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Highwaymen Paintings Unknown Artists Framed Paintings

This is what we know already:

The Highwaymen artists are/were a collection of African American artists from Fort Pierce, Florida who painted vivid landscapes and Florida scenes. They painted from the 1950's to the 1970's and their works were sold commercially in galleries but mostly from the trunks of cars to passing motorists. These artists were masters at capturing Florida sunrises and sunsets.

The question is are there other artists out there other than those listed in many… Continue

Added by Big T on April 11, 2008 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Cleaning Antique Doll Clothes

Anyone out there know how to properly clean vintage and antique doll dresses and undergarments without tearing anything? We've had a few excellent looking dolls but the clothes have looked very worn and dirty bringing the overall value down because of the pictures. Also, what is the easiest way to get a smoke odor out of these clothes?

Added by Big T on April 10, 2008 at 1:48pm — 1 Comment

Antique Clock Shops

Is it just me or are there fewer and fewer clock shops in the area nowadays? Living in Connecticut we are surrounded by a hub of clock manufacturers from old. There are hardly any repair shops anymore. We've had so many calls for Clock repair and for parts that one would think that the business should still be lucrative. Especially in an area abundant in Seth Thomas, Waltham, Waterbury, New Haven, and Ansonia Clock Brands. Any specialists out there… Continue

Added by Big T on April 10, 2008 at 1:44pm — 1 Comment

Antique Cast Iron Coin Banks

Just an example here. I've come across a collection of these Cast Iron Safe style banks. Just wondering if there is anything particular I should be looking for. Any important names or patent dates. Is there more information to be found if the bank is taken apart? Any comments would be greatly appreciated.

Added by Big T on April 10, 2008 at 1:37pm — 2 Comments

Antique Musical Instruments

We just got in a collection of Antique Bugles and Trumpets.
Our store link is
The best item that we just procured is an old Royal Kent Bugle. Any extra info on this piece would be greatly appreciated!

Added by Big T on April 10, 2008 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Shipping Arts and Crafts Lamps & Antique Floor Lamps

Is there anyone out there willing to share the secret of easily shipping antique floor lamps? The last time we tried it was met with disaster for everyone involved. The costs for shipping something so large is just way too outrageous these days as well. You go with a cheaper style of shipment and it gets there in pieces. We all know this problem. The question really is: Is there a way to ensure safe delivery with very little cost? The greatest problem is that your usually attempting to package… Continue

Added by Big T on April 10, 2008 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Antique Appraisals Online

I've seen a few sites like this, they advertise Online appraisals utilizing pictures. But does it have the same type of merit as placing a piece in front of a live appraiser? Shouldn't there be insurance fraud issues that pop up with this sort of program? I mean I could easily take pictures from online sources and tell the appraiser that this is my Antique Chair from so in so Grandparents. Then take the appraisal as an insurance claim. We actually denied someone the ability to get an appraisal… Continue

Added by Big T on April 10, 2008 at 1:24pm — No Comments

Ungraded American Coin Values

We all know that graded coins can easily do a lot more money online that their non-graded brethren, but the grading process can be a hassle and sometimes due to the anal nature of the grading system the grade might come back less than valuable than the price to grade them. So, what’s the key? What’s the secret? Comments totally welcome!

Added by Big T on April 10, 2008 at 1:16pm — No Comments

Native American Antiques

Being in CT chances are it's quite easy for me to go out into the woods for a hike and come across an arrowhead or a rock shaped like some sort of Native American tool. The question is: How do you differentiate between the rocks and the authentic axe heads or carving tools of ancient America?

