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Mortality Lives Again as Funeral and Cemetery Items Pique Interest

Mortality Lives Again as Funeral and Cemetery Items Pique Interest

The painful subjects of mourning and burying the dead are drawing attention at museums and auction houses, while some attractions in the field are reaching the ends of their runs.

In the last year the Museum of Death in Los Angeles opened a …

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Added by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk on March 1, 2016 at 11:39am — No Comments

In the age of Amazon, used bookstores are making an unlikely comeback

In the age of Amazon, used bookstores are making an unlikely comeback

Early next month, Pablo Sierra is opening a used bookstore in Northwest Washington — an unlikely bet in the digital age made even more inconceivable, given that his only experience with books is reading them.

“I guess it is pretty crazy,” Sierra said, echoing an observation shared by some of his friends.

Or maybe not. Sierra, like ­other book lovers, has read articles about slowing e-book…

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Added by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk on December 28, 2015 at 12:33pm — No Comments

Where Do You Go to Buy and Sell Collectibles Besides eBay?

Where Do You Go to Buy and Sell Collectibles Besides eBay?

By: Ina Steiner

For many years, the number one place to buy and sell collectibles was eBay when it came to online venues. We're always looking at the options opening up to dealers and collectors, and in Sunday's issue of EcommerceBytes Update, Greg Holden is taking another look at the state of online collecting. 
We know that lots of dealers sell vintage…
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Added by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk on December 22, 2015 at 3:34pm — 1 Comment

Financial Considerations for Collectors of Art, Antiques and the Esoteric

Financial Considerations for Collectors of Art, Antiques and the Esoteric

LOOKING back on some of the most popular antiques he has sold, Bill Rau, chief executive of M.S. Rau Antiques in New Orleans, said two truly stood out for both their value and scarcity.



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Added by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk on December 13, 2015 at 6:10pm — No Comments

SPOTLIGHT ON MEMBER RAF SANTANA

SPOTLIGHT ON MEMBER RAF SANTANA

I've been a dealer for a number of years now, exhibiting at regional and International Fine Art and Antique fairs. I don’t have a gallery or shop as I sell via my private client list, but I do have an online presence with my site www.palladiumfineart.com.



In recent years, along with many other dealers, I’ve noticed a huge drop in business. With the…

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Added by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk on September 1, 2013 at 12:08pm — 2 Comments

SPOTLIGHT ON MEMBER KYLE CLARK

LEARNING FROM DAD

My name is Kyle Clark. I'm what you would call a beginner when it comes to antiques. My interest started about 10 years ago when I was around 13-15 years old. I was introduced to, what I only knew it as at the time, "Depression Glass" by my father. His friend had a fairly large collection of about 50 pieces or so that we displayed in a nice open display cabinet. He had lined it with black lights, and this is where my fascination began. When…

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Added by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk on September 1, 2013 at 12:05pm — 2 Comments

SPOTLIGHT ON MEMBER ANNIE THOMPSON OF NEW YORK

SPOTLIGHT ON MEMBER ANNIE THOMPSON OF NEW YORK 
 Growing Up On Long Island
I grew up in Smithtown, New York which is out on Long Island. In 1976, when the rest of the country was celebrating it’s Bi-centennial, our town was already 10 years past the Tri-centennial mark.  In typical, New York fashion, the entire town was whooping it up for a three day bash that rendered the volunteer fire department passed out in various stages of undress and most of the citizens…
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Added by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk on September 1, 2013 at 11:57am — No Comments

Platinum Card and Text Alert, via Pawnshop

Linda Ballard, 61, uses the word “love” to describe her banking relationship, lauding the ease of cashing her bimonthly paycheck, the convenience of text alerts about her balance and the features on the platinum card that she was upgraded to in July.



But she is not getting all this from a bank. She is getting this array of services from a pawnshop — part of an industry that has long had a reputation of taking advantage of vulnerable customers handing over prized possessions in… Continue

Added by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk on August 26, 2013 at 10:44pm — No Comments

SPOTLIGHT MEMBER RAF SANTANA

SPOTLIGHT MEMBER RAF SANTANA

I've been a dealer for a number of years now, exhibiting at regional and International Fine Art and Antique fairs. I don’t have a gallery or shop as I sell via my private client list, but I do have an online presence with my site www.palladiumfineart.com.



In recent years, along with many other dealers, I’ve noticed a huge drop in business. With…

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Added by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk on August 8, 2013 at 9:20am — No Comments

SPOTLIGHT ON MEMBER ZEE MINK -FULLER

SPOTLIGHT ON  MEMBER ZEE MINK -FULLER 

 Introducing Zee ( Zazzy Zee, Divine Dumpster Diva and of course Purposeful Repurposer). 

