Vintage Collectibles

Rinker's Opinion: What are the price guides you cannot live without and why?

I use printed price guides sparingly these days. Some may consider this an odd statement coming from a person who authored or edited over forty price guides in his professional career.


Daylily Treasures: A Time For Renewal

People seem to have an inborn fortitude to get through tough times. And it’s been the tough times that increase our creativity and determination to keep on going and persevere. Recently things around us appear to be crumbling. But I see a lot of potential for renewal and innovation. It’s how we react that determines how we get through. I would urge people to take a fresh look at their web based businesses and think about ways to make improve.


Cinsababe's: The Treasure That Found Me

I sat at the auction every Monday morning. I showed up early, scouring through the endless box lots and show cases for the pieces that would quickly find their way to eBay. I always had my eye on the prize—the silver covered powder dish that someone had hidden away in a box of bath towels, the sparkling Eisenberg brooch in the bottom drawer of a jewelry box, the Art Deco dress clip that matched the one I already had at home, and the list goes on. I hardly ever took a potty break and lunch was always a quick trip to the snack bar.


Antiques by Charla: Flea Markets Do Have Unknown Treasures

Have you ever visited one of the large outdoor flea markets, waited in line at the entry gate, and then made a mad dash for the very back of the field. Well, you may have been one of those who ran right past my 40 foot tent, without a second thought, at a large northeast flea market.


Born too Late Vintage: Robert Goldworm - Vintage Fashion

New to vintage clothing as a business (I've been wearing vintage since my high school days), I was roaming through racks clothing at one of my haunts that I get to visit twice a year.

The colors hit me first. Then the intricate knitting and the quality of the seam work captivated me. I knew I had found a dress worthy of taking home with me.


Penny Candy Collectibles & Embellishments: A Show Vendor's View

18th Annual Spring Antiques Show -- Old Wall Historical Society
Date of the Event: Saturday March 14, 2009
Wall, NJ


Antiki: Mixing it Up

When I first began collecting and studying antiques, I had only an interest in amethyst glass and Art Nouveau anything -- deep black purples, swirls of vines, curvy lines and severe ones, fascinated my eye. A mixture of op-art and pop art and the mystery of it, held my attention and my wallet. I still cherish those styles.


Rinker on Collectibles: Home Gold Parties - Seller Beware

In these tough economic times, individuals are considering selling objects they no longer need to obtain much needed cash. Items made from precious metals and possibly containing precious and semi-precious stones are high on the list. Hosting a “Gold Party” has become a national phenomenon. Stories appear regularly in newspapers and magazines and on the Internet, radio, and television. The classic cautionary warning of “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is” is ignored by a desperate public.


Cobble Creek Antiques & Collectibles: A Beginners Guide to Flea Market Shopping

Early morning, it's barely light and I'm staring at a field filled with vintage collectibles and antiques. I don't know which way to go first - the furniture off to the left looks intriguing and over to the right is an impressive display of vintage clothing. Straight ahead are tables loaded with small items that beg closer inspection. After stumbling from my bed at 4:00 a.m. and driving for a couple of hours, I've arrived at one of my favorite events - a flea market.


Rinker On Collectibles: Questions and Answers

QUESTION: My stepfather has a painting, oil on canvas, signed “LeRoy Neiman” in the lower left corner. “Healy” is printed beneath Neiman’s signature. My stepfather’s wife bought it for him as a 25th birthday present in August 1966. The canvas measures 23 1/2in x 30in, the frame 29in x 35in. The picture shows the back of a bull fighter. It features bold, colorful brush strokes. According to my stepfather, this picture was featured in Playboy in the early to mid-1960s as part of its “Man at His Leisure” series.


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