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  • How to identify an item just by taking a picture of it

    Have you tried the eBay image search tool?   Just take a picture of an item on your smart phone in the eBay app and search.  It’s not perfect, but may give you just the info you’re looking for. Here’s a quick video that shows it’s use   Google also o...
  • What Antique Malls and Stores need to know about Google.

    Google is it.  Don’t discount the need to be involved in  Bing, Yahoo and other search sites, but Google needs most of your attention.  Google does 67% of the U.S. online searches, compared to second place Bing at 18%.   This blog may not be all inclusive to every aspect o...
  • WHY MOBILE TECHNOLOGY REQUIRES THE ANTIQUES INDUSTRY TO CHANGE

    It’s now the year 2015. Smart phones and tablets are everywhere. Browsing the aisles of antiques, you see shoppers with their smartphones in hand, snapping pictures, looking up prices and other reference information. Consumers use the Internet in various ways to search for information, locate ...
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  • New TV Series about Collectors - Seeking Denver Collectors

      An exciting new documentary series that celebrates fascinating collectors and collections from across North America is coming to the Denver, Colorado area. We're currently looking for collectors who have home-based collection to feature in our series.   About “Collectors” sh...
  • Less Antiques In Antique Stores?

    Today, I was reading an article about how antique malls and stores are becoming more collectibles than antiques.   The article (Collectibles Differ From Antiques, Nancy Russell) offers this explanation: "Because it’s getting harder to find real antiques these days. Sellers want to sell wh...
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  • Resources for antiques dealers

    Looking back over some of the content in the videos section, I am really impressed on the amount of good information there. Here's a few examples: How to Make MONEY selling Antiques in an Antique Mall http://www.iantique.com/videos/7/768/how-to-make-money-selling-antiqu Maximize Sales By Displays ...
  • Your Mall / Store Involved With iAntique.com Social Network

    Why is it important to be involved in iAntique.com? The industry has weathered several years of shifting enthusiasm, and several indicators are showing very positive activity in the world of antiques and collectibles. Sales are indicating consumers are buying vintage items not only as collectibles, ...
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  • More Pickers Needed For Full Season of Cable Show

    A couple months ago we were contacted by a casting director from California looking for pickers, appraisers and antiques dealers. I have just been contacted by them again inviting us to share this information: Hi Dan, We are back casting the full season of the Untitled Antique Competition Show! Pl...
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  • Changes Coming to iAntique Website

    iAntique.com is just over a year old now and we???ve been reviewing what parts of our website could use some enhancing.  We???re happy to announce that we are just about to complete a major iAntique.com site improvement project. Sometime in the next week, you will see iAntique.com become tempo...
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  • Day trip to Flagstaff, AZ Antiques

    Looking for something to do last week, I took an over night trip to Flagstaff to explore a few antique stores and to just get away for a day.  My driver for the trip was a high school guy named Jamie who was out of school on spring break, and just really like driving my car.  Some of...
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  • NEWS: Antique Store and Thrift Shop Fun With Kids

    I believe in taking kids antiquing. Well, as long as it's at a shop without commas in the price tags.    My kids and I adore a good waltz through antique shops and thrift stores throughout the area. The dustier, darker and more cluttered the store? The better. It's like we get ...
  • Sale Alert for certain items in the classifieds area.

    All Brass Armadillo Antique Malls are offering 15% off any of their items listed in the Classifieds area of iAntique.com from March 16th to March 20th.   This sale is in conjunction with their sales that run in their malls on March 18-19-20   If you find something you would like to purchas...
  • Vintage Soda Fountain at MacAlpines Antique Shop

    Through iAntique, I started chatting with Jim Addie, a collector from Chicago, who travels with his wife, Jo Addie to various antiques shows across the nation.  So when I heard they would be in Phoenix, I asked if they had time for coffee.  Jim suggested we meet at MacAlphines in Phoenix....
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  • NEED PICKERS for a Reality TV Show

    Seeking Passionate Pickers for -Great American Pick Off- Collectibles Competition! The producers of a major cable network show are seeking ???pickers??? with the most honed hunting skills, the sharpest eye to determine trash from treasure, and the most effective negotiating chops to seal the deal. ...
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  • NEWS: Rare book collection to be auctioned in San Francisco

