Interview with George Betton Owner of a Fine Arts and Antiques Business

While at the Glen Ridge Antique Show this year I had the pleasure of interviewing Mr. George Betton. It was impressive to know that his love for collectibles lead him to become a business owner. A wonderful way to keep the fire under his passion.

George can be contacted by email: george.betton (at)gmail.com

Many Will Are Using Collectibles to Upcycle-Goodwill is a Great Source

Goodwill ‘s Pinterest page has become a great source for upcycle ideas. Many of those ideas include vintage items. What not sure what upcycling means? Well it may mean different things to different people. But read the definition that is on Wikipedia.

So, just another reason to see the upside value in the things others may call junk.

Are There Some Collectibles That Are No Longer Collectible? What Did Terry Kovel Say?

I just read an interesting interview with Terry Kovel in, The Bottom Line Publication, about the status of 10 collectibles that are not worth their earlier value.I believe Kovel. Why? Because Kovel is co-author of Kovel ‘s Antique and Collectibles Price Guide. She co-authored many books with her husband Ralph Kovel prior to his death in 2008.

In 2011 the 100th book was published. From what I have read about the two of them not only are they consummate experts but they have a very generous spirit as evidenced by the multitude of volunteer services that have been blessed with their involvement.You can read more about the Kovels by clicking this link.

In the interview that I read she briefly discusses 10 popular collectibles and their current values. They include Hummels, Barbie Dolls, China Sets, Franklin Mint items, collectible plates, cookie jars, vintage metal boxes, Longaberger Baskets, and autographed Sports Memorabilia.  Read the article now, 10 Collectibles Not Worth Collecting Anymore.

 

I going the order the latest copy of her Price Guide. I have  heard  that it is invaluable.

Collecting Animation Art?

If you like collecting animation storyboards from Flintstones, Simpsons, Disney plus others they you are probably an animation art collector. But you did not need me to tell you that. The collection of animation art goes beyond storyboards. If you are just starting out check out this site for definitions of animation art that will help you in your exploration of this field of collecting.

Here is a really nice gallery of animation art by an avid collector. I found it to be comprehensive and educational. I also found an animation art marketplace. Here you can buy and sell your pieces. Of course you also have good old Amazon, Etsy and Ebay. If you are thinking about it and want to read more on this area of collecting consider checking out a few of the books listed below. Also, please share other resources.


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Do You Love to Collect Perfumes and Colognes?

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Many baby boomers love collecting perfumes and colognes. When you visit many antique shops you will often see vintage fragrances displayed for sale. Ebay, Amazon, and Etsy all carry a selection of fragrances for men and women.

The amazing thing is that many of the perfumes and colognes sold are used and without a box. Yet, when you want that fragrance it really doesn’t matter.

Many collect the beautiful and creative bottles. While others collect their favorite fragrance. The amazing thing is that many also experience memories from the fragrance that may take them to an earlier time in their life.

 

Tonight I discovered another site that contain both bottles and fragrances. If you have a chance check out the collectibles section of ShopGoodwill. Navigate to perfumes or just key in perfumes in the search tab. There you can bid on some of their many offerings.

The Most Unique Placemats I have Ever Seen-By Artist Kimberly Wilcox

I just obtained four (4) of the most unique table place mats I have ever seen. They are a true work of art. When I saw them I noticed that the Artist, Kimberly Wilcox signed them. They have a picture of a woman’s face and two legs that are supposed to dangle off the table.

There is a round metal piece on the front where the napkin can be place. They are so cool. So, I found a post online where they actually showcase the place mats on the table. The ones I have are different designs.

So, now I am keeping my eyes open for more unique place mats. When you think about it when you get placemats that stir up conversations it motivates you to want to cook and entertain more.

Check out a picture of the mats on a really great blog called Estate Store. I may post mine later. Or I may hold on to these great pieces of art.

Acoustic Research Speakers Ar4 and Ar6 are Enjoyed by Baby Boomer Audiophiles

Many baby boomers are what you call audiophiles.Equipment is usually called “High End” and includes playback equipment used by audiophiles, which is usually bought at specialist shops and online. High-end components include turntables, digital-to-analog converters, equalization devices, preamplifiers and amplifiers (both solid-state and vacuum tube), horn and electrostatic speakers, power conditioners, subwoofers, headphones, and acoustic room treatment.

My hubby loves to collect and restore vintage speakers. Here is a short video and Part 1 of a current restoration project. When these are completed they will be placed online for purchase.This video focuses on Acoustic Research Ar4 and Ar6 speakers.