Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Daryle Lambert: Happy New Year and be Safe




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Vickie, Joshua and I will be with church friends this evening and we will be praying for our country and the members of the 31 Club. This next year is going to be filled with more excitement than I can imagine and I feel sure you will be a large part of that. This has been one of the greatest year's of my life and I give the Lord all the credit for his grace.

I received some wonderful news today and I think that this idea will sweep the country. A young man in Houston, Texas by the name of Gary Daw emailed me today and asked what I thought about him starting a Houston-31Club. It didn't take me but a minute to give him a big thumbs up and start thinking about all the ways the 31 Club could assist in his efforts. I feel certain that a trip to Houston is in my future. There is no doubt in my mind that the future of the 31 Club is in the hands of its members and I will always encourage you to think outside the box as far as the development of our venture together is concerned. I will be passing on information about Gary's idea to you in future blogs but you may want to be thinking about how this might fit in to your future plans. I already have several ideas that could make the local clubs beneficial to all its members.

This blog is truly from my heart - I wish each and every one of our members and readers the happiest and best in 2009. God be with you and yours.


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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Daryle Lambert: Antique Cuff Links and Tie Bars make you look Special.



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Where has the time gone, I can hardly remember the last time I saw a gentleman wearing Cuff Links and a matching Tie Bar. The well dressed gentleman wouldn't have thought about leaving home without these two special items adorning his shirt fifty years ago. Like so many other finer things in life these seem to have past us by because today the causal look is the fashion today.

Just because society seems not to care about the things that were so important years ago there seems to still be a large collector base for them. At most garage and house sales that I attend the cuff links and tie bars seem to just be pitched in with all the custom jewelry however this is what gives us an opportunity to find a treasure. You see the early jewelry such as cuff links and tie bars were made of gold primarily. They came in 10 karat up to 24 karat and these pieces can bring a hefty sum today. Often the tie bars were adorned with a jewel and these were real stones not glass or plastic.

Be on the lookout for pairs of link and if they have the matching bar it is even better. Here is just a few examples of quality links, gold oval outline, oblong link, 18K, Mario Buccellati, up to $5000. Animals are always make great links, snake green Plique-A-Jour enamel, 18K $2500. We don't have to go to the top of the tree to find sets of links that will make us smile how about these opossum plaque, sterling silver, Unger Bros. $550? I think that you are getting the idea, yes it can be quiet rewarding looking through those piles of what most would say were worthless piles jewelry. Remember the old blind hog even found an acorn so if we just keep rooting around I am sure that your turn will come at finding that treasure that we are all looking for. Be sure to take your jewelers loop with at all times because ofter the marks on jewelry are extremely small. I often find that I am able to buy cuff links and tie bars at ¼ of the price of the metal that they are made from so this gives no value to the items themselves.

Remember my rule where I try to purchase things smaller than a bread box and cuff links and tie bars definitely fit this criteria.. Happy hunting.

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Monday, December 29, 2008

Daryle Lambert: One Sure Place to Get Cash for Paintings and Antiques



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Each day I try to think of ways that will increase chances for the members of the 31 Club to find the success that they desire while having fun at the same time. This might seem to be an easy task but believe me it takes quite some time to do this even when the answers are often right under my nose. Yesterday I read an article in the Chicago Tribune about pawn shops and a man who was refused a new location because of the negative image associated with pawn shops. He explained how the shops are now regulated by the states and how each day he has to send the local police a list of the business he has conducted and who he did the business with. Here is where we come in.

Just last week I was trying very hard to come up with the right gift for a young man whom I consider my son, that I have had the privilege of mentoring for well over ten years. On eBay I located some special awards that had been given to his favorite music group and I thought they would be the perfect gift for him. Really, I haven't lost my mind – these items were located at a pawn shop. This new awareness, along with the article helped me realize another avenue for us to pursue in our hunt for treasure. Pawn shops could be virtual gold mines for us in our search for treasure.

Today, I did a little research and guess what these shops carry: jewelry, guitars and other musical instruments, paintings, collectibles (one shop had a huge collection of Lladros) and other valuable antique items. These shops aren't necessarily interested in the values that these items have on the open market but are mostly interested in a return on their investment. Where am I going with this, you're asking? How many pawn shops have you visited in the last six months? I would think the answer would be few or none - but why not?

Here is my suggestion to you: make a list of all the pawn shops within 50 miles of where you live and either visit them or send them a letter. Tell the owners what you are looking to buy and this may serve to benefit both you and the owner because now they will have a new avenue of disposing of items on your list that they take in on pawn. After the initial contact, be sure to check back with them at least monthly so that your name will stay at the top of their list of people to contact. It will also serve you well if you hear of someone needing to pawn an item that you can send them to one of the shops on your list and have them tell the owner that you sent them. Never miss a chance to make a friend because this is where the best of this business is achieved.

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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Daryle Lambert: “ No Place Like Home to Dream of Antiques. “



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The saying “ There is no place like home is so true.” I will be going to bed soon and I am sure that I will see visions of wonderful antiques and fine art dancing in my head. Catching up with all the emails and other things that needed my attention after being away so long was almost over whelming. I am just beginning to feel like I will return to normal by tomorrow so stay with me. Yes and we left Katy, our new dog, alone in the house while we when out to eat and returning expecting almost anything the house was just as we had left it.

Changing our email address to “ Darylelam1@att.net “ was easy and I hope that all our members and readers will take note of the change and post it in their address book. For a period of time we will still get the emails at the old address but I hope that you will change to the new one quickly so there won't be any interruption of communications between you and the 31 Club. Cindy is working on some great ideas for us and I think you will be seeing the results of her effort soon.

I will be posting a new top ten list very soon and I think that there will be a few surprises on it so stay tuned. Also we hope to expand the marketplace by creating a whole new web page just for it that will increase our out reach to many more people. I feel that the 31 Club has just began to achieve the vision that has gotten us this far but most of the excitement is still ahead of us.

Now is the time to really use the knowledge that we have assembled together to change the Antique and Fine Arts markets in way they haven't seen in the last twenty years. The 31 Club was started because of a need in the marketplace and I believe that is happening. With others like the founders of www.seeauctions.com and www.onlineauctions.com that have a new direction in which to take these market I feel confident that true success for all of us lies just around the corner.

To fully take advantage of the opportunities that are being presented to us I will need to find that special person with the technical skills required to take the 31 Club to the next level and I will be spending a lot of time to find that person. I am still listening to all the ideas that our reader are presenting to me for future improvement to our site so please continue to email me your thoughts.

Now that I am back in the saddle and have my recourse's at my disposal I will try to bring some new information about treasures that are still undiscovered just waiting for you to find them. Remember I have told you all along that this is the best business in the world and I am here to prove it to you. I am so happy and glad to be back.

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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Daryle Lambert: Home at Last.



I now you wouldn't believe it but after returning home my computer wouldn't work and I spent three hours with Att's techs before they were able to get my service back up. That old Grinch is still at work but just like I have told you about the Antique business I refuse to let him win just like I'm sure that he isn't going to stop your success.

