How Jean Cocteau influenced the bohemian art movement in Paris

Jean Cocteau, “Jeune Fille de Milly,” 1951, $75,276, Sept. 23, 2010.

During the golden years of Paris, Jean Cocteau (1889-1963) was the man who knew everyone and could do almost anything.

Nowadays, he’s probably best remembered by cinema buffs for such artful films as “The Blood of a Poet” (1930), “Beauty and the Beast” (1946) and “Orpheus” (1950), but Cocteau began his creative life as a poet and went on to write novels, critical essays, a scenario for Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes, memoirs and stage plays. He also dabbled in visual art. Read More +

Want your antiques inventory to sell itself? Share the story behind your business

What makes some antiques so valuable? It’s the quality of the story attached to the object. Collectors love to tell stories about the items they have collected.

The better the story, the higher the items value to a collector. Stories create value (don’t confuse value with price; value is a personal issue; price is the intersection of supply and demand). Consistently and enthusiastically shared stories will help your business. Read More +

Can you expect good things buying antiques on Goodwill.com?

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A subscriber shares her concerns with past antiques purchases on ShopGoodwill.com and editors share a response from Goodwill corporate managers.

“As an antique dealer, I try exploring all possible revenues, as well as being a long-time active shopper on this website. Like the bright side of a coin, it also has a dark side as well; just 70 percent of my purchases were completed with total satisfaction. If you have ever shopped at Goodwill, you will know what I’m talking about: you have to clean, scrub, stitch and wash whatever it is you purchase.” Read More +

How online video helps antiques dealers tap a Super Bowl audience for pennies

Did you know dealers can produce a video of an antiques business for next to nothing and increase the chance the business will show up in Web searches? The primary purpose of video promoting your antiques business is to drive traffic to your website or online collectibles store, not to sell your item from the video. Wayne Jordan shows us how easy it is to make a video to take advantage of the low-cost online promotion opportunities: If you can take a digital photo then you can make a video for your shop or store. Read More +

What’s hot in this year’s antique glassware market is a matter of taste

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Like most collectible areas, the glass market is slowly recovering from tough market conditions. Prices of smalls were off 20 to 40 percent because of the recession. Like the real estate market, glass experienced a bubble of unrealistically high prices. In this excerpt we look at which segments of glass collecting show strength and why the market is less regionalized than it was before the crash.
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