Green Living

To restore, or not to restore?

While reading through the March 3 galleys, I was surprised to find that Restor-A-Finish has been around for 40 years. Four decades. Wow. Just think of all the pieces this product has touched. [CLICK HERE to read Restor-A-Finish relaunched for 40th anniversary] Notice I didn’t say “improved,” as I believe that word is subjective....

Question of the Week: Used gifts?

This week’s Antique Trader question of the week … what do you think? Do you think it is tasteful and appropriate to give an antique or collectible as a gift or does the holiday season encourage you to purchase new items? Send your replies to eric.bradley@fwmedia.com or to Letters to the Editor, c/o Antique...

How America lost its $50B furniture industry

Check out this fascinating report on the future, or lack thereof, of the American furniture industry. The report asks, “do American furniture companies have a leg to stand on?”  The release on the report reads as follows: Baby Boomers don’t care about owning fine furniture. Department stores aren’t interested in stocking furniture. Design piracy...

Skinner Discovery Auction Sept. 16-17 in Marlborough

What’s more exciting than a discovery auction? Where you never know what you’ll have the opportunity to buy? Skinner’s upcoming Sept. 16-17 sale will offer silver, jewelry, toys, dolls, American Indian arts and more. You can view an online auction preview at www.skinnerinc.com. Here’s a breakdown of the sessions: Session I Wednesday’s session offers...

From the Editor: Haggling shouldn’t end badly

Where has our summer gone? Too quickly our sand beaches have given way to the first glimpses of red leaves. I certainly hope you enjoyed your summer. Here in Wisconsin where Antique Trader is produced our summers seem relatively short due to our three distinct seasons and bitter winters. The summer was packed with...

Question of the Week

A comment from an article in our new regional section struck me this week. It was originally printed in an article from The Press Tribune: “The resources have already been used to make (antique pieces),” said Deborah Candlish customer service representative at Roseville’s (Calif.) Antique Trove. “So you’re really being ‘green’ and saving resources...

Quick links to Antique Trader articles

For your convenience: Sunny skies greet shoppers at Centreville, Mich., marketGoing green with antiques at Marin County Antique ShowBarnes & Noble outlet hosts vintage book fairJackson’s death sparks surge in collectibles pricesCollect.com Auctions scores strong debutAntique advertising association schedules annual conventionThird Reich rarities highlight July Affiliated auction We have a lot of great information...

I’ll make that bid!

As many of you know (at least those of you who follow Antique Trader on Twitter and Facebook), editor Eric Bradley and I showed up at the same auction last Saturday. It was a multiple-estate and consignment auction held in Weyauwega, Wis., at the Liebe auction facility. There were crocks galore (some in “barn...