My wife Vickie spent the last day horse back riding and Cecil the friend I write so much about and I went shopping in Evansville Indiana. At one mall we found a miniature Owensboro Kentucky jug that was priced at $150 and I offered $100 but the seller countered at $120. Being hardheaded I stuck to my guns but Cecil may go back if it is still there and pay the sellers price next week. No big deal however because it may bring $300 if we can find a buyer. Next came several pieces of older Frankoma that were priced right but still there was very little money to be made there so Cecil and I agreed the work of selling them just wasn't worth the effort. Remember everything you can make money on isn't a buy for us. That was just about as good as it got. We hadn't found a thing that would make us $100 until we found the Owensboro jug.

Our time ran out as Vickie picked me up in Evansville and we headed home with a car full of boxes and a new dog. This past week wasn't to exciting as far as the Antique business goes but I can assure you that now after a few days break from the business I am chomping at the bit to get out there and find something. Yes I am looking forward to the Bannard painting selling at Christie's on the 12th and it could be a great way to start off the new year. This painting is in our associates program and our partner William will be keeping a close ear to the ground for the final auction price I can assure you.

I foresee that 2009 will b the best year yet for the 31 Club and its members so stay tuned this journey is just beginning.

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Friday, December 26, 2008

Daryle Lambert: Homeward Bound



I will be leaving for home Saturday morning at 8:00 but my friend Cecil and I will first visit Evansville,Indiana in search of treasures. My wife promises to slow down enough for me to jump into her car as she passes through Evansville on her way back to Chicago. Sounds rather exciting doesn’t it?

But what do you think Cecil and I will be searching for? Well if you guessed paintings or other antiques that wouldn’t appeal to the residents of Evansville but would be prime items in Chicago,you would be right. Here is a great piece of information to add to your collection of knowledge when you visit areas far away from your home. The treasures that you buy will usually bring a far greater price in the major metropolitan areas than they will in smaller, less populated areas. I have found that generally for every dollar spent in Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee or Missouri, I can plan on tripling my money. This is the best reason that I know for doing some serious shopping while traveling.

It is 11:00 p.m. now so morning is going to come fast so I would like to leave you with this short blog but I will be back on track on Sunday. I hope that when I return to Chicago there will be many emails from the 31 Club members and other readers giving me ideas for future blogs.

Please pray for my family’s safe return from our trip and our prayers will be for your good fortune in the new year.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Daryle Lambert: New Year Resolution’s for Antiquers




Santa’s back home and we have all over eaten, so what is next? We can watch the children play with their gifts or watch ball games but it may be a great time to think about next year and what we would like to accomplish. Yes, the time for New Year’s resolutions has come again so I thougyear,daryle lambert resolutionsht that I might give you a few ideas.

I will soon will be sharing with all the members of the 31 Club my ten favorite items to deal in this upcoming year and it might also be time to share my ten personal goals:

1. Read at least one Antique or Fine Art book each week in 2009.

2. Contact ten new auction houses where you don’t currently appear on their sales list and register with them.

3. Subscribe to your local pioneer press if there is one in your area to find all the garage, house and estate sales in your area.

4. You should subscribe to the Antique Trader, Antique Week or The Maine Antique Digest if you aren’t already a customer.

5. Spend three hours each week viewing auction results on the internet or sales catalogs.

6. Kovel’s price guide and book on marks should be a part of the kit that you carry with you no mater where you go.

7. Make a list of antiques, collectibles and artists that are best known in your area of the country to study and put into your memory bank.

8. Make a list of all the customers that you bought or sold items to during the last year along with what items they were interested in.

9. Make a list of places to visit on a regular basis next year including: thrift shops, malls, antique shops, galleries and flea markets. You should log the details and date of each visit.

10. Revisit what you still have in inventory at the end of the year and make your plan for selling them quickly even if you don’t double your money. The first of the year is a great time to start anew on your “Million Dollar Race.”

I have not been able to answer your questions since visiting Kentucky but I will be back in Chicago on Sunday so I hope to be back on schedule next week. Not only has your help in 2008 has been appreciated and greatly helpful to me but your stories have encouraged other members and given them the courage to continue even when things seem slow.
2009 will provide great success for many of our members and the staff of the 31 Club plan to be more helpful in sharing with their knowledge in the Antique and Fine Art markets next year.

My family Vickie, Joshua, PJ funny bunny and our newest addition, Katy our dog, wish you a happy New Year.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Daryle Lambert: The Grinch that Stole Christmas.



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This is like no other Christmas that I can remember. Even three years ago when we started home to Kentucky from Chicago and had to spend the entire night in the car on the interstate during a blizzard doesn’t compare to this one. I think that we have run into the Grinch for sure this time.

You may not believe this, but I think that Old Grinch has stolen the Internet. It has been difficult at best to stay in touch with you, the 31 Club members and all the rest of our readers, the last couple of days but yesterday that Old Grinch decided to play for real. I attempted to post the blog all day and finally did get it up late last night but I was still trying to post a picture with the blog at 1:00 a.m.with no success. I hope that the only problem we have is the weather but after many hours and hundreds of attempts to send the blog I have my doubts.

Our record of posting a blog every day was in jeopardy but we managed to defeat that Grinch: but I am not sure what the rest of the week will hold. Here’s a thought - why don’t we start a new collectible of Grinch memorabilia? I think everyone has come in contact with him at one time or another! You could find figurines, Christmas cards and other items that portray this Christmas stealing varmit. I may even start my own collection about this old fellow myself.

Now for the good news: Joshua, Vickie and I attended a horse auction in Greenville Kentucky and believe it or not we didn’t buy a horse but how about a dog? You guessed it! We saw an Australian Shepard, the only dog that my wife ever mentions wanting to own, and we couldn’t resist petting it. That dog immediately bonded with her, followed her up the bleachers and laid her head on Vickie’s lap. I knew then - we had just bought us a dog.

After bringing Katy home, the Old Grinch reared his head up again. Katy chewed up Vickie’s new purse, a couple of ink pens and then the unforgivable; my favorite western belt. Through it all we still love her and can’t wait to get her to Chicago and her new home.

The next two days will be filled with family: siblings, parents and friends and I hope you will be doing the same. God is so good even if he does have a sense of humor but you know what the good book says; He does everything for our good according to his purposes. What this tells me is that maybe we all need to loosen up a little.

Don’t forget to remember other less fortunate than you. Our country needs to pray during these days of celebrating the best of all God’s gifts - the birth of His son Jesus Christ.

If you know someone that is have a bad day you may want to send them this blog and it should make their day better.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Daryle Lambert: Joshua’s day to collect

I haven’t written recently about the collectibles that my son Joshua is most interested in. He remains ready to answer all the questions that you may have that he can help you with. In fact, I thought that there would be plenty of parents and children that would have questions about age appropriate collectibles but the number of inquires have been rather small.

One of the best collectibles for the younger collectors is toy cars such as Hot Wheels, Tootsies Toys and other earlier cast cars and trucks. The best are the red line hot wheels that can bring in the thousands if you are lucky enough to find the right ones. I am sure that you remember me telling you about the VW Bus with the surf board on top that sold for over $18,000 and I don’t even think that it was a red line. There is a guide book on Hot Wheels and it should be added to your library because there will be many opportunities for you to find that treasure car or truck in your hunt at house and garage sales. Many of these real treasures can be found for under a dollar and resold for thousands, now that is what I would call a real find.

