Author Archives: Chriss Swaney

Shirley Temple still dazzling collectors, film fans

More than 25 years after she started, Mary Lou Lober of Greensburg, Pa., hasn’t lost her passion for Shirley Temple dolls. “My home is filled with dolls,’’ said Lober, who has collected since 1982. “The only room where you can’t see those tiny little eyeballs is my bathroom.’’

Dargate toy and dollhouse sale

The mighty mortgage mess that has forced more than 400,000 U.S. homeowners into bankruptcy created some tall discounts for miniature dollhouse collectors at a recent Dargate Auction Gallery sale of antique toys.

Titanic: The Artifact

They begin lining up at dawn to see items salvaged from a shipwreck that still haunts and intrigues even the most stoic of ocean liner antiquity experts.

The Butler Antique Show in review

A new type of antique show is sprouting in hot spots of the national economy, places where the speed of commerce is exceedingly local. In this new world, the most successful antique shows share a tendency to upend the Internet by ...