Shop Owner Recap of 2013

Thinking about the new year made me want to write a recap of 2013. I began selling on Ruby Lane in February 2011 and my sales have grown each year. I also sell in an antique mall and the year has been very good there. When sales slow down after Christmas, my Ruby Lane shop continues to do well in January and February. The best months in the mall are: March, May, September, October and November. Ruby Lane customers buy year round but sales are slower in the summer months.

A Holiday Story to Warm the Heart

Back in October a woman called to ask me if I would come to her home to give her some idea of how to dispose of a “lot” of antiques/collectibles that she had. Upon seeing her items, I made some suggestions, one of which was to invite over an Antique Dealer friend of mine who sells the type of items that she had. She agreed and my friend went to her home upon which she bought three pieces.

The January Issue of Ruby Read

Dating Vintage Jewelry By Clasp Fastenings

One of the most common questions that I receive from customers is "how old is this piece of jewelry?" Sometimes the question is very easy to answer, especially if the jewelry is marked in any way. Certain markings were only used in specific time periods. However, if there are no markings on a piece, then we must turn to other methods of dating. The style of clasps will often give us a relatively good idea of how old a piece is. There are several types of clasps that were used on brooches from very early days right up to contemporary pieces.

Collecting Christmas Tree Jewelry

Author Jacqueline Rehmann and I have had many discussions this year about collecting costume jewelry. As we approached December I requested that we explore the topic of Christmas Tree pins—my absolute favorite costume jewelry.  I don't think I am alone, Jacqueline.

No, you are not, and right now online auction and buying sites are flooded with examples of vintage and contemporary Christmas jewelry in all price ranges. In general, far more collectors are interested in Christmas trees than in other Christmas-themed jewelry.

American Railroad Lantern Globe Colors and Their Meanings

Among antique lighting collectors, a unique group of transportation industry fans is especially enthralled by railroad lanterns. As opposed to heavy, stationary lamps that rail operations also utilized, hand-held, portable lanterns were relied upon as signaling devices essential to help ensure the safety of passengers and train workers.

A Shipping Shame

A couple of weeks ago I purchased a carnival glass fruit bowl stand made by Imperial Glass from the early 1900s. My previous attempts to find the correct bowl to fit the stand had been unsuccesful and very frustrating. Nevertheless, I soldiered on in my search for the elusive “Twin”.

I finally found it. I was so eager to receive this bowl that I emailed the owner twice so that I would know when to expect it. I never got an answer to my email. That felt like a bad sign but I still eagerly awaited my package.

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