Perhaps Joshua’s favorite collectibles are snow globes, but you should only look for the ones that can be attached to a certain character or place. A friend of mine found a Disney snow globe for some change that he sold for more than $1,800 on eBay. EBay might be the best place to sell your best finds in snow globes. The reason eBay would be a good source to use in selling your globes is they have a broad spectrum of viewers and cross collectibles attract a wide variety of interested buyers. A cross collectible is any item that falls into more than one market: a Disney globe will attract Disney collectors and also globe collectors so your market doubles in size. Don’t buy the contemporary ones that are made in China or Japan because they will have very little value as a rule but the older ones can bring you serious money.

If you and your child starts collecting items from his favorite sports teams at an early age there is a chance you will never have to pay a dollar of his college expense because who knows what he will end up with in his collection. If he had been born in the 30’s or 40’s he may have collected Babe Ruth or in the 50’s Mickey Mantle. Cards by these players have brought many times what an average man makes in a full year. You say you’re not into buying to collect and I say that is great but why not spend some serious time helping your customer complete their collections and at the same time add to your bank account. You can treat them fairly by not taking advantage of them and still sell to them cheaper than they can buy the items they desire from anyone else.

Last, but not least, are the coin collectors and their attention is again turning to the odd coins; large cents, three cent coins, half dimes and two cent coins. Even the Indian one cent coins are attracting interest again. I would recommend that you try to buy whole collections of coins and then sell them individually. This should increase the amount of profit you receive by a tremendous amount and the extra work will be well spent.

Remember the new or young collector will be your future in this business and if you treat them fairly they will stay with you as long as you are in the business.

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Monday, December 22, 2008

Daryle Lambert: Antique Clocks still keep great time



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The countdown for 2008 is upon us and if you have been buying and selling antique clocks, this year may prove to be one of your best. I have been amazed, that while other items values have fallen, clocks have seen their value go straight up. The great part about dealing in clocks is that there are ones available to fit anyone’s pocket book. You may find that old school clock that you remember keeping you on course for classes for one to two hundred dollars. There are the grandfather clocks that woke you up each morning so you wouldn’t be late for work and they can bring $250,000 if signed by the maker.

Clocks come in all sizes - from the smallest that can fit in the palm of your hand to the ones that after you get them you never want to move them again. There are ones that work with the use of springs or others have their works moved by weights that turn their gears. Some clocks even have wooden mechanisms that I find very interesting. The mantel clock seems to be the most often seen and these may be manufactured in this country or many of the European countries. I have bought mantel clocks for as little as $15 but on the other hand I have paid $2,500 for ones from Europe that had wonderful decoration such as figures adorning them. This is one area of the antique business that if you are contemplating purchase of a very expense clock, you should consult a clock expert before you make any outlay of your hard earned money. I have found that people who love clocks are more than happy to share information with you that might start you down the right path before you make the final decision about buying or passing on the piece.

I have to admit that I haven’t had the opportunity to purchase a really expensive clock but I did purchase a french mantel clock for $250 that sold for $3,500. Since that time I have purchased many cheaper clocks and have never had any difficulty reaching my goal of doubling my money when they were sold. There are clock price guides that can be bought used on Amazon for just a few dollars and my suggestion to you is buy one of these guides if clocks will be additions to your inventory in the future.

Here is a little secret, most clocks can be repaired and made to work so this doesn’t eliminate those clocks from consideration as a purchase. I have found clocks that weren’t running and when I got them home I found that all they needed was to be oiled or a little dirt removed from the working parts. The owners of broken clocks are usually glad to be rid of them so almost any offer will be accepted. Parts for clocks are available to repair your clock and even the faces can be replaced which may return them to their status as a treasure. Be sure to use your computer to its best advantage by researching clocks online and don’t forget to check eBay’s completed auctions for comparisons.

Tick tock, tick tock can be some of the best sounds you will ever hear if making money is your goal.

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Daryle Lambert: Obama is Coming




I have been silent about the political scene for a while because we are in a transition time but don’t be caught asleep and lose out on this big time money opportunity. Obama is doing the professional thing by not trying to upstage President Bush while he is still in office but his time is coming. After January 20th all you will hear is Obam,,Obama.

The world will be waiting and hanging on every word that comes from the new president’s mouth and the foreign collectors may for a period of time be more interested in this presidency than the Americans. This phenomenon will only last for a short time however and then the collectors on this side of the pond will wake up and the race will be on to see who can assemble the largest collection of President Obama’s memorabilia.

Over the next four or eight years there will be tons of collectible items from this president’s time in office that will enter the public arena and hopefully my readers and 31 Club members will take fully advantage of these opportunities. I have written several past blogs on this opportunity and hopefully these will be called back up and they will help in your pursuit for money making. These items will be equal in value over a short period of time to those of Lincoln and Washington.

What intrigue there is going to be as people try to figure out the relationship between Obama and Clinton. Is Obama using the old saying,” Keep your friend close but your enemies closer?” Does Bill and Hillary plan on trying to undermind the president’s administration so she can run for the Presidency in 2012? These and many more questions will be answered in the next few years and this will continue to occupy the front pages of papers and magazines plus receive tremendous air time on our televisions. All the time these events are playing out you will be able to add dollars to your bank accounts by finding those special items that collectors are searching for.

This may be one of those times that you set a piece of Obama memorabilia aside for yourself after your goal for doubling your profits has been reached. I think that if there was an area of collecting that might tempt me to start a new collection it would be items from Obama’s years in office.

But what would I search for to add to the collection? First it would be items pertaining to his life before being elected President. I just saw some early photographs that a fellow student shot of him in his school years and in my humble opinion these will become priceless. His signed books will become harder and harder to obtain but you may still be able to find one if you are lucky. Things that he owned in his younger years will reach unbelievable heights in the future. Would you believe an old bicycle that Obama owned and rode as a child might command $100,000 in a few years? His clothing that you can document that he wore by seeing him in them in a photo will be equal in value to the outfits that Elvis wore. These are just a few areas that I would endeavor to profit from and I hope that you will too.

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Daryle Lambert: Owensboro, Kentucky



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I will be spending this week in Kentucky with family and friends and also researching the antiques and collectibles that people are looking for in that area. Local items bring big money but few people know the value of these items outside the location where they are collected.

Here are a few examples of items that I doubt you would give a second glance at but in Kentucky, particularly Owensboro, these will bring big money. First, Owensboro residents are proud of the past, where production of whiskey was a major source of income for the town. Yes, there was legitimate whiskey made in Kentucky and it wasn’t all moonshine. Where is the money to be made here, you ask?

Stoneware whiskey jugs with the name Owensboro on them (especially if they are the pint size) can bring several thousand dollars. The more common gallon size jugs will sell for several hundred dollars. Advertising pieces like ice picks, glasses, pitchers and other items that where used to help sell the distiller’s products are highly sought after today by avid collectors. Even cardboard signs and other paper ads for the companies that produced whiskey can bring big money.

