Antiques inheritances affected by 2013 gift tax changes

With the lifetime gift tax exemption scheduled to drop from $5 million to $1 million on Jan. 1, 2013, collectors are scuffling to pass on as much tax-free wealth as possible to their children and heirs. But be careful. When it comes to gifting collections, both collectors and appraisers need to move cautiously.

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How to collect vintage and contemporary 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...

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...