From the Editor: Celebrating sentimental Favorite Finds

Antique Trader Favorite Finds 2014

The annual Antique Trader Favorite Finds issue is here, with the arrival of the Nov. 26, 2014 issue. The stories – submitted by readers from various regions of the U.S. — are captivating, inspiring, entertaining and informative. The Favorite Finds contest, sponsored by Heritage Auctions, results in an issue that also serves as a great reminder of the beauty of the world that surrounds us, especially those things that have been around for awhile. Plus, this special issue celebrates the joy and sense of community to be found among collectors. Read More +

‘Haunted Objects’ explores tales of the unexplained

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This is an exclusive excerpt from the new book ‘Haunted Objects, Stories of Ghosts on Your Shelf,’ by veteran ghost hunters Christopher Balzano and Tim Weisberg. (F+W Media, 2012). Each page of “Haunted Objects” reveals unsettling accounts of unexplained paranormal activity surrounding everyday items. From dolls to rings, these innocent looking items have disturbing tales to tell. 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 +