Another part of the local economy of Owensboro in early years was the Owensboro Wagon Company. This company was one of the largest companies in the country making horse-drawn wagons which were the major way of transporting almost anything that was moved in those days. They didn’t have eighteen wheelers back then. A tin sign advertising the wagon company may sell for any where upwards of $3,500 if it is in mint condition.

Owensboro also has medicine and soda bottles that carry its name and the collectors are eager to find them and when they do, they will pay a fair dollar. You now know that each community has items that are usually only collected in their area. Most guides don’t list local area collectibles so it is up to you to research and find out which items are desirable and the values for these items. Why should this matter? If you find an Owensboro jug in Chicago, you may be able to buy it for $25 and sell it to a collector in Kentucky for several thousand dollars.

My personal, favorite Owensboro collectible is a tin “Allied Moving Van” toy truck that has an advertisement on its side for “Owensboro, Kentuckyagon Company. This company was one of the largest companies in the country making horse-drawn wagons which were the major way of transporting almost anything that was moved in those days. They didn’t have eighteen wheelers back then. A tin sign advertising the wagon company may sell for any where upwards of $3,500 if it is in mint condition.


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Friday, December 19, 2008

Daryle Lambert: May This Christmas Be Your Best



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My family and I will be away until the 27th but there will be someone to take my messages and babysit PJ, our rabbit. This has been a year of wonderful experiences for me and my family and you, the readers and members of the 31 Club, have had a lot to do with that. I feel you have educated me more than I have you so thanks a bunch. My feelings are that the rest of the world hasn't seen anything yet because we are just starting our journey together and when we cross the finish line is when we can really celebrate.

I will not be able to ship books while I am gone but they will go out the day after my return. Thanks to all of you that have expressed what that little book “31 Steps to Your Millions” has meant to you. I have to agree though with the husband of one member who told his wife to put the book down and go to sleep because she couldn't read it all in one night.

It is hard to believe that this all started with a little boy reading “Treasure Island” many years ago and has grown to where people around the world are beginning to dream again. God blesses the person of integrity and I feel that you have surrounded me with people that reach that high standard. I am so pleased that you have chosen to enter a community with me where honesty reigns supreme. Let’s pledge to one another that next year will even be better than this one has been.

Please eat plenty of fruit cake for me over the holidays and throw in a few oranges and nuts while you’re at it but most of all enjoy your families which are the greatest gift God has given us besides his son. I would like to ask for your prayers for traveling safety for me and my family while we're away. The blog will be posted every day and if there is a special subject that you would like covered please email me and I will do my best to get the information on our site.

One thing that I believe is that most people as they age begin to believe that Christmas is just for children but I can assure you that simply isn't true. For me, I am enjoying this Christmas more than any that comes to mind over many years. I feel that when times are a little tougher than normal, people take the time to show love to others. This could explain why I am seeing more sparkle in the eyes of the children this Christmas. In fact I am seeing more adults holding hands as they walk together and even sitting a little closer together in the restaurants.



HO! HO! HO! Merry Christmas from Santa.



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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Daryle Lambert: Gift that keeps on Giving



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Toys at Christmas can be for children or adults. For the children, the toys usually represent the things that they will experience in the future while for adults it conquers up visions of times past in their lives. Both of these can bring big rewards for the recipient. There are few things that are collectible that have performed better than toys when it comes to their increase in value over time.

During the Christmas season you will find that most dealers dig out their best toys to sell. Often this gives us a real opportunity to profit from their lack of knowledge of the rare versus the common. I have been able to purchase great antique toys for a small percentage of their true value even when the selling dealer thought that I was over paying for them at the time. I once bought a tin windup toy for $10 that had a value of $5000. It was a pre-war Japanese piece that I have never seen again. This is a great time to ferret out those truly rare and unusual toys that will bring huge prices at the toy auctions.

It is okay to buy the Tonka and Mattel toys and they may bring you fair returns on your money but the older tin and cast iron ones are where the real money is. How would you like to find a Buddy L Insurance Patrol truck with the original box? Well it sold for $37,000 at auction in 2001. You will just have to wonder what it would bring today. In that same auction, there was a Buddy L Dual Wheel Screen Truck for $22,000, Doored Express truck $30,000, Shell Tanker Truck $20,000 and a Flivver Huckster Truck that was hammered at $21,000. Items like these are still out there for you to find and few dealers will realize their true value.

You don't have to go back to the 30's or 40's to find these values. A Japanese tin 1961 Chrysler Imperial with box sold in 2002 for $22,000. We all know what Lionel Trains can bring and lead soldiers in the original box can make it a very merry Christmas for you when found. There are no limits to the toys that can put a big smile on your face but you must have done your homework so that when they appear you will recognize them. Dolls, games, construction sets and banks are just a few of the items that should be on your list as you travel to the different sales.



JUST REMEMBER THAT TOYS ARE FOR CHILDREN TO ENJOY BUT FOR THE BIG BOYS AND GIRLS TO
COVET.


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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Daryle Lambert: Santa even checks his list.




It is time for all good boys and girls to check their list. What do I mean by that? We are nearing the end of another year and it is time to see how you've measured up in the Antique and Fine Arts business over the last twelve months. Have you stayed with the plan that is going to assure you of success or have you gone back to the old ways of doing business that meant starting over every month?


First, let’s see if you have followed the rules for success. Ask yourself these questions:

·Have I gained in knowledge of the rare and unusual antiques, collectibles and fine art pieces that I am searching for? If you have been following the recommendations of the 31 Club, you should have added the names of at least 25 new items that you have researched this year to your wish list. Do you feel confident in recognizing them if they are presented to you? If you see an item from these companies, would you know the rare from the common?

·Have I tried to stay close to my goal of buying for my inventory at 25% of what I think the retail price will be?

·Did I set up an account just for my business and leave the profits from sales in the account to buy more items?

·Here is the tough one for so many of you. Did I sell what I bought in a timely manner?



These are some of the primary rules but there are others, such as, are you still telling everyone you come in contact with about this new and exciting business that you have entered into? How many of your business cards have you handed out? They can be bought for as little as $18 for 500. Are you attending house and garage sales on a regular basis? How about auctions? Have you gone to at least one a month for the entire year? Auctions are a place of learning even if you don't purchase anything, plus, attending them is free.

Do you still have confidence in the goal that you set and has it been re-enforced by your actions this year? It isn't easy to stay on the road to success if you are always looking backwards because the key to your victory in the “Race to Your Millions” is always in front of you. I can judge how most of my readers are doing in this business by how often I hear from them, the more often the better things are going for them. Remember, this isn't a sprint but a long distance race and to succeed you must stay with the race until you cross the finish line. That will be the time to count your money.

I would say that on these cold winter nights it would be a great time to read the guide for our success again “ 31 Steps to Your Millions in Antiques and Collectibles.” Even though I wrote it, when I take the time to bring it down off the shelf, it re-lights my fire and excitement for this business, the greatest business in the world.


