For those who don’t know, Jay and I closed the doors to our brick and mortar store two years ago. Since then, we’ve concentrated on the show circuit while trying to kid ourselves that we’re retired. We’re not. Perhaps semi-retired might best describe our lifestyle. So when it came time to...
There is a never a dull moment in the life of Antique Trader's The Buck Stops Here columnist Melanie Carnation Thomas. In this column, Melanie takes us behind the scenes of her first time on 'the pick'.
Late-night fire alarms, wicked ice storms, and convention attendees celebrating with wild abandon, are some of Melanie Thomas' less joyful road memories.
There's no retiring for Civil War dealer Jay Thomas. He's still happy to be brokering deals and selling historic artifacts.
The Buck Stops Here columnist Melanie Thomas shares an entertaining account of what running a tight-quarters business with your spouse is like, along with providing hints for survival.
Clearly defining and posting shop rules for all patrons to read reduces the risk of mishaps and misunderstandings. However, The Buck Stops Here columnist Melanie C. Thomas shares examples of how some customers don’t appreciate all the rules.
Melanie C. Thomas provides a history lesson on Christmas ornaments, including the trend-setting role the British royal family played during the 19th century.
Being involved in the antiques and collectibles community we are privy to some amazing and inspiring things, and in her latest The Buck Stops Here column, Melanie C. Thomas shares a few of the things that inspire her most, the customers she's met at her Gettysburg shop.
In the Buck Stops Here column Melanie C. Thomas explores Victorian jewelry, examining the history behind this brilliant category of baubles, evolution of design, and tips for avoiding the frustration sometimes associated with authenticating pieces.
Remember going into stores as a kid and seeing copies of bounced checks pinned to the wall behind the cash register? They were fairly common because they were effective at discouraging bad checks and getting customers to make good on their debts. In the latest installment of her Buck Stops Here...