SUVs – A Tax Benefit for Collectors
Did you know that large sport utility vehicles (SUVs) are classified as trucks and subject to truck safety requirements? For income tax purposes, they do not qualify as passenger vehicles and are exempt from the luxury-auto dollar caps.
Graduation: IKEA, Antiques & Hand-me-downs
May is the month for college graduations and thousands of young people will be setting up households of their own across the country. If you are a student, you may not realize it, but it can be cheaper in the long run to buy quality antiques than it is to by less expensive furniture. Why?
Dan And the WorthPoint Van
At WorthPoint, we call Dan Borsey “The Traveling Man” because he’s on the road more than he is anywhere else. Dan and the new WorthPoint van will be traveling to antique shows up and down the East Coast until November, beginning with the Brimfield Antiques Festival in Massachusetts.
Queen of Barbies: Meet Melissa Musselman
When the Durham National Heritage Museum hosted a successful exhibition of Barbie collectibles in 2001, Melissa Musselman decided to take it to the next level. She tried to organize a national touring exhibition of the collectibles, which included the best items from 30 top Barbie experts.
Zhuang Embroidery Balls
In China’s southwest province of Guangxi, the Zhuang nationality comprises the largest ethnic minority with about 14 million people. I was fortunate to meet types of people from this ancient tribe – men and women and little babies – while touring the region. Wherever I found examples of Zhuang collectibles, the one that struck me as particularly unusual was the embroidered ball.
Back in the Days…
Pull into any gas station these days and most people swipe their credit card, grumble about the price per gallon, fill-up and drive off or pop into the attached market and pick up snacks and groceries. With the price of gasoline soaring, it’s interesting that what’s called “Petroliana” or collecting oil and gas memorabilia from the 1920’s to the 1950’s is growing.
A Boomer Collectible: The Lunch Box
Walk into any public school cafeteria today and you’ll find salad bars with fresh greens and veggies and at least a half dozen choices for mid-day meals and snacks. Back when baby boomers were attending school, you were lucky to find one choice for a hot lunch, usually the same offering on the same day each week.