Category Archives: Real or Fake?

Vintage jewelry: Monet paintings aren’t the only things being faked.

I recently read a post on a vintage jewelry social media page that was kind of scary. It seems that people are selling costume jewelry clasps and other “findings” that bear the name of famous designers. Now, there’s nothing necessarily … Continue reading

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Add Some Luster to Your Life.

I’ve fallen head over heels in love. See, for most of my life, I took lusterware for granted. It was everywhere in our Janvier Road bungalow and in my childhood home. Then, most of it broke from usage or was … Continue reading

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The incomparable beauty of Hull Pottery

There are many people (too many in my opinion) who pay little or no attention to vintage or antique things. Either they aren’t curious, or simply don’t care that something was handed down by Grandmom from her own mother. So … Continue reading

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A terrific “real or fake” website

I thoroughly enjoy researching the items that I sell in my Etsy shop. In many cases, as I gather information I find clues that can help us decide whether the item (or category) is real or reproduction. While I was … Continue reading

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About that vintage Fiesta butter dish…(Updated to include suspected fake photo)

No other line of dinnerware has been as everlastingly popular as Fiesta, except perhaps Blue Willow. Fiesta was originally sold as “The dinnerware that turns your table into a celebration,” and has done so for many generations. In fact, the … 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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Upstairs, Downstairs: Antique English Pine Furniture

What do you like best about “Downton Abbey”? The characters? The acting? The plot? The whole noblesse oblige thing? For me it’s the clothes. And the antiques. Naturally, I’d love to have some of the pieces that are “upstairs.” But the … Continue reading

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