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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Daryle Lambert: Post War and Contemporary Art



Walter Darby Bannard


The modernism movement is in high gear and most people are beginning to educate themselves in the area of furniture and accessories from this era, but how about Post War and Contemporary art? I think you will find few individuals that are sure of themselves when it comes to this area of collecting and many, like myself, have very little understanding of it. These two however fit together like a pair of gloves so I will try to help you appreciate this period of art and hopefully it will add to your profits next year.

You may remember that the 31 Club is selling a painting by Walter Darby Bannard at Christie's on January 12th and it fits in the Post War Modernism era. It was bought in Texas several months ago at a very reasonable price. Because so few people are knowledgable in this area of art, there should be a very nice profit made on the painting. I just received the catalog for the sale and it intrigued me because if I had seen most of the entries at a house sale I may not have even given them a second glance.

One suggestion that will prove helpful is for you to go to the Christie's website and look at their catalogs. The site is www.christies.com. On the right side of the page click on January sales. Look at the January 12 sale and familiarize yourself with the names of many artists that were active during this period and the prices expected at this sale for their works.

Hopefully as you browse the catalog there will be paintings that catch your eye. Then, I suggest that you go to Yahoo or Google and do a search on the artist. Don't be surprised if you run across a painting by one of these artists at one of the sales you attend. It might be a treasure just waiting for someone like you to recognize it. Just one or two finds like those in the Christie’s sale can make your whole year, so keep your eye out for them.

It may be time for us to move our marks up for what we are searching for because you may know that older paintings, unless done by the true masters, bring very little today. In fact most of the art that is bringing the truly large sums today are less than 100 years old and a lot of it is less than 50 years old.

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Monday, December 15, 2008



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Collectors of early Fenton carnival glass know that certain pieces produced by this company can bring thousands of dollars. The Fenton company was founded in Martins Ferry, Ohio by Frank L. Fenton and was well known for its carnival glass produced from 1907-1920. This company moved to Williamstown, West Virginia and, until recently, was manufacturing several types of pattern glass. This glass is just beginning to hit the collectors’ radar screen. Recently they announced that they were discontinuing the glass production, however, when the orders started rolling in they seem to have postponed their closing. If they do stop making this beautiful glass, be assured that its value to collectors will skyrocket.

I would like to report in this blog about one of the largest Fenton auctions that I have seen in many years. It was conducted this last weekend in Evansville, Indiana by the Sohn's auction house. You may want to go to their website and look at all the varied pieces of Fenton that were auctioned. Included in this sale were many pieces of common glass but sprinkled throughout the sale were limited edition pieces and these are the ones that I would like to share with you

I have always tried to keep our reader ahead of the curve when it comes to information about an opportunity that we should take advantage of. The limited edition pieces of Fenton were often selling for the same prices as the more common pieces at Sohn's auction and this was because the buyers put no additional value on the more scarce, limited pieces. Bingo! This provided an opportunity for our good friend, Cecil Roeder, to step in and take advantage of the situation. He was buying the rarer pieces like a little boy in a candy shop.

If this is something that catches your interest, you may want to go to Amazon and buy a used copy of the Fenton Art Glass Patterns from 1939-1980. The used copies can be purchased for about $5. Remember, starting a library of price guides is one of the best ways for you to assure yourself of success and with Amazon and Abe's books both selling used copies, this will stretch your money a long ways.

I think that if Fenton does cease production I will add their glass to my top 10 list next year.

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Daryle Lambert: Antique Blue and White



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Most of us have heard of Canton china with scenic decorations that usually include village scenes called “ballast ware” in the early days. The reason for this name for Canton porcelain was that the seamen used it as weight to stabilize the ship as it traveled. This blue and white porcelain was mainly for the export trade and produced in large quantity. However there was another porcelain being produced at the same time called Nanking porcelain that was of a higher quality and this is the one I want to concentrate on today. To the naked eye you may not see much difference besides the border but the porcelain itself is much finer.

By going to the Internet you will find many articles on Canton China but few on Nanking so take your time in the search. Here are parts of an excellent article for you to read written by Lorena Overstreet Allen.

Utilitarian in appearance with outer rims having unsymmetrical ridges and indentations, Canton has several characteristics that distinguish it from other Chinese export porcelains although it is very similar to the blue and white Nanking pattern. Both Canton and Nanking ware are hand painted with a composition of a coastal village scene consisting of tea house, arched bridges, willow trees, meandering streams and distant mountains and an absence of figures. The most obvious difference between Canton and Nanking patterns is noted in the design of the borders of each. The border of Canton patterns has a blue lattice network and inner border of wavy or scalloped lines called “clouds” while Nanking borders are diapered with a geometric lattice and spearhead design and may have an application of burnished gold. Unlike the aesthetically finer quality and reliable color of Nanking ware, Canton pigments vary in intensity from a washed out gray-blue to cobalt blue, depending on the varied intensities of heat within the kiln during the firing process. These thick greyish to cobalt pigments and glazes adhere closely to the body. Another distinguishing characteristic is the coarser textured examples of Canton ware which may have a residue of ash embedded in the clay resulting in the descriptive term “oatmeal” applied to such pieces.

Between 1800 to approximately 1860 the United States was the principal market for all Chinese export porcelain, although there was virtually no production from 1839 to 1860 because of China’s Opium Wars. By 1890 the United States government required all imports to be marked with their country of origin, hence "CHINA" or "MADE IN CHINA" is displayed on the foot of the later wares, simplifying the dating process. The U.S. Stamp Act of 1894 mandated the imprint of “Made In China” on all export porcelain although in the early 20th Century some Canton ware still arrived with only paper labels.

You may be asking, why would he want me to know the difference between the two types of Porcelain? Well here’s the answer. One can make you big money while the other is fairly common. Also, few of your competitors will know the difference between the two of them. Just a different border, how can that mean so much? It may mean as much as triple in value if you find the Nanking piece. Here are a few examples. This bowl could be a $5 at a garage or house sale or, if it is Nanking porcelain, 101/4 by 5 inch piece with scalloped rim, footed, with a landscape, the value would be $1500 or more. Yes, having a keen eye may well pay big bucks for you. How about this piece, a tureen or sauce bowl, 10 1/2 by 15 by 10 1/2 inches $2000? Or something a little different, a cider jug worth $1500. I think that it would well worth your time to look at every piece of blue and white porcelain you see in the future because who knows, it may prove to be a real treasure.


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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Daryle Lambert: Antiques Question [Did you know ?]



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Did Christmas trees start out as trees? What do you think? If your answer is yes then you’re wrong. In fact, people first decorated what looked like a tree made of feathers with all types of decorations. These were replaced by the real thing. People even placed candles on the trees which proved a real fire hazard and many homes were lost this way. Remember, in the 18th and 19th century, families didn't just up and go to the store to buy what they needed. They simply used what they had. Strings of popcorn plus ornaments carved by the family made each tree a personal joy.

Just like many other things in this country, many states claim the first Christmas tree. Pennsylvania in 1774, Massachusetts in 1832, Illinois in 1833, Ohio in 1838 and Iowa in 1845. Even back then we didn't seem to be able to agree on much. But the one thing that we did agree upon was that Christmas was important to this country and we were founded upon Christian principles that were the backbone of the earliest day of America. I still remember the laughter and joy of the whole family pitching in to make the tree as perfect as it could be.

