Knowing Your Business: New service safeguards heirlooms’ lore

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We keep baby books to record the highlights and special moments of children, we keep photo albums to preserve those events/people and times we don’t want to forget, and some keep journals to preserve the thoughts and memories we experience in our lives. Up and until now there hasn’t been anything like The Heirloom Registry to provide the same record-keeping for heirlooms; but brothers Mike and Dan Hiestand have changed all that. Read More +

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 +

Online antiques auction features Hudson River landscape, fine antique furniture

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A Hudson River landscape by Henry Ary, estimated at $30-50,000, may take top lot honors during Litchfield County Auctions’ summer antique and modern fine art auction. Online bidding takes place June 27-July 11, 2012 on iGavelauctions.com and features items from private estates and collections throughout Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts. Read More +

Can you expect good things buying antiques on Goodwill.com?

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A subscriber shares her concerns with past antiques purchases on ShopGoodwill.com and editors share a response from Goodwill corporate managers.

“As an antique dealer, I try exploring all possible revenues, as well as being a long-time active shopper on this website. Like the bright side of a coin, it also has a dark side as well; just 70 percent of my purchases were completed with total satisfaction. If you have ever shopped at Goodwill, you will know what I’m talking about: you have to clean, scrub, stitch and wash whatever it is you purchase.” Read More +