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Porcelain Collecting 2121 1414 Gaslight Square Shoppes

Porcelain Collecting

Porcelain is one of the most beautiful members of the ceramics family, and can be identified by its glassy finish and translucence. Its pure whiteness, durability, and glasslike nature have made it a wonderful material for everything from electrical insulation and kitchen and bath fixtures to elaborately decorated Meissen plates,…

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Coin Collecting Tips 1998 1500 Gaslight Square Shoppes

Coin Collecting Tips

Wheat pennies, Morgan dollars, proof sets — are they worth more than face value or should you put them in your car’s console for parking meters and vending machines? Coin collecting doesn’t have to be a mystery. Learn a little more about it and start a coin collection today. Why…

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Antique Wicker Furniture Easy Care Tips 2121 1414 Gaslight Square Shoppes

Antique Wicker Furniture Easy Care Tips

Welcome to the wonderful world of wicker. Whether it was the intricate spiral accents and open weave of a Victorian-era chaise-lounge that caught your eye, or the bold, geometric shape of a mid-century modern patio set that you had to have, a gorgeous example of handcrafted wicker furniture now adorns…

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Quilts 101: Identifying Vintage and Antique Quilts 2560 1912 Gaslight Square Shoppes

Quilts 101: Identifying Vintage and Antique Quilts

There is something so nostalgic and comforting about antique quilts. American quilting has a rich history among the first European settlers. Specific patterns and colors link a quilt to a particular time period. This means that a little knowledge can help you distinguish antique quilts from more contemporary pieces. So…

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Collectible Costume Jewelry – A Colorful Start to Antiquing 2124 1411 Gaslight Square Shoppes

Collectible Costume Jewelry – A Colorful Start to Antiquing

One of the joys of antiquing is learning about the types of antiques you’re likely to encounter often so you can look for hidden gems. Vintage costume jewelry is a fun and fascinating way to start learning and collecting, especially since there are pieces at all prices. Even if you’re…

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Geodes – Plain on the Outside, Magic on the Inside 2121 1414 Gaslight Square Shoppes

Geodes – Plain on the Outside, Magic on the Inside

If you don’t know what you’re looking at, an unopened geode looks pretty much like a plain old rock. Split open, it’s a hollow wonderland of crystals and bands of color. Breaking open a geode is like finding the treasure in a Kinder Egg, minus the chocolate, of course. Appearing…

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Bakelite, The First Modern Plastic 2121 1414 Gaslight Square Shoppes

Bakelite, The First Modern Plastic

Polyoxybenzylmethylenglycolanhydride is the tongue-twister of a name for the collectible plastic we know more popularly as Bakelite. This multipurpose wonder of the early 20th century is a fixture of antique store display cases. It’s also a joy and curse for collectors who may be stymied by similar materials and common…

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Caring for Antique Tables 1024 1024 Gaslight Square Shoppes

Caring for Antique Tables

  Some antiques come into our homes, find their spots, and remain purely decorative. Others become workhorses: the dining room tables, end tables, coffee tables, and sofa tables. These pieces refuse to be ignored and ask to be used daily. So how should you protect your new-to-you antique tables from…

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Something Old, Something New 853 1080 Gaslight Square Shoppes

Something Old, Something New

Mixing styles and having eclectic tastes can evoke a tasteful blend of styles or veer into clashing disharmony. Knowing how to combine some favorite antique pieces into your modern decor can help you make it work together. Be a Furniture Matchmaker One way to make antique pieces blend in with…

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Glassware 101 2560 1707 Gaslight Square Shoppes

Glassware 101

Most antique malls have heaps of glass. It can range from a few pieces in a display case to enough shelves of glassware to daintily serve a small army. If you don’t know what you’re looking at, your eyes can glaze over and you move right on to the next…

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Avoiding Antiquing Fatigue 700 467 Gaslight Square Shoppes

Avoiding Antiquing Fatigue

You know the scene. Shelves stacked with antique trinkets, dishware, books, anything you can imagine. Sometimes you’re in danger of tripping over an old painting or gas burner — but it sure is a gorgeous gas burner. We’ve all been there. We have all experienced that overwhelming feeling, energy drop,…

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3 Reasons to Visit an Antique Mall 2160 1442 Gaslight Square Shoppes

3 Reasons to Visit an Antique Mall

There are lots of fun reasons to hit up the local antique store.  Perhaps you’ve decided to decorate your new home or office in retro-chic. Or you’ve sworn off technology for a bit and are in the mood for a classic manual typewriter. Sure, you could easily go to a…

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