Got a Countertop Range? Don’t Ditch the Griswold

Or the Revereware, or the Corning Visions, for that matter! Vintage cookware can be right at home on a new counter style stovetop. If you’ve headed to the appliance department to replace an electric stove, don’t let the salesperson convince you that a countertop model won’t work with your precious vintage pots and pans.

Rinker's Opinion: Regionalism Still Plays a Role in Collecting

Although there is now a global collecting community, it appears regionalism still plays an important role in determining what is collected, where it is collected, and value. Is this correct?

Caring for Vintage Louis Vuitton Bags

How to keep your New Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas clean:

1st Always remember to keep your Louis Vuitton completely full inside and a cloth around the outside when NOT in use. This will keep the Louis Vuitton canvas from cracking and keep your bag in shape. The monogram canvas is made out of vinyl which is plastic which tends to crack when it is used. To keep your Louis Vuitton monogram canvas crack free keep your bag away from hard water and out of the sun for long periods of time. Don’t leave your bag in a hot car or hot trunk. This will cause cracking.

Honest Reflection Produces Success

Some topics can be difficult to write about not due to writers block or the intricacy of the subject, but because they stir up a slew of emotions. One such matter is how to maintain the fine balance between being both a collector and a dealer and ultimately remain objective.

Ten Do's and Don'ts From a Mentor

Miss Mentor (whose real name was something else) was a veteran antique seller, who had made enough mistakes over the years to be a gold mine of cautionary tales, as relevant to online selling as they were in her Main Street shop. Now and then an item or comment would remind her of something, and out would pop a maxim. Here are a few from her hoard:


In September my beloved husband of 35 years and partner in Ruby Lane adventures, Cowboy Rick, passed away. At his memorial service we displayed hundreds of his nature photographs he had taken over the last ten years (some displayed here). He collected photos of butterflies and of waterfalls and of birds and of mountains and of National Parks and well, you get the idea.

Rinker's Opinion: Nazi Memorabilia and Fraud in the Antiques and Collectibles Trade recently was asked to remove Holocaust memorabilia offered for sale from its website. eBay also does not allow the sale of Nazi memorabilia. What has been your experience with this issue?

Sentimental Gift Giving

The word sentimental is defined as expressive of or appealing to sentiment, especially the tender emotions and feelings, as love or nostalgia.

One of my favorite things about being an online vendor is the charming and sentimental stories recounted by valued customers. More often than not, shopper purchases are tied to sentimentality of a particular special item, such as a vintage charm, old locket, and brooch or décor item.

Who is Van Dell ?

When one thinks of the more popular designers of the mid 20th Century, the name Van Dell does not necessarily come to mind. It is not that the work of the desiger is not fabulous, it is just that the pieces are not as often seen as some other designers such as Trifari, Sarah Coventry, Coro and the like.

But if you are looking for well made mid century jewelry, you can't find a better one than designs made by Van Dell. This lovely design is a Van Dell sterling silver flower brooch with lovely marquis shaped rhinestones. The detail is just fabulous.

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