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You will find hundreds of sale reports with color pictures, descriptions, prices, and an explanation of what influences the highs or lows. For everything from toys to formal furniture, glass, pottery, silver and more, get the low-down on items both unique and useful. The sales reports give the history of factories and items, as well as prices. They will help you discover the value of your piece. Read bits of advice and tricks from how to find expensive antiques at bargain prices to why you need a bungee cord at a flea market.


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  • The Timeless Beauty of Bride’s Baskets

    Bride's baskets were popular wedding gifts at the turn of the 20th century. Some were made of pewter, brass or bronze but silver-plated versions, like this one that holds a peachblow bowl, were preferred. Collectors like American-made examples with a tight fit between basket and frame. Find out why.






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  • John Prip – Metalsmith

    John Prip studied metalwork in Scandinavia and designed for Reed & Barton. This 1970s teapot reflects his talent with unexpected curves and angles and attention to detail. It auctioned recently for 10 times the previous record for a John Prip piece. Check to see if you have any pieces marked Prip. For prices and photos....






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  • Movie Posters Make Their Mark

    Movie posters sold for top dollar at a recent auction. Collectors look for posters that advertise classic films, famous actors, or popular movies from their childhood. This poster for A-Haunting We Will Go is scarce, has famous actors, is in the ever-popular horror genre, and sold near the top of the lots. Did your childhood favorite sell? Find out here.






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  • Collectors Dig Garden Furnishings

    A small selection of garden accessories from the turn of the 20th century sold just in time for summer. From water features and gnomes to benches and stands, collectors were drawn to pieces that create a focal point. This French sculpture of a boy holding a carp is a fountain. Water is piped through the carp's mouth. See more photos and prices.






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  • Steiff Bear: Plaything No More

    Steiff bears were first designed for children in the early 1900s. Collectors look for rare colors like the apricot mohair on this early metal-rod-jointed bear. They also look for original branded ear buttons. Check out more photos and prices.






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  • Chair Styles — Chippendale

    It is possible to identify the style of a chair and when it was made by analyzing its parts. You may be able to discover who made the chair by looking at the type of wood used and by becoming familiar with favored designs.






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  • Designer Spring Dresses: Colorful and Revealing

    Designer dresses can be identified by logos. But serious collectors can recognize a designer by trademark details like lapels and gathers. Dresses made five to ten years ago are seeing a resurgence in popularity, and feminine dresses in flowing fabrics like this blue ensemble labeled Stephen Burrow's World sold well at a recent auction in Illinois. For more fashion photos and prices, spring over to our article.






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  • Match Safes – Practical, Proven & Popular

    Match safes protected the carrier from fire and matches from the wet. Pocket-sized and lightweight, their designs often reflected the budget of the owner and the trends of the times. Many were souvenirs, advertised products, or had nature themes, like this silver-plated owl. Flip for more photos and prices from the Pennsylvania sale.






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  • Midcentury Storage Furniture Is a Great Fit

    Midcentury modern storage furniture fits into today's lifestyles. Buyers look for modular pieces and known designers. This 1950s lacquered Masonite storage unit by Charles & Ray Eames was auctioned in Chicago. With three drawers and a shelf, it's a versatile piece for a bedroom or living room. See more photos and how much cash it takes to stash your stuff.






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