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  • If you like history, vintage paper items, & learning about people's lives, try collecting antique diaries. Here are guidelines for selling these or restoring them to a relative of the journal writer.

    Collecting and Selling Antique Diaries

    Collecting and Selling Antique Diaries

    by Virginia Allain0

  • Whether you inherited it from your great-grandmother or picked it up at an estate sale, your old mirror may be worth more than you realize. It's time to put on your detective hat and look for clues!

    How to Determine the Value of an Old Mirror

    How to Determine the Value of an Old Mirror

    by lindacee57

  • I first "discovered" Fiestaware several years ago, when I wanted brightly colored china for my kitchen. Fiestaware is retro but is becoming popular again. It is well made and has lovely shapes.

    Fiestaware China by Homer Laughlin China

    Fiestaware China by Homer Laughlin China

    by Jean Bakula14

  • The British Mark their silver in symbols. Learn how to read them to properly identify your silver, and find treasures overlooked by others who don't know what the symbols mean.

    British Sterling Silver Hallmarks

    British Sterling Silver Hallmarks

    by Diane Cass121

  • Vintage teacups have an elegance all their own. There are an infinite amount of cup shapes and patterns. So very delicate and beautiful.

    My Vintage Teacup Collection

    My Vintage Teacup Collection

    by Ellen Gregory110

  • Treasures can be found amongst the family crockery. Check the manufacturing mark on the back. Examples include Japanese post-war imports, Chinese Fine China, Fireking USA, Aynsley, and Towerbrite.

    The Joys of Identifying Antique Tea Sets

    The Joys of Identifying Antique Tea Sets

    by Cecelia2

  • This spectacular ruby-colored, early-American pattern glass can add beauty and interest to your decor, and it is fun and affordable to find and collect.

    My Experience Collecting Ruby Glass

    My Experience Collecting Ruby Glass

    by Sherry Hewins10

  • Jewelry reflects the taste and attitude of every period in history. There are clues that can be used in deciphering how old your jewelry is. The older and rarer, the more valuable it will be.

    5 Easy Clues for Dating Antique or Vintage Jewelry

    5 Easy Clues for Dating Antique or Vintage Jewelry

    by karMALZEKE161

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