    About 1,000 history books from the acclaimed collection of the late John McClelland Jr. ??? former longtime editor and publisher of The Daily News ??? will go on the auction block today in California. McClelland was a noted regional historian and collected books about the Northwest for much of his a...
  • NEWS: Fieldale Man Transforms Gas Station into Antique Store

    Fieldale, VA - A Fieldale man has restored a former Shell gas station and transformed it into a store he's always dreamed about opening. This looks like a Shell gas station from the 1950s, but owner R.B. Hundley says, you can't fill up at it. "I've had a lot of people come by and want...
  • NEWS: Antique store owner was country before country was cool

    Greenwood, MO - Q&A with Sandee Millett JOB DESCRIPTION: Owner of two antique stores, Millett & Co, specializing in country items, 808 W. Main St., 816-537-7129; and Greenwood Mercantile, specializing in primitives, 409 W. Main St., 816-537-7033. Organizer of the Old Summit Country Antique ...
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  • NEWS: Big Daddy's Antiques expands to S.F.

    SF - CA  Sometimes big things come in small packages. Other times, well, nature dictates that big things just have to come in even bigger packages. And it's those large-scale, leftover wonders of the world that occasionally find their way into an artful landscape of salvage at Big Daddy&#...
  • NEWS: New Jersey living-history museum started with one couple's passion for antiques

    LOWER TOWNSHIP, N.J. - They began with little things. A couple of rusty old train lanterns, some farm implements, a device called a "toe-toaster" that let its users brown slices of bread in the kitchen fireplace and flip them with their feet. Eventually, their collectors' ardor wasn't sati...
  • NEWS: Malcom Forbes Toys sell for $2.4 mil

     Sotheby's in New York is reporting the sale of  a collection of Malcom Forbes toys. The sale was dated Dec 17th, 2010 The Malcolm Forbes Toy Collection presents the toy boats, soldiers, motorcycles and classic board games lovingly gathered over nearly four decades by legendary coll...
  • NEWS: Annapolis Antiques Show is history

    Annapolis MD - Local antiques lovers are getting a lump of coal in their holiday stockings. The Historic Annapolis Antiques Show won't be held next month, ending a 40-year tradition. "I'm sorry, but that's the way it is," said Bob Armacost, owner of Armacost Antiques Shows in Balti...
  • NEWS: Price guides are not maps to the value of your items

     If you are considering buying something such as say, a used car, you might consult a list in a price guide to find out details of your intended purchase. Generally these guides, often referred to as a buyer???s guide will list all the comparable specifics of the car you are interested in t...
  • NEWS: Johnny Cash Collectibles raises $700,000

    Johnny Cash's costumes, instruments and handwritten lyrics have smashed original estimates and raised more than $700,000 (??466,667) at auction. The Man In Black's possessions were sold off in Los Angeles in a lengthy three-day auction, which included a staggering 1,000 lots, over the...
  • eBay: FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE OF MARK TWAIN'S FIRST BOOK

     For sale on eBay:  FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE OF MARK TWAIN'S FIRST BOOK  
  • NEWS: Cache of antique cars damaged in fire

     AUSTIN (KXAN) - Austin firefighters discovered a cache of classic cars after they put out a large fire at a storage building 2056 W. Stassney Lane Monday.They responded minutes after the call came in at 2:42 p.m. The building was used to store classic cars and motorcycles, including an ant...
  • Doing the Right Thing

    One of the best complements I ever received was from a client who purchased something prior to my ownership of the company. A situation happened with that client several years later, after I bought the company which required me to examine the importance of one???s reputation. She taught me a less...
  • NEWS: $9.95 James Bond Rolex sells for $66,100 on eBay

    So imagine this: you decide to sell your 52 year-old watch on eBay for $9.95 and when the auction is over you end up with $66,100. Not bad, right? That???s what happened to Bob. The retired Navy doctor decided to sell a few of his old things and put his Rolex Submariner Ref 5510 dive watch u...
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  • News: Antiques shop opens in Posh Nosh spot

      Grass Valley, CA - Barely a month after Posh Nosh restaurant shut down, building owner R.D. Schmitz has the Broad Street storefront spruced up, open and stocked with antique treasures. Plenty of unique furniture is for sale at R.D. Schmitz Collectibles and Antiques, and a few gems in...
  • NEWS: Bailey's Antiques closes after almost 50 years

