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January 2009 Blog Posts (40)

Where did the time go?

I've been away for a while, just too busy to get to every place I want. One of the things that has kept me busy is my booth at Bonanzle. I'm trying to get all the little bells and whistles that I would like it to have set up before I get too much listed. Also spending too much time browsing other people's booths as there is so many great vintage items there. I spend too much time coveting teacups and saucers and other vintage china and porcelain figurines.

Also have been working on… Continue

Added by Annette and Josh on January 30, 2009 at 12:31pm — No Comments

Looking for antique fire helmets and parts for helmets.

Hello All,

I am a firefighter and have been for 20 + years. I am also a historian of sorts and am one of only a few who do resotrations and conservation of antique leather fire helmets. If anyone knows of any helmets, or parts such as the finials I have posted in my photo, or fronts shields, I would love to buy them.

In addition I collect leather fire buckets, speaking trumpets, and lanterns.

Thanks for keeping an eye out for me!


Added by fireman on January 29, 2009 at 7:35pm — No Comments

New marble pics from my ecclectic collection

Hi to all,

It took me awhile, but here are some of my marbles. I tend to get some pretty crazy when it comes to displaying or finding new ways to do that. I don't think that they should be in bottles, you can't really enjoy them correctly that way. Since one of my other passions is shadow boxing, I have had some new ideas yet to come to fruition, but I will keep you updated and post pics as I complete my projects. I am also currently doing major home improvements, so my life if pretty full… Continue

Added by Julia Carlson on January 29, 2009 at 5:40am — No Comments

1918 Bentley & Gerwig "C" rolltop desk- worth?


I have a wonderful old "c" shaped roll top desk that I've had for about 20 years. I no longer have room for the desk, it is very large, and would like to sell it. I have no idea where to find how much it might be worth. It is stamped "Inspected Nov. 29, 1918 "on the bottom on the top drawer. It is from the Bentely and Gerwig office furniture co. of Parkerville, W. Va. #189

I'd appreciate any assistance on how I might research the value of the desk. Any suggestion would be… Continue

Added by Kathleen Stelts on January 28, 2009 at 10:02pm — 2 Comments


I just went to their preview for the upcoming sale beginning of February. Some interesting items up for sale. especially the vintage tools.

Check it out: www.hallsauction.com

Added by Peter on January 27, 2009 at 7:14pm — No Comments


Hello All,
I have the following appearances scheduled:

Thursday, January 29 - Island Park Library, Island Park, NY
February 1 - 2 - Charlotte Antiques Show, Charlotte, NC

Come on down, laugh a little, and get a free appraisal.


Added by Judith Katz-Schwartz on January 27, 2009 at 9:39am — 1 Comment

Dave's Old Advertising

Passions run high for old advertising -

Another summer has passed and many Antique Shows, Flea Markets and Garage sales have witnessed a new energy among collectors seeking the ultimate find. The summer Show season was a joy to attend and to exhibit. I appreciate meeting fellow collectors and vendors while embroiled in the, "gotta have ", it fever.

Our shows here in Canada seem to have a very friendly air about them. Vendors appear sometimes to be very laid back and maybe even… Continue

Added by Dave on January 26, 2009 at 3:07pm — 2 Comments

Circa 1929 Antique Velodrome Track Bike

All original frame, parts, etc. Made by Durkopp in Germany. Any idea how much it's worth? Help me out with advice. Thanks.

Added by Robert on January 26, 2009 at 12:05am — 1 Comment

I love the local WPBS Auction

I am so bad when it comes to auctions. They are so fun, but sometimes I tend to get a little competitive. It is all well though, it goes to benefit PBS television.

Anyhoo, here are the items I won. I will not post the prices, in case my husband comes across this. ;)

#234 Amber Glass Lamp

Value: $80 Period of Piece: 1940s

Description: This large lamp features an amber glass body with a copper base. The… Continue

Added by Crystal on January 25, 2009 at 10:25pm — 2 Comments

Could Failing Manufacturers Boost Sales in Antiques and Collectibles?

How many of you received this update this week from Replacements, Ltd.?

