Vintage Collectibles

Rinker's Opinion: Lack of Professional Organizations in the Antiques Trade

Why does the antiques and collectibles field not have strong professional organizations?

Got a Countertop Range? Don’t Ditch the Griswold

Or the Revereware, or the Corning Visions, for that matter! Vintage cookware can be right at home on a new counter style stovetop. If you’ve headed to the appliance department to replace an electric stove, don’t let the salesperson convince you that a countertop model won’t work with your precious vintage pots and pans.

Rinker's Opinion: Regionalism Still Plays a Role in Collecting

Although there is now a global collecting community, it appears regionalism still plays an important role in determining what is collected, where it is collected, and value. Is this correct?

Caring for Vintage Louis Vuitton Bags

How to keep your New Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas clean:

1st Always remember to keep your Louis Vuitton completely full inside and a cloth around the outside when NOT in use. This will keep the Louis Vuitton canvas from cracking and keep your bag in shape. The monogram canvas is made out of vinyl which is plastic which tends to crack when it is used. To keep your Louis Vuitton monogram canvas crack free keep your bag away from hard water and out of the sun for long periods of time. Don’t leave your bag in a hot car or hot trunk. This will cause cracking.

Honest Reflection Produces Success

Some topics can be difficult to write about not due to writers block or the intricacy of the subject, but because they stir up a slew of emotions. One such matter is how to maintain the fine balance between being both a collector and a dealer and ultimately remain objective.

Ten Do's and Don'ts From a Mentor

Miss Mentor (whose real name was something else) was a veteran antique seller, who had made enough mistakes over the years to be a gold mine of cautionary tales, as relevant to online selling as they were in her Main Street shop. Now and then an item or comment would remind her of something, and out would pop a maxim. Here are a few from her hoard:


In September my beloved husband of 35 years and partner in Ruby Lane adventures, Cowboy Rick, passed away. At his memorial service we displayed hundreds of his nature photographs he had taken over the last ten years (some displayed here). He collected photos of butterflies and of waterfalls and of birds and of mountains and of National Parks and well, you get the idea.

Rinker's Opinion: Nazi Memorabilia and Fraud in the Antiques and Collectibles Trade recently was asked to remove Holocaust memorabilia offered for sale from its website. eBay also does not allow the sale of Nazi memorabilia. What has been your experience with this issue?

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.

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