I collect lots of things. I have been in antique shops since early childhood. My mom had an antique shop for 30 years and sent lots of things to Sotheby's to go under the hammer. I spent my adult life in the institutional brokerage business. I was a Block Trader, a Government bond salesman , and a Member of the Chicago Board of Trade. In the last 25 years, I have done a bunch of management consulting.
Tell us about your interest in antiques, collecting and any antique related websites, blogs, businesses.
My primary collection is marbles which I have collected since the early 1960s.
I have written a number of articles about marbles and three books about JABO marbles and how machine made marbles are made. I was the speaker at Amana in 2012.
I have spent much of the last three years trying to understand how marbles are made so that we can all ID them more accurately. David McCullough, with whom I have spoken almost daily for 6 years, mentored me all the way.
Like many, I use joemarbles.com as my go to resource for IDing marbles. Many of my marbles are pictured there.
My preferred fb marble chat is Vintage and Antique Marble Collecting which was started by Susan Jones. It is moderated by Danny Atkins( who is going to be the marble moderator here), Robb Forehand, Josh Horner, and Grant Campbell.
I also collect some Native American silver. I prefer concho belts and buckles.
My latest "things" are that I am trying to become a great photographer and since I live in Alexandria Bay, I am trying to learn about duck decoys at the knee of Glen Sweet whose decoys are very well known.
I look forward to meeting everyone here and will help if I can, but I will be asking for help from each of you too.
I plan to start selling on eBay in the second quarter of next year as well as here. I'd prefer to sell here.
Thank you Dianne Zweig for including me.
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Haha no, you're no where near alone. Is marbles your only interest? We have some awesome groups on here brother. Whadja Find is great for finding out about items you can't identify. You can Sell Your Antiques in this group. Or my all time favorite Glass Hound Heaven has some SUPER knowledgeable and friendly women who love to share what they know. They have taught me most of what I know about glass. :-D
A very big welcome to our terrific site, we hope that you get involved in many of our groups, and post some photos of your collection(s) etc with the information on yourself already on your page. When you get comfortable here please would you add an avatar picture and feel free to customize your profile page, to make it more you (easy templates provided)
Then you can start exploring the site and join as many groups as you like, let us know your interests and we can point you in the right direction as to which groups to join, if you only want specific topics. Invite some friends from the group, this is very easy and we have such a great group of people, write an article or make an announcement on our http://iantiqueonline.ning.com/forum (found on the main page) or post in any of the specialty group forums. Be sure to visit Whadja Find (tell others what you found remember to read how to post the photo’s correctly not links and add a detailed description to enable the others to give help easier). Visit the Sell My Antiques Group (where you can sell antiques, collectibles, art etc, should you wish to sell an item) By the way....each group has its own forum and also a comment wall (like a bulletin board). Forums help keep the threads (topics) organized. You are always welcome to start a new forum in any group. The Main forum is for general announcements for the whole community. If you need further help click on the Help Desk button at the top of your page. This feature provides answers to frequently asked questions and other tips, suggestions and information. Should you get stuck on technical matters or need to report an issue use the "Report an Issue" button on the very bottom of your page. Please tell your friends not already on the site about us. You can invite new members by clicking on the invite button on the top of you page,
Enjoy, make friends and look forward to your discussions and posts.
C. Dianne ZweigKathyPark Editor-In-Chief Co-Founder Welcome Centre Team Leader Dianne@cdiannezweig.com