inDecember 2, 2008 - 12:24pm
There are two primary types of Porcelain, with a third distinguished by nomenclature when a specific additive to a basic formula is included:
Hard Paste Porcelain
inDecember 1, 2008 - 5:06pm
By: Ellen Bell
Decorated evergreen trees are a beloved symbol of the Christian holiday of Christmas. However, history tells us that conifer trees were worshipped by various societies long before Christians caught on to the idea.
inDecember 1, 2008 - 3:58pm
In November 1987, I began buying toys and putting them away in a closet. My plan is simple: repeat the buying process for thirty years. It was not as daunting a task in 1987. It is twenty-two years later. In the thirty-first year, I will take the first year’s toys out of the closet and compare their initial cost with their current value in the collectibles market, repeating the process for twenty-nine years until the project concludes in 2046, at which point, assuming I am alive, I will be one hundred and five years old.
inNovember 26, 2008 - 3:36pm
14K White Gold Pearl Diamond Ring
inNovember 26, 2008 - 2:30pm
The first question I ask when considering a purchase is do I want it—do I really, really want it. My tastes are eclectic. I love it everything, so technically all I see is fair game. Need is not a consideration. Collecting is not about need. It is about want.
A new purchase has to supplement one of my collections—strengthen an existing collection or build a new one. The older I get, the more selective I am. There are so many things and so little money. Further, I no longer have five and ten dollar tastes.
inNovember 25, 2008 - 4:26pm
If you have ever pushed a mower around on a hot summer day and, a bit over-heated, stepped inside into a chilled, air-conditioned house, you might recall how the extreme shift in temperature seemed to give your body an uncomfortable shock. Then, if you immediately chugged down a tall glass of ice water you might give yourself a second jolt, and maybe a splitting headache.
inNovember 24, 2008 - 7:43am
What Is The Vintage List? http://www.thevintagelist.com
It used to be that there were only one or two places where most people sold vintage collectibles online, which made it simple for buyers and sellers to find each other. Times are changing though - in the new Web 2.0 environment, a lot of sellers are opening multiple shops on a variety of different venues, and/or on their own websites.
inNovember 20, 2008 - 3:14pm
AOL recently posted a Top Fifty list of television comedy shows. I am a sucker for “Top Lists” so I put my work aside and clicked my way through the list. Normally, I agree with top list choices, especially Top Ten lists. This time I had problems.
[Before proceeding, take time to develop you own all time Top Ten television comedies list.]
inNovember 19, 2008 - 4:54pm
- The oldest Snow Baby figures manufactured in the early 1900s and sold in popular department stores measure a mere one to three inches tall.
- Antique snow babies that were made in Germany are the most desirable and valuable to collectors.
- Newer Snowbabies figurines by Dept. 56 probably won’t increase drastically in value over time unless they are limited edition pieces or special character editions.
Rinker's Opinion: What do you predict to be the future of buying/selling antique online vs. physical shows, brick and mortar, et
inNovember 19, 2008 - 12:37pm
I remember life before the antiques malls, let alone the Internet. Never in my wildest dreams did I believe that eBay’s impact would rise and fall within a fifteen year span. I can hardly wait to see what happens next.
One thing is certain. Whatever happens will occur online. I have a fair idea of what is needed, but not who will develop it. The field badly needs a general online antiques and collectibles auction site, albeit one focused only on antiques and collectibles. The site has to resist the temptation to serve a broader sector.