun

Marilyn Monroe Costumes Go for Millions at Debbie Reynolds’ Auction

An unidentified person bidding by phone snatched up the iconic “subway grate” dress worn by Marilyn Monroe in “The Seven Year Itch,” paying $4.5 million—more than double the amount expected—proving that movie collectibles are right up there with classic art and other collectibles in terms of their increasing value. Several of the lots in the […]

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  • 15
    Jun

Debbie Reynolds’ Cinema Costume and Prop Auction Offers Unique Hollywood Treasures

Remember the dress that flies up and exposes Marilyn Monroe’s legs to her waist as she stands over a New York City subway grate in “The Seven Year Itch?” The resulting widely published photograph became an iconic Monroe image, although it disturbed her then-husband, baseball great Joe DiMaggio, so much it contributed to the disintegration […]

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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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  • 8
    Jun

‘One of a Kind’ Watches from J.W. Packard Collection Highlights Timepieces Sale

Christie’s upcoming Sale of Important Watches, featuring exceedingly rare watches from the collection of automobile pioneer James Ward Packard—including two very fine and unusual watches, custom-designed by Packer himself and executed by the world’s foremost watch manufacturers, Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin. The auction, slated for June 15 at Christie’s Rockefeller Plaza location, will include […]

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