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  • 16
    Feb

(Not) Selling Your Vintage Furniture: The Unwanted Top 5

[caption id="attachment_2528829" align="aligncenter" width="450"] This typical 1940s-era vanity needs refinishing and doesn’t have much practical use today.[/caption] As the owner of an antiques business, I often get walk-in inquiries from people who have inherited old furniture and want to sell it. They usually leave disappointed. Dealers can only buy furniture that is in good condition and in high...

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  • 16
    Feb

Rinker on Collectibles: Art is Everywhere You Look

[caption id="attachment_2528832" align="aligncenter" width="630"] Among the collections in the “Finder Keepers: West Michigan Collects” exhibit at the Grand Rapids (Mich.) Art Museum is a collection of sneakers.[/caption] On Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, the Grand Rapids (Mich.) Art Museum [GRAM] opened “Finder Keepers: West Michigan Collects,” an exhibit celebrating the art of collecting and the individuals and institutions who...

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  • 14
    Feb

Selling Early American Pattern Glass (When You Don’t Know What You’re Doing!)

[caption id="attachment_2528774" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Note the rope-like “cable” pattern that lines each of these pieces, depicting the original Trans-Atlantic Telegraph cable, that was originally laid in 1858 from Valencia Island in Ireland, to Hearts Content, in Eastern Newfoundland. I find this feat mind blowing, and certainly worthy of being celebrated with a flint glass decorative pattern![/caption] I got...

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  • 9
    Feb

Rinker on Collectibles: Top Ten Changes in the Last Five Years (2011-2016) – Part III

This is the final column of a three-part series analyzing the Top Ten Changes that occurred in the antiques and collectibles field between 2011 and 2016. I ranked the Top Ten changes in order of importance and am presenting them in reverse order. My previous Rinker on Collectibles columns (you can read them here and here) covered: No....

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  • 9
    Feb

We Must Learn to Tame our Possessions or be Possessed by Them

[caption id="attachment_2528772" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Would your child or grandchild want these Hummel porcelain figurines? If so, you have some rare relatives.[/caption] We often read about adult children who reject the heirlooms offered by their Baby Boomer parents. Millennials are different, pundits claim. They’re not as materialistic as their parents, bloggers say. They live clutter-free urban lives and have...

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  • 9
    Feb

WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker: Italian Cruise Ship Salon Chairs

[caption id="attachment_2528800" align="aligncenter" width="600"] In this episode of “WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker” YouTube channel webcast, Harry talks about some salon chairs from an Italian cruise ship and the possible future of antique shows.[/caption] In the Feb. 9, 2017 episode of the weekly “WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker,” Harry gives his thoughts about the future of antiques shows...

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  • 9
    Feb

The Breathtaking Beauty of 19th–Century Valentine’s Day Cards

[caption id="attachment_2528780" align="aligncenter" width="350"] A Victorian-era Valentine’s Day Card, embossed and decorated with cherubs and flowers, reads on the inside: “Affection/Not Sunlight in it is prime/Nor Moonlight’s gentle ray; Is half so fair as Love, Which brightens day by day.”[/caption] It will be Valentine’s Day on Tuesday and love will be expressed in many ways, including the sending of...

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  • 5
    Feb

Collecting the Perks of the President

[caption id="attachment_2528761" align="aligncenter" width="600"] When you are the president of the United States, you get a lot of perks. Many items related to those perks are collectible.[/caption] So, you’ve been elected president of the United States. Maybe not by popular vote, but the Constitution is quite clear that the Electoral College can elect a president, too. Either way,...

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  • 1
    Feb

How to Repair Vintage Fur Yourself

[caption id="attachment_2528752" align="aligncenter" width="400"] A mahogany mink stole. If there is some damage, don't fret; you might be able to repair it yourself.[/caption] Vintage fur can be fragile. Air, light, heat, insects and accidents all contribute to causing damage to your precious garment. Generally, most people will take their fur to a professional to be repaired. However, in...

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  • 30
    Jan

Fabulous Finds: Walking into a Hidden Time Capsule

[caption id="attachment_2483094" align="aligncenter" width="510"] I met a man who had nothing for me to appraise but told me about the antebellum house, like this one, that he was moving from a small town near Birmingham onto a plot of land that his family has owned since before the Civil War.[/caption] For many years I hosted the popular radio show,...

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