Antiques & Art
inJanuary 20, 2011 - 6:45pm
My hope is that you will find something amusing or interesting in my next series of articles based on my personal experiences as an antique dealer. This first anecdote starts with doing my very first show.
I had accumulated an abundance of unsold inventory and so figured doing a show would help me to unload that stock. Prior to that I peddled my wares to a short list of buyers one on one. I didn't expect that doing shows would lead to a permanent change in lifestyle or that such a passion for the antique business would be ignited.
inJanuary 4, 2011 - 5:54pm
How many readers remember that the first year of Ebay was only in black and white? Really, you ask? Yes, indeedy! Not only that, but only about half the listings had accompanying photographs! The predominant and favored method of payment from 1996 to early the early 2000s was United States Postal Money Order - basically plain old cash! Do you realize that the online payment method, Paypal, didn't begin in earnest until early 2000 when by then, over 1 million Ebay sellers offered Paypal as an option!
inDecember 13, 2010 - 12:33pm
Like most sellers, I've found plenty at flea markets, yard sales and auctions. We'd all agree, the hunt is the best part of our jobs. Nothing is more thrilling than finding something amazing; except selling it at a profit of course! The problem is, these venues chew up hours of your time and when you come home with next to nothing besides a feeling of frustration you think, there has to be a better way. Enter Kajiji...
inDecember 6, 2010 - 7:04pm
Most of us have used stencils in school for lettering and it is a popular method on home decorating shows in order to add a pattern or design to your walls.
inDecember 2, 2010 - 4:36pm
The 150th anniversary celebrations of the Civil War, identified as the War of Northern Aggression by some of my Southern readers, are about to begin. South Carolina succeeded from the United States on December 24, 1860. I was a sophomore at Lehigh University when the 100th anniversary celebrations began. As a history major, I read dozens of new books generated by the anniversary. One of my research papers focused on the role of the Confederate cavalry in the week prior to and during the Battle of Gettysburg.
inDecember 2, 2010 - 4:08pm
I've always wondered what it would be like to attend one of those really high-end jewelry auctions like a Christies or Sothebys. Like, just how different are they from the local estate auctions we sometimes take in?
Treasure Box Antiques: Surprising Items You Should Not Throw Out When Preparing for an Estate Auction
inNovember 29, 2010 - 4:25pm
I have been an antiques dealer since the turn of the millennium. I have also helped out in my friend’s auction business for over ten years now. Over and over again, we see firsthand or hear stories of things people threw away because they had no idea there was any value in them. We can only shake our heads for the shame of all those lost potentials for profit.
inNovember 10, 2010 - 4:32pm
Who knew that my mother's love for antiques would rub off on me? Or that it would play such a significant role in my life? It was such a subtle thing. When I was a child, she took me to small neighborhood shops along Coney Island Avenue and Church Avenue in Brooklyn. She took me up to the Metropolitan Museum of Art where we lingered over vitrines full of miniatures. We spent hours walking through the rooms at the Brooklyn Museum. A favorite part of going there was looking at all the wonderful things in the gift shop. We often bought gifts for friends there.
inOctober 22, 2010 - 2:35pm
My mother forcing me to make Christmas decorations when I was young did not ruin my life; she may have contributed to my later choices as an Antique dealer.
inOctober 13, 2010 - 2:27pm
How many are there? Is one of the most common questions concerning etchings, woodcuts and other graphic art. Prior to the end of the 19th Century, the concept of an edition size or keeping track of the number of impressions did not exist. So no one knows how many etchings Rembrandt, Durer or Whistler printed. If they had a customer for a work of art, they printed one. The wood or metal would also start to break down during the printing process, so this also limited the number of pieces.