    FORT WALTON BEACH FL??? For 47 of the 57 years that Richard Bailey has been alive, he has worked at the antique store that his mother, Ruth, started in 1963. After nearly 50 years in the business, Bailey plans to retire. He closed the doors to Ruth Bailey???s and Son Antiques a couple months ago an...
  • NEWS: Dreaming of a vintage Christmas in Abilene

    Abilene, TX  -  Cooler weather, colorful leaves, falling pecans and Christmas carols herald the arrival of what is for many the most wonderful time of the year ??? and conjure up memories of holidays in years past. Throughout the weeks leading up to Christmas, many folks reminisce about pa...
  • NEWS: Unopened, antique cigarette packs could fetch healthy price

    Sure, he used to indulge the habit, but it wasn't the nicotine that turned Harry Kraemer into a cigarette collector. The pretty packaging took care of that. As a child growing up in Scranton, Pa., Kraemer, now 83, frequented the neighborhood pharmacy, where intricately designed cigarette packs...
  • New Antique Store in Kearney Nebraska

    KEARNEY NE- A married couple who moved back to Nebraska from Colorado opened an antique store in Downtown Kearney: The Bricks recently. Evelyn and Matthew Seip opened Home Thyme at 2217 Central Ave. Oct. 29. Home Thyme sells antiques, home decor, furniture and collectibles. Evelyn, originally from ...
  • NEWS: Couple launch antique mall

    Chelsea, MI - An old truck with a sign in its bed alerts motorists to the Chelsea Antique Mall, which opened its doors to the public on Sept. 15. Located on the south side of Chelsea, the new venue opened with eight antique and collectible vendors and 26 days later, there were 27 vendors at the 118...
  • NEWS: Sisters balance time as professionals, shop owners

    Ocala FL - Janice Daniel and Lisa Skovronsky own the Ole Cracker House Antique Mall. At the minimum, Janice Daniel and Lisa Skovronsky are leading double lives. At the maximum, they might qualify as multiple personalities, juggling appearances as a banker and a sales executive, business owners, mot...
  • NEWS: Houston antique store destoryed in Halloween blaze

    Houston, TX - The owner of one of Houston's most-popular antique houses was shocked Sunday morning upon learning his Montrose-area business had been destroyed by fire overnight. A relative came over and told me, said Gordon Greenleaf, who has owned Antique Warehaus since 1990. That Montrose-are...
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  • NEWS: Antique sales showing signs of success

    Jeffereson, NC - Antiques on Main seems to have found a business model that works right now. The collective of small antique dealers is something that owner Keith Woodie is proud of and seems to count as a success in the tough economic environment of Ashe County. The antique mall???s recent expans...
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  • NEWS: Haunted antique store

    Millington MI -Travel Mid-Michigan's Halloween theme wraps up this week with Antiques in the Village in Millington. The owner, Lynn Lane says the antique store is haunted. Lane bought the building three years ago. She says the building dates all the way back to the 1800s. There was a time when ...
  • James Bond car sells for $4.6 million

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- A 1964 Aston Martin used in early James Bond films sold for 4.6 million dollars at a London auction Wednesday. This car was one of only two fully-equipped 1964 Aston Martin DB5s actually used in the early Bond films. In this case, "fully equipped" includes features you do...
  • Laid off worker launches antique store with a twist

    GRAND RAPIDS -- For Mark Miller, necessity is the mother of reinvention.  After 15 years in big-box retail management, a job loss two years ago spurred him to come up with a way to combine his experience with his passion for antiques. "Most of us have always been dependent on big business for o...
  • Dime Novels and The Hardy Boys

    This weekend, I uncovered a half a dozen paper backs from the 1970???s series of The Hardy Boys. It made me wonder, how did all these series get started anyway? After some research, I found out this concept has been around since 1860! Generally speaking, ???Dime Novels??? originated with the first b...
  • Utica antique mall wins approval

    After four months, Steve and Pam Shanley's dream of an antique mall at 215 Division St. in Utica is now a reality. In a move that took mere minutes, the Village Board recently approved the zoning change and two variances for Clark Run Antiques. It was a fast approval compared to the lengthy pro...
  • New owner reopening antique mall in Bloomington

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind.  -A new owner plans to reopen an antique mall a couple blocks from Bloomington's courthouse square three years after it closed. Denise and Gregory Pence already operate the Exit 76 Antique Mall in Edinburgh and plan to have the Bloomington Antique Mall open its doors No...
  • Online selling savvy nets Valley family eBay award

