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By now you’ve heard about it. The social networking site with the strange name that refers to what birds do when they talk. There is also the site which was originally designed to serve as a tool for university students. Goodness, how times have changed! “Social networking” is growing at a pace that no one could have predicted, and now businesses are jumping in.

Ruby Lane Auctionbytes: Ruby Lane President Tom Johnson Remains Bullish on Antiques

Antiques have always been part of Tom Johnson's adult life, and the President of the antiques marketplace Ruby Lane is surrounded by them and lives happily with them. "My home in Naples, Florida is filled with antiques that give it a 50s-60s decor," he says. "My 1906 flat in San Francisco has very eclectic antiques and vintage furnishings. My office is full of vintage stuff.

Sorren's-Blue Scarlettshard: Peridot - The Gem of the Sun

Peridot is one of the few gemstones that comes in only one color. The fresh cut grass green is its distinctive signature. The intensity and tint of the green depends on how much iron is in the crystal structure, so the hue of several different gems can vary in color and intensity. Peridot is generally a lime green tone however, yellow-green through deep olive green with a hint of brown is acceptable. The most valuable is considered the dark green olive color.

Kat's ColoradoTrinkets: Tocktoo

It was snowing and didn't look like the kind of morning that sales would be very good.  There were only 2 that day and I didn't have much hope of finding anything.  As I drove around looking for the first sale, my hopes dropped even more.  Why was I even doing this?  The weather was bad and I felt cranky because of it. I had to park down the street and walk through the slush.  Why am I here?

Born Too Late Vintage: Vintage Aprons

Today we're talking about the history of the apron. For hundreds of years, homemakers have used aprons to keep their clothing clean and carry items when doing chores such as gathering eggs or for collecting kindling wood. In the 1940s and 1950s the apron took on a new roll as that of a stereotype for the "perfect mother" or grandmother who always wore an apron.

My grandfather, grandmother in her apron and I in 1960

Island Vintage Jewelry: Charm Bracelets bring Fond Memories

As a vintage jewelry enthusiast, sterling silver makes up a very small portion of my jewelry collection. I usually go for the bling of colorful rhinestones or the sparkle of genuine gemstones set in gold. Over the years, I have kept only a few of my sterling silver pieces.  I still have my high school graduation ring along with a lovely engraved locket that was the only gift I can remember receiving from my grandfather.

Red Moon Antiques: Twitter - What not to Talk About

Before you start sharing on Twitter, give some thought to, “Who will be interested?” This basic question will guide you towards tweeting about things that will attract followers. The more followers you have, the more people will see your tweets - not only the fun stuff but also the tweets about your antiques.

What Not to Tweet

Skip tweeting constantly about items in your shop.

Antiques on Canaan St.: Building Your Reference Library

Recently, Harry Rinker wrote an article giving his thoughts about Price Guides and their decline in usefulness. That prompted me to assess why I still buy books on antiques and collectibles. I agree with him on the price guides as a less of a learning tool. I have found that books which focus on a single area within a category are my best resources.

Gardenartus Antiques: Those Crucial Pics and Descriptions

A good photo of your item speaks a thousand words but your description should never be that long. Have you visited a site or on line store where it seems an entire page is one long paragraph? It is very hard to read and a waste of time on your part and the customers. Let the photo's speak for themselves and add only the most pertinent information in your description.

Green Listing Day Is May 1st!

We are pleased to announce our first Green Listing Day! During this promotion all items newly-listed on the site will only be charged 10 cents instead of the regular 30 cent Listing Fee. To help preserve our planet Ruby Lane will contribute 100% of the fees received on Green Listing Day to an environmental organization.

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