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A small rose.
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Flea Market Strategies:
How to Shop, Buy, and Bargain the 21st-Century Way

The Kovels have navigated flea markets for decades. Learn from the best. Know what to wear, what to bring along, when to show up, and (most important) how to negotiate your way to a bargain. It includes a list of the latest smartphone apps to help you shop, share and ship!

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AN-TIQUE (an-teek) An object having special value because of its age, especially a domestic item, piece of furniture or decorative arts object esteemed for its artistry, beauty, or period of origin.

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The Antiques Almanac, a reference site for beginning and intermediate collectors and those just interested in finding out about old things, is your first stop on the Web in your search for information about antiques and collectibles. Here, you’ll find articles on a variety of American and international antiques, including furniture, china, glass, silver, and other decorative arts from the Colonial, Empire, Victorian, and Art Nouveau Periods, plus vintage and modern collectibles, plus interesting historical facts, antique tips, and recommendations for caring for your collections. Come in, browse around, and come back often to see what's new.


Those Charming Staffordshire Dogs
Staffordshire dogs have become one of the most popular pieces of collectible ceramics in recent years. For those interested in Victoriana, nothing quite exemplifies it as these spaniels, originally created to be displayed on fireplace mantels during the Victorian Era from the 1840s through the 1890s.
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Navajo Weavings—
Many Things to Many People

Navajo weavings are many things to many people. These soft, woven textiles are evocative, timeless works of art that transcend time and space. Navajo weavings have captured the imagination of collectors not only because of their beauty but also because they accurately mirror the social and economic history of the Navajo people.

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The Influence of the Grand Tour on Antique Collecting
Today’s antique collector most likely doesn’t think about how the idea of collecting began and the influence the Grand Tour played in it. But if it weren’t for the Grand Tour, many of the decorative styles in furniture and accessories—Adams, Sheraton, Heppelwhite, Chippendale, and Rococo and Renaissance Revival—collected today would probably not have even been created.
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A Whale of a Museum
by Bob Brooke

The rich heritage of Nantucket’s whaling industry comes to life in the Nantucket Whaling Museum, owned and operated by the Nantucket Historical Association (NHA), through galleries overflowing with revered artifacts. Founded over 75 years ago, it’s a must-see experience.
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Return to Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear

Back in the 1950s, kids didn’t have video games or computers. They couldn’t watch shows on Netflix. They didn’t have the million and one distractions that they have today to occupy their idol hours. But they did have T.V., a new medium that just a few years before exploded onto post-war America. And one of the types of shows they watched the most was the early T.V. western. Read more. 

How to Recognize and Refinish Antiques for Pleasure and Profit

Book: How to Recognizing and Refinishing Antiques for Pleasure and Profit

Have you ever bought an antique or collectible that was less than perfect and needed some TLC? Bob's book offers tips and step-by- step instructions for simple maintenance and restoration of common antiques.
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