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  • Evolution of a Doll Shop

    REPOSTED with permission from www.debrasdolls.com I undertook my first historic property renovation project during my early 20???s, shortly after purchasing the property at 20 N. Main Street known as the Mullica House.  I had 6 years of doll shows under my belt plus one year as a full...
  • NEWS: Appraisal Fair ??? $10 per item at GasLamp Antiques

    Nashville, TN  -  If there???s an itch to find out what a prized whatchamadinger is worth, then the GasLamp Antiques and Dec??o??rat??ing Mall???s Appraisal Fair is a must do.   Voted Nashville???s best antique mall for six con??sec??u??tive years, the store will host the eve...
  • NEWS: Days Gone By reborn from the ashes

    OELWEIN, IA  ??? When OCAD Ambassadors visited a downtown business last week, there was a little bit of d??j?? vu in the air. A mere six months ago, Ambassadors greeted the new business owner Donna Neumann at Days Gone By located in the West Charles Mall. Two months later on May 7, her b...
  • Hunting for Antiques - Being an Antique Expert

    FROM HOWTOBECOME.INFO - For many people, being an antique collector or expert is synonymous to hobby. But for some, this could be one of those 50k plus jobs that they have been looking for. Today, something an item or a piece that is 10 decade old or more is definitely valuable. This is becaus...
  • Massive 3 day estate sale with tons of antiques

    Online PR News ??? 27-September-2010 ??? (OCEANSIDE, N.Y.) ??? A massive three-day weekend sale slated for Oct. 22-24 by Philip Weiss Auctions will feature hundreds of fresh-to-the-market lots of toys and toy trains, railroad memorabilia, Hollywood memorabilia, vintage dolls, antique advertising...
  • Putting The Spotlight on Beautiful Antique Lighting Fixtures

    It's really great when you come across a wonderful vintage find that is both beautiful and functional.  Shedding a little light on this concept, such was the case when I found these intriguing slip shade sconces at a recent New England Antique Shows event.   They called to me li...
  • Deflation in the Antiques Trade

    REPOSTED from Newel's Antique Blog Thanks to Lewis J. Baer for permission to share this blog. AUGUST 17, 2010    The ???go-go??? years of the antiques trade in the 1980s relished the economy???s inflationary bias. The effect on prices for these objects was devastating, in a good ...
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  • NEWS: iAntique In The News

    Check out this article:   http://www.businessrecord.com/main.asp?SectionID=36&SubSectionID=99&ArticleID=10710&TM=47630.69
  • NEWS: Antiques really are Green

    ANTIQUES TRADE GAZETTE - AN independent report has confirmed that antiques are the environmentally friendly way to furnish your home. A piece of antique furniture is likely to have a carbon footprint sixteen times lower than a newly manufactured item.  This is the finding of a study that ...
  • NEWS: Treasure seekers set to descend on Marburger Farm Antique Show in Central Texas

    Round Top, TX - Google "best antique shows," and two names consistently pop up at the very top: Massachusetts' legendary Brimfield and, much closer to home, the ROUND TOP ANTIQUES FAIR. Life is generally sweet and slow in the Central Texas town with a whopping population o...
  • NEWS: Antique drug store items go up for sale

    DOTHAN AL -- Cobalt blue Milk of Magnesia bottles stand out among the other bottles, some still contain??ing old liniments claiming to cure a variety of ailments. Across the aisle are old com??ic books and radios. On an??other nearby table rest a group of old Daisy BB guns, their boxes still in...
  • NEWS: Antiques a passion for store owner

    SOUTHINGTON CT ??? Bob Celentano hadn???t considered opening an antique store until some friends took he and his wife, Kathleen, to an auction. "It???s been downhill ever since," he laughed. "It???s like an addiction. We need our fix." Celentano opened Plantsville Station Antique Shoppes in 1998. Ab...
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  • Go West, Young Collector: Collecting Cowboy and Western-themed Bourbon Bottles

    From Jennifer Thornson - Original Blog posted here My good buddy, Scoobie, is a vista chick. She loves the idea of a bright orange Western mesa, a handsome cowboy, and a beautiful sunset. The budding decor in her new home reflects this. So it stands on the precipice of Victoriana, arts and crafts,...
  • NEWS: Antiques a passion for store owner

