Pamela Y. Wiggins practically grew up in her mother's antique shop where she learned the ins and outs of the business, lots of background on interesting old objects, and numerous tactics for savvy collecting. She continued on as an adult collector and expanded her study as a journalist specializing in antiques and collectibles.
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Pamela is in the process of writing Warman's Costume Jewelry (Krause Publications) due to be published in 2014. Her past work as an author includes writing the introduction for Warman's Jewelry 5th Edition (Krause Publications) and penning Buying and Selling Antiques & Collectibles on eBay (Thomson Course Technology). Her articles on varied antiques and collectibles topics have also appeared in a number of national periodicals including Heritage Magazine, Treasures and Numismatist, along with a many regional publications including Where GuestBook New York. She is the co-founder of Costume Jewelry Collectors Int’l (CJCI), an organization providing educational resources and events for those interested in collectible costume jewelry. Pamela also serves as an appraiser for ValueThisNow.com and has participated in several appraisal fairs evaluating vintage jewelry. She has been called upon as an expert consultant on the business of buying and selling antiques, and has been interviewed as an antiques expert on numerous television and radio programs. She is the proprietor of Chic Antiques by Pamela Wiggins with shops on RubyLane.com and eBay.com selling vintage and collectible jewelry along with vintage and contemporary designer accessories (linked below).
Pamela completed the International Society of Appraisers core courses in appraisal studies and also earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.
By Pamela Wiggins:
After more than a decade serving as the expert guide to antiques for About.com, I can honestly say it's been a pleasure to serve my fellow antiques lovers researching their "finds" and family heirlooms. It is my hope that the resources I provide will continue to be useful and entertaining. But I also know there's a lot more work to be done here, and I'm committed to the task. Feel free to email me at antiques @ aboutguide.com to let me know about resources you would like to see added to the site. I look forward to hearing from you!
- Costume Jewelry Collectors Int'l
CJCI is an organization for collectors of vintage and contemporary costume jewelry.
- Chic Antiques by Pamela Wiggins
Pamela sells vintage jewelry and other antiques on Ruby Lane.
- Chic Antiques on eBay
Pamela's experience includes selling on eBay since 1996 as chic.antiques.