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Antique Garden Furniture Fair Welcomes Spring

Tuesday April 15, 2014

Coalbrookdale Cast Iron Garden ChairAs if another good reason to visit the The New York Botanical Garden is needed this spring, antique lovers in the area won't want to miss the Antique Garden Furniture Fair coming up April 25-27, 2014. Along with outdoor furniture of yesteryear, an array of antique garden accessories and specialty plants will also be available at the show. And if you're needing a refresher on highly collectible Coalbrookdale cast iron furniture before heading out, I've got you covered. Read more ...

Vintage Photobooth Series Prompts Questions About Mystery Man

Friday April 11, 2014

PhotoboothImagesA series of vintage photobooth self portraits, or "selfies," taken over a number of decades have been transformed into an unlikely museum exhibit. The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University in New Jersey is currently displaying the 445 images as part of "Striking Resemblance: The Changing Art of Portraiture." These photos were purchased from an antiques dealer prior to being included in the exhibit, and the fact that they depict an unidentified man make them all the more intriguing. Even so, it's a perfect example of why photo conservation should include carefully marking prints with names and dates whenever possible. Read more ...

Shoe Artistry Featured in Art & Sole

Thursday April 10, 2014

Art & Sole by Jane WeitzmanArt  & Sole, a new book by Jane Weitzman, wife of shoe designer Stuart Weitzman, takes a look at shoes as works of art. It's a perfect-for-giving type of title for anyone who loves shoes or fashion. What makes it even nicer is that 100 percent of the profits from this book support ovarian and breast cancer research so it's good for your inner philanthropist, too. But are shoes, artsy or otherwise, considered collectible? You bet! Read more ...

Antique Dealers: Have You Updated Your Square Reader?

Monday April 7, 2014

SquareReaderMany antique show and shop dealers use Square Readers to take credit cards these days. It's a great service that simplifies the process at a reasonable cost, and shoppers appreciate it. But many users haven't gotten the word that first generation Square Readers will no longer be supported as of June 1, 2014. Users must log into their Square accounts and a request a new readers free of charge.  The new Readers, which are sent out promptly, are much thinner and reportedly work better as well. Read more ...

Learning About Fulper Pottery

Sunday March 30, 2014

FulperVase.jpgNew pottery collectors are often looking for affordable options, and Fulper can certainly offer some interesting pieces that won't break the bank. See a couple of these and learn about the company's other products, including dolls, with this new feature. Read more ...

Hone Your Bargaining Stills for Spring Antiquing

Sunday March 30, 2014

Stove SignI just got back from the Round Top and Warrenton, Texas areas where the flea market fields are already in full swing and the big antique shows will be opening up soon. There are so many cool finds there it's hard to know where to begin, but you can bet that I always do a little haggling for better prices no matter where I end up. Now's the time to read up on honing your bargaining skills before you head out for some springtime antiquing, too. Read more ...

Suze Ormon Explores Financial Hardships Caused by Over-collecting

Wednesday March 26, 2014

Blue and White TransferwareA new pilot is in the works with financial expert Suze Ormon has casting directors looking for folks who've experienced financial hardships due to obsessive over-collecting for possible inclusion on the show. If you've had, or are having, this type of issue impact you or a family member, email me at antiques@aboutguide.com and I will put you in touch with a casting director.

Identifying Capodimonte Porcelain

Tuesday March 25, 2014

Early Capodimonte Figurine Held in the Victoria and Albert Museum in LondonCapodimonte can be a really confusing topic for collectors. There are a number of different styles and marks because there was more than one factory marking wares as Capodimonte, and they were made over many, many years. Learning to identify a number of different styles of this Italian porcelain is the first step in understanding what's what. Read more ...

Hair Work Jewelry: Is It All About Mourning?

Tuesday March 18, 2014

HairBrooch.jpgMany sellers list all hair work jewelry, especially pieces from the Victorian era, as mourning jewelry. It was all made during a very sentimental time in history, but is lumping it all in the the same category as adornment for the bereaved right? Read more...

Did You Catch the Debut of "Celebrity Home Raiders?"

Thursday March 13, 2014

SupermanAnother collectibles-related show debuted last week: Celebrity Home Raiders. This one, billed as unscripted, features Darren Julien of Julien's Auctions. His firm is famous for selling high-end celebrity memorabilia. So did you catch the debut on March 6? If not, another episode airs tonight!

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