Rinker On Collectibles: Return with Us now to Those Golden Days of Yesterday

I remember life in the antiques and collectibles field before the 1990s consolidations—when trade newspapers, antiques shows, publishing companies, and even some auction companies were owned by individuals rather than corporations. When you talked to the person in charge, he did not have to consult a corporate policy manual before answering a question or making a commitment. Handshakes were more important than written contracts. If there was a written contact, it was a one-page letter not a ten-page document prepared by corporate attorneys.

Military Sweetheart Jewelry - Sunday & Sunday


An unusual piece, leather with a wooden head;
this little Navy Boy was probably home made judging
by the whip stitches seen up his arm seams.


Rinker's Opinion: Are the Search Engines Serving Us Well?

I used to have a great deal of respect for the eBay search engine. I no longer do. When a merchant can buy his way to a top position in the listing, as do many websites on general Internet search engines, I get angry. Further, eBay is now pushing its “Buy It Now” items to the top of the listings. EBay was a much better place to shop for antiques and collectibles when it was exclusively an auction environment.

Think Green! Recycle! Wear Vintage!

Be Green, Save Green, Look Good

Vintage Clothing Makes Recycling Look Good

By Ashley Kane, About.com

Rinker On Collectibles: Questions and Answers

QUESTION: I have a woolen blanket made by the Horner Woolen Company of Eaton Rapids, Michigan that is similar to the ones sold by L.L.Bean. The label suggests the company was founded in 1836. The blanket has stripes at the top and bottom and is in brand new-like condition (no moth holes, no problems). I bought it at the Salvation Army for $9.99. What is its history and worth? – E-mail, LC, Jim Thorpe, PA

Season Greetings from Ruby Lane!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO All! Ruby Lane and Notes from the Lane would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our readers, contributors, shoppers, and shop owners, the happiest of holidays! Have a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year and may all your holidays be merry and bright!

Quick Fact: If Not Marked, How Do I Know A Jewelry Piece Is Made Of A Precious Metal?

Many fine jewelry items of karat gold and sterling silver are not marked, either because of their small size or because they were made prior to 1906, when karat marking became mandatory in the US. In some instances, you may even find contemporary artist-made jewelry pieces that are unmarked for metal fineness.

Rinker: What I Do Not Want from Santa This Christmas

While I tell people I collect everything, the honest truth is that I do not. I discriminate, not a lot but some. I have a bad habit of not turning down anything offered for free. Free is free, and I assume I am free to discard it if I have no use for it or desire to keep it, a rare occurrence.

What's This? Mystery Item - Do you know?

I need help with this. It is a primitive appearing rattle made of cane wrapped round and round and secured with string. The bottom of the rattle is braided red string or raffia. Something is making a rattle sound inside. The handle is bent and also appears to be heavier than the cane. It is 6 1/2 long and 2" wide. I was going to list it as a baby rattle, but then I thought that was stupid--babies always put things in their mouths and no one would want this in a baby's mouth.

Last Minute Gifts for the Women in Your Life

Christmas always brings with it the decision of what to buy for people that you know and love. Many people deal with this by getting a job lot of gift vouchers but I tend to think that is rather unimaginative and dull. This year why not find something a bit different for your friends that they will be able to use and enjoy and also that gives them that extra bit of sparkle which is always important at this time of year.

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