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  • 21 Feb 2011
    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. Frankly, I had never heard of the place, but am always interested in visiting somewhere that makes vintage malts. MacAlphines is located at 2303 N. 8th Street in Phoenix.  You can visit their website at I arrived a little early and didn't waste any time to order a chocolate malt.  I enjoyed watching area business people in there for lunch, even a couple construction workers wandered through. The vintage soda fountain counter and booths highlighted the atmosphere that was spotted with antiques that only added to the place's charm. Soon, Jim and Jo arrived and we talked about the antiques business for almost an hour.  Well, actually, it was Jim and I talking; Jo disappeared until we found her in the antiques shop area talking with the owner. The antiques area was a fun retro mix of items such as: furniture, clothing, jewelry. Reading MacAlpine's history, Barry Goldwater and Frank Lloyd Wright were regulars.  MacAlpines was established back in 1929, back when 7th Street was just a dusty old trail. I'll definately visit again.  Not only for a fun antiquing trip, but the malts are great! Dan
    8633 Posted by Daniel Briddle
  • 13 Sep 2012
    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 what the public is looking to buy. The majority of shoppers in the nation’s mega antique malls are attracted to the items they loved as kids".   We see that in our mall also. Collectibles, including "new" collectibles are more apparent in many booths and cases. 'New collectibles' might have many definitions. I don't consider reproductions to fall into that category. I think it's more like an item such as a comic book, that is released in limited editions - that become instantly collectible.   Nancy's article also talks about how shoppers are attracted "to the items they loved as kids". Which makes a good point. As we are seeing the age of our shopper decline, they are looking for items that are less than 30 years old.   We're continuing to good sales of furniture and decorator items from the 70's and 80's.   Wouldn't it be interesting to discuss the purchase habits in antique stores/malls between guys and gals? Who buys more? In our mall, the girls may have a slight lead, but the sales of "mantiques" to guys is also strong.   -Dan  
    3558 Posted by Daniel Briddle
  • 23 Mar 2013
      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” show:   This is our first season of “Collectors.” In each of the 14 episodes, we visit a different city to meet 4 different collectors. The show pays tribute to private collections and the dedicated people who assemble them: anything from rare sports artifacts to vintage salt and pepper shakers, from antique clocks to action figure memorabilia - and everything in between.    "Collectors" is hosted by Andrew Zegers, an appraiser and collector from "Antiques Roadshow Canada." Our first episode showcased a broad range of collections from vintage toys to high-end hats, from all kinds of Wonder Woman memorabilia to several hundred snow globes amassed by actor Corben Bernsen of "L.A. Law.   Participants who appear on the show are compensated financially for their time, and are furnished with a video record of their collection in the form of a DVD of their episode.  Given that the collections we showcase are highly valuable, collectors’ privacy is maintained by referring to them on the program by first name only, and providing viewers with only the most general information about where in the country they live.   If this is something you might be interested in, or if you have any leads to collectors in and around the Denver area who you think might be willing to share their passion and expertise with our viewers, please feel free to call or email me if you have any questions.   Please contact: Sandra Kim 416.466.5888 ext. 275
    2159 Posted by Daniel Briddle
  • 01 Feb 2011
    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. This is a new show that transforms the cutthroat world of antiques and collectibles picking into a competitive game.  In every episode, antiques lovers compete in teams of two in a race to track down and acquire valuable items hidden along the back roads, barns, and forgotten corners of America.  The team with the most valuable loot at the end of the day wins the competition.  They get to keep their lot of items and the lots of the other teams – it’s winner take all! If you think you have what it takes to pick the most valuable treasures and get the best price, both you and your partner can fill out our online application at:   In our show, we take people from all walks of life on a mapped-out quest for treasure. Viewers will enjoy a show that has high stakes and is highly relatable. After all, you could have treasure in your own backyard. Great American Pick Off is a simple show: • Closed-ended, half-hour reality competition. • 3 teams of two pickers per team are dropped into a town known for its rich antiques culture. • Teams are given $1000, a map of the area, and 5 hours to scour the local back roads, garage sales, flea markets, tag sales, basements, barns and junk shops, hunting for valuable and overlooked antiques and collectables. • At the end of the 5 hours, our Host who is an expert in the antiques and collectibles field assesses each team’s haul and assigns a monetary value to each object. • The team whose lot is deemed most valuable by our expert Host wins the competition. The winning team not only gets to keep their lot of items, but the lots of the other two teams as well – it’s winner take all! iAntique Note: We're only relaying this information.  The Casting Producer was very nice to speak with.  She suggested anyone interested to complete the online application.
    1972 Posted by Daniel Briddle
Antiques - Collectibles 4,759 views May 15, 2012
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

Maximize Sales By Displays and Presentation

How to improve your antiques booth

Elements of Success - Antique Mall Dealers



How Enthusiasm Can Help Drive Sales During Slow Times  NEW!

Antique Dealer Seminar

Antique Marketing Strategies & Your Secrets


Using Craigslist, eBay Classifieds and iAntique Classifieds to drive sales



Selling Online Forum

My Success Stories - Missed Opportunities Forum

Marketing Ideas and Social Media

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Also in the video section, you will find these topics (and a lot more!):

Unsigned Pieces--How Much Are They Worth?
Teddy Bears
Why Antiques
Antique Silver and Flatware
Prison Art
Monthly videos from the Phoenix Jewelry Club
Railroad watches
One Room School Houses
Stained and Painted Glass Windows
Buying and Selling Gold
Weekly Show: "What's It Worth"
Vintage Trunks
Holiday Postcards
Tonka Toys
Fostoria Glass
Roseville Pottery
Precious Moments
Folk Art
Prison Art
Vintage Medical Equipment
Star Trek Collectibles
Vintage Hats
Native American Art
Coffee Related Collectibles
Vintage GI Joe's
Buying and Selling Techniques at Auctions
Comic Books
Chair Caning
Collectible Rolex Watches
Post Mortem Collectibles
Collecting Ephemera

The topics go on and on.