Vintage Collectibles

Judy's Lovelies: Hard Times/ Changing Times

Most of us have experienced lagging sales in the last several months. To be honest, I have just sat back and accepted it as a sign of the times. Due to other issues, there hasn’t been the time or energy to put forth a real effort in countering the problems.

I determined some of the issues are beyond my control. The economy, postal rates, fear of the internet. Maybe some of these issues can be addressed.


Antiques by Charla: Hoosier Cabinets - Fabulous "Modern" Kitchens From Long Ago

If you haven't had the pleasure of seeing a Hoosier baking cupboard first hand, you are missing the miracle of that magical creation that was the joy of early 20th century women. The "Hoosiers" were the homemaker's dream, with everything required for baking housed in one cabinet. These fabulous all-in-one kitchens were sold under various maker names, but are now generically referred to as "Hoosiers".


Rinker on Collectibles: Endangered Species

Endangered Species: A plant or animal species existing in such small numbers that it is in danger of becoming extinct, especially such a species placed in jeopardy as a result of human activity. One of the principal factors in the endangerment or extinction of a species is the destruction or pollution of its native habitat. Other factors include overhunting, international extermination, and the accidental or intentional introduction of an alien species that outcompetes the native species for environmental resources.


Katstrinkets: Silence - Or Not?

After selling on the internet for several years-mostly, very part time-I decided I really needed to try to organize myself and turn it into a "real" business. That was the lessor struggle for me. The other, and bigger, struggle for me was talking to people.


Astro PackRats Taurus: APR 20 - MAY 20

There is always a lot going on in the celestial world.  More than I could even consider addressing in this short little column.  I keep it simple and hopefully entertaining for you.  There is always more to say and places more deeply to sojourn.

We all will be affected by Mercury retrograde which will be begin the 7th May and end the 30th of May.  It begins in Gemini and turns to Taurus on the 14th.  What I have to say of all this is …. 

Take your time and be very clear in your communications.  Don’t assume because you ‘get it’ ,other’s will too.  This is more of a time for information gathering rather than application to information.  Don’t be surprised if you computers goes silly, your flight to Africa changes, or appointments are lost or not attended.  It’s a pretty ‘airy fairy’ time and trying to pin down someone to anything may seem harder than usual.  When it goes to Taurus… well.. all the above feels like everyone is mentally stubborn and resistant to any ideas other than their own cherished ones.  Take your time, be clear, quite being so tenacious, and give everyone a break.  Be nice.  Till next month….. (be nice all the time)

Your Pack Rat leader, Jeanne Adwani


43 Chesapeake Court Antiques: Creative Ideas on Entertaining Using Antique Napkin Rings

Several months ago, I decided to do an antique show. It had been several years since I had participated in a show. Prior to my decision to sell on-line, I had been doing at least 2 shows a year. It was always enjoyable to spend time with my customers, share ideas, and current happenings in their lives.


Sherer Heaven: The Summer Porch

I grew up on an Iowa farm during the 1940-50s, and lived in a large "four-square" farmhouse with two porches to the south, one of which was glazed/screened in. During the winter, this porch was a great place to store foods...particularly, Christmas cookies and candies...as it became a giant freezer when the temps dipped below 25-30 degrees.


Rinker On Collectibles: Questions and Answers

QUESTION: I have an old aluminum one-cup measuring cup that says, “SWANS DOWN CAKE FLOUR MAKES BETTER CAKES” on its side. When was this premium issued? – BJ, Andalusia, IL, E-mail Question


Born Too Late Vintage: American Designer Claire McCardell

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.


Attachment: Field Notes from the 2009 French Flea Markets


Flea and Tick Season is almost with us, so I thought I would send back some field notes from the French Flea Markets of 2009, for anyone considering a visit to France later in the year.


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