inMay 8, 2009 - 2:23pm
As we were setting up another auction, I was the lucky one who got to sort vintage postcards. These weren't your regular postcards. These started in around the late 1890's and fisnished up in the 1980's. They were from the same couple of people, and their families. It started with the grandparents, and their friends and family, talking about the day to day things and about special family events. The earliest one showed a picture of the town they were in and on the back the story of the new house. Then we move into holiday post cards.
Rinker's Opinion: Is it possible to predict with absolute certainty the long range value of an antique or collectible?
inMay 5, 2009 - 4:15pm
Even God does not have the ability to predict with absolute certainty the long range value of an antique or collectible. The antiques and collectibles market is fickle because its buyers and sellers are fickle.
If I had the ability to predict future value, do you think I would be writing this blog? Of course not. Instead I would be retired and sitting on the beach of some South Sea Island basking in the sunshine from the profits I made.
inMay 5, 2009 - 3:23pm
Floragold is a beautiful, marigold-color glass with a lacey, flowery, vine pattern. It is a very confusing type of glass for beginning glass collectors to identify, however. The Floragold pattern is often incorrectly referred to as Depression Glass. It is true that it is made in that tradition by Jeannette Glass Company, which also manufactured Depression glass in the 1920’s and 1930’s, but Floragold dates from the 1950’s.
inMay 5, 2009 - 3:12pm
It was about 10 years ago that I heard from my brother about an up and coming way that people were selling vintage items and things from their own closets and cupboards. They were selling these things online. It seemed rather scary at the time – listing items with just a description (no photos at that time) and trusting that people would really pay for these things. This was all new to me – I had no idea where or how to start. I asked my brother what I should look for to sell. He advise was to go to yard sales and see what was available in my area.
inMay 4, 2009 - 3:51pm
First, I check the Internet. Most major antiques show and flea market promoters have websites. It takes more than location, map, hours, pictures, etc., to entice me to attend. I want detailed information about the type of merchandise offered and a list of some, if not all, of the regular exhibitors. I also want to know if there are any “special” shows or weekends, e.g., an extravaganza weekend at a flea market or a specialized show, e.g., vintage fashion, within a general antiques show.
inMay 4, 2009 - 1:50pm
Peridot is one of the few gemstones that comes in only one color. The fresh cut grass green is its distinctive signature. The intensity and tint of the green depends on how much iron is in the crystal structure, so the hue of several different gems can vary in color and intensity. Peridot is generally a lime green tone however, yellow-green through deep olive green with a hint of brown is acceptable. The most valuable is considered the dark green olive color.
inMay 4, 2009 - 1:26pm
It was snowing and didn't look like the kind of morning that sales would be very good. There were only 2 that day and I didn't have much hope of finding anything. As I drove around looking for the first sale, my hopes dropped even more. Why was I even doing this? The weather was bad and I felt cranky because of it. I had to park down the street and walk through the slush. Why am I here?
inMay 1, 2009 - 1:46pm
Today we're talking about the history of the apron. For hundreds of years, homemakers have used aprons to keep their clothing clean and carry items when doing chores such as gathering eggs or for collecting kindling wood. In the 1940s and 1950s the apron took on a new roll as that of a stereotype for the "perfect mother" or grandmother who always wore an apron.
My grandfather, grandmother in her apron and I in 1960
inApril 30, 2009 - 4:56pm
Recently, Harry Rinker wrote an article giving his thoughts about Price Guides and their decline in usefulness. That prompted me to assess why I still buy books on antiques and collectibles. I agree with him on the price guides as a less of a learning tool. I have found that books which focus on a single area within a category are my best resources.
inApril 30, 2009 - 4:45pm
A good photo of your item speaks a thousand words but your description should never be that long. Have you visited a site or on line store where it seems an entire page is one long paragraph? It is very hard to read and a waste of time on your part and the customers. Let the photo's speak for themselves and add only the most pertinent information in your description.