inMay 4, 2009 - 1:52pm
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.
inMay 4, 2009 - 1:50pm
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.
inMay 4, 2009 - 1:26pm
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?
inMay 1, 2009 - 1:46pm
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
inMay 1, 2009 - 12:40pm
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.
inMay 1, 2009 - 9:23am
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
inApril 30, 2009 - 4:56pm
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.
inApril 30, 2009 - 4:45pm
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.
inApril 29, 2009 - 12:30pm
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.
inApril 29, 2009 - 11:34am
Have you ever, while standing in line awaiting entrance to an estate sale, wondered to yourself, “Is this really worth it? Can there possibly be anything worth freezing my buns off for in this sad-looking place?” Or maybe it’s after you’ve stopped at the umpteenth yard sale, with nothing to show for a days’ hunting but a depleted gas tank, when you are tempted to just keep driving and go for an ice cream, calling it a day?