Patience aids both seller and buyer when online deals go awry

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Your collectible arrives from the latest online auction and you’re disappointed. There’s a problem. What do you do now? Try patience, courtesy and diplomacy, says guest columnist and military collector P.H. Tuttle. He writes, “In my own dealings as a buyer, nearly all of my bad experiences have resulted from deals where I thought I was somehow beating the system. I ignored all of my internal alarms because I thought I was ‘getting a Rolex for the price of a Timex.'” Read More +

Crazy Collections: These collectors only want zany and obscure antiques

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Sometimes collectors yearn for the unusual. They search for items that appeal to their sense of whimsy, or perhaps items that reflect cultural and historical values that may not have been thought of as collectible. Here you’ll meet collectors of the weird: funerary items, dental or medical items, prisoner art, condom tins, neckties, corkscrews, Salem witch-related items. Collectors of the esoteric are many and they open up an entire new world to us when we look at those items through their eyes. Read More +

Enter the 4th annual Favorite Finds contest for a chance to win a $500 auction credit

Enter the Favorite Finds contest for a chance to win a $500 auction credit

Enter your favorite antiques collecting story in the 4th annual Antique Trader Favorite Finds contest for a chance to win a $500 auction credit from Heritage Auctions! This year’s runner-up entry will win a 10-volume reference library courtesy of Krause Publications. It’s free to enter and every participant receives a free copy of the Nov. 14, 2012, cover-dated magazine in which the stories are shared! Read More +

Antique City returns April 14-15, 2012 with new venue, free admission for young collectors

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On April 14-15, 2012 Norm Schaut’s huge “Antique City” Fun Fair will be staged at the Lehigh University Fieldhouse in Bethlehem, Pa. Pennsylvania’s largest and most diverse indoor antiques fair will present 250 exhibitors from 32 states offering everything from furnishings to fine art, jewelry to jukeboxes, porcelains and postcards to dolls and trains to ships and planes. Read More +

SoCal’s All-American Collector’s Show marks 40 years with 200 dealers

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GLENDALE, Calif. – If you’re a treasure hunter, a fan of vintage toys and memorabilia, or a history buff, you likely found your way to the Los Angeles area Glendale Civic Auditorium to celebrate and enjoy the 40th anniversary of The All-American Collector’s Show. The weekend event acted as a magnet for some 200 dealers from all over the U.S. (as well as Sweden), to sell and trade tin wind-up toys, cast-iron toys, Disney memorabilia, dolls, Americana, arcade machines, movie memorabilia, vintage advertising and myriad “blasts from the past.” Read More +