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A friendly group to share Antiquing Basics 101 . No grades, no tests...just fun.

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Meet Your Moderator Les Beyer

About Les:
In his own words "Born in Elizabeth, NJ. Grew up in Metuchen, NJ.
Became interested in Antiques when I learned that my Great-Great Grandfather was a wooden ship builder on Staten Island, NY and most of his hand tools were still in a chest my grandfather had. In time the tools became mine and I set off on a quest to learn all I could about old tools, and their uses, and find replacements for the tools that were missing from the chest. I was about 14 years old when the tools came into my possession and I've been around Antiques (both buying & selling) ever since.
I now reside in Eastern Pennsylvania with my wife, 2 cats, and more ducks than you can shake a stick at."

Discussion Forum

The Ten Levels Of The Antiques Trade By Ed Welch For The Journal Of Antiques

Started by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk Jan 22, 2016.

What is a Windsor chair? 4 Replies

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Q. What does the label say? 2 Replies

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Sunscreen for Antiques 3 Replies

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Cleaning Old Bottles - video

Started by Les Beyer Jun 23, 2013.

Making Sense of Confusing Furniture Terms By Pamela Wiggins 1 Reply

Started by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk. Last reply by Charles CT QUALITY ANTIQUES Feb 21, 2013.

Opening an Antiques Shop Country Living Magazine

Started by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk Feb 12, 2013.

Antique dealers offer sage advice on starting a booth

Started by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk Feb 3, 2013.

Picker’s Secret Magic Wood Restoration Juice 3 Replies

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What You Need To Consider When Renting An Antique Booth 1 Reply

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How to Instantly Know if an Item is Vintage 1 Reply

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Mother of Pearl Table ware

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Antique Mall Etiquette 3 Replies

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Care of Handmade Lace

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Being a novice, I found this site very informative

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Resource for helping to identify vintage/antiques 1 Reply

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Careers in Antiques

Started by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk Dec 26, 2010.

Antique Booth Display Ideas: The Importance Of Color And Charm

Started by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk Dec 13, 2010.

Time For An Antique Booth Make-Over

Started by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk Feb 15, 2010.

Where Do Junk Collectors Hunt For Freebies, Bargains And The Best Deals ?

Started by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk Feb 5, 2010.

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Comment by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk on December 27, 2009 at 6:39pm
Les.....remember what I said...fine chocolate......think of this as fine chocolate....Dianne
Comment by Les Beyer on December 27, 2009 at 4:30pm
Have you ever gotten a fruit cake for Christmas? You probably didn't want a fruit cake but you appreciate the thought anyway.
Thanks for this fruit cake Dianne.
Comment by Craig Phillips / B & C Emporium on June 30, 2009 at 10:43am
This months show at the Allegan Antique show,
the weather leading up to this last weekends show was HOT!! for Michigan standards we were up to 99 degrees with a 70 degree dew point ( muggy) like Florida.
Saturday was set up day we were still in the low 90's & humid, so the set up was slow not to get heat exhaustion, not much dealer traffic moving around, only the very hungry for merch.
had a storm front come thru between 10 pm & 5 am rain and wind thunder & lightning some awnings down, and some blow over but not to bad, and still was muggy till about 10:30 tho the show opened up at 7:00 after 10:30 the cold front finally went thru, then the weather got much nicer to do work in, temp got up to low-mid 80's and partly sunny, good crowd, show over at 4:30 then we get to load up what did not sell or what we bought and go home, at least this show, is right at home not like some of the other shows we used to do that were 4-5 hours drive to get home
Bring on July show next
Craig Phillips
B & C Emporium
http://www.b-c-e.biz
Comment by Craig Phillips / B & C Emporium on June 8, 2009 at 8:02pm
This months show The Allegan Antique show. the weather could not have been better, sunshine, about mid 70's lots of people good show.

