Sherer Heaven: Making Memories

I have the good fortune of not only being a grandmother ten times over, but a great-grandmother three times with another on the way. Recently, my first great-granddaughter, Bryanna, asked if she and her mother could have a sleepover at my house, as her father was going to be gone for the weekend. Of course, I was delighted and suggested they come for dinner and I would fix their favorite foods.

Cinsababe's: It's All About Who You Know

You have heard and shared this thought. I believe that it is basically true. My problem was that I didn’t seem to know anyone when I started this business. But I have found that taking the time to reach out, befriend, show concern for and help others can make you part of that “in” crowd.

Your Logo - Cats and Dogs?

Dear Fellow Ruby Lane Shop Keepers,

I am a shop owner on Ruby Lane. My shop is called Jantiques. I am also a graphic designer, in business for over 30 years. I have been perusing other shops on the Lane, and am amazed at all of the unique and fascinating items being offered by shopkeepers here. What amazes me even more, though, is the lack of professionally designed store identities!

Thoughts for the Day: Acknowledge the Customer's Needs

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Acknowledge the Customer’s Needs

Antiki: I Add Stashed Treasures Found in Estate Items

Passing along a great surprise to my clients is so much fun, it is almost as much fun as finding things tucked away in the purchased article. Whenever this happens , I try to price the item so it is still the reasonable price it needs to be for my margins, but also may be a little perk I can add to the cost of the piece.

Red Moon Antiques: Twitter - Your Public Profile

Some of the major reasons you are on Twitter, in addition to promoting your business, are to socialize and to network. Leave a good impression, and you'll always have followers. Concentrate on being the real “you” - that person others find interesting and want to chat with. Establishing the real “you” will also entice people to your website, your blog or whichever site you show in your public profile. But first, you want to establish yourself through your Twitter Profile.

Love and Honor: All Roads to Hannibal

A month or so ago, I bid on a locket. Even though I sell antique jewelry, I often see pieces that I want all to myself. This locket was just such a piece. Yes I am greedy for lockets. The seller was selling the locket for the heir of an estate. The heir, decided not to keep the locket after having it tested for gold content. The seller said he did not deal in such pieces. Lucky me!

ADIN: An Eastern Fairy Tale

How are the bunny and the hare linked to eggs?

Catisfaction: Hot Cross Collectibles (recipe included).

I recently sold a large Fenton Hobnail basket to a customer who asked if I would please ship it to her sister. She went on to tell me that their Mother always had a similar blue basket out at Easter so she had been looking for one for herself and one for her Sister so they might carry on the tradition in their own homes.

Rinker On Collectibles: Now Is Not The Time To Hold The Line

I received an e-mail from Dennis Hull and Gary Domzalski, co-owners of Affordable Antiques & More in Naperville, Illinois, in response to “Its Time For Some Good News,” a previous Rinker on Collectibles column. Their upbeat, positive attitude about the future of the antiques and collectibles marketplace is most refreshing.

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