"....Based on the calls we are receiving, you have probably seen in the news that there has been recent turmoil in the tableware industry, with many famous brands filing in bankruptcy or operating in insolvency, including divisions of Waterford Wedgwood, Johnson Brothers, Franciscan, Royal Doulton, Royal Albert, Rosenthal, Hutschenreuther, Tirschenreuth, Lenox, Dansk, Gorham Stainless, Royal Worcester, and Spode.… Continue

Added by Ellene Meece on January 25, 2009 at 9:02pm — 2 Comments

Tips on Budget Decorating

Home decorating on a budget is the ultimate adventure in decorating. It requires a little bit of planning, creativity, and patience. If you are like me, sometimes you wish you could be a genie and wiggle your nose and **poof** it's done. However, that takes away from all the fun! Follow these tips and you'll have a home that looks like a page out of your favorite magazine!

*Visit Furniture Showrooms

Make notes of styles of… Continue

Added by J. T. Bkins on January 25, 2009 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments



(Pittsfield, Mass.) – Over 500 lots of antique furniture and decorative accessories will be sold at a multi-estate auction on Saturday, Feb. 7, by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery, beginning promptly at 11 a.m. Then, at 5 p.m., a second session dedicated to about 100 vintage firearms will be held. Both sessions will be held at… Continue

Added by Bob Burke (Fontaine's Auction) on January 24, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

Growing Up "Antique"...Lessons Learned When Very Young...

I'm in the season of my life when childbirth is almost certainly out of the question and I've been advised that mood swings, night sweats and temporary insanity figure heavily in my near future. I can't remember a time when items of antique and vintage origin weren't an integral part of my existence.

I was raised by two wonderfully creative parents who also happened to be lifelong antiques collectors, dealers and appraisers. I remember my young life as a succession of antiques shows,… Continue

Added by Terri Weaver - So Dear 2 My Heart on January 22, 2009 at 9:55pm — 4 Comments

Franciscan Pottery

Apple Pattern (shown above)

Here's what I know about Franciscan Pottery: It was first named such in 1934. Gladding-McBean and Company of Glendale, CA were the first manufacturers. Dozens of different patterns were produced but in 1962 Gladding McBean and Company merged with the Lock Joint Pipe Company (can you believe it?? :) and became Interpace. The Franciscan line continued in California until 1984. That's why you will see many… Continue

Added by Ellene Meece on January 22, 2009 at 5:55pm — 1 Comment

Rockin' Winter Retro Threads Sale!

We have dropped EVERYTHING.....30% in our shop! Get a head start on next years vintage wish list! We are making way for our upcoming spring collection......stay with us as you will love it! Come check out our shop.....just click....buy.....love! xoxo

Added by NodtoMod Vintage on January 21, 2009 at 7:28pm — 1 Comment

Vintage Snowmen?

Ever wonder how long people have been building snowmen out of snow?

Wikipedia says, "According to old diaries and chronicles, this activity dates back to at least the Middle Ages, when in Europe every new snowfall would find townsfolk making snowmen in the streets."

Well, I live on the Western Slope of Colorado and here's what a snowman looks like out here (photo take last week right in front of a Victorian house from the early 1900's):…


Added by Ellene Meece on January 21, 2009 at 6:30pm — 4 Comments


It always seems to take forever when you are waiting to hear a decision back. We made our first offer on our first house today. It is already at an excellent price, but we are hoping to get it even lower. I am already searching for corbels to add along the roof and deciding on paint colors.


I will miss our rental house. You can see a pic of the inside and the back yard on my page. It is gorgeous and… Continue

Added by Crystal on January 21, 2009 at 10:42am — 1 Comment

Vintage Hats and Bonnets

Did you know that hats for women began during the Middle Ages when the church decreed that their hair must be covered? The evolving of the hat since that time is truly intriguing! The Vintage Fashion Guild provides an very informative history of women's hats.

One of my favorite hats is the ‘cloche’ style of the 1920's. Brims were optional but were more predominant on summer hats, where the lady could be protected… Continue

Added by Ellene Meece on January 20, 2009 at 6:32pm — No Comments

enjoying everything..:)

am enjoying starting to gradually work through all the 'stuff' I have to sort, now I have joined this site! ... was stunned to find the old hunting prints (which I will post soon) that I remembered being small and cute, really well framed and much larger than I remembered when they were hanging up. I have a lot of Victorian furniture that I would love to find out about as well, though I dont want to part with a lot of it. The other day a tenant of mine discovered that a beautiful old 'table'… Continue

Added by Cathrynn on January 20, 2009 at 4:43pm — 3 Comments

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