inMarch 4, 2009 - 4:19pm
Les Creations, Malupa Paris Pins are still a mystery to me and yet, if the old saying is true and a picture is worth a thousand words, we really don’t require full disclosure to enjoy these wonderful miniature works of art.
March 4, 2009 - 12:18am
Contemporary dolls - the plastic and vinyl dolls made since around 1950 - are growing in popularity among collectors.
inMarch 3, 2009 - 10:33am
In 1954, authorities took aim at postcard artist Donald McGill and tried to censor his work. Fortunately, by then, they were 50 years too late. McGill's postcard legacy began in 1904 and by the time of the court proceedings in 1954, his life's work was already well distributed!
According to Wikipedia, it's estimated that McGill created more than 12,000 designs, of which about 200 million copies were printed.
inMarch 3, 2009 - 10:25am
Many years ago all I wanted was a pretty bowl to put on a table in my front hall. Not a big request. Just something that spoke for me when people entered my home. (Good health and peace in the world were also important). But when you are the mother of three young, wonderful, active children, you sometimes covet objects of another life. So, my wonderful mother-in-law gifted me with an impressive "new" Chinese type bowl that looked beautiful on that hall table. I was even motivated to dust the table more frequently.
inMarch 2, 2009 - 2:10pm
Thank goodness, Winter is almost over and Spring is fast approaching - and with Spring comes all the yard sales and estate sales we've anxiously awaited all Winter. My last blog touched briefly on expanding beyond the items in your area of expertise and venturing out into other collectibles or antiques categories.
inMarch 2, 2009 - 2:01pm
During a recent visit to Lincoln City, Oregon, I found myself constantly offering “how to take better care” tips during my walk-through home appraisals and at the appraisal clinics. A previous “Rinker on Collectibles” column discussed issues involving light, heat, humidity, and mildew. These were not the only problems I encountered.
inMarch 2, 2009 - 1:56pm
Many people collect autographs, letters and antiques because they like owning and enjoying an example of something that helped to shape our history. Others search for items that remind them of their family history or a particular aspect of history.
We’re attracted to collecting for different reasons. But there’s one aspect many people find enormously satisfying: the hunt that leads to undervalued items, otherwise known as “sleepers” -- and generally difficult to find.
inFebruary 27, 2009 - 5:50pm
My grandmother's Blue Willow Collection intrigued me from a young age, thus started my vast collection of Blue Willow. Her blue willow teapot proudly sits upon my shelf as my memories of having tea with her linger on.
inFebruary 27, 2009 - 5:40pm
Even as a young girl, I was enamored by the complexity of faces. From the pictures I drew to the images I collaged, countenances played a vital part in my compositions. So, I guess it's no surprise that as an adult one of my favorite collectible genres is early photographic jewelry. Like many of my pieces, I stumbled upon two small photograph pins by happenstance. And, it was truly love at first site.
inFebruary 27, 2009 - 5:27pm
Undoubtedly if you have an online shop, you have established a base of repeat customers. Perhaps they adore your unique artisan style, your prices are fair, they received excellent service, or all of the above!