Category: Antiques

State of the Antique Business (in Hawaii)

For the past score of years, I’ve made antiques and collectibles a significant part of how I pay for my family’s right to live. Obviously, if we don’t pay, we become homeless, we suffer disease and the elements, and we die – so, like almost all Americans not endowed...

The Hidden Dangers of the POTUS

The POTUS is easy to make light of. It’s easy to not take just how dangerous he is as he gives a buffoonish speech to 40,000 boy scouts in which he touts an ultra-nationalist agenda, demonstrates to young people that it is okay to be an a-hole, and uses...

Perceived Value versus Real Value versus Potential Value

I deal with this every day. I’d like to think that it has made me more realistic about the real value of the things I possess. Here is what I see almost daily. A person walks into my shop with an item that they perceive as having a substantial...

The Science of Change in the Antiques and Collectibles Business

It’s no secret that what is collectible and valuable today, may well be worthless and unwanted tomorrow – but it is the other side of that coin which makes or breaks an antique dealer. I’ve written it before but it bears saying again – you don’t make money selling,...

The World is Filled with Worthless Stuff

I bought a new blender the other day. I was excited about it. It made me happy. I looked at different models, read reviews, read the specs, and ordered it for the best price I could find online. It arrived and I removed it from the box, washed it,...

Pair of Tribal Totem/Tiki Statues (probably from Solomon Islands)

I bought this pair of tiki totems which stand approx 25″ and 28″ from the Estate of Jean Fish (iconic Hollywood model and fashion designer) and actress Edna Skinner who was most famous for her role as the neighbor on the TV show Mr. Ed. Both women lived in...

L’Exposition Universelle 1889 Heliogravure

I found this in a box at the Flea Market – unfortunately, I wasn’t the first to go through the box and many of the engravings were missing. Still, it turns out that the Smithsonian only has 31 of the engravings and the truly rare part – is the...

Almost 8-Foot Tall Primitive Statue – Probably Sulawesi

I bought this 7′ 9″ carved statue from a hillside estate in Eugene, Oregon. The house was filled with treasure but my car was nearly full, but somehow I found room for this. The deceased had traveled extensively in Africa, Asia, and Oceania in the 1950s and 1960s. Their...

Selling My Special Finds Here

It’s funny that it’s taken me this long to come to this decision – but finally, here it is. I’ve decided to start selling those things I consider special finds – here – on my personal website. I’ve had an antique shop for years now and been selling on...

Archaeologists Find Rare Bronze Mask of Pan | Archaeology | Sci-News.com

Israeli archaeologists from the University of Haifa have uncovered an enormous bronze mask of Pan (Faunus, Satyr) – the Greek/Roman god of the woods, shepherds, and fertility – at the archaeological site of Hippos-Sussita, located on a hill overlooking the Sea of Galilee. Archaeologists Find Rare Bronze Mask of...

Creation, Thoughts, and Ideas from a Creator

Without a doubt, the greatest impediment to innovation or creation is not inspiration, but procrastination – most specifically , waiting for the right time, right materials, right circumstance, or right something – if Leonardo or Michelangelo had waited the world would be a poorer place – if Steve Jobs...

Destroying Cool Things for a Profit

Here’s something sad that isn’t new – often, the parts are worth more than the whole. Case in point – I bought a couple of really cool old items recently – a 1940s National Cash Register and a 1920s RCA Victor 5 Band World Radio. I’ve tried to sell...

You Don’t Make Money Selling – You Make Money Buying – Explained

The first time I heard it, I recognized it as a profound and universal truth. “You don’t make money selling, you make money buying”  The speaker was some anonymous homespun picker up in Washington State who was poling around through the same boxes as I was at a random...

The Satisfaction of a Sale Explained – My Stapler Collection

I’ll get to my staple collection in a minute… In the world of antiques and art – there are a couple of golden rules that I’ve learned in the years I’ve been buying and selling – I’d love to take credit for these, but the truth is, they are...

Antique Metalware – Copper and Brass from Asia

This is a huge area that I am learning more and more about as time goes on. My friends consigned a large number of brass and some copper items with me and of course, before putting them in Space 23, I wanted to make sure I learned about the...

Japanese Statuary – Hakata Urasaki – Beautiful Japanese Life

  One of the first items we’ve featured in our brick and mortar art and antique shop is a wonderful collection of Hakata Urasaki figures. These figures vary in size but most of the one’s we have are 8-10 inches tall. The porcelain figures are known for their exquisite...

Flea Markets in the South of France

The south of France is a beautiful area, full of culturally rich cities with countless holiday destinations, hotels, villas and cottages to choose from. But how can you choose one specific destination? Well that all depends on what you are visiting France for. France is famous for its flea...