• 23
    Dec

What’s in Your Closet?

With Christmas just days away, I thought it expedient to throw open the large door of the closet just off the kitchen and start to dig for the Christmas decorations that I knew were hiding in the back. Opening this door becomes a situational comedy not unlike Fibber McGee and Molly and their famous closet. […]

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  • 23
    Dec

Score TDs with QBs’ Memorabilia

Throughout its illustrious history, the NFL has brought fans some exciting superstar quarterbacks. I’ve already devoted articles to a few of them (Favre, the Mannings), but I thought it would be a good idea to give tribute to some of those I’ve yet to touch on. The quarterback is arguably the most important player on […]

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  • 22
    Dec

Five Resolutions That Can Improve Business

I think we all make New Year’s resolutions in some manner. Some being to join a gym (note that’s join, not go), lose weight, find a new job, read “Moby Dick,” learn a foreign language. Should antiques-and-collectibles business owners make resolutions for their businesses? You bet! New Year’s resolutions should be achievable and make sense. […]

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  • 22
    Dec

If Business Is Slow, Get Moving

A friend has an antiques shop that does not attract a lot of foot traffic. As a result of the current economic crisis, business has slowed down even more. What are your suggestions for keeping her business alive while riding out this recession? Reaching out to regular customers is the first step. It is hoped […]

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  • 22
    Dec

Hot Wheels—Still Blazing at 40

Mattel’s Hot Wheels, the ultimate stocking stuffer, turned 40 this year and is still the king of die-cast collectibles, with a staggering two cars sold across the globe every second of the day. Detroit’s Big Three automakers, eat your hearts out! According to Mattel’s Web site, more than 15 million boys in the 5-15 demographic […]

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  • 19
    Dec

Has the Glass Bubble Burst?

While not exactly Indiana Jones pursuing the ark of the covenant, Bill Lindsey—Worthpoint’s expert on antique and collectibles bottles—managed to unearth a rare Old Sachems Bitters and Wigwam Tonic bottle. There were no more than eight of the moss-green colored glass bottles, which stand just a tad over nine inches high and are valued as […]

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  • 16
    Dec

Great Finds—The Path of the Fauteuils

In the days before this recession, I was asked to locate a pair of 18th-century fauteuil for a client who owned a brownstone in a prestigious part of Manhattan. I located the right pair in an obscure Venetian collection. The Venetian nobleman’s life of debauchery had him living in a moldering palazzo. The family’s artwork […]

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  • 16
    Dec

Antiquities Trade and the Responsible Collector

The trade in New World antiquities today is as robust as it has ever been, thanks in part to—what until recently—had been a healthy global economy. Quality pieces continue to bring high prices at auctions and shows, and New World art continues to be a solid investment vehicle for both collectors and institutions, with values […]

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  • 15
    Dec

Sports Dealers: Turn Maelstrom to Money

It seems you can’t go five minutes without hearing the doom-and-gloom talk about our economy. Companies are going out of business. Workers are getting laid off. And consumer spending is plummeting. This begs the question—what do these poor economic times mean for the typical sports-collectibles enthusiast? To begin, it’s important to define who is your […]

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  • 12
    Dec

The Truth Is Out There: X-Files Collectibles

With the recent release of “The X-Files: I Want To Believe” theatrical movie on DVD, there is renewed interest in the groundbreaking sci-fi series that ran for nine phenomenally popular seasons (1993-2002) on the Fox network and spawned a vast menagerie of cool collectibles. X-Philes, as the show’s devotees are known, couldn’t get enough of […]

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