Vintage Collectibles

Treasure Box Antiques: My Favorite Glass Pattern is Floragold

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.

Daylily Treasures: Relocation Can Change More Than Location

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.

Rinker's Opinion: What is your strategy for shopping an antiques show or flea market?

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.

Sorren's-Blue Scarlettshard: Peridot - The Gem of the Sun

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.

Kat's ColoradoTrinkets: Tocktoo

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?

Born Too Late Vintage: Vintage Aprons

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

Antiques on Canaan St.: Building Your Reference Library

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.

Gardenartus Antiques: Those Crucial Pics and Descriptions

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.

Antiques by Charla: The Mystery of Hoosier Cabinet Glassware

My previous blog discussed the main characteristics of those fabulous space saving all-in-one early 20th century kitchens, generically referred to as Hoosier Cabinets. It is becoming extremely difficult to find these cabinets today, with their original components intact. Even the original tin sifters may have been removed long ago, for one reason or another.

Cinsababe's: A Life Well-Lived

My Grandfather Died Today . . .

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