Category Archives: Antique Marketplace News

The Return of Shows: It has not been easy but show organizers are working hard to return to live events

This week is the return in full of the Brimfield Antique Shows after over a year’s hiatus due to COVID. Like all small shows and large-scale events, there remains some trepidation about what this year’s Brimfield shows will look like and who and how many will attend. If the success of some recent shows is […]

Owning a Share of Sports History

If you are like most sports fans and collectors of sports memorabilia, you can’t help but be blown away by recent auction sales. In just the first half of this year, a Kobe Bryant Topps rookie card sold for $1.796 million, a Wayne Gretzky 1979 rookie card sold for $1.29 million, a 1928 Stanley Cup […]

“The Art World is Going Digital Over NFT”

When graphic designer Mike Winkelmann started producing a drawing a day in 2007, he was simply looking for a way to improve his art skills. At best, the resulting “Everydays” project would help him promote his freelance work, which includes creating concert visuals for the likes of Justin Bieber and Katy Perry. But selling the […]

“Antiquities: The Subject of New Regulations.” How this will affect what you buy and sell

On January 1, 2021, the Senate voted to override President Trump’s veto of the massive, $741 billion US National Defense Authorization Act (S.4049 /H.R. 6395) and pass it into law. Among many non-defense-related additions to the bill are anti-money laundering provisions that are specifically directed at the antiquities trade. These amendments to the 1970 Bank […]

Antique Trends in 2020

The great thing about antiques is that with each passing year new items and collectible categories age into this coveted status. While that would suggest an ever-expanding and overflowing marketplace for the items from our past, the reality is that collectible interest waxes and wanes over time. New eras of interest emerge, such as Mid-century […]

2020 – A Big Year for Old Clothes: Although fashion spending with the exception of ‘loungewear’ is down a record 79% since Covid forced Americans to start working from home last April, industry data suggests that secondhand and vintage are on the rise.

Although fashion spending with the exception of ‘loungewear’ is down a record 79% since Covid forced Americans to start working from home last April (Boston Consulting Group estimates 2020 will end with $640 billion in lost sales.), industry data suggests that secondhand and vintage are on the rise. Lyst’s annual Year in Fashion report, a […]

Triggering Memories with Antiques…Part of the fun of walking through an antique shop is the memories it evokes.

Part of the fun of walking through an antique shop is the memories it evokes. How often do you see something that triggers a story or reminds you of your childhood or a family member? A piece of furniture similar to the one in your aunt’s living room, or something that your grandmother had in […]

“Collecting Just for Kicks,” by Maxine Carter-Lome

My isolation and downtime during the early months of COVID gave me the perfect opportunity to catch up on my Netflix binge-watching.  I watched all seasons of Designated Survivor and The Crown, and an interesting documentary called “Sneakerheadz,” an in-depth look into the exploding subculture of sneaker collecting and the widespread influence it has had […]

Millennials Moving Antique & Vintage Markets

ASHEFORD INSTITUTE – For many, especially during the time of Covid, it may come as somewhat of a surprise to think of today’s Millennial generation as having a major influence on issues related to economic substance – sans a few Instagram followers, or latte price debates – but a recent international survey of this group’s online […]

What’s Michael Jordan worth this season at auction?

Michael Jordan collectibles bring in high prices at auction this season.

Michael Jordan‘s legend is almost unfathomable, made even greater by this year’s ESPN documentary The Last Dance. In the wake of the popular series, MJ memorabilia has skyrocketed in price and desirability this auction season with everything from game-worn sneakers and jerseys to contracts and basketball trading cards bringing in game-winning money!. Just this week, a […]