Category Archives: Antique Marketplace News

Comic Books: Not Just For Reading

Remember when a comic book cost less than $.20? We had a candy store down the block from my elementary school and during recess my friends and I would walk over to see what new issue of our favorite comic books had just come out, and with our allowance buy as many as we could […]

Collecting & Preserving Seeds: An Insurance Policy for our Future

Our October issue explores the historical roots of the American harvest. You may question what that has to do with antique collectibles but in their own way, the indigenous seeds we found here and those brought over from other countries, often referred to as heirloom seeds, spawned an agro-industry that today exports over $140 billion […]

Taking Your Collection to the Next Level: For many collectors and homeowners, the downtime of the last year provided the rare opportunity to do a deep dive into their collections and document their objects of value.

For many collectors and homeowners, the downtime of the last year provided the rare opportunity to do a deep dive into their collections and document their objects of value. This trip down memory lane can be a real project – especially if it means pulling together a lot of items, gathering paperwork scattered throughout the […]

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 […]