• 19
    Jul

Novice’s Nice Find Makes a Fan of Brimfield Antique Show

[caption id="attachment_2498738" align="alignleft" width="335"] One of the hundreds of little alleyways between dealers’ tents. If you were looking for it, it was there: were vintage Vespas, old tools, antique factory loaders, pinball machines, furniture, doors, tripods, easels, curios, plates, bottles, advertising signs, an eight-foot stained glass chandelier, an early electric sobriety tester, linens (women like linens, I’ve learned),...

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  • 18
    Jul

Rinker on Collectibles: Responding to ‘But, It’s ____’ Queries

The general public assumes the antiques and collectibles business is simplistic and easy to understand. The opposite is true. The antiques and collectibles business is complex. Concepts that appear straightforward and reasonable at first glance require detailed analysis and interpretation. Those involved in the trade, from auctioneers to collectors to dealers, are constantly asked—and in some cases forced—to...

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  • 18
    Jul

Stamps in the Attic: Searching out those Hidden Gems

[caption id="attachment_2498756" align="alignright" width="238" caption="A Scott US #91 Abraham Lincoln 15¢ black stamp, when originally printed in 1868, sold originally for 15 cents—a large sum for postage then. Today’s catalogue value for this stamp $13,500, mint condition. "][/caption] I first became interested in stamps at the age of 9. Like many, I had a childhood stamp collection and...

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  • 18
    Jul

Jumbo the Elephant Toys Lived Long After the Great Pachyderm Passed On

[caption id="attachment_2498744" align="alignright" width="300" caption="The Jumbo pull toy is approximately 4-inches high. Estimated value is $30 to $40, but some have sold on Internet auctions for as much as $100. "][/caption] Jumbo the Elephant arrived in 1882 from England to appear as a feature attraction in The Greatest Show On Earth. But, P.T. Barnum wasn’t the only businessman...

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  • 18
    Jul

Dining with Antiques – Ancient Roman Pottery

[caption id="attachment_2498724" align="alignright" width="294"] Simple terracotta pieces like this four-inch, two-handled cup from the 2nd century A.D. can be surprisingly affordable.[/caption] In the previous installments of “Dining with Antiques,” we have so far covered a variety of vintage recipes and collectible dinnerware dating from the 1800s to the 1960s. This article, however, features some of the oldest collectibles...

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  • 13
    Jul

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 07/13/2011

[caption id="attachment_2498669" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Ghost Rider #1 (Arturo Lozzi Wraparound Variant Cover)"][/caption] The Comic Speculator is a blog written by WorthPoint Comic Book “Worthologist” Matt Baum that takes a look at each week's hot new comics and back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from the Overstreet Guide to Comics (OVST),...

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  • 12
    Jul

Weekly News Roundup: July 11 to July 15

In art, antiques and collectibles news, we have some unhappy handlers, a Jackie Kennedy condolence note and purloined—or not—gold coins. From Crain’s New York Business: Sotheby's workers ponder strike The 40 “art handlers,” Sotheby’s employees who carefully carry the multimillion-dollar artwork, are working without a contract. The union is fighting the auction house’s attempt to ax some full-time...

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  • 12
    Jul

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

[caption id="attachment_2498674" align="alignright" width="300" caption="If you run and antiques shop, you know you can’t just put up a sign and wait for the customers to come rushing in to spend their money. To get customers, you’re going to have to work for them."][/caption] Whether you sell antiques, collectibles and memorabilia online, rent space in a mall or are...

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  • 11
    Jul

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Tobacco Broadside, Geissendorfer Print, Chesty Morgan Matchbook

QUESTION: I have a Granger Tobacco advertising broadside featuring a picture of Joe Gordon, who played second base for the New York Yankees. What is it worth? – JC, Yuma, Ariz. ANSWER: Granger Pipe Tobacco, a product of the Pinkerton Tobacco Company, is a mild to medium strength, very mild flavored Burley pipe tobacco. Reviewers compare it to...

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  • 11
    Jul

Brimfield Antique Shows: Diary of a First Timer

[caption id="attachment_2498608" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Three times a year, the town of Brimfield, Mass., hosts an open-air, rain-or-shine, dawn-’til-dusk antiques extravaganza over the course of several days. It draws more than 30,000 people and dealers come from hundreds of miles around."][/caption] I’m going to Brimfield. I’ve never been there before so really have no idea what to expect. I’ve...

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