Part 2: Key Antique Objects Made from Animals and Plants

In my recent post (Controversial Collecting – What on Earth is this object made of?) I touched on the idea that it is worthwhile when you don’t know what you are looking at to really question it or better yet ask someone about its origin. After all you cannot undo buying something in a market or at a […]

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Part 1: Controversial Collecting – What on Earth is this object made of?

Tables upon tables full of exotic trinkets and fluffy outerwear on hangers as far as the eye can see. In my travels near and far I have embarked on a multitude of miscellaneous objects. In a few instances items have stood out begging the question, what on earth is this made of? It may of been furry, shiny, carved, a replicate or have been the parts of a once upon a time living, […]

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My First Wine Tasting and the Relevance to Vintage

In follow-up to my previous post What is the Difference between Antique, Vintage and Retro? This evening I had my first formal wine tasting experience and I must say it was incredible. While standing in front of my tempting South African opaque red and pale white wine samples I detected that the history behind wine and its creation […]

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Old treasures that can be toxic

   It hurts me to say this but there have been cases of different kinds of health problems attributed to antiques, vintage pieces and older collectibles. Says the girl (me) who jumps head first into every mangled box she finds at an estate sale. Other than quickly wiping my hands I have never second guessed what I might […]

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Tip of the Week: What to Call a Collector of Many Things

Take a Break Tuesday presents information for the inquisitive mind Ever wonder what to call yourself or someone else who is a collector or enthusiast of one specific kind of object? There is pretty well a long and hard to pronounce name for every kind of collector out there, some of these words (names) can also pertain […]

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