Busy

I started a new job so things have been a bit busier and I have less time for collecting but that’s okay! I’m hoping it’ll help me focus on higher quality but we’ll see. The job comes with a lot of seasonal flux, so it works out well. The antique hunting season will slow down […]

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Moving on along!

As my title line says, 2017 is a weird time to be a private collector. With most of my collection for sale, there are times when things get off to a roll. Yesterday was a great day. It started with a couple small bids on some collectible electronics and a lowball bid on a piece […]

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Art Deco: From buildings to ceramics

If you follow me on Pinterest, you know that I love art deco architecture. The style we know as art deco is said to originate in Paris ca 1920. Personally, I think there’s evidence of a general movement towards art deco a bit earlier around the world but that’s a different discussion altogether! Art deco […]

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Silver Silver Silver.

I like sterling silver. No, that may be an understatement. I love sterling silver. I’m not too sure whether it stems from the rich cultural history of the metal or that it has a solid price floor by weight but sterling silver is awesome. Someday I’ll be that old dude at the market with a […]

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Business is good.

Quick update. Am trying to get into the habit or writing more frequently for this site. The Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook portions are all doing well, the blog could be doing better. Things are building together and its inspiring to watch. Needless to say, it’s a lot of work and each gets neglected from […]

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Curiosity for ceramics: Small Rookwood

As I try to “move up” in the collecting world, I find I can buy better out of antique stores. Here’s a small Rookwood piece that I bought recently on vacation. This lil pink and green beauty comes from one of the best names in American art pottery. I’m just starting out with the in-depth […]

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Profile: North Dakota School of Mines

North Dakota School of Mines is a rare pottery that was made in the early 20th century. It is a fringe collector-base that will pay handsomely for the pieces. I had the luxury of seeing one in person at a phenomenal antique store I was at not too long ago. This is the antique that […]

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Curiosity for ceramics.

Something that differentiates me as a collector is that my interests are in arbitrage – I view my collection as an investment. You could say I collect “arbitrage,” which is the difference between what something can be found for and what it’s worth. Right now I think my best piece is an artwork I bought […]

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Trades in Travel – P2 Suburban Illinois

Day two of buying featured a different array of stores. And beyond just telling the tales, I will do item profiles for specific pieces that were bought. I don’t know. Sometimes I wonder what I’m doing with this blog and I think that the antique market is just so poorly catalogued online that maybe that’s […]

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Syndicating a web presence

Antiques, oh antiques. I once worked in a stop that you’d swear it was still 1988. Tickets were written by hand, receipts made on carbon copy paper and the cash went into an envelope at the end of the shift. Being a social media native, this drove me nuts. I couldn’t handle the amount of […]

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