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Selling nostalgia: Take your customers on a sentimental journey

There’s nothing like a good sports nickname. A clever moniker defines an athlete’s special skill in a memorable fashion. What images are suggested by the handles “The Sultan of Swat” (Babe Ruth), or “The Refrigerator” (William Perry), or “Charlie Hustle” (Pete Rose)? Last week I read a handle that defines antique...

Teapot recalls genie in the bottle

By Susan Mullikin Q: I have an Arthur Wood genie teapot and I was wondering if it’s worth any value? Kayla Nicholson A: Your Arthur Wood teapot in the shape of Aladdin’s Magic lamp brings to mind Aladdin, the genie in the bottle, and his famous three wishes he asked for. The Arthur...

The handmade antiques conundrum

An acquaintance of mine, visiting in the area for a short time, asked where she could go shopping for some genuine “handmade antiques.” She was referring specifically to furniture. I guess that’s why she directed her question to me. I asked her to please define “handmade” and “antique” and I would...

Use more brainpower when moving

Unless you are one of those folks who lives in a sterile condo furnished with every anonymous artifact your decorator thinks you should have, the prospect of moving can be one of the most traumatic occurrences of your life. The sterile set just calls a mover and goes to South Beach...

Active Interest Media Acquires Four F+W Groups Including Antique Trader

Boulder, CO: North America’s leading participant media company today announced the acquisition of four storied groups of enthusiast brands from F+W Media. “The addition of Writer’s Digest, Popular Woodworking, Horticulture, and the Collectibles Group significantly extends our footprint in passionate markets that fit Active Interest Media’s vision for future growth,” said...