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Collectors keep Quimper market vibrant

This week’s cover story on Quimper pottery illustrates what’s best about collectors. Collectors are those people who, when they develop an affinity for a particular item, read and research everything there is on that topic. They stick with their appreciation no matter the obstacles. The hobby is more about personal enjoyment than it is...

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....

Antiques can be a labor of love

Justin Peddycoart’s column on page 10 of this week’s Antique Trader is an interesting example of one man’s quest to become his own “American picker.” Peddycoart writes about how a six-month experiment to generate his $800 rent payment strictly through buying and selling antiques and collectibles found at thrift stores. He writes, comically, of...

Question of the Week: Pay (more) to have and to hold?

This week’s Antique Trader Question of the Week: When you have to pay rental on a storage unit to keep your collections – whether they’re antiques or not – you have to consider that those costs are really investments into whatever it is you’re storing … making your stored items cost you more. Under...

Question of the Week: Favorite books?

Our antiques question of the week:What are some of your favorite antiques and collectibles reference books? Are all of them related to your own collections? Do you see yourself picking up an e-reader (such as Kindle) in the not-too-distant future? Send your replies to eric.bradley@fwmedia.com or to Letters to the Editor, c/o Antique Trader,...

What is a ‘merchandise hold,’ anyway?

Question of the Week: Under what circumstances are sellers required to ‘hold’ merchandise for customers? What are some of your ‘hold’ policies or experiences? Send your replies to eric.bradley@fwmedia.com or to Letters to the Editor, c/o Antique Trader, 700 E. State St., Iola, WI 54945. — Posted by Karen Knapstein ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ • Find us...

Question of the Week: No price=No sale?

What do you think? Does unpriced merchandise ever dissuade you from making a purchase? To be honest, this applies to me. I don’t like the thought that the price could depend on what I’m wearing that particular day … not that I carry a Louis Vuitton bag or wear jewelry from Tiffany’s … We’d...

Question of the Week: Antiques business advice

Antique Trader Question of the Week: When you started collecting or dealing, how did you benefit from a mentor or experienced relative? What advice would you pass on to anyone trying to establish themselves in the antiques business? Send your replies to eric.bradley@fwmedia.com or to Letters to the Editor, c/o Antique Trader, 700 E....

Question of the Week: One way to reach younger buyers?

In order to reach younger buyers, should  dealers sell an antique’s ‘function’ rather than its beauty or investment potential? Post your replies here on the blog, or send your replies to eric.bradley@fwmedia.com or to Letters to the Editor, c/o Antique Trader, 700 E. State St., Iola, WI 54945. You can also post your replies...