inJanuary 22, 2009 - 4:05pm
At the beginning of each new year in the U.S. tax time becomes a ticking clock in the background of day to day life and most people find themselves thinking about money. What they have spent in the previous year, who paid money to them, and the value of investments. For business owners, the items that entered into inventory, or left it, becomes all important.
inJanuary 22, 2009 - 2:53pm
Indiana Jones,a bit beaten up and battered from one of his adventures, said, "It's not the years, Darling, it's the miles." When I get out my jeweler's loupe and examine a new shipment of antique French postcards, I am often astounded that many have survived the years with hardly a wrinkle. How can something that is 100+ years old look like it was printed yesterday?
inJanuary 21, 2009 - 2:26pm
In the Real Estate business, the biggest asset is always "Location,
In the world of Antiques our biggest asset is "Reputation, Reputation,
After all, at the end of the day, the only thing you have is your reputation. It is the one thing that will help your business to prosper, even during the most difficult times of economic hardship, the shops with a golden reputation based on honesty, loyalty and trust, will survive.
inJanuary 21, 2009 - 2:15pm
Estate Sales are a guilty pleasure. I go a few times a month and love to rummage through the past and see how people lived, what they collect and what they loved. It's a history lesson and a small glimpse of the past.
inJanuary 20, 2009 - 4:59pm
“Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.” - From the television show The Wonder Years
Ephemera’s ability to capture time is what makes collectors strive to find the perfect piece. Whether it’s your Great Aunt Bertha’s wedding invitation or your own first date ticket stub, the magic of ephemera is its ability to take a moment in time and pause it forever.
inJanuary 20, 2009 - 11:57am
Jade has an incredibly long, but sometimes confusing history. It is used for jewelry, as well as other ceremonial and decorative uses. The history of jade mining in China goes back 6000 years, and 4,000-year-old ceremonial jade items exist today. It is associated with the ancient cultures of Korea, New Zealand, and it was also used by the Pre-Columbian Americans.
inJanuary 16, 2009 - 10:34am
Many people think that when they see the 1966 date on the back of a barbie doll, that it is the vintage one. Probably not so. That date was the copyright date and was still used thru the late 1990's on current Barbie dolls. Ken dolls can have copyright dates of 1968 and be made in the later parts of 1990's. One foolproof way of determining whether your Barbie (well her body anyway) is vintage, is if the butt portion has Japan on it, and it may be on the bottom of her foot as well.
inJanuary 15, 2009 - 2:08pm
We asked Harry Rinker: Do you think that changes in our country’s political climate affect the antiques and collectibles trade? Here is his response:
inJanuary 15, 2009 - 1:39pm
Yes, we all love a bargain, or at least we think we do. I have been thinking about this a lot recently with the economy in turmoil; while noticing so many sale signs both locally and on the net…reduced, make an offer, on sale, etc, everywhere I look. I went to a yarn shop sale a few weeks ago to look at some discontinued yarn at half price. I left the shop with full price yarn from an artisan company. Crazy? No. For the same reason I did not go to the department stores after Christmas, nor cruise the net for the so-called drastic bargains.
inJanuary 14, 2009 - 5:28pm
“Miracle” is the trade name of A. Hill & Company LTD. of Birmingham, England, which started manufacturing jewelry in 1946 and is still the leading designer of jewelry in the Celtic, Irish and Scottish style. The Scottish association is not only from their Scottish Designs but also because some of their jewelry was manufactured at the mint in Edinburgh, Scotland. Most of the jewelry was exported.