Selling: Consider Layaway
Editor’s Note: With the economic situation going from bad to worse, Harry Rinker offers antiques and collectibles dealers some sound advice on how to successfully use layaways.
Andy Bernstein: License to Collect
A few years ago, Andy Bernstein, WorthPoint’s expert on the growing and increasingly complex market for antique and collectibles license plates, made a trip to France and packed 400 automobile license plates in his suitcase. “I was able to pay for the trip with those license plates,” said Bernstein.
What’s It Worth Survival Guide
In these difficult economic times, more and more Americans are turning to consignment sites, yard sales and pawnbrokers to sell collectibles, valued items and family heirlooms. To protect consumers from undervaluing their assets, WorthPoint, a leading online source for information about buying and selling art, antiques and collectibles, is issuing a Survival Guide for collectors. […]
Stoking Interest in Antique Stove
Editor’s Note: While WorthPoint strives to help you get the most from your art, antiques and collectibles, it also strives to give back to communities by offering advice and expertise. Christopher Kent relates one such attempt.
The Man Who Loves Typewriters
Editor’s Note: You never know where or when the antiques and collectibles bug will grab you. In the case of Martin Howard, it was in a dusty junk shop when he was captivated by an antique typewriter almost 20 years ago. The rule in Martin Howard’s house is that he must keep his antique typewriters […]
Monster Mash Discs: Graveyard Smash
Elvis may have hated it, but to millions of people, “Monster Mash” is Halloween’s anthem, and the novelty song’s first pressings are collectibles to die for. The original “Monster Mash” single spent two weeks at the top of the charts in October 1962, providing a whimsical respite to America’s anxiety over the Cuban Missile Crisis. […]
Does Repair Hurt Antique Values?
Editor’s Note: Questions often arise about repairing antiques. Does that automatically lower the value of the piece? Are there circumstances where restoring it increases its value? Worthologist Fred Taylor, WorthPoint’s American furniture expert, has the answers. A middle-aged friend recently told me the story of her visit, with her sister, to her grandmother’s house. While […]
Dating Antiques? Check the Joinery
Editor’s Note: The age and period of antiques can often be determined by the simplest details. Worthologist Fred Taylor examines drawer joinery and Mr. Knapp’s ingenious invention. One of the first things to be looked at when trying to determine the age of a piece of older or antique furniture is the type of joinery […]