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Understanding the life cycle of an antiques business

Yesterday a dealer said to me: “I love the antiques business, but it’s taken over my life; I don’t have time for anything else.” Can you relate? Many dealers do. Most Mom-and-Pop stores have trouble keeping (and affording) good help and paying for the accounting and inventory systems that signify a...

A final step in the evolution of the chiffonier was the chifforette with the placement of the doors on top of a chest that opened to reveal sliding trays similar to those of a linen press.

Marrying functions results in new furniture forms

While we tend to think of furniture at the least as just inanimate objects or as functional art at best, we have to admit that as forms evolve they do have a tendency to create related families. One unique creation inspires the creation of another similar and related but still somehow...

See which collectibles markets are thriving

When terrified Chicken Little declared “the sky is falling,” was she referring to the Antiques & Collectibles business? One would think so, given recent headlines. Here are just a few: “Why your collectibles are actually worthless” [https://bit.ly/2OY6uNX] “People no longer go into antique shops” [https://bbc.in/2N6AIxH] “How low will market for antiques...

Antiques Auctioneer Wayne Jordan

How to drive web traffic to your ecommerce site

Have you ever tried to solve a Rubik’s Cube puzzle? I have, and I’ve never been successful. When I read in New Scientist [https://bit.ly/2wF7qAv] that “Every standard 3x3x3 Rubik’s cube can be solved in a maximum of 20 moves from any starting position, no matter how scrambled” I thought they were...

Jay and Melanie Thomas

The Buck Stops Here: House hunting with downsizing in mind

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...