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Karen Knapstein

About Karen Knapstein

Karen Knapstein is the editor of Antique Trader magazine. A lifelong collector and student of antiques, she has written dozens of articles on vintage collectibles and their historical context. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, Joseph, and daughter, Faye. She can be reached at

Troika lounge chairs

Antiques & Vintage Tent debuts at modern craft fair Oct. 5-7

DECASO, a premier online destination for those seeking and selling world-class bespoke, vintage and antique furniture, décor and art, announces its exclusive partnership with Field + Supply, a modern makers craft fair for designers and tastemakers alike, in upstate New York at The Hutton Brickyards, 200 North Street, Kingston. From Oct....

Antique Trader Favorite Finds

Deadline looming for 2018 Favorite Finds Contest

IOLA, Wis. — Antique Trader, the national antiques publication delivering news, commentary and advertising for the antiques market, is currently accepting entries for its 2018 Favorite Finds Contest. Entries eligible for inclusion in the 2018 contest will be accepted through midnight September 30, 2018. Contest sponsors include Heritage Auctions, Ruby Lane,...

Boy Holding Screaming Baby (Big Brother’s Dilemma)

ARI on the hunt for stolen Norman Rockwell paintings

According to a theft alert released August 24, Art Recovery International (ARI) is searching for two stolen Norman Rockwell paintings. The first stolen painting is Rockwell’s oil on canvas Boy Holding Screaming Baby (Big Brother’s Dilemma), 1921, which measures 61 x 50.8 cm. The second is the much later and smaller...

Ladies platinum and diamond Art Deco wristwatch.

Take time to discover luxury watches

Now is as good a time as any to discuss watches available on online marketplace Ruby Lane. If you think about it, luxury watches are precision-made technical instruments, they’re fashion accessories, and they’re an investment. With more than 2,000 fine and vintage watches to choose from on Ruby Lane, and prices...

A pair of needlepoint pillows with bird designs, rope trim, dark tan cotton backing and a wool, needlepoint front with two different birds perched on branches. Includes two pillow inserts. $1,050.

Unwanted items may end with surprising sales results

With warmer temps comes the urge for summertime cleaning. As we go through our houses and apartments tidying up or perhaps making room for new old treasures, inevitably, we uncover and rediscover things stashed away.  We tend to hold on to things thinking we will need them in the future, or...

Scarce Toppie the Elephant lunch box.

Collectibles Wanted: Collectors looking to buy

Collectibles Wanted: Toppie the Elephant lunchbox My name is Allen Woodall, curator of The Lunchbox Museum here in Columbus, Georgia. I’ve been looking for a 1957 Toppie Lunchbox for quite some time for the museum. I’ve acquired the matching thermos. It’s predominantly yellow and red and it features Toppie the elephant....