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On ebay you'll find over 100 categories covering the Medieval and Renaissance periods, through Georgian, Regency and Victorian, to Edwardian, Art Nouveau and Art Deco.

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Linda Stamberger

Linda Stamberger, author of "Antiquing In Florida", is a Florida expert and freelance writer of many genres. Visit this site to read her articles - some of which are available for purchase - as is her book.

Brooks Novelty Antiques and Records

Brooks Novelty is an all-vinyl record store. We specialize in: jukeboxes, vintage soda machines, antique slot machines, pin balls, arcade games, neon clocks and signs, rare concert posters, old advertising signs and much more!

The Antique Company

Established in the late 1900's, we occupy a huge corner building with a small garden area that leads to another 1000 sq foot store (called TAC) that contains our Mid Century collection.

Vintage Westclox

Westclox photo identification gallery and history and information of clocks, watches and other timepieces. This site primarily displays American clocks made by Westclox that were made from the early 1900's up to about the 1960's.

Antique Appraisals On-Line

We are one of the country's largest, oldest, most qualified and respected appraisal services. The majority of our appraisals are estate and personal property evaluations for valuation documentation purposes. However, we have evaluated goods and personal property for natural disaster losses (hurricanes), theft, fire, freight and shipping damage after the loss has occurred.

Connoisseur Antiques

Featuring fine antique furniture, Connoisseur Antiques is a Los Angeles Antique Furniture Showroom specializing in antique clocks and mirrors, European and French antiques, Antique Lighting, Chandeliers, Sconces, Armoires and much more.

Liz's Antique Hardware

Antique Hardware is the backbone of our business. We offer a complete selection of door, window and furniture hardware, lighting and accessories circa 1890 to 1970.

San Francisco Antique and Design Mall

San Francisco Antique and Design Mall is the largest antique mall in northern California. We opened our doors in October 1997 with 75 dealers and today we have over 200 of San Francisco's most professional antique specialists.

Ambiance Antiques

Importer of 18th and 19th Century French Antiques

C'est La Vie Antiques

European Antique and Accessories in San Diego, CA.

Lang Antiques

We carry a large selection of fine antique jewelry, antique rings & antique engagement rings. We also have vintage estate jewelry, vintage estate rings & vintage estate engagement rings from the Victorian, Art Nouveau, Edwardian & Art Deco style periods.

Once in a Blue Moon Online Thrift Store

We are an online thrift store featuring new, used, and unusual items.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Great Estate Roadshow Tour to Stop in Mason, Ohio and Florence, Kentucky - YAHOO!

Great Estate Roadshow Tour to Stop in Mason, Ohio and Florence, Kentucky - YAHOO!

Great Estate Roadshow, the nation’s premier buyer of antique goods, collectibles and precious metals, announces it is coming to Mason, Ohio and Florence, Kentucky on June 19 through June 23, 2012. A member of the Better Business Bureau, Great Estate Roadshow offers free evaluations with no pressure to sell.

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Antique collectors and treasure hunters alike are thrilled with the recent announcement that the Great Estate Roadshow has added visits to Mason, Ohio and Florence, Kentucky on June 19 through June 23, 2012. The Great Estate Roadshow is one of the nation’s premier buyer of antique goods, collectibles and precious metals and visits up to 50 cities per month and over 500 cities per year in nearly every state in the U.S.

As a member of the Better Business Bureau (BBB), Great Estate Roadshow is dedicated to upholding the high standards of the BBB Code of Business Practices. The process of acquiring accreditation by the BBB requires the commitment by the organization to build trust within the market by maintaining a positive track record. Transparencies, honesty, respecting the privacy of the consumer, and committing to be responsive to consumers inquiries are also requirements.

The Great Estate Roadshow is proud to have assembled a team of the most experienced and knowledgeable coin, diamond, gold, and silver professionals in the business together into this "dream team" who can accurately evaluate everyone's treasures, and even offer to buy them on the spot. “Great Estate Roadshow’s buyers are committed to a high standard of conducting transactions with integrity,” said Howard Klotzkin, a partner in the Great Estate Roadshow.

Sellers are encouraged to do their research on their collectibles by getting evaluations from other reputable companies or by researching on the internet prior to coming for a Great Estate Roadshow evaluation. “Evaluations are always free and there is never pressure to sell. We encourage everyone to bring their treasures in for a quote," Klotzkin noted.

“There is nothing more exciting than a customer realizing the true value of discarded jewelry or a dusty autographed baseball card. The crowd really gets into the fun of the discovery," said Great Estate Roadshow Gem Specialist Scott Pollak.

"The process for obtaining a free, no-obligation evaluation from the Great Estate Roadshow is simple and straight forward. Potential sellers should bring their antiques, collectibles, coins and jewelry to the nearest Great Estate Roadshow," said Pollak.

Call 888.537.8283 or visit

Barbara Basham
Great Estate Roadshow
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California, Sacramento See Job Numbers Slowly Improving - Hispanic Business

California's job market is defying the slowdown in the national economy. The job numbers are even turning positive in Sacramento, for the first time since the start of the recession.