The progression of the Christmas tree to where it is at times today, a totally artificial expression of what it once was, reminds me that perhaps things aren't better than they were. The family has definitely changed. Decorating the tree used to be a family event but today the women often do most of it while the children watch TV or work on the computer. Dad occupies the couch watching his favorite sports channel and usually no neighbors are to be found. The hard times that are upon us today may make these events popular again and I surely hope so.

The first glass ornaments came from Germany in about 1860, followed by electric lights in 1882. One of my favorite new decorations were the twinkle lights of the 1950’s. A string of Queen Victoria, Puce, by Hearn Wright and Co., 1890 may bring $1800 today. The most collected decorations for the tree are ornaments of course and a Bicycle built for two made by Dresden in 1890 could fatten your bank accounts by as much as $10,000. This is an area where the collectors number in the thousands and they are eager to purchase anything that isn't yet a part of their collection. Let’s help these collectors by searching our those pieces that they are searching for and by doing so move ourselves up the path to personal success.




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Friday, December 12, 2008

Daryle Lambert: The 31 Club is still "Unique"



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I have been on a quest to find the right person to help lead the 31Club through this maze of the Internet. The technology is changing so fast that my head seems to be in a constant state of spinning. But I have learned from all of this that the future for the 31 Club and its members will end in success. The original purpose of the 31 Club was and is to see that our members make money before the Club profits.

The one area of our business that I had thought would appeal to many more people than it has, however, is the associates program. This program which is “unique” to the Antique industry is the only one within my knowledge that provides people the opportunity to make substantial money by partnering with the 31 Club in purchasing treasure they find. If you know of any piece of Fine Art, Antique or Collectible that you would like to have the 31 Club purchase but still participate in the profit please contact us at www.31corp.com. We say “ You Find It – We Buy It and Sell It – Then Split the Profit.” One of our members Cecil Roeder made $3250.00 on just two items that he introduced the club to through this program.

It troubles me some these last several week because I am not hearing from nearly enough of you about the terrific deals you are making. This is the time to show our stuff as the old saying goes. Just in the last two days I have begun negotiations on the W. A Slaughter painting for over $20,000 and one of Doug Odom’s paintings for $1250. By using www.seeauctions.com I have bids on the Pickard vase and the large Roseville Pinecone urn. It is my hope that I am able to complete many more transactions before the end of the year. How bout you?

If things seem to be dragging, please don't stop contacting me because often this is when I can help you the most. Just one simple suggestion often can change the direction in which we are traveling. Even I have to stop for a moment to realize that yes, this is still the best and most exciting business that I have ever been a part of, not to mention all the fun I am having. You that have broken out of that hum-drum every day life style, don't go back to it. For those that have yet broken free, just hook your wagon to that of the 31 Club and we will rise to the top together.

No, this isn't the typical blog about what to buy and sell but I think it can even be more meaningful to you if you are still interested in the challenge. This season of the year is the time to take note of all the blessings that God has provided and to remember that he is our most important partner.

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Daryle Lambert: Roseville Pottery may be ready for a return.




It has always been of interest to me to see a Collectible or Antiques value collapse. There is always a reason but often these reasons vary from one item to another. The Beanie Babies fell in value because there simply weren't enough collectors for the numbers being manufactured. I have told the story before of a friend of mine whose sister had received several of each new production of the Babies

The sister called me to sell her Princess Di beanies. At the time of the call they were bringing over $500 on Ebay. She shipped them to me and after listing them I sold all the babies for about $375. The sister was very disappointed but should she have been? They now can be purchased for under $3. The question is will their value ever reach the highs that they once were? Probably not would be my answer because there were just too many produced.

There are other reasons, however, for values declining. One is that people no longer can identify with the items that were collectible by past generations. Good examples of this are Pressed Glass, Carnival Glass and many others. Often you will find that as a collectible seems to lose its collector value, over time there is still a very select group of collectors that search for the rarest and best of that collectible. Carnival Glass is such collectible. While common pieces sit on the dealers’ shelves forever with no interest, a rare piece of Carnival can bring astronomical prices.

I think that some items get caught by events that aren't necessarily about the items themselves and often the markets treat them unfairly for a while. One of these is Roseville Pottery. It has everything going for it as a collectible. There was enough of the Roseville produced to meet collectors’ needs but not too much to overwhelm the market. You have a wide range of items from the very common to the very rare to choose from and it is beautiful. Just what we are looking for as collectors, right? Well what happened with Roseville as we watched its values drop by as much as 75%? Reproductions--that is your answer. When several patterns of Roseville were reproduced the people fled from it like it was the plague. But were they right in doing this? In my opinion, no. The best of Roseville should not have fallen even though there were repros of the common patterns made because when they tried to copy the rarer patterns even an amateur can tell the difference.

This may be the time to take up the cause of Roseville and help put it back where it should be as a collectible. My belief is that you will be well rewarded for this.


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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Daryle Lambert: EBay Alternatives for Antique & Collectible Dealers

Roseville Falline Vase in Excellent Condition is Available at SeeAuctions.com


Markets always correct themselves. I’ve been writing about this subject on my blogs and in articles months before others were even thinking eBay might be in trouble.* And, it’s not only eBay who will be in trouble. Auction Houses, including online auctions, have surpassed what the market is willing to pay for their services, and a change has been emerging in response. People have had enough of being squeezed for fees and more fees. We see the affect greed has had as new auction alternatives continue to pop up everywhere, and new and exciting opportunities are unveiled. Today, there are some great alternatives to eBay, as well as the traditional auction houses.

Two visionary men have come with an idea that I think will change the way Antique and Collectible dealers do business today. While I’ve written previously about OnlineAuction.com for a while now on earlier posts, Seeauctions.com, the new kid on the block, has really knocked it out of the park completely.

I’ve spoken extensively with Seeauctions and boy – how I wish I had the foresight this owner has. People who are trying their best to make a living in the Antique & Collectible industry will find that Seeauctions.com is helping this industry in an unbelievable way. You see, for the next two years, dealers who use seesauctions will have the opportunity to sell their valuable items totally free of charge.

He has the same vision that I have, and that is to help people to make money now, and accept the pay off for the effort later. When I created my marketplace at 31corp.com, that’s what I had in mind.

When nothing else seemed to be working for me, I decided to try out seesauctions.com and listed some of my own marketplace items on it – almost $200,000 worth of items. To my delight, I’m beginning to get bids on items I hadn’t been able to previously drum up interest on.

To our 31 Club Members I’d say – open an account with Seeauctions, and dual list them on both our site and seesauctions. If you’re item sells at either site, make sure you de-list your item on the site where it didn’t sell. You might be surprised that I say this but know that my recommendation is just another way I show you that I have our members’ interests at the center of all we do. When I published my book, 31 Steps to Your Millions in Antiques & Collectibles, my motivation was to help others learn how to make money in this business and learn to effectively grow the profits. It’s my personal desire to see everyone who joins our unique antique business club succeed.

