Welcome to your new Antique Trader

Welcome to the new Antique Trader.

I hope we’ve prepared you for the new magazine you hold in your hands. A change this important is never easy but it is an important one for us, and, we think, for you. We have spearheaded this new era of Antique Trader with you and your needs and wants in mind.

The new size is evident — a svelte, new version of the tabloid that has been Antique Trader’s format for the last 10-odd years. In this week’s issue, we introduce you to a few new features that we hope you’ll like.

In response to calls for more pictures and prices, you’ll find a feature we call Top Lot. It’s a photo from a recent auction or online sale that touts a stunning antique or a record price. However, this isn’t a feature only reserved for auction houses. Show circuit dealers, group malls or shop owners are welcomed to submit a photo of a recent sale and its price to us for publication. This is a chance for hardworking dealers to pat themselves on the back and show that buyers are still buying and sellers are still selling. All submissions should be sent to Top Lot c/o Antique Trader, 700 E. State St., Iola, WI 54945 or sent to eric.bradley@fwmedia.com. This week’s Top Lot is a $6,000 shaving mug sold by a budding new dealer in Seattle. You can read more HERE.

We have featured a number of guest columnists in the last year, but none have been more outrageous and downright funny than this week’s column by The Antique Crank. A longtime dealer, The Antique Crank has been “telling it like it is” on behalf of dealers on Twitter, the hot online social-networking site. The Antique Crank says things dealers sometimes wish they could say out loud. His tongue-in-cheek column is HERE.

For those of you who reminded me that many readers are not on Twitter or Facebook (or even own a computer in general), we have a fascinating story from auctioneer Wayne Jordan. His article [you can read it HERE] shows us that, like the owners of The Golden Gallery of Galax, Va., dealers can live on a different continent and still make a profitable living in antiques without being “wired.”

Let us know what you think of the new format and styles by sending a letter to the editor in care of the address above.

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