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10. Shows are great for beginners. They bring a wide
range for well-described antiques, friendly, talkative experts, and lots of time to savor and digest.
9. Shows are concentrated, but not over-concentrated events. Shows offer adequate thinking time. The pressure of an auction leads to mistakes: the calm of a show does not.
8. Shows put customers and antiques in touch. Shows provide good conditions for inspecting a piece - good lighting, adequate room, no time pressure.
7. Shows put customers and dealers in touch - they can shake hands, look each other in the eye and converse. Dealers return regularly to shows and meet regular customers.
6. Shows have no buyer's premium, no shipping costs. Show dealers will deliver for free over short distances.
5. Shows reduce the anxiety of paying too much. You can go comparison shopping; you can discuss the price with the dealer. Whatever you spend, you will get good value.
4. Show business is open and transparent. Shows label antiques thoroughly and informatively. There is no phantom bidding against the wall, no secret reserves, no last second shipping.
3. Shows take the risk out of buying. Dealers select their stock carefully: they weed out the bad. They will show you in detail why the good is good. Most guarantee what they sell, most will allow you to take something home on approval.
2. Shows bring dealers and antiques to your doorstep: dealers travel so you don’t have to.
1. The show is as pleasurable as the purchase. Shows are social events.
We heard that Mikey decided to go ice fishing this past year. He'd seen many books on the subject, and finally getting all the necessary tools together, he made for the ice. After positioning his comfy footstool, he started to make a circular cut in the ice. Suddenly, from the above, a voice boomed, "THERE ARE NO FISH UNDER THE ICE!"
A record price of $96,800 was paid recently for a shelf clock made by renowned American clock maker, David Wood. The auction which took place at Bill Hood & Son auction house in Delray Beach, Florida featured the clock that was dated from the early 1800’s. Although shelf clocks are very desirable to collectors, up until now, prices for shelf clocks have sold in the $55,000 range.
After the War of Independence, shortages together with demand forced the prices of tall clocks to rise. In about 1770, clock makers started making a less expensive alternative, known today as the shelf clock. These clocks which usually measure about 24-30” in height were made into the mid1830’s. Shelf clocks required less metal which made them a lot less expensive.
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Today as I was walking into my garage, I passed the laundry room where my wife was complaining about all the wash she had to do. This gave me pause and I thought, well what would happen if she lived in my mom’s time? My mom talked all the time about having to walk to the river in the old country carrying baskets of clothes to wash as well as my older brothers and sisters. My mother’s continues by saying that the way they got the clothes clean was by pounding them against the rocks.
On March 18, 2006, a jury in Blountsville, Tennessee sentenced Charles Edward Shifflett to life in prison for killing fellow antiques dealer Charles Richardson. Apparently, Mr. Shifflett lured his fellow dealer with a tales of a massive railroad memorabilia collection in Douglasville, Georgia. On April 2003, Mr. Richardson left his home in Pennsylvania to meet up with Mr. Shifflett carrying $250,000 in cash. That was the last time anyone saw Mr. Richardson alive.
Startled, Mikey moved further down the ice, poured some coffee out of his thermos and began to cut yet another hole. Again from above the voice bellowed, "THERE ARE NO FISH UNDER THE ICE!" Mikey now worried looked skyward and said, "Is that you, Lord?" The voice replied, "NO, THIS IS THE MANAGER OF THE VERIZON CENTER."
According to eBay’s March 2006 Hot Categories Report sterling silver teapots and sets, velvet fabric and sterling silver candlesticks and candelabras are rated “Very Hot.” The trend in silver items continues in the “Hot” category with sterling bowls, platters, trays, pitchers, vases and jugs all making the list. EBay has a very complicated way of determining what “Hot” is.
Washing machines weren’t invented until the mid 1800’s and no one knows more about antique washing machines than Lee Maxwell from Colorado. Mr. Maxwell has a collection of more than a thousand antique and vintage machines that he has accumulated from trips he has made scouring the countryside. The Guinness Book of World Records has authenticated his collection as the largest in the world. Please use the link below to visit his website which has tons of pictures and some great articles as well.
Mr. Richardson was found drowned in the Susquehanna River four days later. Apparently, he was beat to death at rest stop in Tennessee and later dumped in the river. Mr. Shifflett was tried and convicted by a Pennsylvania court of tampering with evidence and desecrating a corpse however he had to be tried in Tennessee for the murder. Mr. Shifflett never took the stand in his own defense but was resolute in his claim of innocence.