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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Hand sanitizer stained (really, lightened) my antique furniture. Is there a remedy? [more inside]
posted by wheat
on Jul 12, 2008 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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.
posted by seekingsimplicity
on Sep 1, 2007 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
I'm going to be in San Francisco for three days at the end of the month - looking for specific shopping advice. [more inside]
posted by meerkatty
on Dec 25, 2005 -
I have a pair of antique oak T-back chairs with padded leather seats. The leather is old and not quite brittle, but it is cracking ever so slowly. What can I do to help restore some suppleness and health to the leather? [more inside]
posted by sciurus
on Nov 12, 2005 -
I have a flute. I don't play flute. I'd like to sell the flute. How do you sell a flute? [more inside]
posted by ToasT
on Nov 4, 2005 -
How does one learn about furniture/antiques, specifically Danish Modern furniture? Total idjit/newbie questions inside. [more inside]
posted by dobbs
on Aug 23, 2005 -
I'll be your best friend
if you can identify these things
. I spotted them in a junk shop and nobody knows what they are. They stand about 2.5 feet tall. The little triangular cup-type thing looks to have a old grease fitting in it. Both the cup and the "ring" part can be adjusted to slide up and down the pole to a desired height.
posted by Witty
on Aug 12, 2005 -
I'm seeking info on data/CD/paper/object archival storage for various stuff at my home. There are really two questions here:
1) Where can I find authoritive information about CD-ROM preserving/archival methods.
2) Where can I find info on building/converting a cabinet to a controlled environment on a low budget/DIY? [more inside]
posted by -harlequin-
on Apr 5, 2005 -
I'm just starting to get interested in buying antique furniture and other decorative items. Does anyone have any tips and tricks for looking for and buying this kind of stuff?
posted by LittleMissCranky
on Jan 2, 2005 -
What would be the best way for a person to sell their antique and really rather pretty jewelry in Texas? Looking at ebay, the prices tend to be quite low and pawn shops are even lower.
posted by Mossy
on Dec 9, 2004 -
I'm heading to NYC in a few days and I was curious if anyone knew of any cool shops where I could find some nifty ancient artifacts for sale. I'm also curious about if anyone knows of any art galleries or shops that deal with old pieces of art. I'm on a tight budget, so the cheaper the better (but I'll take any suggestions because I like to window shop).
posted by Stynxno
on Mar 21, 2004 -
I have a book question. Members of my family have a small collection of old books. These are not first editions, but they all are 100+ year old books. We have a Knight's pictorial edition of the works of William Shakespeare
edited by Charles Knight. It's subtitled doubtful plays and biography
and dated 1882. Any ideas what this might be or what it may be worth? Any suggestions of websites that sell antique books that I could use as a price guide for old books? [more inside]
posted by elwoodwiles
on Dec 27, 2003 -