Craig Phillips
B & C Emporium
http://www.b-c-e.biz
Comment by Craig Phillips / B & C Emporium on April 27, 2009 at 10:15am
The one thing so far I had forgot to add to the list of things about cost's of the antique dealers doing shows, is the cost of rain damaged goods from inclemmit weather, and a good rain coat, as we just got thru doing the first show at the Allegan antique market, an outside fairgrounds type of show, and we had about 3-4 inches of rain and winds up to 60 mph lots of the easy up awnings were all down in piles, stuff blew over, and every one wet and dishearted, then the sun came out for packing up and it got hot and humid, yuck!, so roll on next month's shows.
Craig Phillips
B & C Emporium
http://www.b-c-e.biz
Comment by Craig Phillips / B & C Emporium on April 16, 2009 at 9:42am
Robert/ Rescuelife products,
the first thing for a uniform info sheet

would be the cost,

and whom and where from purchased (dealer or auction or private party's name, address, city, state, & phone number if possible) attach a copy of the invoice & check or credit card copy, so if it is stolen they police can go back on to the person you purchased it from

date acquired

if their is a number or identification number given it by a collectors group, serial number ( like on electronics, radios, guns) DO NOT PUT your own numbers into the item as it will lessen the value if you want to label it put on a removable label or string tag on the item.

a picture or two,

Notes on any repairs or damage that might help in id'ing the item if stolen or lost, photos of this would be good,

providonce any info on its history ( previous owners etc)

Its Dimensions

a note of any thing that you have, or had done to it since you have acquired the item.

most collectors would know most of these items off the top of there head, but their family's posibly would not have the foggyest idea what the item was other than ("X")

This would be a good start.
Craig Phillips
B & C Emporium
http://www.b-c-e.biz
Comment by rescuelifeproducts on April 16, 2009 at 2:42am
Unifrom Information Worksheet For Antiques

The serious antique collector should develope a worksheet for recording information.
What are the most important fields that should be allow for in such a document?
What should these fields establish for the reader?
What data would you consider optional on such a form?
Comment by Craig Phillips / B & C Emporium on April 15, 2009 at 5:38pm
To some of the collectors. or causal shoppers.
some of the costs of doing shows,
gas, most dealers drive these wonderful gas gusslers my rig gets 9 miles to a gal when I baby it, and on most weekends I drive 400-500 miles then I drive this van as a daily driver also. so last year a weekend of gas was $250 average.

motel costs $50-100 a night

food, I usually do not count food cause I have to eat, but this is resturant food. for the weekend including a couple of pops over each day $50-100 per person

market space, this can go from $25. to $1000 per space, most of the markets we do cost between $75. to $135. per space and we use 2 spaces $ 195 average for us

and if you have any of the porters or helpers to help set up and tear down your booth, tables, awinings, load vehicle $20-$100.

time involved with just the show, I load truck on Friday, drive to the show saturday morning, set up for the show, get supper and go to motel for the night, get up at 5:00 am to get breakfast, and drive to show and get uncovered by 7:00 opening of the gates, work the show for the day, we usually are under contract to not start packing up till usually 4:00 pm some do not follow their contracts, then we get to load up what we did not sell or bought that weekend, and drive home, usually on a normal show weekend I get home between 11:00-1:00 in the morning, then get up and be at our retail store for opening at 9:00 am and then unload the trunk from the weekend, and ship anything that needs to be shipped out from the weekend,then in 4 days do it all over again, along with getting in fresh stuff to sell, fix it up mow the grass and such,
Also I have to hire a person to work in my store while I am at a show $75-$100

So the cost for doing a show at these distances for us is about $800. + the cost of the product that we sell at the shows not counting our time.
and not thinking of doing these shows 800-1200 miles away

Craig Phillips
B & C Emporium
http://www.b-c-e.biz
Comment by Craig Phillips / B & C Emporium on April 2, 2009 at 10:42am
Laura, I agree with twice around books, a flea bite is a miniscule (tiny) nip on a corner of a cut or rim. it is like if your in a hurry you would not see this or if it was dirty, you would not see this, tho if you took your time you would notice it.
Craig Phillips
B & C Emporium
http://www.b-c-e.biz
Comment by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk on March 26, 2009 at 7:45pm
Thanks Liz....Dianne
 

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