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    • June 17, 2014 10:12 PM CDT
    • Colm, you explained it perfectly.  Suburban Housewife sees it on TV, reads about it/sees it in high end decorating magazine, or sees it in a Tour of Homes in her area. BOOM! Popular.


      Staying on top of these things is the key to staying ahead of the trends.  I come from a construction/remodeling background, and due to this have held subscriptions to various magazines that push these looks.  This is the ticket to staying ahead of the trend.

    • February 23, 2013 12:58 PM CST
    • A huge element of the popularity or lack thereof that particular item have is down, more often than not, to what is being shown in the popular interiors magazines.  People see a look they like, try it for a while, and then a new look will come along.  The trick is to be on the rising curve of the trend, and not the downward one.  I've often seen dealers who are on the rising curve bring in items to sell, they go really well and then other dealers (usually the same ones everytime) jump on the bandwaggon just in time for the trend to go over and then get stuck with a load of stock they can't shift.  The price usually has nothing to do with it although the price will go up as popularity increases but it rarely kills off the trend.  They just run their natural course.  As to who creates the trends, in my experience, it is usually high end interior decorators that do that, these interiors are covered in high end magazines, this look is copied by the more mainsream decorators, these in turn are featured in the more popular, mainstream magazines, tv shows etc and copied by the public.  Increasingly, tv shows are causing trends such as the recent obsession with Downton Abby which seems to have inspired no small amount of magazines to do pieces on how to achieve "the look".  This has caused a trend for silver candlesticks and engraved glassware  which will again drop away as soon as something else comes along.

    • January 28, 2013 1:16 PM CST
    • I agree with you, Dan!


      I have been selling vintage suitcases for several years {always my BEST SELLERS!} - kept the prices the same {depending on the luggage}, never had a problem selling them. Then over the past year, I did notice them popping up everywhere and prices were quite high!


      Same thing with painted theory is that many shoppers who used to buy the painted furniture are NOW painting furniture and selling it too! It has become harder to find inexpensive pieces that are great candidates for a repaint...I think this trend is starting to decline.

    • January 24, 2013 10:49 PM CST
    • It's funny today I almost felt like getting rid of my vintage suitcases.  I had moved them out of the living room because we had the carpet shampooed.  One holds fabrics one holds felted wool pieces for craft projects and one even holds my wedding dress.  I just did not know where to put the items inside so the suitcases are now back on display again.  So I think the trend has kind of died for suitcases.  I don't see quite as many in the antique stores. 

    • January 23, 2013 8:36 PM CST
    • I have seen this happen before. I think you are right about the painted furniture, but I am not seeing it slow down yet. The biggest problem we are having with the suitcases are finding quality items at a price we can resale them. One other category I think will be affected by escalating prices is advertising signs.

    • January 22, 2013 10:12 PM CST
    • Over the last year, I have noticed several trends that have jumped to life in our 55,000 sq ft antique mall.  One of them, notably was vintage luggage.  There were many weeks that I recall many, many pieces of luggage walking out the door.  


      The price was good; somewhere between $8 to $14.  The items were not always perfect.  I remember talking to customers that were using them in many different methods of decorating in their homes.  Everything from four pieces of luggage stacked to make a nightstand; to cutting the luggage in half to make two cat beds.


      This was during the late summer of 2012.  I watch as the prices started to creep up.  Soon, prices were in the upper teens to the mid twenties for the good pieces.


      Sales slowed dramtically.


      Did the price increase kill the trend?


      Another trend I noticed was repainted vintage furniture.  This trend jumped up quickly.  Last year, dealers were selling the stuff like crazy.   Yep, seems like the increasing price of the items slowed the sales.


      Is this just the supply & demand theory?  Or even the popularity theory?


      Have you noticed other trends react like this?   


      What's your thoughts?


      Are dealers killing trends?




    • November 30, 2012 2:07 PM CST
    • That's too funny! I just posted an "OMG! I'm so RETRO" image on FB this am...ha ha! Retro on the mind!

    • November 17, 2012 7:27 PM CST
    • Auctions are great! Laughing

    • November 17, 2012 2:00 PM CST
    • I think it just goes with the times. A lot of thrift stores are even selling online now. I cant say I go to thrift stores for stuff for my booth anyway. I am more of an auction guy for that.

    • November 13, 2012 5:08 PM CST
    • Once upon a time, you could find many vintage treasures at thrift stores for thrifty prices, not so much anymore...

      These days, thrift stores are raising prices on vintage items to sell on ebay or sell in their store priced higher than the same/similiar items found at an antique shop. More of the "junk" is placed on the thrift store selling floor. How do you feel about the higher prices at thrift stores? If you are a dealer, do you feel like thrift stores are becoming competition?

    • February 8, 2012 11:15 AM CST
    • I guess like any business it morphs. Need to be attentive to what is going on within the industry.

