Crazy Collections: These collectors only want zany and obscure antiques

unusual wristwatch

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 +

How to collect vintage and contemporary wine

vintage Windsor Vineyards wine

An entire industry has evolved to meet the needs of wine lovers: They join wine clubs, read wine reviews, take wine classes, enjoy winery tours, frequent wine festivals and savor wine tastings. But how does a wine enthusiast become a wine collector? Slowly, advises several experts. These tips will help you become a better wine collector … or help you start your own wine collection. Read More +

Small business advice gathered over 90 years helps antiques dealers

Columnist Wayne Jordan recently had a nice chat with Chip Averwater, author of “Retail Truths, The Unconventional Wisdom of Retailing.” A retail “truth” is something that can only be discovered through experience. You can’t learn these truths in business school. Here are 10 of Jordan’s favorite retail “truths” and how they might help you improve your antiques business. Read More +