inJuly 7, 2009 - 3:52pm
This article is targeted mainly to the brick-and-mortar store owners - yes, those old fashioned, die-hard, dinosaur antique and collectibles store owners, of which I am certainly one of those dying breeds, and most happy to be one, I might add.
inJuly 7, 2009 - 3:26pm
Yesterday I was "just" a customer - today I'm another "shop owner."
I once had a conversation with a shop owner here, on Ruby Lane, who told me that she never buys from other shop owners.
inJuly 6, 2009 - 6:15pm
It's a real buzz when customers contact you regarding a vintage, estate or antique ring listed in your Ruby Lane shop and they tell you how much they prefer the "old" rings to what's currently offered in modern jewelry stores. After all, they're inquiring about rings that have been pre-loved and worn, rings that may even show considerable signs of wear i.e. scuff marks on the gold or a tiny chip in a stone.
inJuly 6, 2009 - 3:45pm
Our postal prices in the United States are pretty straightforward. If you mail a "normal" size (4.5 by 6 inches) postcard to any state, even outside the continental U.S. to Hawaii or Alaska, it will cost you 28 cents. What a bargain!
At the turn of the century in France, during the Golden Age of Postcards, a "normal" size postcard was about 3.5 by 5.5 inches. But there wasn't one simple postage rate. There were three.
inJuly 6, 2009 - 3:08pm
She was a prissy little girl, always dressed in ruffles and lace and her favorite color is still pink. She always loved jewelry and wore rings on every finger. Her nails were always painted and fashion was always a passion, so you can imagine my surprise that June day four years ago when she enlisted in the Army as a combat medic.
We tease her by saying that as she raised her French manicured nails, the only one dressed in pink, and took her oath, that she had actually said, “I, Debi Brown, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States and scratch the eyes out of all enemies, foreign and domestic.”
inJuly 2, 2009 - 4:06pm
Celebrity deaths dominated the news for the past ten days – Edward Leo Peter “Ed” McMahon, Jr., Ferrah Leni Fawcett (Farrah Fawcett), Michael Joseph Jackson, Josephine Owaissa Cottle (Gale Storm), and Billy Mays. The extensive television coverage following the death of Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, and Michael Jackson made everyone regardless of age familiar with whom these personalities were and their accomplishments.
inJuly 2, 2009 - 3:14pm
One of the most fascinating historical collectibles is the tableware that was used to serve railroad passengers on trains and in depots. This area of collecting is not for the faint of heart: examples can be hard to find and sometimes very expensive, and it’s frustrating because there are so many reproductions and phonies created by unscrupulous sellers to make a buck off the unwary!
inJuly 2, 2009 - 2:59pm
Have you ever wondered how to determine what an item is worth? I frequently receive letters from people who have an item 'Just like' mine - only different! The individuals don't know how to value their item, and if they want to sell it, they understand that they need to know the value before offering it for sale. That little bit of knowledge is essential to avoid being cheated by unscrupulous people.
inJuly 1, 2009 - 3:46pm
The Traditional Pattern Displayed in Other Colors
The Willow Pattern is known to be recognized in the color blue but has been produced in other colors. Single monochrome colors were used, such as red, green, brown, black, pink, and mulberry. Also the Willow pattern was produced in polychrome or multicolor.
Here is a fine example of Brown Willow : This lamp base stands 8 ½ tall and is mounted on a brass stand. Circa approximately 1946
Through research this lamp value: Approximately is between $400.00 - $500.00 in Blue Brown is more rare and it is safe to assume the value is higher.
inJuly 1, 2009 - 11:58am
It is the favorite toys that we remember from our childhood. Sometimes, it is the toys that were lost or broken that we remember the most. Maybe it's because the newness and excitement of the toy didn’t have a chance to wear off. Maybe we never had a chance to get bored with it or to outgrow it and move onto another one because it was lost or broken at the peak of its importance to us.