Sometimes lightning does strike twice!

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Pictured here is a 222k Singer featherlight sewing machine. We often sell the 221 for $175-$200.  A few years ago they were in the $300-$500 range, but they have dropped off in price.

So what’s the difference between the 222k and the 221?  In a nutshell, here it is. (more…)

This is what makes selling antiques special.

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This past week, we removed the antique contents from a Newmarket estate. Nice load of Canadiana pine furniture, and next week I go back to pick up the artwork and small pieces. Auction will be April 7 2018. (click for auction details)

This was a simple wood frame house, that dates back 200 years!  Hard to believe, but the family has the documentation on the house and property. (more…)

A great sign I was glad to get!

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Short story about this sign.  Sold in our Jan antique auction.  I see 1000’s of pieces a year in people’s homes, but every so often, there is something that catches my eye, and I get very excited about getting it for the auction! (more…)

Times when you want to help, but can’t.

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In the auction business, obviously a big part of my business, is dealing with estates, or someone moving or downsizing. (more…)

Old Antiques And New Antiques???

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I heard a radio ad recently for an antique store in Barrie.  They seem to be vintage and “mantiques”, and their tagline was “not your grandmother’s antique store”. (more…)

Realistic Expectations!

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I found this piece on an on-line buy/sell site.  Asking $1000 for it.  In my opinion, never going to happen.  Not worth $1000 now, and they were never worth $1000.  At the peak of the market, maybe $250 to $300 at an auction, but now I would hesitate to even include it in an auction.  Good day, maybe $50…bad day, might not be able to sell it! (more…)

2018 Right Around The Corner!

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So now we head into another new year, and I head into my 22nd year in the auction business. Actually, over 30 years in the antique business.  I opened an antique store in 1984, and ran it until 1994. (more…)

Antique Collecting. There are times when sentimental value, is priceless.

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Here is my story about a little tin…not valuable, but important to me.

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