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As staff members at Kovels, we are exposed to thousands of books and catalogs filled with all manner of vintage and antique treasures. We are often asked what we like to hunt for, buy, organize and display and we thought we’d share some of the things we are enthusiastic about.

Terry Kovel is interested in everything antique and vintage but loves finding Holt-Howard pixie pieces for the kitchen; vintage food can labels, banana stickers, and advertising things for the “country store;” and useable flower vases for everywhere else.

Kim Kovel collects lady’s head vases, mainly from California potteries, Russel Wright spun aluminum and Eva Zeisel dishes.

Gay, the “mother of Kovels’ annual price guide,” travels a lot and is always hunting for Christmas ornaments that evoke great memories of many locations in the U.S., Europe, Africa and Asia as well as family events.

Danielle, Kovels’ newsletter editor, has always been fascinated by glass. When she was about 6 years old, her mother took her to see glass being blown. A glassblower gave her a goblet with a dragon stem. She thought it was magical and was hooked. A glass elephant about the size of her pinky finger was next. Her collection consists of a variety of glass – pressed glass from the 1930s along with carnival glass. But she’s most drawn to contemporary functional forms. She says that while her budget is small, she has some great pieces of blown and cased glass. She would someday love to own a piece by Harvey Littleton or Dominick Labino.

Lauren is Kovels’ graphic designer and enjoys lots of collectibles. She loves finding framed images of dogs. Fiesta ware, milk glass and old Pyrex pieces, as well as vinyl records can be found around her home.

Hamsy, our marketing expert, loves everything midcentury modern and Scandinavian in design – furniture, art, ceramics, etc. She owns a few pieces, like a Lane Perception dresser that she uses as a credenza and a knockoff of the “Wishbone Chair” by Hans Wegner. But the pieces she would like to add are the Adrian Pearsall “Jacks” coffee table, and a bookcase and credenza from the Broyhill “Brasilia” collection.

Cherrie looks for old stoneware jugs with cobalt blue designs. She would like to add some Dedham Pottery to her collection.

Erika has a collection of Herend porcelain, the pottery made in Herend, Hungary. She has figurines, as well as a tea set, trinket boxes and trays that her parents brought home after each yearly trip back to Hungary. Herend has sparked her interest in other figurines and she also hunts for Hollohaza figurines – the older ones, she says – at estate sales and online marketplaces, and she now has over 50 pieces.

Tina is drawn to vintage cookbooks and costume jewelry. She loves art glass by contemporary artists like Toots Zynsky and would be happy to start collecting a few pieces.

Renee collects the “City Scenes” mugs from Starbucks whenever she visits a new place. She can pour morning coffee into mugs from Detroit, Indianapolis, various cities in Ohio and Michigan, and even the Bahamas and Spain.

Beverly also collects Starbucks mugs from their international cities series. She would like to collect African-American garden statuary like angels, fairies, gnomes, fisher boys and suns (not mammy or sambo, etc. images) and sends a reach-out to readers – if you find any, “let me know.”

Liz also enjoys Christmas ornaments as well as vintage dishes with winter images like Spode “Christmas Tree,” Johnson Bros. “Friendly Village” scenes with snow, Adams China “Winter Scenes,” and Block “Poinsettia.” She is also always on the lookout for serving pieces that add patterns and splashes of muted red, “Moon and Star” pattern glass, old images of nurses because of her mother, slide rules because of her father, pieces with forget-me-nots because of her mother-in-law, and some pieces of antique Longwy for their pop of turquoise. But what she oohs and ahhs over is beautiful silver from the Arts and Crafts period.

Let us know what you collect!




#10 New to your sitePiecebyPiece 2017-05-29 16:50
I have just joined your site and I am already in love with it. I have read you books for years and have I recently opened a shop on Etsy to sell my collectibles from years of collecting! Yikes! Researching some items have been challenging and your expertise is a blessing.
Thank you.
#9 USA pottery andTomatowarevalsvin 2017-05-21 18:49
I have been collecting tomato-ware from occupied Japan and USA, McCoy and Calif. pottery with the green glaze for years! I especially like the animal and reptile shaped McCoy.
#8 Christmas Ornamentsduelink 2017-05-18 14:59
My mom has several old early 1900's Christmas ornaments she is looking to sell. Can you suggest the best venue to display and sell these ornaments.

Thank you
#7 vinyl recordsJena6156 2017-05-18 12:00
I read that Lauren likes finding vinyl records. I have a stack of them and have no idea what to do with them. I can't play them any more so they are taking up space. If you have any ideas on what to do with these records, please let me know. Would greatly appreciate it.
#6 Cappo di Monte and other Italian porcelainLipemon 2017-05-18 03:30
My mom has an extensive collection of capodimonte figurines -- and I'm starting to learn more but it's just too little info about them it seems (or having trouble where to find info). She has so many that I haven't seen anywhere else for example... Who or how so I contact for help on these?

Many thanks.
#5 ball jarspegrich 2017-05-18 02:53
My husband worked for Ball and decided to collect 1 of everything they made- and companies they bought. He died and I am trying to sell them. Appreciate any ideas
#4 Cookie Jars?Tallulah761 2017-05-18 02:30
Is there any interest in cookie jars? I have two -- a strawberry and a yellow apple. From the 60's; only marking is "Made in USA."
#3 Shawnee Cornware1938 2017-05-18 00:23
I have quite a few King Corn pieces. As I expect to be downsizing within next few years, I eventually seek to sell as my daughter does not want any of it. Wondering if it is considered a collector item. Also once collected Wise Men figures, porcelain birds, and Cybis porcelains, which I still own.
#2 Collectionswick46 2017-05-18 00:10
I love Lefton. Have nearly 400 pieces. Also collect, carnival, moon and stars, depression glass, Shawnee, and McCoy! I need a bigger hoise!
#1 CeramicsLindaJane 2017-05-17 23:16
Hi, I collect pincushion/half lady dolls and Japanese Imari

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