inMarch 12, 2009 - 1:31pm
I cannot stop checking the Dow Jones Industrial Average. It is making me crazy. Each morning I make a resolution to stop. My promise is broken the minute AOL boots up. Like many Americans, I am obsessed with the value of the DJIA. How low will it go? Will the DIJA take another roller coaster ride today?
inMarch 12, 2009 - 1:26pm
“If you have it, use it”. This quote comes from my mother-in-law. She was talking about using her hand-me-down china as everyday dishes. Her philosophy is simple, “It looks better in my cupboard than it does in the box stuffed in a closet!”. It gives her a chance to think of her mother, grandmother and other family members. They are also wonderful conversation items. She has found that everyone is careful with the dishes so they are not the ones to “chip”, or “crack” them. These dishes are very nice, bone china from the 1930’s.
inMarch 12, 2009 - 1:13pm
In an effort to do marketing for my favorite Antique Show that starts in May in Chicago, I took a 10 hour round trip from Detroit to Lansing to hit all of the Antiques Malls with flyers and cards for the upcoming spring events. In each shop I stopped to talk to those behind the counter and I heardquite a few interesting things and also observed some things in the shopsthemselves.
inMarch 12, 2009 - 12:50pm
St. Patrick’s Day and spring always coincide closely, and have some common traits. Ireland, land of St. Patrick’s missionary work, is also known as the Emerald Isle, famed for its verdant greenery. And Green is the color of Spring.
inMarch 11, 2009 - 7:45pm
Do you remember the song “The Great Pretender”? Well, that song title is apropos for Henry Bogoff! Henry’s years of experience in the European fine jewelry firms, using precious metals (gold, platinum and silver) and the highest quality gemstones (diamonds, rubies, emeralds and sapphires) set the stage for him to make the finest costume jewelry that so closely resembled the real thing.
inMarch 10, 2009 - 3:35pm
Glass Dog Figurine... just those three keywords that aren't going to have many buyers flocking to your listing. Although that simple description IS going to attract someone like me hoping to scoop up a bargain, it does not help to ensure that you, as a seller, are getting the attention of your target audience and, in the process, maximizing your potential return.
inMarch 10, 2009 - 3:15pm
I have pondered that question from time to time. I see the things that we consider 'everyday' items and wonder if they have any future value as collectibles. I'm sure that our relatives not so long ago didn't think that the things they used, either everyday or for special occasions, would have any future value as collectibles, or that people would actually having bidding wars on those items at auction houses or online.
inMarch 9, 2009 - 3:21pm
Isn't it just amazing how you suddenly discover a passion you never even knew you had? Money may be the bottom line in our business but you can't be in it in the first place unless you a have love, respect and understanding for these timeless treaures. Vintage sellers unconsciously see what others won't look at twice. It's in our blood and can't be helped. Why else would a Haskell, Sherman, Limoges or a Roseville jump out at us and sing when we had never even heard of their names?
inMarch 6, 2009 - 5:45pm
Below are pictures of a Buddha statue I have in my possession. It belonged to my paternal Grandmother, was given to my parents, and has now come to me.
inMarch 5, 2009 - 2:35pm
Thinking about this milestone brings back wonderful memories of receiving my very first Barbie. The titian bubble cut doll took on a persona of her own and kept me enthralled many a day.