Antique Trader partners with for free antiques appraisals

This year will be a year of partnerships for Antique Trader. Here are just a few of the groups we’re working with to help promote collecting clubs, events and newcomers.

Antique Trader partners with

Starting with the Feb. 16 edition, we are launching a new feature for our subscribers. We have partnered with, an online answer service. JustAnswer hires experts in more than 150 categories, such as antiques and collectibles, to answer questions submitted through its website.

Luke_Tim.jpgAll experts are vetted and held to the highest standards. That’s why I feel so comfortable presenting them with our subscribers’ valuation questions. Over the course of the year we’ll get a refreshing variety of voices that will offer you very valuable information on your collections. First up is Mr. Tim Luke, a very talented and experienced appraiser with important television credentials from his time on HGTV’sCash in the Attic.” You can read the first installment on

While the results will be posted online, this service is only available to subscribers.

Collecting Clubs

021611_cover.jpgOn page 62 of the Feb. 16 edition you’ll see a great announcement for the Griswold & Cast Iron Cookware Association’s annual convention and entertaining quarterly newsletters. We are working with the G&CICA to promote the event both in print and online. Likewise, we are finalizing plans to again sponsor a big promotion for the Red Wing Collectors Society this summer for their annual get-together. These groups represent some of the best collectors and researchers in their respective areas and we’re happy to work with them to promote the events they organize.

Welcome Melanie Thomas

Melanie_Thomas_web.jpgAlso in the Feb. 16 issue we make a regular home for new columnist Melanie C. Thomas. Thomas has written about her experiences on recent trips to the Brimfield shows and the feelings we share when we learn our favorite collections are worth more to us than they are on the open market.

Thomas has 20 years experience researching, buying and selling military memorabilia. She and her husband run Arsenal of the Alleghenys, a Civil War artifact shop in Gettysburg, Pa.

Her razor-sharp perspective as a shop owner and show circuit exhibitor brings a fresh voice to the current market. Most of you have never met a woman like Melanie before and that’s why I think she’d be a great voice to teach us all something new on a topic we all know a lot about. Her latest column is already online.  

-Posted by Eric Bradley


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