Unemployment in California fell a tenth of a percent last month, to 10.8 percent, the Employment Development Department reported Friday. About 33,900 jobs were added to payrolls across the state.

Economists said the numbers suggest the state is continuing to make steady but not spectacular progress.

The Sacramento region is also slowly recovering, despite weaknesses in construction and the public sector. Unemployment dipped to 10.4 percent in May, down a tenth of a percent. That's the lowest unemployment rate in the area in three years.

Until recently, the falling jobless rate has mostly been a function of people pulling out of the job market, so they're no longer counted as unemployed.

But now payrolls are starting to grow -- 4,400 jobs were added in May.

Also, 2,600 more Sacramentans held jobs last month compared with a year ago. It was the second straight month of year-over-year job growth, an indicator of economic health.

"That hasn't happened in 4 1/2 years," said EDD consultant Justin Wehner. "To see us kind of emerge ... into positive territory is a positive sign."

The monthly jobs report was a relief. Just two weeks ago, experts were fretting that California would get dragged down by the national slowdown, which has driven the U.S. unemployment rate back up to 8.2 percent. So far, that hasn't happened.

Economist Stephen Levy said many of the state's bedrock industries -- including technology, tourism and international trade -- remain resilient. The tech sector is a big reason for California's strength.

"The Bay Area is surging and that's enough to push the state above the national average," said Levy, of Palo Alto's Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy.

Still, it's not as if the economy is roaring in California. The addition of 33,900 jobs in May followed an April that saw only 1,300 jobs created.

"We're getting this saw-toothed pattern, a good month and a bad month," said Dennis Meyers, principal economist with the state Department of Finance. On average, California is adding about 19,000 jobs a month, he said.

"It's not 'jump up and down time,' but we're making slow and steady progress," he said.

Tourism, in particular, is making a comeback, as evidenced by the throngs that descended on Disney's California Adventure in Anaheim on Friday for the debut of the Cars Land attraction. The leisure and hospitality industry added 13,200 jobs last month, more than any other industry.

In Sacramento, one of the major job generators continues to be the health care industry, which largely ignored the recession. But other sectors are hiring, too.

"We don't have a broad-based recovery (but) we're starting to see growth in more areas than just health care. We're seeing growth in finance, in retail," said economist Jeff Michael of the University of the Pacific.

The public sector will continue to be a trouble spot. State workers face the prospect of reduced hours, and considerable uncertainty remains about budget cuts. Even with the Legislature passing a main budget bill Friday, lawmakers still hadn't worked out key details on spending with Gov. Jerry Brown.

"Nobody knows what the budget means," Levy said.

Construction is another drag on the Sacramento economy. Payrolls in the building trades actually fell by 500 in May, a month that usually sees hiring. There were 3,300 fewer construction workers on the job than a year ago.

Michael said a key reason is that some big public-works projects have ended.

"We were still putting up a $1 billion airport terminal this time last year, and rebuilding highways in Roseville," he said. "We're a little bit in the shadow of that stuff."

Real estate agents say the housing market has stabilized, with prices firming up. But area home building hasn't taken off to the point that a hiring binge is justified.

Still, things are starting to stir. The New Home Company, a fledgling Southern California builder founded by executives from bankrupt John Laing Homes, said Friday it will open up 79 new houses for sale in Folsom next month. The homes are expected to sell in the low $300,000 range.

At the company's other Sacramento area projects, in Elk Grove, Granite Bay and Lincoln, sales activity has picked up. The company sold six homes in Lincoln in the past two months -- compared with two all of last year.

Kevin Carson, president of the company's Northern California division, said much of the demand for new homes comes from the growing medical field.

"With the expansions of Mercy and Sutter, with this region becoming the (medical) hub for the whole Valley, there are lots of nurses, administrators (buying homes)," Carson said. "Not just the doctors."


Antique Trends Revealed to Thousands at the 17th Annual Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show - Yahoo Finance

LAS VEGAS, June 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Antique Shows, a major producer of antique shows in North America, announced today an increase of five percent in attendance at this year's 17th Annual Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show, which took place on May 31- June 3, 2012, at The Paris Hotel. The Show attracted nearly 400 exhibitors from over 19 different countries and attendees included "trade only" collectors from the United States and from around the world.

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"Every year we are overwhelmed by the success of this show that exposes rare and unique antique jewelry and watch collections from all over the world," said Andrea Canady, Fair Director. "It's apparent by the attendance numbers that this show continues to shine and be a frontrunner in showcasing the latest trends affecting the antique, estate and vintage jewelry community."

Exhibiting items throughout the showroom floor unveiled the latest trends including fancy colored diamonds, vintage watches to a high-demand in signed estate jewelry. Also featured this year were items ranging from antique watches, diamonds, and necklaces from various time periods including the Renaissance to the modern day. Most sought-after pieces, according to exhibitors, also included oversized vintage platinum rings, coral jewelry and reptile inspired pieces, such as gold snake necklaces and pendants.