Hey there:

I thought I would stop by and chat a bit. First things first, let me introduce myself. My name is Zee Mink-Fuller, otherwise known as Zazzy Zee, Divine Dumpster Diva and of course Purposeful Repurposer.  No matter what anyone calls me, my ears are always in tune with anything rusty and…
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Added by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk on August 8, 2013 at 9:17am — No Comments

Celebrating the Woolworth Building’s Centennial by Eve Kahn

 Celebrating The Woolworth Building's Centennial Eve Kahn

A HUNDRED YEARS LATER

Just in time for this spring’s centennial of the Woolworth Building in Manhattan, descendants of its architect, Cass Gilbert, put a commemorative Tiffany silver bowl on the market. The heirloom, which weighs about 15 pounds,…

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Added by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk on April 13, 2013 at 12:43pm — No Comments

SPOTLIGHT ON MEMBERS Aaron and Gail Ziegler: Country Creations Antiques

SPOTLIGHT ON MEMBERS Aaron and Gail Ziegler: Country Creations Antiques

In Their words: our story that started 40 + years ago

How It Started

My wife, Gail, wanted to go back to work when our daughter started kindergarten.  I found an ad for a small craft shop that was being sold by the owner.  It was close to where we lived and we made a deal and purchased her inventory for $1,000.00 and rented the…

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Added by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk on March 22, 2013 at 11:38am — No Comments

American Music & Pop Culture Expo To Kick Off Spring In Hershey

American Music & Pop Culture Expo To Kick Off Spring In Hershey

Sights and Sounds of Antique Jukeboxes, Gumball Machines, Toys and Cash Registers To Be Among Highlights

USA Theatres, which operates a portable drive-in and outdoor movie theatre in central Pennsylvania, will be presenting the world of antiques and collectibles, with the launch of the the American Music & Pop Culture Expo, set to debut on Friday and Saturday,…

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Added by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk on February 25, 2013 at 9:02am — No Comments

SPOTLIGHT ON MEMBER TANYA VINCENT OF REDDING CALIFORNIA

 SPOTLIGHT ON MEMBER TANYA VINCENT OF REDDING CALIFORNIA

sent to our Spotlight editor by Tanya 

 Tanya Vincent

Born in Southern California Tanya has traveled the country for work and pleasure learning along the way with her father. Growing up in antique stores and attending shows Tanya has been in the antique world since birth.
Living On A…
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Added by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk on February 13, 2013 at 8:51am — No Comments

SPOTLIGHT ON MISCHELLE HACKWORH OF PAINTSVILLE, KY

 SPOTLIGHT ON MISCHELLE HACKWORH OF PAINTSVILLE, KY

 Introducing Treasures On Main

Treasures On Main in Paintsville, KY is a 20,000 sq ft Antique Mall.  My family and I bought this non-existent business 2 years ago and have changed it tremendously.  We have always dabbled in Vendors Malls and enjoyed the experience so why not save this one.  Our building is in the old historic G.C. Murphy building from…

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Added by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk on February 13, 2013 at 8:39am — No Comments

SPOTLIGHT ON MEMBER BRUCE HAYDEN

SPOTLIGHT ON MEMBER BRUCE HAYDEN

In his own words:

My name is Bruce Hayden and I currently live in Virginia 

I started picking when I was about 11 years old with my grandparents. Every Friday night they would pick me up and we would go to a local auction house (it was actually an old debilitated shed) but nonetheless we went. I remember the first time I placed a bid on an item, it was a cheap Chinese made lock blade knife about 3 inches long. I was…

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Added by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk on February 13, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

SPOTLIGHT ON MEMBER ESTHER LANE

SPOTLIGHT ON MEMBER ESTHER LANE (in her own words)

Losing My Job

I am a 59 year old woman with no degree. I thought I would retire with the job that I had until I received the phone call saying that they just eliminated my job. I had been selling my antiques, gifts and collectibles on weekends at shows and fleamarkets.
Leasing Fllea Market Space
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Added by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk on February 12, 2013 at 8:59am — No Comments

SPOTLIGHT ON MEMBER DEANNA MOYERS

SPOTLIGHT ON MEMBER DEANNA MOYERS

Vintage Touch - My Story

My Interest In Antiques Goes Back To Childhood



I remember being drawn to antiques & older type things even as a child. When visiting my grandma, I was always bringing home some little treasure that she allowed me to have, whether it was an old ledger from days gone by or some other trinket that attracted my attention.  There was…

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Added by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk on February 11, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments

SPOTLIGHT ON MEMBER JIM LINDERMAN OF GRAND HAVEN MICHIGAN

 Editors Note: Read this news story from the New York Times. It is about our member Jim Linderman.

Mining the Margins of Pop Culture

By JOHN STRAUSBAUGH

EVERY morning Jim Linderman gets up in his home in the…

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Added by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk on February 11, 2013 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

SPOTLIGHT ON MEMBER MIKE COOK OF SPRINGFIELD MO

SPOTLIGHT ON MEMBER MIKE COOK  SPRINGFIELD MO

My Company Was Downsizing

   In 2009 the construction company I worked for was downsizing.  I was regional manager and they eliminated my position.  They did offer me a job at corporate in Denver but after being there a month I decided to move back to Springfield MO.  They had no job for me.  I was also a stock holder in the company and could not work in that industry due to non…
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