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Help me sell my antiques without getting ripped off!

How do I sell antiques and get a fair price? [more inside]
posted by brownrd on Feb 3, 2011 - 11 answers

I have lots of pretty, old junk. Some of it needs to go.

I am looking to sell some "antique" items and I am not interested in doing so online, for various reasons. I am looking to sell them at one of the many "antique malls" in southeastern Pennsylvania and am looking for recommendations. [more inside]
posted by godshomemovies on Feb 1, 2011 - 5 answers

How can I get paid to shop for used furniture all day?

Is there a way I can get paid to hunt through estate sales for awesome furniture? [more inside]
posted by roscopcoletrane on Jan 31, 2011 - 14 answers

Antiqing in PA

Antique and furniture road trip through PA. Where should we go? [more inside]
posted by princelyfox on Jan 28, 2011 - 14 answers

Beyond Bourbon St., hopefully.

I have some very specific questions about very specific things to do in New Orleans. [more inside]
posted by Hey Dean Yeager! on Jan 22, 2011 - 34 answers

Safest shipping method for valuable paintings

Need reliable shipper for art. I need to ship two framed paintings from Connecticut to Seattle. These are family antiques that I could not bear to lose. I already had a wooden crate made. I need to get the crate shipped. Criteria: - Highly reliable and insured - Speed and delivery date are flexible. I can arrange to be available to receive shipment on short notice. - size: the crate is about 2' x 3' x 1'. - Cost... looking for lower cost options, but reliability is key. - The paintings have not been appraised, nor do they have any documentation. I'm sure they are worth money, but the real value is sentimental. I'd rather not go to the expense of having them photographed and appraised. I've already requested a quote from Art Logistics. I haven't heard back yet, but I suspect the cost will be very high. And I'm not sure they ship to and from private residences. fyi... an earlier thread about shipping art.
posted by valannc on Nov 13, 2010 - 5 answers

Help me price these dolls

My grandparents were avid doll collectors. I have acquired some of their collection. I am at a loss as to how much one particular set of dolls is worth. [more inside]
posted by morganannie on Nov 12, 2010 - 11 answers

Mystery Chair

Can you identify this chair? [more inside]
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium on Oct 28, 2010 - 7 answers

Antique mail?

In the cabinet of my grandmother's ancient Singer, I found an attachment for the machine which had been mailed to her from Chicago, Ill., to Yakima, Wa. It was mailed in a small manila envelope, and the postmark is unreadable, except for the postage meter "stamp" which says 3 cents. The instructions inside have no copyright notation. My question is how would I ascertain what year this was mailed to her?
posted by ljoct on Sep 14, 2010 - 12 answers

Who made this plate?

Anyone have any idea who made this plate? I recently found a beautiful plate at a charity shop, but half of the maker's mark has worn off. It is cream with 3 hand painted orange-red poppies and a green edge, and I think it may be from the 1930s. I don't think it's particularly valuable, but I'd like to see if I can find anything to match it. There are a few pictures on my Flickr page. I've tried Googling, but haven't found anything yet.
posted by bibliophibianj on Sep 9, 2010 - 8 answers

Where are the good flea markets in Boston?

Boston Filter: I went to Brooklyn Flea this weekend. It was awesome. Is there anything like that in the Boston area? [more inside]
posted by sutel on Aug 9, 2010 - 9 answers

name that car

Can you identify this vehicle for me? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Mar 10, 2010 - 4 answers

Where to buy a cheapish rangefinder camera (film) in Madrid or London

I'm in Madrid this semester, and would like to pick up an old rangefinder camera (film) or similar for around 20 euros. Is digging around antique shops and similar my best bet? Do you know a place? Or are there actually some not-terribly-expensive used camera shops in this big pretty city? Are there secondhand shops/thrift stores at all in this town? Aware of El Rastro, tried once with no luck and will probably try again Sunday. I'll also be in London next weekend and am not opposed to buying it there if you know a place. [more inside]
posted by The Esteemed Doctor Bunsen Honeydew on Feb 11, 2010 - 4 answers

Looking for a unique gaiwan.

I'm looking for a unique, artisan gaiwan to add to my tea set. Specifically, I want one that isn't (or wasn't) mass-produced, that's hand-made and hand-painted, and that isn't just a replica of another gaiwan. An antique would probably be good. Where could I find one in the Bay Area, or online?
posted by archagon on Jan 31, 2010 - 2 answers

Antique Roadshow worthy or just old art?

