Vintage Collectibles

Born Too Late Vintage: Are you a vintage clothing mangler, recycler or purist?

Over the years I've been wearing and selling vintage clothing and accessories, and I do believe I started out as a mangler. My definition of a mangler is someone who will take a perfectly good piece of vintage clothing that is perfectly wearable as is and either take it apart to re-use the fabric or shorten it here or take it in there to restyle it into something completely differently. I remember taking a perfectly good orange paisley print peasant top and making what I thought at the time was a wonderful halter top. I cringe now and wish I had that peasant top in my collection now.

Kat's Colorado Trinkets: Did You Know?

Did you know that Sarah Coventry was the most popular home based business in the 1950s, 60s and into the 70's for women? At a time when women were having to raise children and manage a home, Sarah Coventry filled the gap for those women providing both an income and a way to spend time with other women. The predecessor to Sarah Coventry was the Emmons Jewelry Company started by Charles H. Stuart in 1949. The company was named for Stuart's wife, Caroline Emmons. Emmons was a home based business hosted by Emmons Fashion Directors, who were mostly men in the beginning.

Alley Cats Vintage: My Love of a Good Magazine

Even as a child I loved magazines. Aunts and Uncles would bring me their old magazines and I would add them to my stash. Unfortunately my parents weren’t wild about my collection, so slowly while I was at school my piles got smaller. Didn’t matter to them that we had every issue of National Geographic on shelves in our basement....that belonged to them....Ladies Home Journal, McCalls, Seventeen, Vogue, and Glamour just wasn’t in the same league as National Geographic.

Sweet Success Antiques: Victorian Trade Cards - OH! What a story they tell!

First, let me start by saying I am no expert in the area of Victorian Trade Cards BUT I have learned quite a bit in the last few years. 

Falls Avenue Collectibles: A Change of Venue

I think most sellers can agree that the hunt is by far and away the best part of what we do. To me, there's nothing better than my Sunday afternoons at a nearby flea market. It's completely relaxing and makes for the perfect getaway if only for a few short hours. Coming home with that amazing find is euphoria but the truth of the matter is that regardless of how much I love those Sunday excursions I could never find enough at just that one venue. In order to continuously fill a shop it becomes necessary to find other sources.

Rinker On Collectibles: New Lessons – The Impact of the 2008/2009 Economic Crisis

When did the twenty-first century officially begin—January 1, 2000 or January 1, 2001? The great debate of ten years ago has reached “who cares” status. As a 2000 proponent, I am happy to see the null/naught decade end and the tens decade begin.

Rinker's Opinion: Why A Collector, But Not A Dealer?

We asked Harry Rinker: "Why do you choose to be only a collector and not a dealer as well?" Here is his response:

The old adage that it is impossible to serve two masters applies. The master that control collecting is not the same as the one who controls dealing. Those who attempt to serve the two masters face innumerable ethical and moral dilemmas.

Trust is a critical factor in the antiques and collectibles trade. I have lost count of the number of times I have been asked, “Can I trust him?”

Born Too Late Vintage: The Passion of Vintage - Pass it On!

I have two daughters, ages 12 and almost 11. Now I've been collecting and selling vintage clothing for 8 years now. My girls from the time they were little have enjoyed Mommy dressing her "Barbie" doll in vintage clothing and taking pictures of her.

Rinker's Opinion: Ever Walked Away And Regretted It?

We asked Harry Rinker: "Tell us about an item you did not purchase and have later regretted not doing so. What advice do you have for a person facing a similar situation?"

I grew up in Hellertown, Pennsylvania. Hellertown, located in Northampton County, was home to the Molls, a family of Pennsylvania long rifle makers. In addition making to long rifles, the family also made pistols. Early Moll long rifles and pistols utilized a flintlock firing mechanism. Many were converted to a percussion cap firing mechanism during the mid-19th century.

Antiques by Charla: Searching for Hidden Treasure Amongst Handwritten Recipes

As I was leafing through some old recipe booklets and assorted handwritten recipes, I came across a personal diary notation dated 1918 tucked among the recipes. It was written by a sweet lady that I only came to know, back in the 1970s, when she was in her 80s. The note talked about attending a carnival, going to a picture show and when it was over, going up and dancing on the road with friends.

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