Schiffer – The Claudia Schiffer of Book Publishing

IMG_6720Take a break tuesdays presents,

A new found resource with a ton of gumption!

In my package with my antique course contents I got a really rad, glossy catalogue I wanted to share with you. It was the 2015 Schiffer Publishing Catalogue for the following:


In the Antiques & Collectibles section (starting on Page 70) they feature tons of interesting and informative reads from Clock & Watch Companies 1700s-2000s to Fashionable Clothing from the Sears Catalogue.

IMG_6722Some of my personal favourite mentions are Jeans of the Old West a look at the era of Old West Denim and 1000 Hats profiling museum quality head toppers.

More over this catalogue presented most anything an antique or vintage enthusiast would desire. Vintage toys, Antique furniture, Pottery – you name it theres a sizeable listing of resources in there.

Looking for a book? Use this as your guide and I am sure you will find something to please your eyes and brain.

IMG_6724Take a look at the e-catalogue here or visit the Schiffer Books website .

It is so exciting to see how many speciality books are out there in circulation. Love it!


Extra Extra – The Gallery California Antiques Newspaper Circa 1970’s

IMG_5293It was an early Saturday morning a few weeks back and I made a late appearance to an estate sale. It had been worked over by many “jobbers” and the hallway outside of the apartment was full of already claimed antique objects including a strapping trunk ready for take-off to a nearby vehicle.

Instead of being disappointed I decided today would be a vintage clothing kind of day and made my way to the bedrooms. One bedroom was full of this and that and I found a box stuffed with odds and sods. I pulled out a newspaper and began reading. It was titled, The Gallery No. California Antiques and dated Volume 1. No.1 Fall 1970.

I was amazed by the simplicity of the newspaper and starred in awe of the printing and design, having went to college many years ago and studied print media [where you learn how to print newspaper from scratch] this kind of thing really appealed to me. The fact that it was an antique paper was a bonus.

IMG_5295When I got home that day, after being rear ended by someone at a gas station when I was parked [don’t ask me how this happened] I thought to research this newspaper and get some history on it. Sadly not much was easily found without subscribing to several newspaper history archive websites.

The publisher and president of it was written as Russell R. Goebel and it states copyright Competition Press Inc.IMG_5294

Over the next few months I will be sharing tidbits from the articles within this illuminating print including but not limited to; One Mans’ Bottles, Lachryma Montis a story of the home of General M.G Vallejo and Imari a stunning narrative about one of the most interesting and captivating porcelain collectibles.

I received a big box in the mail today and will be starting my appraisal courses as well this week so stay tuned for a boat load of information on antiques and collectibles.

Jobber: What I call a person who buys and sells antiques or collectibles for a living.



A Pickers Mantra

 Mantra” (/ˈmæntrə, ˈmɑːn-, ˈmʌn-/; Sanskrit: मंत्र) means a sacred utterance, numinous sound, or a syllable, word, phonemes, or group of words believed by some to have psychological and spiritual power.

This evening I was reading all about the art of “picking” in an article called, Reselling Antiques: The Five Principles of Power Picking and came across a few really powerful words [well sentences] that formed what I would like to think of as my own [personal] mantra.

It looks like I may have to make up my own Canadian version of this –

“Rescuing items from the recesses and trash-heaps of the American landscape is our work. Giving them new life and making a buck or two in the process is our livelihood. When we find that little treasure rusting away in some anonymous garage, we save it, we get it into the hands of someone who will restore and appreciate it, we spare it from the landfill, and we preserve a bit of our collective history.”

They say that to have a good nights sleep you should always read for 15 minutes before bed so whether you are reading my new found mantra or one of my previous posts like Painting the Picture on Artwork or Part 1: Controversial Collecting – What on Earth is this object made of? I would say this is a good thing.

Goodnight [or good morning] readers.


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Article and quotation source: © 2015 Wise Bread

Can someone say EMC? Ottawa Garage Sale & Auctions Online Resource

dreamstimefree_102201Take a break Tuesdays presents,

Read a little more and jot down some upcoming sales!

I heard about EMC online from a co-worker who is also interested in garage sales and auctions today. He said he swears by the site.

I poked around and it features community news from all over the Ottawa and surrounding area- you can even search by community.

If you are looking for local sales this Metroland Eastern Ontario Media Group creation may be a good alternate resource.

Check out my recent post, The Best Places to Buy Antiques and Collectibles for more on where to find the best antique and vintage objects and event (sales) resources.