Falky's Treasures: "If You Have It, Use It"

“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.

Sands-O-Time: My Trip to 11 Michigan Antique Malls

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.

St. Patricks Day

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.

THE JEWELRY DIVA: Bogoff Jewelry - The Great Pretender

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.

Mainely Glass: The "Sporting Group"? ...Or Maybe the "Toy Group"?

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.

Daylily Treasures: What Will Tomorrow's Collectibles Be?

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.

Glitterbugs: We Can't Keep Everything.... Or Can We?

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?

What's This? Help dating Buddha statue please.

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.

Treasures From The Past: Barbie Is Turning 50!

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.

What's This? Multifaceted Crystal Necklace


This multifaceted crystal necklace was made by the R. F. Simmons Company. The same R. F. Simmons who made the gold pocket watch chains. These crystal beads are strung on a fine gold chain.

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