As antiques businesses grow, they may move from selling at an antique mall or show to a free-standing retail location or sell online. As inventory and transactions increase, it becomes harder to keep track of inventory. Starting your business with an inventory plan, such as a SKU system, reduces problems and makes growth easier.
How can dealers discount prices enough to keep the merchandise moving, but still produce a reasonable profit? In his latest Behind the Gavel column, Wayne Jordan has a few suggestions that makes dollars and cents.
After providing valuable historical information about a bedroom suite made by Empire Case Goods, Furniture Detective Fred Taylor suggested the reader visit local auctioneers to get a better idea on value, based on condition.
In his latest Furniture Detective column, Fred Taylor explains a bit about the history of Art Deco, while assessing a reader's inquiry about a vanity.
Long hours, low pay and high risk. According to the findings of a report in The Princeton Review, only the most resolute of students would take the plunge of pursuing a career in antiques. So, what’s the payoff? Wayne Jordan tackles the topic in his latest column.
Furniture Detective Fred Taylor provided an interesting 'promotional' history about an oak server, based on ties to Larkin soap products, in response to a reader's recent inquiry.
A church cleaning session resulted in the unexpected discovery of a Red Wing four-gallon water cooler, which in his latest Ask the Experts assessment Dr. Anthony J. Cavo said may be bring $600 to $700 in a crock auction or sale.
Be it downsizing, debt or some other factor that may prompt one to consider donating art or antiques, Art Markets columnist Mary Manion offers a friendly reminder of the importance of appraisals in meeting tax requirements of donations.
Sometimes, for no other reason than to say “I’m thinking of you,” people send a card. Print Editor Karen Knapstein discusses how postcards fit the bill in the past, and how these vintage greetings can become special gifts today.
There's no question nostalgia is at the center of many peoples' interest in antiques and collectibles, but, if you are selling antiques and collectibles Wayne Jordan urges you to consider if you are tapping into the emotion of nostalgia to truly market items.