To Seeauctions, I say a heartfelt thank you. You will never fully realize how much you’re appreciated by those of us looking for a good alternative.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Daryle Lambert: Wood Carvings can be treasures



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I remember when I was about ten years old and my parents bought me a Boy Scout knife. That was when I thought I had become a man. The first thing I did was find some branches and whittle on them until I had a toothpick. Not being very artistic that toothpick was about as advanced a carver as I ever became. But that wasn't true of all little boys and some of them became true artists and their carvings bring big money today.

Like most collectibles if a carving is signed by a known carver its value will escalate tremendously but that doesn't mean unsigned pieces can't command high prices also. Each piece will be evaluated on its detail and eye appeal. Often it will be very easy for you in your search to tell the carvings that were done for the commercial market and the ones that represent true art. Wood carving has been a great hobby for people of all cultures and this is one area of collectibles that include pieces from almost every continent.

Cecil Roeder, my friend that I have written about so often, found a very detailed carved bust from the African continent and valued it at over $1000. He still is in the process of selling it but if he sets the price at that you can be assured that is what its value is. I have never met anyone that does such extensive research on the items that come into his possession but I can assure you that his sales reflect the knowledge that he has.

We are all aware of duck decoys that sell for over $1,000,000 but these aren't the only carvings that bring big money. Often if the carvings aren't signed we put them in the category of folk art.

Here are just a few example of carving that could make you a happy camper. If you find this piece --a Bear with paws extended, glass eyes, painted mouth, c. 1910, 10 inches tall it should bring about $2500. Not to be outdone, an Eagle carved from pine with its wings spread, standing on a half orb base, 31 ½ by 26 ½ inches in today's market could easily sell for $5000. A carving that many would put with the duck decoys but I wouldn't, is a Swan carved from pine, painted, 20th century, 19 by 25 inches that could easily bring $4000. Any quality carving should bring $200 or more so when you see that piece sitting on a table at the next garage sale priced at $25 don't hesitate to buy it. ALWAYS BE AWARE THAT QUALITY IS WHAT COUNTS.

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Monday, December 8, 2008

Daryle Lambert: The pictures from that Old Camera can be priceless



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I was invited to a showing of photographs by a friend a few years ago thinking that I would be looking at a lot of pictures selling for $50 or less but was I surprised. Most of the ones hanging on the wall started at $1000 and went up from there. Mr. Porter my friend had several of his hanging and a couple of weeks after the show he informed me that all had sold with the exception of two.

In the past I had always though that only very early photographs from the turn of the 20th century or earlier had true value but I was mistaken. Yes these early pieces do command high prices but they aren't the only ones. Here is an example of a later photograph that did quit well, Carousel Horses, Israel Bidemananas, 1940 9 ½ by 1 inches $1150. Children are often great subject matter for photographers likt this one, Children Singing in the Rain, 1950, 13 5/8 by 17 ½ inches $485.

The best place to find this wonderful pieces of art often is in boxes in the basement or attic. They may be stored away in sleeves or folders and often the owner has even forgotten that they own them. Often the owners are personal friends of the artist and these were given as presents. I would like for you to spend some time on your computer researching the top photographers. A great source can be eBay in their completed section.

I am trying to complete this blog but I don't think I can. I haven't been out of bed all day and I feel weak as a kitten. Most of you have the Kovel Antique Price Guide so I would direct you to the section on photographs. You will find there why I want you to add these to your list of treasures to search for.

I hope to feel better tomorrow. But I could use as little pray.

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Sunday, December 7, 2008

Daryle Lambert: Antique Canning Jars can be rewarding



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I just finished talking to my brother in Bowling Green Kentucky and was told that all his garden had been canned. This is very important to his family because they seldom have to buy vegetables from the grocery. I still remember my grandmother as she slaved over the coal stove all day canning the items from her garden and how much better they tasted than store bought. Beans of every variety, corn, tomatoes, squash, peppers, cucumbers, pears, apples were just a few of the things I remember from those days on the farm that came from grandmother's canning jars. The thought never crossed my mind that at some future date those jars would become collectibles. Some of those jars are worth their weight in gold in today's marketplace.

Which ones, you say? The Canton Domestic, cobalt blue, glass lid, wire bail, 1900, one quart fruit jar could bring you in over $14,000 in today's market. Your reaction is probably the same as mine; you must be kidding. That happens to be the truth and even more startling is that there are many more jars that are valued in the thousands such as the BBGM Co. jar in amber with glass lid and zinc band that is the half gallon size that comes in at $8,500 or the DA Knowlton jar, Saratoga NY in dark yellow olive, wide mouth, 1870, one quart for a mere $6,300. I know that Granny is turning over in her grave. I am sure that she was able to buy these jars by the dozens for no more than a dollar or two.

I'm sure you are asking why is their value so much and my only answer to you is that there are at least two people that are willing to pay that price for them. Also, you can be assured that there are few in numbers available for collectors to purchase. Color seems to be very important when it comes to valuing these fruit jars so I would suggest that you get the guide on fruit jars if you are going to actively search for them. Kovels Antique Guide will provide you with a lot of information but it definitely isn't the whole guide for this collectible. I was able to count over twenty five different jars that listed for more than $1,000 and I wouldn't be surprised if there are many more listed in the official price guide for fruit jars. I couldn't believe myself how many others listed for $200 and up. I will never look at the lowly fruit jar the same way again.

Let me list a few of the companies that manufactured fruit jars. A. Stone and Co., Air Tight, Altas, Cunningham and Co., Gem, Mason, Millville and many more. This seems to be a wide open field for us to research and where our efforts could be well rewarded.

I knew even as a young boy that food from canning jars tasted better but little did I know the the jar that I was eating from could be worth a grown man's wages for a year. If you don't believe me; I've left the best for last. Find this jar and you may equal your year's annual salary. The Millville Atmospheris, cobalt blue, glass lid, iron clamp, one quart could bring you over $25,000. Happy Hunting.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Daryle Lambert: Aantiques and Fine Art for the Designers.


One area of the Antique and Fine Art business that I have been lacks in is the Design and Interiors business. There are no better clients for us as dealers in antiques and fine art than the designers. They have the clientèle for the wonderful treasures that we find plus their constantly on the search to find the rare and usual items to enhance their customers homes. This is what sits them apart from the average decorator. I would suggest that you contact every interior designer in you surrounding area and make an appointment to offer your services to them in the future.

I know again you are asking where did he come up with this? Well it so happens that the reason is an unfulfilled promise I made and haven't kept. You see a wonderful lady contacted me from Catherine-Interiors in Boston and we agreed to exchange links. She was very prompt on her end but because I don't do this myself I have been a little tardy on my end. This morning I received a very nice email from her asking about our well being and also reminding me about the link. I most certainly want to pursue this relationship because going to her site I was amazed at the beauty that her firm creates. You may want to take a peek at www.catherine-interiors.com yourself.

It is so easy for us in our hurry to sale the items that we find that we pass by some of the better marketing outlets we have available for them. As for the designers there is an opportunity for us to work with them from the beginning of a project and we can even be instrumental in some of the choices they make for their clients. I have found that this is an avenue that most antique dealers don't take advantage of but we don't want to fall in that category.