    • February 8, 2012 10:27 AM CST
    • keep changing with the times as the previous collecters have homes full of the stuff they love, no room for more, they are down sizing so more of that oak and walnut era stuff is comming on to the market, which the next generation has NO warm and fuzzy thought of they have warm and fuzzy thoughts of the stuff grandma and pa had 1950-60-70's stuff or there childhood not mom and dads child hood. it is all supply and demand, some of the earlier stuff has come down in price so it is interesting to the younger crowd just as usuable furniture and items
      Craig Phillips
      B & C Emporium antiques and original hardware

    • February 8, 2012 9:03 AM CST
    • Good point Pamela. There are trends in this industry and we need to be paying attention to those trends. I think part of the reason a lot of people stay with what they have always sold is because we tend to buy what we like. So, to begin dealing more in mid-century collectibles we have to change and that is not always easy.
      I know for us, we sell a lot of mid-century collectibles even though I prefer antiques. So, we mix it up between the two and that seems to have been a winning combination for us.

    • February 8, 2012 8:39 AM CST
    • I think that many Dealers are missing the opportunity to see what the current antique trends are, esp with so many people blogging about and other social media sites. Even in this industry, there will be trends and changes.


      Currently, one hot trend is mid-century, which seems to be very appealing to the younger millennial generation.

      Sometimes, I stop and chat with dealers who I see have some of this type of merchandise in their booth/case...I ask them if they notice if it's been selling well and they say "yes"...but, they {the dealer} still keep their focus on the glass and other dishware, brown hutches, etc. that continue to sit around for perpetual time...I speculate that it's because it's what they have always sold.



    • January 5, 2012 3:02 PM CST
    • “Younger dealers had very different items and inventory when compared to older dealers,” said Shirley Huey, one of the staffers who helped complete the survey, “Not only were they different in inventory, but in their marketing approaches as well.”


      “What we found was that there was a real generational shift in the marketplace, things that tended to “trend” upwards in a truly noticeable fashion, were much more the domain of younger buyers."


      The above quotes are from an article I was reading that originated from the Asheford Institute of Antiques and was interested in the data presented.


      You can read the news release at this address:


      The original study is posted on their website at:

    • December 31, 2011 10:36 PM CST
    • I was just reading an article from about the top 12 trends for 2012 and
      many of them include decorating with a vintage flare.


      The article talks about how homeowners want to surround themselves with a 'living scrapbook',
      "We want our homes filled with family photos prointed on to paper to showing off souvenirs from our travels".


      Also, the article says that this is the year that metalwork goes mainstream. "The underlying theme is one of upcycling, salvage and recycling using furniture that is hard wearing light and durable."


      Barnwood is also discussed as being used for more than floors. Ceilings and feature walls are mentioned. Along with barnwood is information about using other reclaimed wood.


      Here's the link to the article:

    • August 23, 2011 10:24 AM CDT
    • In the times when we hear all about antiques businesses closing, today's news has two opening.


      Paramount Antique Mall in Wichita opened their second location in Kansas. Their new building is about 20,000 sq ft. (about half the size of their first location)


      Then we see that Bellevue Washington has their first antique mall open. Haystack Antiques opened in downtown Bellevue. I didn't find how big their building was, but their starting off with 25 dealers.


      Visit Paramount Antique Mall at


      Visit Haystack Antique Mall at

    • August 4, 2011 7:57 PM CDT
    • that certainly may be true and all of us should do our part in educating the public about antiques and collectibles.

    • August 4, 2011 11:25 AM CDT
    • As true as that probably is for a lot of people I think also there are some that could be educated.

    • August 4, 2011 9:06 AM CDT
    • Ya know Cathy - I often use the relationship between new fashion jewelry and vintage because the old is better in every way.

      It seems Americans, anyhow, are all about the "look", not how well it is made. They seem to want nothing but the right appearance. They don't seem to care about quality.

    • August 4, 2011 8:52 AM CDT
    • I think an awesome ad campaign would be a comparative pricing ad. Showing a room that has been furnished through antique malls/rummage sales/auction houses and then a comparable room that has been furnished from Steger's or some other furniture store that isn't so outlandish but not cheap press board garbage either. Or an ad that shows a room full of the press board garbage with a total price and then a room filled with real furniture - showing the added value, style, and durability. IKEA is popular - compare that with the form, function, and beauty of real furniture.

    • August 4, 2011 8:47 AM CDT
    • Bob and Bob -- Thank you so much for the information. I have visited the website and talked with Bob Black. I feel more aware now and know that fire grenades are not in my future.

    • August 3, 2011 9:38 AM CDT
    • You can start here:

    • August 2, 2011 11:24 PM CDT
    • Cathy, sorry not the same Bob here but I will mention that they have a chemical in them that is so dangerous it can kill you with a one time exposure. It can also cause lung damage, liver damage and some other stuff. They are neat, but very dangerous to your health. If you collect them or have them for sale, please keep them in a place that they cannot be broken and warn buyers to keep them safe from damage. Not ALL of them are like this, some are just salt water inside...but I can't tell you which ones to watch for.