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  • 21 Jun 2017
    On the Vintage Antiques Roadshow program that aired this week one of the appraisals taken from an Antiques Roadshow event in Albuquerque in 2002 was for the pearwood tea caddy, c.1810, that is shown with this blog. In 2002 it was appraised for $7,000-8,000. They now appraise it in 2017 for $1,200-1,800, a decline in value of 80%. But is that real?? We'll explore the issues this raises in this week's show. Hint: it's not an apples to apples comparison even though it's the same tea caddy! I'll take a few examples of pieces in other categories to do the same sort of comparison with. The problem with this kind of sensationalism is that people who don't follow the market for antiques closely might think that prices across the board (or even if they think it's just for tea caddies) are declining in value. Please join us this coming Sunday evening, June 25, 2017, for this week's program. We're on at 5PM PDT, 6PM MDT, 7PM CDT, 8PM EDT. Hope you can tune in. Gary
    24 Posted by Gary & Carol Stover
  • On the Vintage Antiques Roadshow program that aired this week one of the appraisals taken from an Antiques Roadshow event in Albuquerque in 2002 was for the pearwood tea caddy, c.1810, that is shown with this blog. In 2002 it was appraised for $7,000-8,000. They now appraise it in 2017 for $1,200-1,800, a decline in value of 80%. But is that real?? We'll explore the issues this raises in this week's show. Hint: it's not an apples to apples comparison even though it's the same tea caddy! I'll take a few examples of pieces in other categories to do the same sort of comparison with. The problem with this kind of sensationalism is that people who don't follow the market for antiques closely might think that prices across the board (or even if they think it's just for tea caddies) are declining in value. Please join us this coming Sunday evening, June 25, 2017, for this week's program. We're on at 5PM PDT, 6PM MDT, 7PM CDT, 8PM EDT. Hope you can tune in. Gary
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  • 14 Jun 2017
    Cast iron has been used for centuries for a variety of goods, and pieces in some of the categories have become quite collectible. We'll search the mall for interesting & representative antique cast iron items in many different categories, including toys, kitchen ware, safes, bells, scales, country store, etc. When I started looking in the aisles of the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver I thought I would find maybe 100 pieces of Griswold cast iron--I found only 2. Where hava all the skillets gone? I did find some great cast iron irons. My favorite was the bell. Please join us this coming Sunday evening, June 18, 2017 at 5PM PDY, 6PM MDT, 7PM CDT, 8PM EDT for this week's program on Cast Iron Antiques. Gary
    31 Posted by Gary & Carol Stover
  • Cast iron has been used for centuries for a variety of goods, and pieces in some of the categories have become quite collectible. We'll search the mall for interesting & representative antique cast iron items in many different categories, including toys, kitchen ware, safes, bells, scales, country store, etc. When I started looking in the aisles of the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver I thought I would find maybe 100 pieces of Griswold cast iron--I found only 2. Where hava all the skillets gone? I did find some great cast iron irons. My favorite was the bell. Please join us this coming Sunday evening, June 18, 2017 at 5PM PDY, 6PM MDT, 7PM CDT, 8PM EDT for this week's program on Cast Iron Antiques. Gary
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  • 07 Jun 2017
    I've always thought that the most important factor in the success of the antique mall that I work out of, the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver, is their system for handling sales of items in the locked showcases. The Mall is about an acre in size. There are about 500 locked showcases, 100 unlocked showcases, and about 250 booths. The square footage devoted to showcases is no more than 30% of the total, yet management tells me that about 50% of total $ sales derive from sales from the showcases. In this week's program, with the help of a person who works in the showcase sales system, I'll try to explain how the Mall handles the significant volume of sales & enquiries from customers that want to look at things in the locked cases, and at the same time do this expeditiously. No customer wants to wait for a person who might be in the middle of doing something else to go find a key to show her an item where she can't see the price tag! The Brass has figured out how to make the process quick & easy. Hint--you need to devote the manpower to make it happen! We're on at the usual time this coming Sunday, June 11, 2017: 5PM PDT, 6PM MDT, 7PM CDT, 8PM EDT, but if you're in the area this Saturday, June 10, stop in as we're having an unheard of sale--25% off items in the locked showcases! If you come, you could also stop off to say hi--Tom Davis & I will be doing our bi-monthly appraisals. Gary
    52 Posted by Gary & Carol Stover
  • I've always thought that the most important factor in the success of the antique mall that I work out of, the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver, is their system for handling sales of items in the locked showcases. The Mall is about an acre in size. There are about 500 locked showcases, 100 unlocked showcases, and about 250 booths. The square footage devoted to showcases is no more than 30% of the total, yet management tells me that about 50% of total $ sales derive from sales from the showcases. In this week's program, with the help of a person who works in the showcase sales system, I'll try to explain how the Mall handles the significant volume of sales & enquiries from customers that want to look at things in the locked cases, and at the same time do this expeditiously. No customer wants to wait for a person who might be in the middle of doing something else to go find a key to show her an item where she can't see the price tag! The Brass has figured out how to make the process quick & easy. Hint--you need to devote the manpower to make it happen! We're on at the usual time this coming Sunday, June 11, 2017: 5PM PDT, 6PM MDT, 7PM CDT, 8PM EDT, but if you're in the area this Saturday, June 10, stop in as we're having an unheard of sale--25% off items in the locked showcases! If you come, you could also stop off to say hi--Tom Davis & I will be doing our bi-monthly appraisals. Gary
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  • 01 Jun 2017
    JELLY BELLY PINS AND BROOCHES What a cute name “Jelly Belly Pins”!!! These adorable vintage costume jewelry pins and brooches were stylish yet unusual, quirky and just plain fun. “Jelly Belly’s) came in an assortment of animals from poodles, elephants, monkeys, dogs, roosters, etc. They’re fairly easy to spot with the “belly” being round and the largest part (think cabochon shape) of the pin. Also, look for the belly to contain a Lucite cabochon although some were made with clear stones, such as moonstones. Many of the pins were embedded with rhinestones, enameled decorations, and reverse carved. There were also ear rings made to match the pins and brooches. As with anything popular, other jewelry companies began making them too yet Trifari and Corocraft were the major producers. Collectors today look for those pieces manufactured around 1938 with most being made between 1943-45. Now a days there are many copies and forgeries of Jelly Belly Pins so before spending your hard-earned money, check out costume jewelry references books at your local library. Roseann Ettinger’s book titled “Forties and Fifties Costume Jewelry” is a good place to start when trying to distinguish between a forgery of a Jelly Belly and one made in the 1930’s, 1940’s and 1950’s. They’re so adorable. I’m sure you’ll fall in love with them just as I have!    
