Sunday, November 16, 2014

“Life can only be understood backwards;

but it must be lived forwards.”  
~     Søren Kierkegaard

I am interested in where the antique/vintage world is headed.  As much as I hope for the survival of small shops, I tend to think they are the endangered species of the retail world although there is a revival of thrift shops...and I use that term lightly since many thrift shop prices are higher than many vintage shops and co-ops.  American Express has been running ads supporting the Mom and
Pop shops, and they are offering their card holders extras for using the card in small shops on November 29 (my shop does take American Express so we are participating).

Reading through some recent emails, I was intrigued by Kovel's latest list...

During October 2014, collectors were searching for prices of: 1) Fenton, 2) Coca-Cola, 3) Occupied Japan, 4) Stoves, 5) McCoy, 6) Wedgwood, 7) Bavaria, 8) Depression Glass, 9) Delft, 10) Capo-Di-Monte, 11) Lamps, 12) Pepsi Cola, 13) Hull, 14) Banks, 15) Belleek, 16) Scales, 17) Satsuma, 18) Trunks, 19) Haeger, and 20) Red Wing.

Now as I look at that list, I think some of the items were probably things found in clean-outs as grandparents and parents moved on...literally and figuratively...and how much can I get for this stuff probably reverberating in their minds.  The article went on to talk about banks...this one is a real showstopper of a bank!
Ives Palace bankIt mentioned that this "Palace" bank sold November 7 at a James D. Julia auction in Maine for $18,368. It was made about 1890 by Ives, Blakeslee & Co. of Connecticut. Ives made some of the finest iron mechanical toys and banks, but few still banks. The Palace bank is usually found with a japanned finish. This painted version is in excellent condition and exceptionally rare. Another bank depicting a black fisherman is part of an amazing collection that will be auctioned on November 14 and 15 at Bertoia Auction Co. in New Jersey. The 1880s bank has a pre-sale estimate of $225,000 to $250,000 – it’s one of only two known that have the original fish dangling at the end of the fisherman’s line.

Since the late 1860s fun and fascinating banks have been made to encourage children to save money. While prices for mechanical banks can be thousands of dollars, novice collectors can find still banks for less, even under $100. Look for banks that look like buildings, banks that work like cash registers, banks that advertise products or banks made of tin, glass or pottery. 

Something to look for.  Of course, with the holidays coming, you might not have many leftover coins to fill a bank, but this has given me something new to consider in my buying adventures! And, that is the difference with small shops...we are always on the look-out for something since we don't go to the antique/vintage catalog and order...we are the 21st century explorers...searching for that unique spice to favor our shop or booth in a co-op.

 “I've always had a keen sense of history. My father was an antiques dealer and he used to bring home boxes full of treasures, and each item always had a tale attached.”  
             ~ Sara Sheridan

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