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Men’s Trinket and Tool Box Items

As a longtime antiques dealer and estate liquidator, I’ve had the unique, and often humbling, privilege to dig through the very personal effects of many people both alive and deceased. Having done this so many times, I’ve come to see

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Are Your Valuable Antiques Rotting Away?

As a high-volume antiques dealer, the vast majority of what RIAM sells comes out of homes. Our staff makes multiple house calls a week, and many of the people we visit are senior citizens or folks nearing retirement age. People

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Should You Clean, Repair or Restore Your Antiques?

The subject of cleaning, repairing and restoring antiques raises more questions from novice collectors than most other subjects put together. Everyone has heard stories about someone spending a fortune to restore an antique, only to have it rendered worthless by

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How To Get Started Selling Your Antiques

Has the time come to declutter your home? Maybe you have wedding gifts that have yet to be used, or you’ve accumulated items from your relatives’ estates that don’t suit your taste or lifestyle. You know someone would love them,

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Collecting Advice – General
Scott Davis

Antique, Vintage and Retro: What’s the Difference?

One of the most frequently asked questions in the world of antiques is simply “what is an antique?” To some extent the answer is contextual. If you ask the U.S. Customs office, they’ll tell you that it’s anything that was

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