    90 Posted by Betty Jean Shearin
  • JELLY BELLY PINS AND BROOCHES What a cute name “Jelly Belly Pins”!!! These adorable vintage costume jewelry pins and brooches were stylish yet unusual, quirky and just plain fun. “Jelly Belly’s) came in an assortment of animals from poodles, elephants, monkeys, dogs, roosters, etc. They’re fairly easy to spot with the “belly” being round and the largest part (think cabochon shape) of the pin. Also, look for the belly to contain a Lucite cabochon although some were made with clear stones, such as moonstones. Many of the pins were embedded with rhinestones, enameled decorations, and reverse carved. There were also ear rings made to match the pins and brooches. As with anything popular, other jewelry companies began making them too yet Trifari and Corocraft were the major producers. Collectors today look for those pieces manufactured around 1938 with most being made between 1943-45. Now a days there are many copies and forgeries of Jelly Belly Pins so before spending your hard-earned money, check out costume jewelry references books at your local library. Roseann Ettinger’s book titled “Forties and Fifties Costume Jewelry” is a good place to start when trying to distinguish between a forgery of a Jelly Belly and one made in the 1930’s, 1940’s and 1950’s. They’re so adorable. I’m sure you’ll fall in love with them just as I have!    
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  • 31 May 2017
    Conventional wisdom leads us to believe that prices for "brown" Victorian furniture have been declining for years. We'll put that propostion to the test in this week's show by examining about 10 pieces currently for sale at the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver. We'll then try to back up in our thinking 10 years or so and compare what comparable pieces would have been then. The Mall has been in existence for more than 18 years, and the highest sales day in its history was Memorial Day, a couple of days ago. Previous high sales days have been in the traditional retail high season around Christmas. Furniture sales make up a high percentage of total sales at the Mall. Maybe conventional wisdom about Victorian furniture pricing trends need to be reexamined. Please join us this coming Sunday evening, June 4, 2017 as we try to understand what's happening! We'll be on at the usual tiime: 5PM PDT, 6PM MDT, 7PM CDT, 8PM EDT. Hope you can be with us. Gary
    88 Posted by Gary & Carol Stover
  • Conventional wisdom leads us to believe that prices for "brown" Victorian furniture have been declining for years. We'll put that propostion to the test in this week's show by examining about 10 pieces currently for sale at the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver. We'll then try to back up in our thinking 10 years or so and compare what comparable pieces would have been then. The Mall has been in existence for more than 18 years, and the highest sales day in its history was Memorial Day, a couple of days ago. Previous high sales days have been in the traditional retail high season around Christmas. Furniture sales make up a high percentage of total sales at the Mall. Maybe conventional wisdom about Victorian furniture pricing trends need to be reexamined. Please join us this coming Sunday evening, June 4, 2017 as we try to understand what's happening! We'll be on at the usual tiime: 5PM PDT, 6PM MDT, 7PM CDT, 8PM EDT. Hope you can be with us. Gary
    May 31, 2017 88
  • 24 May 2017
    Please join us this coming Sunday evening, May 28, 2017 for this week's talk on antiques in which we profile bargains under $100 at the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver. We found many items in several different categories, including a doll's trunk from the 1940s, a '20's crocodile purse, 1880s advertising, an autograph from the '30s by a baseball hall of famer, a folk art painting & frame, & many other pieces. Hopefully we found somethings that will interest all of you! We're on at 5PM PDT, 6PM MDT, 7PM CDT, 8PM PDT. See you then. Gary
    111 Posted by Gary & Carol Stover
  • Please join us this coming Sunday evening, May 28, 2017 for this week's talk on antiques in which we profile bargains under $100 at the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver. We found many items in several different categories, including a doll's trunk from the 1940s, a '20's crocodile purse, 1880s advertising, an autograph from the '30s by a baseball hall of famer, a folk art painting & frame, & many other pieces. Hopefully we found somethings that will interest all of you! We're on at 5PM PDT, 6PM MDT, 7PM CDT, 8PM PDT. See you then. Gary
    May 24, 2017 111

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