inJune 30, 2009 - 3:57pm
One of the more interesting surprises is how antiques come alive in old newspapers. One article from 1878 gives a brief description of an anniversary party where forty “friends and neighbors” descended, unannounced, on a couple on their tenth wedding anniversary. Thankfully, the guests brought refreshments with them! And they also brought the traditional 10th anniversary gifts made of tin.
inJune 29, 2009 - 3:26pm
When I was very young, my great-grandmother lived in an old wooden house with a wood burning stove, a well outside her back door, and an out-house to go to the bathroom in. I didn't realize just how primitive she was still living, until I got older. I grew up with all the modern conveniences including indoor plumbing. My great-grandmother's house was very small, but to me, at about 5 or 6 years of age, it was huge and filled with interesting things. She had a china cupboard with plates and cups decorated with flowers. My mother has those things today.
inJune 29, 2009 - 1:27pm
Hello, all you Pack Rats. Believe me there is a lot going on in the sky these days. (Not there isn’t always a lot going on) It might not feel like the ‘lightest’ time of your life and yet it is important to be aware of how you shine your personal light and acknowledge the ‘light’ of others. Are you with me here? Interesting how the word Light refers to the weight of something and the ability to shine. Something to ponder for your self as this year continues to unfold.
inJune 26, 2009 - 4:37pm
Twelve years ago, I noticed an upcoming auction of a house and its contents. The photo of the house haunted me. I didn't recognize the owner's name and it was in a neighboring town I wasn't that familiar with, but I knew that house. How? The house was to be auctioned off on Friday night and the contents on Saturday.
inJune 26, 2009 - 3:09pm
Hot Spring/Summer 2009 Home Decor Trends: Part 1
inJune 26, 2009 - 6:43am
One of the first pottery pieces I purchased was a very large Newport vase. I rarely consider pottery but this vase was so lovely and the price was right. While researching the vase I came across the name Clarice Cliff. She had worked at A.J. Wilkinson's factory at Newport, Burslem so her name came up often in my online search. At an auction a short time later what do I spy but a Clarice Cliff Celtic Harvest teapot. No doubt, it was love at first sight.
inJune 25, 2009 - 3:51pm
I’ve been asking myself this question as I am on my daily hunt for new treasures. I don’t really have an answer, just some musings on things I have noticed. For one thing, lately I have noticed “the odder, the better” holds true for my shop, at least. Things that I almost didn’t buy seem to be doing really well lately. This goes hand in hand with “the uglier, the better” as well. If it’s odd and ugly, someone somewhere will want it, regardless of what we “refined dealers” think.
inJune 25, 2009 - 3:43pm
The first piece of Macbeth Evans Petalware I came across was a Cremax (their name for ivory) vegetable bowl. I wasn't familiar with the pattern at the time, and it wasn't really a "kitchen" collectible, my specialty, but I was drawn to this delicate translucent piece which appeared to be more durable than typical glass. I went home, got out my books and started researching.
inJune 24, 2009 - 6:17pm
My Pink Lustre Tea Set Was Made Over 170 Years Ago!
I have an antique tea set that serves twelve people. It is a beautiful, hand painted, pink lustre tea set, made well before the Civil War. The beautiful pink lustre decoration is not the only way I can tell it is from an earlier period of time. The inclusion of a waste bowl, shape of the teapot, the shape of the teapot handle and the shape of the teacup handles, also indicate that it is pre-Civil War era.
inJune 23, 2009 - 10:27am
We asked Harry Rinker if he has ever purchased something even though he did not know what it was. Here is his response:
The answer is yes. I love researching antiques and collectibles. If I find an object that fascinates me and I do not what it is, I will buy it, providing the price is right. In this case, right means cheap. The antiques and collectibles trade is loaded with “Whatsit.”