readers’ letters

Antique Trader Question of the Week: New, imported items

We at Antique Trader would like to know your opinion on the following: What do you think about antique dealers selling new items at shows that are imported from overseas? Send your replies to eric.bradley@fwmedia.com or Letters to the Editor, c/o Antique Trader, 700 E State St., Iola, WI 54990. Or,...

Anniversary of PT Barnum’s 200th in Antique Trader

The May 5 edition of Antique Trader is filled with antique and collectible news and features. The main cover feature celebrates the 200th anniversary of P.T. Barnum’s birth. Circus enthusiasts are planning a year of celebrations and events to commemorate the occasion. CLICK HERE to read the Antique Trader cover feature...

Would YOU get into the antiques business again?

Question of the Week: If you could do it all over again, at what level would you get involved in the antiques business? 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. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ • Find us on Twitter HERE....

Question of the Week: Antique opportunity regrets

This week’s Antique Trader Question of the Week: What is the one antique or collectible you regret passing up? 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. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ • Find us on Twitter HERE. • Find us on...

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...

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...

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,...

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 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~...