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Say It’s Not So

Our Dad had a saying that he declared at the conclusion of every July Fourth backyard picnic. His words were most often greeted with shouts and boos from his brood. Just before going in for the night – after entertaining us with his magic tricks and grilling feats – he would announce, ...

Spicing Up the World of Collectibles

Is there any novelty item more popular to collect than salt n’ peppers? Salt and pepper shakers are found on just about every kitchen table but in the home of a collector, they do more than season food — they provide spice to decor and are at the heart of an entertaining hobby. Novelty ...

Happy Fourth of July to all Antiques and History Lovers

What better day to celebrate the past than the Fourth of July? Antique enthusiasts love a good story with provenance so the past is always in the present when enjoying a finely crafted piece of Federal furniture, a flag from the Civil War battlefield or the many examples of Americana ...

Anatomy Of A Rummage Sale

Every time I think I’m done with my parish’s annual rummage sale, there is a sweet smiling lady who draws me back in. I just can’t say no to Miss Gretchen. For years, my mother, and sisters and I were among the helpers who worked to get the sale ready each year. In its earlier years, ...

Sleeping Under The Stars

The smell of the old canvas tent never leaves my senses. Even if it has been decades since we spent a weekend camping out, that distinct scent lingers in my mind. Our son recently asked if we still had a camping tent that he could “borrow” for a trial backyard campout with our two young ...

Stretch Glass Collectors Go for Shimmer

The term “stretch” glass seems a contradiction. Glass is one of the hardest substances known, so how in the world would it stretch? But stretch glass enthusiasts know that this term stands for a sparkling type of Victorian art glass that attracts lots of attention. Ask any one of the ...