Author Archives: Karen Knapstein

Karen Knapstein

About Karen Knapstein

Karen Knapstein is the editor of Antique Trader magazine. A lifelong collector and student of antiques, she has written dozens of articles on vintage collectibles and their historical context. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, Joseph, and daughter, Faye. She can be reached at

Christmas at Historic Houses

‘Historic Houses’ packed with inspirational Christmas decor

“Christmas at Historic Houses” is a lively celebration of classic architecture in full Christmas regalia. “Historic Houses” illustrates and shares brief histories and background information on dozens of noteworthy historical American houses, including magnificent estates like the Biltmore, Colonial Williamsburg and Mount Vernon to the somewhat small (by comparison) 27-room Wade...

Maurice Calka, orange Boomerang Desk, France, circa 1970, made by Maison Leleu, fiberglass, 33 1/2” d. x 30 1/2” h. x 70 1/2” w., $85,000. Image courtesy of eBay Collective

Inspiring Design: Five minutes with Sasha Bikoff

Up-and-coming interior designer Sasha Bikoff dedicated her time at the September Brimfield antique shows scouting fall decor and design trends. Bikoff has created an eBay Collective store so shoppers can experience some of the Brimfield shopping experience without leaving home.
Troika lounge chairs

Antiques & Vintage Tent debuts at modern craft fair Oct. 5-7

DECASO, a premier online destination for those seeking and selling world-class bespoke, vintage and antique furniture, décor and art, announces its exclusive partnership with Field + Supply, a modern makers craft fair for designers and tastemakers alike, in upstate New York at The Hutton Brickyards, 200 North Street, Kingston. From Oct....

Antique Trader Favorite Finds

Deadline looming for 2018 Favorite Finds Contest

IOLA, Wis. — Antique Trader, the national antiques publication delivering news, commentary and advertising for the antiques market, is currently accepting entries for its 2018 Favorite Finds Contest. Entries eligible for inclusion in the 2018 contest will be accepted through midnight September 30, 2018. Contest sponsors include Heritage Auctions, Ruby Lane,...