LAST CALL: Enter the 3rd Annual Antique Trader Favorite Finds Contest

favorite_finds.jpgEvery collector has tales of amazing discoveries, yard-sale surprises and life-long hunts that lead to ultimate treasures — and we want to share yours. Submit your stories by Oct. 15, 2011, and you could win the grand prize in Antique Trader magazine’s 3rd Annual Favorite Finds Contest!

Last year’s winner learned a $700 auction gamble was a $38,500 sapphire bracelet. Fan favorites include a junk-shop find worthy of Sotheby’s, rare garage-sale comic books and a Navajo rug snagged for $5!

Each entry receives a free copy of the Nov. 16, 2011, cover-dated magazine in which the stories are shared … and every entry could win this year’s prize: The Antique Trader Field Survival Kit, valued at $350. The kit includes:

• A 10-volume antiques reference library from Krause Publications
• A backpack
• A 10x jeweler’s loupe
• A copy of “Warman’s Guide to Fakes and Reproductions” DVD-ROM
• Tape measure
• Sunblock
• Business card wallet
• Commemorative iridium-point fountain pen
• Nationwide road map
• A mini notebook with pen holder
• A $50 gas card
• A rain poncho
• A travel-size first-aid kid
• A one-year subscription to Antique Trader magazine

All responses great and small will be published in the Nov. 16, 2011, edition of the magazine. 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. Official rules are available on

Send your entries by Sept. 30, 2011, to Antique Trader Favorite Finds, 700 E. State St., Iola, WI 54990 or to 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.

Here’s to collecting, and may the best find win!