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Find Your Treasure! Top Tips for Thrift Store Shopping

One of the best things about traveling away from home by car is the opportunity to spontaneously stop at thrift stores, especially if you have an understanding or like-minded travel companion. We were recently in a small town on the Ohio/West Virginia border to explore the legend of the “Mothman.” We enjoyed a small museum dedicated to the legendary monster, and we also visited several thrift stores on the main street. Here are our top tips on thrift store shopping.

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Historical Staffordshire China 

A collection of rare and coveted Staffordshire historical blue transfer-decorated china is getting high prices. For more information, and for prices of pieces like this 1825 vegetable dish that pictures the Arms of Virginia, see Kovels’ sale report.

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Brother Keeps His Promise: Small Portion of Comic Collection Sells for $7.1 Million 

A portion of the comics in the Promise Collection, a grouping of high-grade Golden Age comic books bought by a teenager in the 1940s, sold at a June 7 Heritage auction for a total of $7.1 million. The collection was owned by a young man who made his brother promise to keep the comics together while he was fighting in the war. He never returned, but the brother kept the collection together and added some of his own. All the comics will be sold by Heritage Auctions throughout this year and next.

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Pressed-Back Rocking Chair

Q: I have a very unique rocking chair that I purchased two years ago in Norton, Ohio. The woman who sold it to me said it was her great-grandmother’s. It had no rockers on it when I got it because they were either broken off or sawed off.

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Kovels Antiques, Inc., was founded by Ralph and Terry Kovel. Hailed as “the duke and duchess of the antiques world,” they have written more than 100 books and special reports about collecting. Their bylined column is the longest-running syndicated weekly column in the country, distributed to more than 150 newspapers. Their guides include the annual Kovels’ Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide, which has sold over 4 million copies since its first edition.

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