inApril 16, 2009 - 4:07pm
I decided to write about the designer credited as the inventor of ready-to-wear for women, Claire McCardell. My interest was piqued when I discovered through various information on the internet that Ms. McCardell was a native of Frederick, Maryland, the town where my mother grew up and where my grandmother, uncles and aunt still reside today.
inApril 16, 2009 - 3:33pm
Harry Rinker: When did you realize you were a serious collector and collecting was more than a passing fancy?
inApril 14, 2009 - 2:07pm
I have the bassinet in which my parents brought me home from the hospital, the crib in which I slept, and highchair in which I sat. I grew up in a culture and family that believes in the two concepts—“it is too good to throw out” and hand-me-downs, a version of recycling.
inApril 14, 2009 - 2:00pm
I have the good fortune of not only being a grandmother ten times over, but a great-grandmother three times with another on the way. Recently, my first great-granddaughter, Bryanna, asked if she and her mother could have a sleepover at my house, as her father was going to be gone for the weekend. Of course, I was delighted and suggested they come for dinner and I would fix their favorite foods.
inApril 14, 2009 - 1:50pm
You have heard and shared this thought. I believe that it is basically true. My problem was that I didn’t seem to know anyone when I started this business. But I have found that taking the time to reach out, befriend, show concern for and help others can make you part of that “in” crowd.
inApril 13, 2009 - 10:24am
Passing along a great surprise to my clients is so much fun, it is almost as much fun as finding things tucked away in the purchased article. Whenever this happens , I try to price the item so it is still the reasonable price it needs to be for my margins, but also may be a little perk I can add to the cost of the piece.
inApril 10, 2009 - 4:56pm
I recently sold a large Fenton Hobnail basket to a customer who asked if I would please ship it to her sister. She went on to tell me that their Mother always had a similar blue basket out at Easter so she had been looking for one for herself and one for her Sister so they might carry on the tradition in their own homes.
inApril 9, 2009 - 12:44pm
I received an e-mail from Dennis Hull and Gary Domzalski, co-owners of Affordable Antiques & More in Naperville, Illinois, in response to “Its Time For Some Good News,” a previous Rinker on Collectibles column. Their upbeat, positive attitude about the future of the antiques and collectibles marketplace is most refreshing.
inApril 9, 2009 - 12:32pm
Part I. Manufacturing Marks:
inApril 9, 2009 - 12:17pm
My snowy morning all started out with the internet not working, because of the snow piled high on the satellite. Which lead me to work on a project in the house. My husband and I had decided a few months ago to redo a bathroom. The ideas were great, lots of help from the kids. We decided on the plans, and started to gather the tools, materials and dare I say it, "A drink or two." We took out the old shower, found a leaky valve. This will not be the last water issue either. We gathered the 'rock' for the shower.