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How Do You Plan For and Run Your Own ESTATE SALE? Some Practical Tips.

How Do You Plan For and Run Your Own ESTATE SALE? Some Practical Tips. I try to write this blog every Sunday.  I have missed the past few Sundays as Laurence and I were running an estate sale in a local town.  Not only do we have our shop, Studio Antiques, we offer Estate Sale services for other folks.  Increasingly, people are trying to handle this activity on their own. I thought it might be helpful to share a few points on how to run your own estate sale. So, first things first. How is an Estate Sale different than a yard sale? Normally an estate sale...

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Our RCA Loudspeaker 106: How the First Electronic Instrument, the Theremin, was Heard.

Our RCA Loudspeaker 106: How the First Electronic Instrument, the Theremin, was Heard. A couple of weeks ago, some folks came into our shop looking to consign this thing: Was this going to be another what the heck is it? Luckily for us, there was a label on the back: Hmm….an RCA Loudspeaker 106 Electro-Dynamic.  That’s what we had to work with.  So this is some sort of speaker for a radio then.  I mean, look at it.  Any speaker I’m familiar with wouldn’t have a tapestry image like the one on the front.  This speaker was actually manufactured to look...

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The Roadium Open Air Market and a Euphonia: A Love Story

The Roadium Open Air Market and a Euphonia: A Love Story Our shop is ordinarily closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Laurence and I had decided that this week we would go and have a look around the Roadium on Wednesday morning.  http://www.roadium.com/  There are a lot of vendors at this market, and most of them do not have antiques or collectibles. Mondays are the best day for old stuff there, but what-the-hey…it’s Wednesday; we are off of work and the sun is out!  Ready to go, empty basket in hand.  You never know what we are going to...

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URANIUM, Vaseline & Depression Glasses…What’s the Difference?

URANIUM, Vaseline & Depression Glasses…What’s the Difference? We all know about Depression Glass, right? Our grandmother’s had it. Depression glass is a clear or colored translucent glass that was given away free, or at a low cost, during the Great Depression (primarily the 1930’s).  Movie theaters would give it away as a premium for coming to the pictures. Food companies, like Quaker Oats, might have placed it in a box of food as a gift for buying their item.  Common colors included pink, green and amber. Certain patterns are less common...

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LITHOPHANES: Images Revealed by Light

Right now, in our eBay store, http://stores.ebay.com/Studio-Antiques, you will find quite a few examples of a fairly difficult item to find, lithophanes.  When I speak with customers in the shop, most have never heard of the term lithophane, so I thought it would be a great thing to reveal today. The photographs above show just how beautiful a lithophane can be. The top two are actual lithophanes we have for sale.  The bottom two...

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