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Flea Market Strategies:
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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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Light for a Salesman
by Bob Brooke


During the late 19th century, in an age before electricity, it was impractical for traveling salesmen, staying in rooming houses, to carry a candle and stand with them so that they could see their way to the bathroom down the hall in the middle of the night. The Laterna Unica or Folding Pocket Candle Lamp made it possible for them to do that. It consisted of folding mica panels which surrounded a small candle and included a match holder, striker and carrying case. Salesmen could easily stuff one of these into their valise. This particular one, measuring 5 x 3 1/4 x 1 inches, priced at $195 by Tucker and Booth Antiques and Collectibles, of Morgantown, PA, features gold and leather trim. Other so-called "hand lamps," that resembled prayer books when closed, provided light for reading during long religious meetings.



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How to Recognize and Refinish Antiques for Pleasure and Profit

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

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