One of the first things that we should do each month is update the list of our inventories and send it to all the designer firms that we can contact. There is a possibility that your prized items such as paintings and other fine items may be sold even before you get to offer them to the market place. The interior designers are truly our friends and my advise to you is keep your friends in mind when you are offering your prized items but also show your appreciation for working with you.

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Friday, December 5, 2008

Daryle Lambert: Staying home with Antiques and Collectibles can be fun.



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I just saw the latest unemployment figures and the newscasters gave more doom and gloom. The unemployment rate is now 6.7%? Well, historically, full employment was 6% and anything lower than that was inflationary and bad for the economy. I must be missing something! Or is it just that the news likes to scare people because this increases their viewership as people hang on their every word? I believe that it is time to buy stock and I hope that you’ll remember a year down the road as you look back and see that I said it here first.

What should we do in the meantime - while we wait for the market to right itself? One good idea might be to spend more time at home, but what can we do there that will hold our attention? A good idea is to engage with our families in good entertainment and this may be God's way of waking the American people up to the fact that we might not be in control of things after all.

I remember times in my youth, setting around the old Zenith tube radio with my parents and siblings, listening to the "Shadow Knows" and other shows that very few remember today. How long has it been since you have listened to a radio that was controlled by a vacuum tube, perhaps never? I can assure you that the sound was better than what you get with radios that you listen to today. Just for fun, you should go to a garage sale, pick one of these beauties up for under $25, and receive the treat of venturing back into the past. Also, board games and puzzles are a great way to pass time at home with family. The expense to you is little to nothing. You may find that you enjoy spending time with your parents, kids and/or siblings.

I am getting around to the economics of this story. There is money to be made with the items I just suggested you purchase to use for your own personal enjoyment. Lots of families are in similar situations to yours and and hopefully they will spend more time at home with each other. This is where you come in. While you are out looking for that special Newcomb vase, it may not be a bad idea to also purchase that Motorola Model 51X, Yellow Body, Green Grille Catalin, 1941, 7 inch radio sitting in someone’s basement that everyone else has passed by. This may be purchased for a song, but to the collector, it’s valued at about $5,000. There are many models made by such great companies as Emerson, Garod, General Electric, Philco, RCA, and Zenith that will bring over $1,000 today and few people realize their potential.

How about board games? Where do they fit on the value scale? Let’s take a look. Parcheesi. red, white, and green paint, breadboard ends, Maine, 16" by 24", is valued at $2,500 and its cousin red, orange and dark green, framed, 17 1/2" by 17 1/2" inches at $7,500. These are just two example and many more can be found in Kovel's price guide for Antiques and Collectibles. Believe it or not puzzles too can make your day - I have seen them sell for thousands of dollars.

When you are fortunate enough to find one of these items, it would be terrific to enjoy what they have to offer you before they are re-sold. I guarantee you that great pleasure can be shared by all while sitting around that antique radio or at the kitchen table playing board games or assembling puzzles.

It is a fact that your family will grow up and change over time so enjoy them while you have the chance.

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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Daryle Lambert: If it is too good Beware.


Today I am going to share with you what I think is the scam that will be the biggest plague to hit the Antique industry for many years. I want to caution each and ever one of you to be on your toes. This scheme starts with our desire to sell the treasures we have found and often because of our excitement we can make a serious mistake.

How does this scheme work? First you will receive an email informing you that the customer wants to purchase your item and they will send you a bank cashiers check to cover the cost and expenses incurred for shipping. The next sentence will state that they will have their own shippers pick the item up and when you receive the check you are supposed to deduct the cost of the item your selling from the check and then send the balance to their shipper for that expense.

The only problem is that yes you will receive the check but it is phony as a two dollar bill. But if your aren't careful you will have been had by the time you fine that fact out. So lets see how this scheme works. You get a phony check and send the shipping expense to someone that is represented as being their shipper so that money of yours is now gone but remember you are depositing a worthless check. Next they may or may not have someone pick up the treasure that you supposedly sold them, so now they have your item and the money for the supposed shipping and you still have only a phony check. Presto you have just been had.

Can it happen you ask, the answer to that question is yes and it almost happened to me. I received several very pleasant emails about the transaction to sell a wonderful painting of mine to this individual overseas. He wanted to include the shipping which seemed extreme to me but it was his money, right? The shipping was to be well over $1000 but if he crated it maybe that price would be okay but even then it seemed out of place. So when I received the check just to play it safe I took it to my bank and by that afternoon I was informed that it was a fake. Thank you very much Harris Bank. Here is the irony of it all now I am receiving these deals offered to me on a weekly bases. Lucky me I must have gotten on the suckers list.

Isn't it a shame that people want to take something that brings so much pleasure to so many and reduce it to a sham. I have been co-operating with the authorities in hopes of giving this folks something free, like a free vacation.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Daryle Lambert: Antiques can be a great buy out of Season




Each day for me can be an adventure. My son was sick last night so I got little sleep. But waking up this morning I realized that I would get to spend the whole day with him and it became a blessing. I didn't know what to write about today until I looked out the window at the snow and the trees with no leaves and tried to visualize what this view was like only a couple of months ago. There were potted plants on the patio and hanging ferns under the eves of the house, I then tried to create a picture in my mind of what it could look like next year with benches and fountains and new plantings. This brought on a warm feeling and a smile to my face. No, I haven't lost my mind but it did make me think of another way for us to make money.

People are impatient by nature and when something is out of season they often sell it for a fraction of its real value. What could be more out of “season” than garden furnishings? You are probably thinking; is there any money in these items? After reading the next paragraph of this blog, you will never ask that question again. Just think back to the last house or garage sale you attended. Remember those sad looking garden pots setting at the back of the garage with the wilted plants still in them or the wrought iron benches setting in the backyard with no price tags. This could equate to big money for you and me.

I want to share a story about two large pots that were setting on a front porch where there was a sale being conducted. Hundreds of people visited that sale and most of them left with nothing in their hands, passing those pots as they entered and exited the house. Just one person took the time to examine these dark green pots and then their eyes lit up. Going back into the house and asking the price, it caught the sales conductor so off guard she said "I will have to check." Coming back and she said "I'm not sure, but would you give $300?" The buyer quickly responded, "Yes." These particular pots happened to be “Teco” pottery and worth several thousand dollars.

Let’s look at some garden items with value. If there happens to be a cast iron bench in a backyard with a fern shape design about 60 inches in length from the 19th century it could bring anywhere from $2,500 - $5,000 in today’s market. How many times have you seen figures used in a garden setting but paid no attention to them? Well, I hope you didn't pass this one, a little girl and boy reading a book by M. Geiss, because it could be worth $5,000. Outdoor fountains may look fairly drab this time of year but in the spring they come to life again. A dolphin and boy cast iron and zinc 66" X 70" fountain may bring up to $10,000. That should create some sunshine for you. A few more to entice you; Majolica seat with molded birds, cattails, dragonflies and water lilies by George Jones, valued at $20,000 or how about this one; covered urn, baluster shaped, angels, cast iron,1880's 71" is valued at a whopping $25,000 or more.

I hope that this blog gets you out of those winter blues because just writing it has done that for me.

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