"This year we saw an increase in not just vintage platinum engagement rings, but rings of all kinds, especially cocktail sized rings," said Kurt Rothner, owner of Excalibur Jewelry. "We sold all across the board including Cartier and were very pleased with the show. We even came out with several new customers, which is always a highlight."

Dealers witnessed increased sales and performed well throughout the Show. The Show also announced a five percent increase in attendance over last year's show. Exhibitors also experienced an increase in US and Asian buyers at the Show.

"We felt that US retailers were back at the buying table and sold a number of pieces in America," said Jorge Chamizo, owner of McTeigue. "We also saw an increase in the number of Asians at the show, which is always nice to see their interest in traveling to buy to the U.S. This was definitely one of the most successful shows we have ever done."

"This year we made connections we believe will have an everlasting effect on our business," said Jeff Cohen, N. Green & Sons. "This show continues to deliver an exemplary platform for our company to gain exposure to the trade market."

The next show on the calendar for US Antique Shows is the New York Antique Jewelry & Watch Show. This show is scheduled for July 20 –23, 2012 at The Metropolitan Pavilion. Next year, the Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show will be held May 30 – June 2 at The Paris Hotel. For more information, visit

About the Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show 
The Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show is produced by GLM®. GLM is a leading producer and marketer of consumer product tradeshows in North America, serving industries as diverse as giftware, home furnishings, social stationery, home textiles, tabletop, gourmet housewares, contemporary furniture, personal care, antiques, jewelry, art, surf, skate, water sports, swim and resorts. GLM also manages business expositions and conferences on behalf of others, within the hospitality industry. Additional information about GLM is available online at Follow us on Facebook at For additional information, visit


Where is Kate Nickleby, missing since Charles Dickens died? - The Guardian

A missing person appeal has gone out for Kate Nickleby, the infuriatingly meek and virtuous heroine of Charles Dickens' novel Nicholas Nickleby, who has not been seen in public for well over a century. A curator who has spent decades trying to track her down hopes his new exhibition on Dickens and art may spark news of her whereabouts.

The portrait, by one of the superstars of Victorian art, William Powell Frith, will be conspicuously missing from the exhibition Dickens and the Artists, which opens at Watts Gallery near Guildford, Surrey, on Tuesday. The painting, which the gallery's curator, Mark Bills, failed to track down for earlier exhibitions, will be represented only by an 1848 engraving on loan from the National Portrait Gallery, and a 19th-century black and white photograph that shows the painting at Dickens' last home, Gad's Hill Place in Kent.

The house opens to the public for the first time this summer but, while in Dickens' day the walls were covered with paintings, with Kate hanging over the sideboard, all modern-day visitors will see is a rather bleak school dining room.

Dickens had such exacting and precise views of what his characters looked like that he fell out with many artists who attempted to illustrate his work – most notoriously with Robert Seymour, who killed himself after he was sacked from illustrating The Pickwick Papers.

Frith, however, famous for panoramic views of Victorian art such as The Derby Day, teeming with characters and incidents worthy of any of the author's works, remained a friend. Bills believes the picture of Kate and another by Frith of Dolly Varden, a character from Barnaby Rudge, were the only paintings of his characters Dickens actually commissioned.

Both were sold in an auction at Gad's Hill after Dickens died on a sofa in the conservatory there in 1870, worn out by overwork at the age of 58. Dolly Varden is now in the V&A collection and coming on loan to the exhibition, but Kate, recorded as sold to one R Attenborough for £210, has never been seen again.

Frith described Dickens as "one of the greatest geniuses that ever lived" in his autobiography, and recalled that he and his mother wept over the letter asking him to "do me the favour to paint me two little companion pictures".

Dickens came to his studio to collect them. Frith recalled "a young man" (Dickens was 30) "with long hair, a white hat, a formidable stick in his left hand, and his right extended to me with frank cordiality, and a friendly clasp that never relaxed till the day of his untimely death".

He sat down to look at the pictures, and Frith trembled, waiting for the verdict from "a man whom I thought superhuman" until Dickens finally said: "They are exactly what I meant, and I am very much obliged to you for painting them for me."

The exhibition will include works by Dickens illustrators, paintings he owned and admired, photographs and archive material. However, the one contemporary artist Dickens had no dealings with was the one in whose honour the gallery housing the exhibition was built – GF Watts, dubbed by his contemporaries "England's Michaelangelo".

Bills thinks this strange, as the artist and author shared many interests, including a passionate concern for social justice and inequality: Watts' 1849 Found Drowned shows the corpse of a young prostitute who has presumably killed herself, a fate that Dickens' Little Em'ly narrowly escapes.

"They must have been aware of one another, they must have been moving in the same circles, yet I can find no record of their ever meeting, still less conversing," Bills said.

Dickens is conspicuously missing from Watts' assembly of portraits of the contemporary writers, artists and politicians he regarded as heroes, despite being more famous than most of them. "I'm afraid Watts dismissed Dickens as a mere popular writer, and had no very high opinion of him," Bills concluded sadly.

Dickens and the Artists, 19 June to 28 October, Watts Gallery, Compton, Surrey


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