Crazy Collections: These collectors only want zany and obscure antiques

unusual wristwatch

Sometimes collectors yearn for the unusual. They search for items that appeal to their sense of whimsy, or perhaps items that reflect cultural and historical values that may not have been thought of as collectible. Here you’ll meet collectors of the weird: funerary items, dental or medical items, prisoner art, condom tins, neckties, corkscrews, Salem witch-related items. Collectors of the esoteric are many and they open up an entire new world to us when we look at those items through their eyes. Read More +

Enter the 4th annual Favorite Finds contest for a chance to win a $500 auction credit

Enter the Favorite Finds contest for a chance to win a $500 auction credit

Enter your favorite antiques collecting story in the 4th annual Antique Trader Favorite Finds contest for a chance to win a $500 auction credit from Heritage Auctions! This year’s runner-up entry will win a 10-volume reference library courtesy of Krause Publications. It’s free to enter and every participant receives a free copy of the Nov. 14, 2012, cover-dated magazine in which the stories are shared! Read More +

Indiana’s Tri-State Antique Market records largest crowd since ’03

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Dealers at the Tri-State Antique Market in Lawrenceburg, Ind. saw record crowds at the May 6, 2012, season opener, said promoter Bruce Metzger of Queen City Shows. After suffering rain storm after rain storm last year, the show’s 250 vendors were finally rewarded with much sun and buying customers. “When someone is carrying a bag, you don’t know if they have a $5 item or a $500 item in that bag. That’s what Lawrenceburg is about,” said promoter Bruce Metzger. Read More +