Antiques & Art
inJuly 9, 2009 - 3:18pm
First, I would like to invite Ruby Lane dealers to submit true antiques stories and anecdotes to my new blog “Tall Tales from the Antiques Trail” Any stories I post on the blog will include a link to your Ruby Lane shop. Google the name and check it out - instructions are included on the blog. Here is one of my true stories I plan to post. This is the story of my mother’s greatest success in the antiques business. I call it: When Thirty-five is not Thirty-five
inJune 30, 2009 - 4:05pm
We asked Harry Rinker: Have you ever made a conscious decision to stop collecting in a collecting category? If so, what were the reasons?
Here is his response:
I own multiple collections. Depending on how you organize and count them, the number exceeds over two hundred. While I never consciously decided that I would stop collecting a specific collecting category, there are collecting categories within this number that I no longer pursue with the same vigor that I once did.
inJune 23, 2009 - 10:13am
The hunt for that "perfect dress" began months ago with numerous trips to malls and boutiques in the hopes of finding that "must have", mouth watering, way too expensive dress that will likely only be ever worn once.
After being dragged from mall to mall (6 of them to be exact) and approximately 15 boutiques, some that were an hour drive away, we finally found THE dress. WHEW!
inJune 23, 2009 - 10:06am
All of us have had some funny, unusual, or memorial moments in our hunt for antiques. It would be fun for the Ruby Lane dealers and/or shoppers to post some of these stories. We are all fascinated by the Antiques Road Show and the 25-cent yard sale item be worth thousands of dollars. It’s that kind of story that keeps us interested. Maybe it is the gambler in us.
inJune 11, 2009 - 4:45pm
QUESTION: I have five lead figures that my mother acquired from her grandfather when living in Macedonia around 1950. Her grandfather was born before 1890s so the figures have to be quite old. Four figures appear to be English soldiers and one a Princess dressed in a dress. Some are three-dimensional and others are flat. All are marked “Scholtz” on one side of the base with a number and letters on the other side, e.g., one is marked “sm643.”. They are all in nearly perfect condition. What information can you provide about the figures and their value?
inJune 11, 2009 - 4:38pm
When you are at the beach, you do a lot of introspective thinking.......My mother will be 91 in August, and although of very sound mind, she's had a rather shaky few months of health issues of late....so when hearing that she had to be admitted to the hospital in my sister's hometown...some 16 hours from here, I guess I just started reflecting more and more on this story.
inJune 9, 2009 - 4:20pm
As a shop owner on Rubylane.com, or as a brick and mortar shop owner, we do tons of research along with all the other work involved in operating a successful business. One of the most time consuming and important jobs we do is researching the prices of antiques and vintage collectibles.
inJune 8, 2009 - 10:21pm
I once saw a quote, “The easiest way to become a millionaire in the antique business, is to start with 2 million." It was early in my career in this business and I smiled not really understanding. After 17 years, I may have a better understanding. If you want to become rich, you should not buy with your heart. You should invest the time and the money to research every aspect of the business.
inJune 4, 2009 - 3:59pm
For those living in a cold climate, flea markets are an eagerly anticipated seasonal event for both buyers and sellers. One of the best in the Midwest is the Elkhorn Antique Flea Market. Four times a year, the Walworth County Fairgrounds in the small town of Elkhorn, Wisconsin plays host to the market.
inJune 3, 2009 - 8:38am
It was thirty years ago that my husband and I bought our first phonograph. It didn't work but it came with a box of cylinder records and was intriguing. We were doing an outdoor antiques show at the time and it was just slow enough that Robert had the time and talent to make the phonograph work. When he finally wound it up the sound carried across the lawn to entertain all of the vendors and buyers. At that point were hooked. In the following years we bought and sold many phonographs always encouraging our buyers to enjoy their purchase and not to be intimidated by it.