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collecting porecelain

Porcelain Collecting

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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…

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coin collecting

Coin Collecting Tips

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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…

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wicker furniture care

Antique Wicker Furniture Easy Care Tips

Antique Wicker Furniture Easy Care Tips 2121 1414 Gaslight Square Shoppes

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…

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antique quilts vintage quilts

Quilts 101: Identifying Vintage and Antique Quilts

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

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…

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collectible costume jewelry

Collectible Costume Jewelry – A Colorful Start to Antiquing

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

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…

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geode interior

Geodes – Plain on the Outside, Magic on the Inside

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

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…

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Bakelite bracelets

Bakelite, The First Modern Plastic

Bakelite, The First Modern Plastic 2121 1414 Gaslight Square Shoppes

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…

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Caring for Antique Tables

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  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…

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Something Old, Something New

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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…

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Glassware 101

Glassware 101 2560 1707 Gaslight Square Shoppes

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…

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