Category Archives: Art

Ordinary thrift shop lamp…or work of art?

Someone recently asked in a Facebook group about a lamp she’d inherited from her grandmother. It was very retro, with a corset-shaped base and white drum shade. She said it was marked “Tye of California.” I’m not much of a … Continue reading

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A cut above: Collecting scherenschnitte

My family’s church was rooted in the German culture. On the wall in the entryway was the most fabulous Lord’s Prayer I had ever seen. It fascinated me as a child, and all through the years that I attended. This … Continue reading

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When it comes to antiques, put the scissors down.

And keep the polish and glue on the shelf. An antique dealer friend recently told me a sad tale. Her friend, another dealer, purchased two framed original hummingbird prints by John Gould. This 19th Century English ornithologist was a contemporary … Continue reading

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What’s a fair price for a vintage or antique item?

Most of us who sell old things struggle to find a price that’s not too cheap or too expensive. That’s because most of us adore antiques and want to share them with others. We love the way they look, feel … Continue reading

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A flea market find? Not if I can help it.

Thinking of selling your unwanted stuff at a flea market? Do your homework first – and DON’T GIVE UP until you have all of the answers. When it comes to antiques and collectibles, persistence does pay off. For years, I’ve … Continue reading

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