AB 391 groups California antiques dealers with pawnbrokers, forcing them to join a reporting system, pay fees, hold items 30 days before sale and even fingerprint and photograph all sellers. The law may be on Governor Jerry Brown’s desk as early as this summer for signage into law. Here's how you can voice your...
Is tung oil safe for antique furniture? Furniture Detective Fred Taylor says unless the original finish was an oil finish, then tung oil, like any other oil, has no place on antique furniture over the long term.
Wayne Jordan says to avoid overpaying or underpaying your taxes, you need to control and track your antiques shop inventory. Since the IRS doesn’t accept Victorian rockers or Depression glass as payment for tax bills, here’s a look at how inventory and taxes are related.
As the Asian market soars and contemporary artists become ever more collectible, Bonhams is developing these two key divisions to capitalize on the globalization of the antiques market. Here, Andrew Stramentov, Bonhams new director of contemporary art shares his advice for those seeking a haven for either their passion for art or their nest...
Antiques dealer Melanie Thomas makes the case for transforming our trade into one children dream about. It’s time to replace the stereotypical ‘little old man on the corner’ with ‘the entrepreneur’ who is tall, dark and handsome (or at least middle aged with a full head of hair) and rich.
What I expected to be a pleasant way to kill an extra hour of travel time was actually an inspiring visit that will come to mind every time I’m in the area. I’m excited for the opportunity to visit again – soon.
Despite all the gloomy predictions for the antiques trade, this is the place to be says columnist Wayne Jordan. He explains why now is the time to open a brick and mortar antiques shop: Shop owners benefit from low rents, high gas prices and more flexibility than “big box” retailers.
Readers share antiques they buy, sell and trade for free when the subscribe to Antique Trader magazine. Readers want to buy vintage police badges, Miss America travel decals, scale weights and more!
With one half of local Internet searches done on a smartphone, it’s time for dealers to check if their shop’s website is mobile compatible. Columnist Wayne Jordan says that luckily, the cost to optimize your site is far less than you paid to create it in the first place.
A reader wonders how to identify a Japanese Sumida Gawa bowl and another gets a free appraisal of an odd steel lock box with built-in alarm.