inOctober 28, 2008 - 4:25pm
This question is fraught with danger. No matter what shows I pick, individuals will argue with my choices. Well they should. The right antiques and collectibles show for me is most likely the wrong show for you.
The question needs to be examined in tiers, from the high-end shows to the antiques and collectibles flea markets. Further, the continual growth of the one dimensional show, i.e., a show focusing on a single collecting category from advertising to dolls to firearms to toys, makes it extremely difficult to answer this question in a general way.
inOctober 27, 2008 - 12:18pm
The American postcard history is generally divided into seven eras spanning 1893 until the present day. The first picture postcard originated in Europe in the 1860s and the US began flirting with them during the civil war with envelopes and letterheads with patriotic designs and trade cards. The US government issued their first official postcards in 1873 with a postage rate of one cent while letters required 2 cents postage. This half price rate insured their quick acceptance by the public and businesses which printed their sales pitch on the back of the government post cards.
inOctober 24, 2008 - 12:08pm
Determining the age of a postcard is a task that can range from easy to impossible and requires knowledge, a keen eye, research and lots of luck. If we are talking about a used post card, many people will just use the postmark date or the date written by the sender in the message. Postmarks are great for determining a postcard is at least "X" number of years old but it is really only good for determining the latest date it could have been produced.
Harry Rinker: Biggest Issue Today Challenging the Antiques and Collectibles Market Isn't What You Think...
inOctober 23, 2008 - 1:49pm
Attracting new young collectors is the greatest challenge facing the antiques and collectibles trade today. It is not the current economic crisis, the most “obvious” first choice. The antiques and collectibles marketplace has weathered one financial crisis after another for the past one hundred years, e.g., the financial downturn of the late 1980s. It will survive this crisis.
inOctober 17, 2008 - 2:03pm
Things You’ll Need:
inOctober 16, 2008 - 4:46pm
QUESTION: I have a Pampers baby T-shirt that is over thirty years old. It is a small (12 month) and has a white body with yellow around the neck and long-sleeve cuffs. The front features artwork of a mommy and two baby birds sitting in a nest beneath an umbrella sheltering them from the rain. “Pamper a nice dry place to grow up” is printed above the nest. It is in excellent condition, never having been worn or washed. What is its value? – A, Calgary, Canada, E-mail.
inOctober 14, 2008 - 3:55pm
Think you know Hall China? Or maybe you're just starting to learn about the company's products. Whether it serves as a brief review or introduction to something totally new, you should find this list of facts to be interesting, if not downright enlightening.
- Hall China Company began production in 1903 in East Liverpool, Ohio.
inOctober 9, 2008 - 4:18pm
Even the most apathetic among the American populace usually stop to ponder who they'd like to see, or not see, as our country's next president at some point during a campaign. It's an American tradition.
For some folks, however, the red, white and blue memorabilia accompanying an election year provides more entertainment than a fleeting campaign ever could.
The Lure of Presidential Memorabilia
inOctober 7, 2008 - 3:40pm
During a recent appraisal, a client asked me to value her objects based on what I thought she would realize if she sold them. After providing a value for a stamped brass sheet-covered wood box, she exclaimed, "That is less than I paid for it." If I heard this once, I have heard it a thousand times. What a person pays for an object is not a factor, except to that person, when selling it. The only value that matters is the price at which the object sells at a given moment in time.
inSeptember 23, 2008 - 4:48pm
QUESTION: I have a 1964-65 World’s Fair US Royal Tires Ferris Wheel battery-operated toy. It is made of plastic and still works. However, the battery compartment is somewhat corroded. I have the box in which it came and, to the best of my knowledge, it is complete. What is its value? – JK, Willoughby, OH, E-mail Question