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Antiques Furniture I just need to vent.

Okay, I just fielded the 5th call of the day in regards to someones antique furniture, dresser, cabinet, whatever. That's 5 different customers in one day who didn't have anything else to sell to make us interested to even go out and look and spend $3.50 a gallon to get out there just to tell them it's not something we're interested in. Yes I know you paid $200 for it 50 years ago. But, that's the problem, It's not antique. 100 years. That's the definition for antique. Check the encyclopedia!… Continue

Added by Big T on April 17, 2008 at 2:12pm — No Comments

Selling Tiffany Sterling Silver Flatware

You probably don't want to hear this and its probably the reason why your selling off your Tiffany Sterling but the key to Tiffany Sterling flatware or any Sterling flatware selling for the most price depends on the pictures you take and how good you are polishing every piece. Just remember when your polishing each piece, that the work your putting into it is going to help the sale extremely well. There are many dealers out there looking for Sterling… Continue

Added by Big T on April 17, 2008 at 1:58pm — No Comments

Selling Vintage Lladro collectables Spain

When posting a Lladro Figurine you have to remember three important things that the customer needs to know. First and foremost is the condition. They will have a lot of confidence in your product if a description lists the Lladro as having No Chips, Cracks, Crazing, or Repairs. Customers don't like to see dirt or scuffing in the pictures either. Second would be to take pictures in which the figurine takes up the entire screen. I've also seen a lot of… Continue

Added by Big T on April 17, 2008 at 1:36pm — No Comments

Quoizel Lamps

As I'm not exactly an expert in lighting is there anyone out there with a relative idea on how to differenciate between Tiffany, Lenox, and Quoizel in the lamp industry? Quoizel starting manufacturing in Manhattan in 1930 and worked in conjunction with both Lenox and Tiffany but other than hopefully finding these markings on the lamps how do you recognize the genuine Tiffany Lamp instead of a Tiffany Quoizel combonation? Or the Lenox Quoizel Combo? Did each company have to sign the name to the… Continue

Added by Big T on April 17, 2008 at 1:08pm — 2 Comments

Free Online Appraisals Cut through the BS!

If you can't figure out by the title, I've got a little beef with Free Online Appraisal services. First of all, there is no such thing as free. Many of these sites out there simply compile Email addresses and just sell them off to the highest Spam dealer. Now, putting the illegitamit online businesses aside, those businesses out there should reapproach the Free Apprasial process. It's an inspection of sorts. If you share info or answer info for free, the business gets nothing and the customer… Continue

Added by Big T on April 16, 2008 at 4:26pm — No Comments

Coca Cola Antiques Coca Cola Collectables

Quite Possibly one of the coolest type of collectables out there. Sifting through the modern stuff though and finding the authentic Vintage Coca Cola real McCoy is the tough part. Usually when we're speaking with customers we'll tell them that the starting point in age would be about 50 years. There might be some stray 60's and 70's collectables out there but most of the time the high end Coca Cola Collectables come from the 50's or before. The… Continue

Added by Big T on April 16, 2008 at 4:08pm — 1 Comment

Antiques Online

Here's our current inventory: www.afamilyheirloom.com/id1.html

Lately we've been utilizing the store category listings through ebay with some pretty good success. Setting a Buy it Now price and letting it run for 30 days for not so expensive items has become increasingly lucrative due to the lower advertising cost. Finding the Buy it Now price is always the trouble. You sometimes start kicking yourself and wondering if an item could have sold for more when people pick things up… Continue

Added by Big T on April 16, 2008 at 12:16pm — No Comments

The Quintessential Antiques Shop

Is the brick and mortar Antique shop on its way out? I've been seeing very few large buildings out there specializing in store front sales retail Antiques. These shops are moving into private land barns, basements, garages, or smaller shops tied in with an auction hall or Flea Market. We're constantly faced with the question these days: Why are we leasing a building for what usually amounts to about 10% of overall business? Is the store front necessary anymore? I'm pretty much a spring chicken… Continue

Added by Big T on April 16, 2008 at 11:50am — No Comments

How do you purchase Watercolor Paintings?

We've been busy with a lot of watercolor paintings lately and usually artprice has been giving us the best info before purchase. Lately we've been calculating square inches to figure out the best price. Has anyone else had luck with this or are there other outlets and buying styles?
Here's the watercolors we're currently running:

Added by Big T on April 16, 2008 at 11:05am — No Comments

Roseville Pottery Collecting

Just a blog post to share some rare finds for Roseville Pottery.

As you may already know - The Roseville Pottery Company was founded in 1890. Roseville initially produced simple utilitarian ware such as flower pots, stoneware, umbrella stands, cuspidors, and limited painted ware. In 1900, Roseville Rozane became the first high quality art pottery line produced by Roseville.

Unsure of the exact pattern but this style can bring in some good… Continue

Added by Big T on April 16, 2008 at 10:30am — No Comments

Collectable Old Records 78's 45's 33's

The amount of calls lately in regards to people wanting to sell off their old records have been nausiating. Only a handful of them actually have value. How can I sort through the crap and the calls to get to the really good stuff out there?

Added by Big T on April 11, 2008 at 3:15pm — No Comments

Gretsch Collectable Guitars

We just got a Gretsch Guitar in the store dating pre WW2. Don't know much on the model name however.

You can see more pictures through:


Playable with no cracks and great sound. There is finish crazing all around the piece due to age. We believe the piece is pre 1940. There is some black fabric deposits from the case along one side of the guitar as seen in the pics. Tuners are not original. Serial number… Continue

Added by Big T on April 11, 2008 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Railroad Antiques a Rarity in Railroad Collectables

We've just come across something very rare. Or we believe it is.
A Railroad Logbook for the Boston Maine Line

Is there anyone out there that might know more about this piece?
more pictures at: www.afamilyheirloom.com/id1.html

Added by Big T on April 11, 2008 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Jack Flynn Impressionist Original Paintings

We have 4 original paintings by Jack Flynn listed online right now. We don't know much about him. His Watercolor Paintings and impressionist style for Landscapes and street scenes are very good. Need more info though. The Picture here is one that we have left as they have been selling very well. Our listing for it can be found… Continue

Added by Big T on April 11, 2008 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

Antiques Roadshow Events, Antiques Roadshow Cities, Antiques Roadshow Schedule

Just as an FYI for everyone as the AR website Calendar is a little confusing.
2008 Season
June 7 Palm Springs, California
June 28 Dallas, Texas
July 12 Wichita, Kansas
July 19 Chattanooga, Tennessee
August 9 Grand Rapids, Michigan
August 23 Hartford Connecticut

Feel free to add to this post for anyone interested!

Added by Big T on April 11, 2008 at 12:19pm — 1 Comment

Antiques Roadshow Appraisals

We all know the impact of Antiques Roadshow. It's getting more people interested in looking through their attics for items. At the same time those same people feel like they have the research background now to know the exact value of everything. Kind of a double edge sword. Our basic response to many people is that there is a big difference between appraisal value and actual value. The Roadshow website even explains this basically saying the you have to listen carefully to the cotext of what… Continue

Added by Big T on April 11, 2008 at 12:04pm — No Comments

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

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