Added by Big T on April 10, 2008 at 1:03pm — No Comments

Vintage Aladdin Oil Lamps

What's more important: The Lamp base or the Shade? We had a couple customers come in over the last few months and some older but not antique Aladdin Lamps came in. Some shades I’ve seen online seem to do really well, but then you notice other shades that almost look exactly the same just do terrible. I’ve been hesitant on the buying end because of this. The other thing is, How can you tell an Aladdin Shade if the base is no longer present? The Picture… Continue

Added by Big T on April 10, 2008 at 12:30pm — No Comments

U.S. coins vs Foreign Currency

Lately the store has been a bustle with plenty of coins coming in and being sent out. One thing has been consistent though, Regardless of the denomination, Gold and or Silver Content: US Coins and currency seems to be the top priority in the selling market. Just try to tell that to one of our customers though that bring in a Russian coin over 150 years old and they get discouraged because there’s a bunch of them out there. So here’s the question: Is… Continue

Added by Big T on April 10, 2008 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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Added by phyllis levan on March 26, 2008 at 11:49pm — No Comments

I will just jump right in and start with the amazing alternative health successes I have experienced since my new awaking in the 1980’s. Now remember I mentioned in the last blog my Grandma June and …

I will just jump right in and start with the amazing alternative health successes I have experienced since my new awaking in the 1980’s. Now remember I mentioned in the last blog my Grandma June and the inspiring influence she and on me as a child. She raised me in a healthy environment and fed me a very healthy diet as a child. I believe that her convictions were instilled in me at an early age and I have been chosen to carry on the torch of helping people to create their own healthy… Continue

Added by Kathy on March 25, 2008 at 5:29pm — No Comments

SPECIAL GUEST EXPERT Today on Vintage Indie - "Auction Wally"

Vintage Indie is all new today with a very special guest



The Indie Wedding Guide!


The Indie Wedding Guide will continue next month, so book your space now (see blog for details)

Would you like to be a guest expert on Vintage Indie? Contact Me Subject: GUEST EXPERT

Added by Gabreial - Vintage Indie on March 24, 2008 at 8:30am — No Comments

NEW - Advertisement Opportunity on Vintage Buyer & Seller Community

The Vintage Buyer & Seller Community is now booking advertisements.

Membership of 300+

Please follow this link for the community and see right column for openings.

Added by Gabreial - Vintage Indie on March 21, 2008 at 10:03am — No Comments

I Antique Is Really Cool!

Wow! I just found I Antique Online over the week-end, and I am impressed. I plan on making I Antique Online a central part of my marketing strategy. Great work!

Added by Ron on March 17, 2008 at 1:03pm — No Comments

Plan ahead for April - Book your business for a successful month on Vintage Indie!

I encourage you to check out advertisement opportunities on Vintage Indie. Plan ahead for your new product launch, get the word out about your upcoming events and new openings.

It's my goal to work with each and every one of you for a successful campaign on Vintage Indie.

Each space is given a full editorial feature, with photos and details.

Do I fit on Vintage Indie? If you answer yes to any of… Continue

Added by Gabreial - Vintage Indie on March 17, 2008 at 8:54am — No Comments

Looking for 2008 Antique Shows & Flea Markets - Show off your booth from previous years!

Are you looking to get some extra exposure for your booth this year?

Vintage Indie is looking for some of the most fabulous antique booths out there. Do you qualify? Do you really go all out for your booth? We want to see it, send in your pictures of last year or prior years booth along with your list of shows you'll be at in this year and we may feature you on Vintage Indie!


To be considered photos must be of clear quality and be owned… Continue

Added by Gabreial - Vintage Indie on March 10, 2008 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

VI is looking for Guest Reporters

Do you shop at a local indie or vintage hot spot?

Vintage Indie is looking for guest reporters to show off your favorite vintage shops, antique shows, indie shops & more.

Please send me at note for further details if you are interested.

Thank you,
Gabreial Wyatt

Added by Gabreial - Vintage Indie on March 10, 2008 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Like Vintage? Join the Etsy Vintage Buyer & Seller's Community!

If you like vintage, you'll like the Etsy Vintage Buyer & Sellers Community!

Come on over and have a look!

Added by Gabreial - Vintage Indie on March 10, 2008 at 6:58pm — 1 Comment

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