inMay 28, 2009 - 3:47pm
We always hear stories about hidden treasure like that item you scooped for a buck that turned out to be worth hundreds. Nothing makes us happier than a high profit! However, sometimes we are paid not in dollars but rather rewarded with the feeling of knowing you made someone else happy. As a seller, when I receive a response telling me how content the buyer was with their purchase I am always thrilled.
inMay 28, 2009 - 3:38pm
Following an ephemera paper trail is like joining Dorothy on the yellow brick road to Oz. It's full of surpises! Surely this is one reason that postcard collecting is so addictive. One never knows what path a certain card will take you on.
inMay 27, 2009 - 4:25pm
If you owned a brick and mortar shop, you would spend time dusting often, changing your front display, checking for the arrangement of your items, placing a sale sign in the window periodically and maybe painting yearly.
inMay 26, 2009 - 3:53pm
Recently I started thinking about my older relatives and grandparents. They must have been repurposing champions! Even though I never had the chance to know my grandparents, I know my grandmother used to make woven rugs from scraps of materials or old clothes and her own feather pillows (my mother told recollections of helping with that project). It was a way of life for them, but sometimes I wish there was some type of written record that clearly illustrated what they reused and for what purposes.
inMay 26, 2009 - 3:44pm
I was just a newborn infant when the Camelot years were brought to a violent, abrupt close. But through the magic of television and the Internet, I can be there in the midst of Jackie’s pillbox hats and tastefully understated jewelry. I can see photos of her famous pearls and band-box perfect suits. We all thought there would never be another such as Jackie.
inMay 21, 2009 - 3:41pm
On May 12, I attended Western Connecticut State University’s Macricostas Entrepreneur lecture entitled “Succeeding as an Entrepreneur in Today’s Challenging Economic Environment.” Douglas K. Mellinger, Vice Chairman and Founder of Foundation Source, presented the lecture.
He was preaching to the choir, at least the one in which I sing. Point after point, I thought: “I have written about that. I stress the same things when I teach the core courses for my Institute for the Study of Antiques and Collectibles.”
Rinker's Opinion: What is your favorite flea market, antiques mall, and antiques show? What is it that makes it so?
inMay 21, 2009 - 3:37pm
Do you have a hidden desire to have me shot, run out of town on a rail, tarred and feathered, hung (in fact rather than in effigy), etc.? Pick one. Even water-boarding could not make me do this.
Having said this, I do have favorites, not surprisingly the place where I found great material at bargain prices.
inMay 21, 2009 - 3:27pm
I don’t think that I am a hoarder….or am I ? The reason I am writing this article is more as a cathartic process for me than it is informative. That being said…I do not think that I am alone. You know who you are!
inMay 20, 2009 - 11:09am
A friend and I were garage sale-ing one day last year. She had just opened her Ruby Lane shop and was still very unsure about whether she had done the right thing, and if she would be able to make enough money to run it. There weren't many sales that day and we were tired of looking. She saw a sign in our neighborhood and suggested we stop. I wasn't too enthusiastic about it as our neighborhood is known for baby stuff and clothes. The houses are too new to have any older residents.
Rinker's Opinion: I would like to start collecting in a category that I admire but about which I know very little. Advice?
inMay 19, 2009 - 1:09pm
Spend six months doing homework. Begin by obtaining all specialized reference books relating to the category you want to collect. Check in print as well as out of print titles. Many antiques and collectibles references remain in print less than five years. If you cannot find a specialized reference book, look for broader titles that include a section or chapter on the category.