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  • 16 Oct 2014
    This week's show is entitled, "The Importance of Provenance," but maybe it would be better to say "The Joy of Provenance." If you like antiques, you probably enjoy history, and what could be more interesting than researching your own possessions to establish a line of ownership thru the years? So, I've taken a few pieces that I own and some that I see for sale in the Mall, and show how I was or was not able to establish ownership back to when the pieces were made. In every case the attempt was worth the effort, even if the chain is broken in some places. I do this more for myself than for any future owner, but I do think that buyers enjoy knowing the most they can about whatever they buy. I did a show a few years ago entitled, "People Buy Stories," which is in the Videos section, and in it I give a few examples of how histories can give value to objects. Hope you can join us at the usual time on Sunday evening, 5PM PDT, 6PM MDT, 7PM CDT, 8PM EDT for this week's shows. Gary
    20518 Posted by Gary & Carol Stover
  • 06 May 2015
    Michael Murray, the Comic Consultant, is back on iAntique with an update on trends in the market for comic books. Regular viewers will undoubtedly remember Mike from his 3 previous appearances in 2010, 2011, and in 2013 when he appeared on a panel with me in which we interviewed famous comic book artist, Neal Adams. We'll discuss the major events in the comic book world since 2013, which includes a new record high price paid for a comic book, movies driving collectiblity at an ever increasing rate, comic books that a year ago sold for $2-3 now commanding prices north of $100. Most interesting of all will be Mike's predictions for the near future (but we won't hold him responsible if he doesn't make us rich!) This year's Denver Comic Con is coming up over Memorial Day weekend, and Mike will give us a preview of what to expect. These events become more lavish & influential every year. Please tune in Sunday night, May 10, 2015 for this week's show. We're on at the usual time: 5PM PDT, 6PM MDT, 7PM CDT, 8PM EDT. Hope to see you in the Chatroom. Gary
    8085 Posted by Gary & Carol Stover
  • 08 Mar 2011
     This evening I'll be discussing how to identify the metals used in antiques. I did a show on Pewter and one on Silver, in which we examined characteristics, marks, etc. Videos of both of those shows are in the Archive. Today I want to cover, particularly, bronze, brass, copper & spelter. We'll also look at a few items made of iron, steel, tin, nickel, and gold. We'll have one "what is it?" item--bet nobody can tell us what it is! Also, I want to give you an update on last week's chat, "Book Collecting." Hope you can join us at 5PM PST, 6PM MST, 7PM CST, 8PM EST today, Tuesday. Gary
    7825 Posted by Gary & Carol Stover
  • 09 Aug 2012
    On Saturday Ski & I will host our monthly Classified Ads Show, which will be followed 1/2 hour later by our bi-monthly Appraisal Day. We've selected a great & varied assortment of interesting listings from the Classified Ads section of the website, which we will discuss. As always, viewers can participate with comments & questions. If any of you have items listed in the Classifieds that you would like for us to highlight, please send me a message before the show, and we'll include it. There've been a number of extremely interesting recent listings, and we're all gratified to see the increasing participation of members in posting classified ads. Believe me, they work! By including items I have for sale in the Mall in the classified listings, and then sharing the listings to Craigslist, I've sold at least an additional $6,000 in the last few months (that I know of). Sometimes customers see the ads online and then visit the store & buy direct from the Mall. Normally I don't know about how they found their purchases, so no doubt, sales from the Classifieds probably exceed the $6,000. Following the Classified Ads Show, which lasts an hour & begins at 10AM PDT, 11AM MDT, Noon CDT, 1PM EDT on Saturday, Ski & I will appraise items that people in the Denver area will bring in. The Appraisal Day last about 2 hours and will also be broadcast live. Tune in for it too, as we've uncovered some stuff that would make Antiques Roadshow proud. See everyone on Saturday. Gary
    6707 Posted by Gary & Carol Stover
Upcoming Show 103 views Jun 07, 2017
Showcases in the Mall

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