Antiques Roadshow worthy or just overpriced old crap? [more inside]
posted by ratita on Dec 3, 2009 - 6 answers

Antique window needed

Where can I find an old, 6-paned window? Online or Chicago-area [more inside]
posted by shesaysgo on Nov 30, 2009 - 6 answers

We have a chest full of stench!

We've inherited a wooden sea chest from 1827 along with accompanying provenance and documentation. That's the good news. The bad news is that it stinks. [more inside]
posted by imjustsaying on Nov 5, 2009 - 20 answers

How old is this ring?

Please help me get an idea how old this ring is, and what stone is in it. [more inside]
posted by angry.polymath on Oct 3, 2009 - 11 answers

ceci n'est pas un pipe, c'est un pipe stand.

Who can tell me about an antique pipe stand that I have? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on May 17, 2009 - 1 answer

Mysterious Urn

Mysterious Urn Filter: What is the intended use of this ceramic thing i picked up at an antiques fair? [more inside]
posted by softsantear on May 7, 2009 - 12 answers

Attention Antique Experts: I bought this marble/mold Cameo at an auction for .99 cents, anyone know anything about it, age, etc?

Attention Antique Experts: I bought this marble/mold Cameo at an auction for .99 cents, anyone know anything about it, age, etc? [more inside]
posted by MMALR on May 2, 2009 - 2 answers

New Old Stuff

Is there a term for the rising popularity of new things manufactured to look old, such as relic guitars, faded jeans, and worn picture frames? [more inside]
posted by relucent on Apr 15, 2009 - 34 answers

Help me decide between being Sexist or PC, Current or Traditional?

To 'ress or not to 'ress, that is my question [more inside]
posted by Acacia on Apr 14, 2009 - 29 answers

Can you tell me anything about this brass figurine of a jet?

Aviation buffs and antique enthusiasts: can you tell me anything about this brass figurine of a jet? [more inside]
posted by Ian A.T. on Feb 28, 2009 - 13 answers

Buried treasure

I recently came into possession of some family heirlooms. I don’t know the back-story on these items so their sentimental value is minimal. I’m interested in selling at least some of them, but don’t know the best way to assess their value. [more inside]
posted by NormandyJack on Jan 1, 2009 - 10 answers

Old Quilt, New Problem

I have a very old patchwork quilt (est 1910) that my mom bought as an antique. It's been stored for many years now, and is looking really stained and sad. How can I bring it back to life? [more inside]
posted by nkknkk on Nov 19, 2008 - 7 answers

ancient chinese

This is an ancient chinese inscription on an antique vase... thousands of years old. Can anyone translate it or let us know what kind of dragon this is or if it realates to any story... anything would help. Thanks your help is greatly appreciated [more inside]
posted by colusa on Oct 10, 2008 - 10 answers

BookQuest: So you want to be a bookdealer

What is it like being an (antique) bookdealer? How does one become a bookdealer? Are there people out there who actually have the job title of "bookdealer"?
posted by Rora on Oct 8, 2008 - 7 answers

Help Me Date a Book!

How might one go about deducing the age of a book with no publication date printed inside of it? [more inside]
posted by CheeseburgerBrown on Sep 27, 2008 - 9 answers

Happy happy happy all the time shock treatment, I'm doing fine

I found an antique electro-therapeutic apparatus at a thrift shop. Now what? [more inside]
posted by simbiotic on Aug 11, 2008 - 9 answers

Hooked on junk

Does anyone know of any "good" junk shops in east London? [more inside]
posted by WPW on Jul 20, 2008 - 6 answers

Can my antique record cabinet be saved?

Hand sanitizer stained (really, lightened) my antique furniture. Is there a remedy? [more inside]
posted by wheat on Jul 12, 2008 - 2 answers

I crave age.

What's the oldest man-made thing I can buy for €1500-2000? [more inside]
posted by greytape on May 29, 2008 - 15 answers

My anachronism's broken.

Low-tech repair help needed. I have acquired a Royal Quiet De Luxe manual typewriter (The World's First Truly Modern Portable Typewriter!). The booklet has a 1948 copyright date. The cord that pulls the carriage is broken, though, and I'm not sure exactly how to thread a replacement one. Does anybody have one of these typewriters who could take a photo of the back, or otherwise instruct me?
posted by fish tick on Apr 27, 2008 - 2 answers

Findiing toy stores, typewriters in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles shopping filter: Is there a big toy store like FAO Schwartz in LA? Also where can I buy a working mechanical typewriter? [more inside]
posted by Charlie Lesoine on Dec 20, 2007 - 9 answers

Name this flag

My Google-fu has failed me. I cannot for the life of me find any information on this flag. It's big 62" x 42", five stars, red and white stripes and this stamp located on the edge. Seems to have some age. Maybe WW2ish. Thanks!
posted by Bighappyfunhouse on Nov 9, 2007 - 23 answers

Removing a powerfully bad smell?