    SOUTHINGTON CT ??? Bob Celentano hadn???t considered opening an antique store until some friends took he and his wife, Kathleen, to an auction. "It???s been downhill ever since," he laughed. "It???s like an addiction. We need our fix." Celentano opened Plantsville Station Antique Shoppes in 199...
  • NEWS: Antique Mall To Grow

    Chattanoga, TN - Inside a 21???2-story brick building on Chattanooga???s North Shore, the word ???recession??? causes little anxiety. For the past three years, business at Knitting Mill Antiques, an antique mall that houses nearly 100 dealers, has been better than ever, said owners Scott and Lynn Sh...
  • NEWS: Brimfield Antiques and Collectibles shows vendors optimistic about increased sales

     BRIMFIELD, MA - As thousands of shoppers showed up for the Tuesday morning opening of the July 2010 Brimfield Antiques and Collectibles shows on Route 20, the vendors and the owners of the fields where they set up were optimistic, based on what is generally agreed were better sales at this yea...
  • Video Technology in the Antique Mall

    One of the tools we???ve developed to promote iantique.com and build in-store excitement to technology is to install a large-screen TV connected to a consumer-grade PC which acts as a video server.  The TV is mounted in the antique mall and displays user-generated content from the store and pro...
  • NEWS: Antiques to fill former Stein Mart location

    Lafayette, IN  -  Vacant for four years, things are finally buzzing again in a large anchor location at Market Square shopping center in Lafayette.   After occupying space in Eastway Plaza, Raven's Roost Antiques is moving its consignment business of antique, vintage and col...
  • NEWS: Antique Mall could be decorating paradise

     Detroit -  When shopping for antiques and collectibles, there's nothing like the thrill of the hunt. Unlike a trip to the local grocery store where you're likely to stick to a list, the search for pieces with a past can lead to unexpected discoveries.   One popular spot to ...
  • NEWS: Breathing New Life Into Antiques

    Knoxville, TN - Interior designer Todd Richesin believes you achieve a sense of history and a connection with the past when you use old things in new ways. Richesin hunts for objects with character for his clients, his home and his store, Bobby Todd Antiques in Sweetwater. "In what I do, y...
  • NEWS: Shalom House Ministries to open antique store

    Anderson, South Carolina - Rhonda Holcombe smiles as she hangs clothes on racks in the basement-level shop at 300 S. Main St. She wears a light joyful expression. It???s because at 49, she???s a woman with a new outlook, a new faith. ???I lay down at night now, and I can rest,??? Holcombe said. ???B...
  • NEWS: Antique Store Is Retirement 'Dream'

    Cathedral City, CA - Victoria Routh enjoys owning an antiques mall mostly due to the ???warm fuzzies??? that come with it. The self-professed ???people person??? never gets tired of seeing her customers revel in the past memories her store gives them from their youth. ???I love it when they say ???M...
  • NEWS: New antique mall to open in North Rome, GA

    North Rome, GA - A building at 876 Spider Webb Drive once housed the Colonial Bread store. Within a matter of weeks, it could be the setting for colonial style furniture. Wayne and Ronda Evans are making plans to open the River City Antique Mall sometime around the end of the May. The Evans h...
  • NEWS: Shopping for antique treasures in Prescott, AZ

    PRESCOTT - Door hinges squeak and floorboards moan as I make my way across the room. I am walking through downtown Deja Vu Antique Mall, looking at vintage dishes, tools, tables and chairs, taking in the sweet, musty smell of old books. The many tables and shelves are crowded with license plates, je...
  • NEWS: Antique Stores Growing Near Mill Creek Project

    BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- The Mill Creek Project downtown is bringing new businesses into the area, including ones that lend themselves to the past. What once was old is new again, that phrase has a double meaning for antique shops along 19th Street downtown as a new shop and mall will both be open by ...
  • NEWS: Roller Rink Antique Mall Opens

    DETROIT -- It was a popular roller-skating rink since the 1950s. Now, it's a hub of all things antique. Welcome to the Roller Rink Antique Mall on Route 100 in Detroit, which used to be the Spotlight Pavilion Roller Skating Rink. On opening day Thursday, there was a long line of cars parked up ...
  • Social Networking for the Antique Industry

    As we get further into the iAntique project, it becomes more obvious the amount of enthusiasm we're finding is great.  Daily we are having discussions about how quickly this idea grows and how interested people are in participating.  It seems the "Community" idea has always been there...
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