Contest runs through Sept. 30, 2012
Welcome to the fourth annual Antique Trader Favorite Finds Contest! During the last three years, readers all across the nation have been sharing their best collecting stories, amazing auction scores and heart-warming discoveries. The contest keeps getting better and better with inspiring stories guaranteed to give you the itch to get out and enjoy the great hunt!
Since the stories keep getting bigger and better, it’s only fair the prizes get bigger and better. So that’s why we are teaming up with Heritage Auction Galleries. Heritage is one of the world’s largest auction houses, offering collectors a quality array of fine decorative arts and quality pop culture collectibles. From fine art to movie posters to comics and coins, Heritage offers the diversity we see in past favorite find submissions. That’s why I’m happy to announce this year’s favorite finds grand prize will be a $500 auction credit good for any qualifying Heritage auction [see official contest rules for complete details]. It’s our hope the winner will add a new favorite find to their collection courtesy of Heritage and Antique Trader.
Since it’s sometimes so difficult to pick just one winner from the dozens of entries, this year we are introducing a runner up prize: a 10-volume reference library courtesy of Krause Publications.
By sharing your stories, you are inspiring a new generation to look at collecting as a vibrant, intelligent and insatiable hobby to meet new friends and new people. Every entry is published, no matter how short or long. Everyone who enters will also receive a copy of our special Favorite Finds edition. We want to create a special keepsake worthy of sharing with your family and friends!
It’s worth noting that thanks to your continued support of the Favorite Finds contest, the idea has spread to our sister publications. Comics Buyers’ Guide launched its own contest earlier this year to tremendous success. More than 100 people entered in the first year and the result was an issue packed with some of the best collecting stories I’ve ever read. Stories published by Antique Trader for the last three contests are so amazing we published them under the title Fantastic Finds for the entire world to share.
The ground rules are simple: Entry is free of charge, and participants are welcome to enter as many times as they wish. Each submission must be an original story, but stories cannot be repeated from previous years’ entries. Each submission must include the author’s full name, address and a telephone number or e-mail address. Send your entries by Sept. 30, 2012, to Antique Trader Favorite Finds, 700 E. State St., Iola, WI 54990 or to firstname.lastname@example.org or FAX: 715-445-4087. If sending by e-mail, please include the words ‘Favorite Finds’ in the subject line of your message. Photos are welcome but not required.
To get your collecting memories flowing, we’re sharing an entry we received from Tom and Joan Demperio shortly after our 2011 contest edition was published and mailed to readers. They were so inspired by your stories they had to share theirs. I can’t wait to share yours, too!
— Eric Bradley
Shopper scores first edition for 25 cents
After reading your special issue on Favorite Finds 2011, I was motivated to send the following: (It has been awhile since this transaction took place, so I am doing some “guestimations” on dates and other related happenings.)
In 1970 while garage saling in Binghamton, N.Y., I stopped at what appeared to be a front yard/porch sale. At first glance (from my car window) it looked like a clothing and miscellaneous. “junk” sale. There was a pile of books and magazines on a table, so being a paper collector I decided to take a quick peruse. There wasn’t a lot of my kind of resale stuff so I started to leave.
On the way off the porch something caught my eye. On the floor under a table was what looked like an early child’s book. I reached down, picked it up and paid the asking price of 25 cents. Back in the car I looked at my treasure: a book by Rose O’Neill. I put it on the seat next to me and continued on my garage sale quest. Around noon, with my trunk full of goodies, I drove home. I lived on a small farm on Oakdale Road in Johnson City, N.Y. and sold antiques and such out of a concrete block storage shed in back of my house. I also rented a small store at the bottom of my road as an antique shop. It was open on weekends or by appointment. This was in addition to my regular job as a commercial artist at Riger Ad Agency in Vestal, N.Y.
After unloading my stuff, I took the Kewpie book and got the surprise of my life. On the inside cover signed in ink was a dedication note and indicated that this was a number one limited edition.
I was quite excited about this and researched a little. Not too much info was readily available back in the 1970s. But, as a subscriber to the Antique Trader since the ’70s, I happened to see an ad referring to Rose O’Neill in the ‘Wanted’ listings. A woman from California, who was president of the Rose O’Neill Club, had placed the ad. I wrote to her about the book and she told me to get an estimate on it and get back to her. I took the book to the local book collector in Binghamton, N.Y., and he estimated it to be worth about $75. I thought that sounded pretty good so I wrote back to her. In just a few days later, she mailed a check for $75 to me. After making sure it was OK, I mailed the book to her. Before I mailed it, I made a couple of copies of the inside cover.
I was happy to be able to sell my “find” through the Antique Trader and to say, thanks, after all these years.
Tom and Joan Demperio