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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Brownies were funny little gnomes who cleaned the house in children's books by Palmer Cox. They were popular books starting in the 1880, and their images were used to advertise products like clocks and cameras. They have round eyes and long legs like this papier-mâché Uncle Sam nodder. Run over for more photos and prices.
Getting to know local artists and art schools can be a satisfying way to learn more about collecting and to buy art at affordable prices. Building relationships with your local auctioneers can be a great way to learn too. A Cleveland auctioneer sold items like this gold Octopus pendant and chain by Cleveland artist John Paul Miller for an amazing price. Pop over to the sale report to study more Ohio art objects.
Lunch boxes bring back childhood memories and many collectors look for images that remind them of their youth. Beatlemania fans will pay thousands for a lunch box like this blue 1965 Beatles lunch box and thermos set. A recent sale included boxes from the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s. Feast your eyes on vintage lunch boxes.
Collectors at a recent St. Louis auction picked up designer furniture at dorm room prices. Chairs and tables by big name designers like Charles and Ray Eames, designers of this Herman Miller side chair, went for less than dinner for two at a fancy restaurant. Settle in and check out the photos and prices.
Pocket mirrors were trendy advertising swag like today’s key chains or mini-flashlights. Illustrations were sometimes racy and always caught the eye along with a sales message. This beauty is selling telephones for Cincinnati & Suburban Bell Telephone Co. Reflect on more pics and prices.
Costume jewelry by Eugene Joseff is intertwined with 90 years of Hollywood history. This simulated diamond and amethyst necklace was worn by Vivian Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With The Wind. Share the glitz and glamour and see the Hollywood prices.
Mourning jewelry was a source of comfort in a world before vaccines, antibiotics, and even photographs. Money was set aside for jewelry to memorialize deceased loved ones. This gold and ivory pin is inscribed, "Weep not for me, but for yourself," and was meant to inspire prayers for the departed. Solemnly swear to look at more photos and prices.
Valentine greetings from all of us at Kovels! Hearts have been part of Valentine’s Day messages for hundreds of years. Here are a few famous hearts and their prices today.
Art pottery sales are going up but great finds can still be had at house sales. How do you recognize the hot potters? And how do you protect your investment? Most pottery collectors know the big names, but what about potters like Rose Cabat? She is known for her tiny "feelie" vases like this pink and purple example. To get a feel for the art pottery market, slip over to our article.
Don’t be fooled by a fantasy hatpin! Hatpins from the 1860s to 1920s held large hats to large hairdos. Bidders stuck with expensive gold and amethyst pins or low-priced pins with white bead tops. Pin yourself down and learn what authentic hatpins look like and how much they’re worth.