So I got this beautiful antique chest of drawers which is perfect except that it stinks, really badly...please help. [more inside]
posted by beckish on Oct 18, 2007 - 7 answers

Vintage finds in Ireland?

I am traveling to Kilkenny Ireland and Clifden Ireland next week. Is there any good antiqueing in either of those towns? I am not looking for furniture but rather tea pot/china/silver and flea market type stuff. Thank you!
posted by seekingsimplicity on Sep 1, 2007 - 4 answers

Antiques/thrifts off I-95 near Philly?

DC to Philly road trip - Any recommendations for neat antique or thrift stores along the way (ie, not far off I-95)? [more inside]
posted by citron on Aug 16, 2007 - 7 answers

Antique Chinese Ink Stone

Where can I find an appraiser in or near New York City for this antique Chinese ink stone? [more inside]
posted by ducksauce on Jul 5, 2007 - 2 answers

RugFilter: Help me sell some inherited Navajo rugs.

RugFilter: I have inherited the family bounty of old Navajo rugs. Now, how do I turn them into profit? [more inside]
posted by grapefruitmoon on May 20, 2007 - 13 answers

Cash in the Attic?

My boyfriend's mother died recently, and he and his father are starting to "take stock" of the household. They spent a lifetime traveling and collecting so there are lots of items that we believe are worth something, but we really need to get them appraised. We aren't sure how to do this given the wide range of stuff including art, pottery, furniture, antique costuming, and ephemera. [more inside]
posted by kimdog on Mar 11, 2007 - 11 answers

Help me find a table!

Looking for unique furniture in the Pacific NW. [more inside]
posted by Asbestos McPinto on Feb 2, 2007 - 10 answers

Coins, Coins and More Coins

How do I determine the value of a safe full of old coins? [more inside]
posted by SoftSummerBreeze on Dec 7, 2006 - 10 answers

Is it Lead or Gold?

ThatHouseIsAnEpisodeofAntiquesRoadshowFilter: My friend's family has hundreds of years of history in one area of New York. At various points during that time they were fairly well-off and were able to acquire things--so now the family house from hundreds of years ago has hundreds of years worth of stuff packed in. Some of it seems pretty valuable, but they don't know which is gold and which is junk. What do they do? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Sep 9, 2006 - 9 answers

Anitque Filter (Kinda)

I just found a can of 1975 AmWay "Dust Control Spray" (furniture polish). There is just a bit... [more inside]
posted by snsranch on Aug 28, 2006 - 14 answers

Where can I buy curious decorative objects in Manhattan, NY?

I am looking for a store in Manhattan, New York where I can buy curious decorative objects: pop art, retro kitsch, odd memorabilia (not sport-related), ancient ad posters, antique swag, Americana, etc. Quality, authentic stuff, not crap; though I'm not against mass-produced items. [more inside]
posted by gentle on Mar 28, 2006 - 15 answers

Watch fobs

Does anyone know anything about watch fobs for pocketwatches? [more inside]
posted by pjern on Feb 23, 2006 - 11 answers

Overblown appraisal?

I can't seem to sell a high value piece of furniture that got aired on Antiques Roadshow -- what's the deal? [more inside]
posted by hodyoaten on Feb 15, 2006 - 11 answers

How to restore a huge piece of wood

Need furniture (wood) restoration tips I just made an unbelievable find in the trash on a sidewalk in manhattan (you wouldnt believe the things people throw out here). Its a solid wood restaurant butcher block table whch measures 24" X 24" X 10" thick! It weighs 85kilos / 190lbs !! I am really excited about restoring it. I have done some furniture restoration in the past but it always involved sanding the shit out of something until its bare again and refinishing it with a polyurethane or a stain of whatever flavor. In this case I think the butcher block has a lot of character (such as knife marks, dents and has also gotten a nice color from all the grease and oils it came into contact with) and I want to preserve that somehow. Its really dirty and kind of nasty at the moment. Can someone offer some suggestions about which solvents i can use to clean it thogroughly? I'm thinking denatured alcohol / mineral spirits but will that be tough enough to clean it?
posted by postergeist on Dec 28, 2005 - 11 answers

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