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Over the last few months, I have attempted to find new areas of the antique and collectible business that members of the Daryle Lambert's Antiques and Collectibles Club could take advantage of, but I may have been making a mistake. Perhaps the best strategy would be to concentrate on what has been successful for us in the past. There are areas of this business that haven't suffered during the economic slowdown and those are where we should be spending our time, I think.
I have spent several hours this weekend just looking at auction sales results and eBay final prices. It is very apparent that there are areas that seem to still be appreciating in price. One of those is Carnival Glass. The Standard Encyclopedia of Carnival Glass will give you the knowledge that is required to identify and price Carnival and if you don't own a copy of this book, you should. You will find that Carnival is still going up in price. This book can be purchased from Amazon and I would suggest a used version rather than a new one. Here is something that I want you to write down and put in a place where you won't lose it. The site www.ddoty.com is perhaps the best reference on Carnival Glass that you will find and it includes patterns and prices.
As I have shared with you before, Carnival is all about pattern and color so it would serve you well to become acquainted with both of these as to price differences. Patterns with animals are always popular and any advertising piece will bring top dollar. Also, plates seem to bring the highest dollars, followed by vases and thin bowls. When it comes to colors, red and then pastels seem to steal the show. Pieces that are stippled or have opalescent edges also do very well. I believe that the reason Carnival Glass continues to stay so popular is because the market is well maintained with regular auctions just for Carnival and there are also a number of Carnival Collector Clubs. This provides a large base of people all interested in one thing.
Almost without exception, the rarest pieces of Carnival are found at garage or house sales and the next most popular place to find rare pieces is at the back of flea markets. I will promise you that if you study the guide book or spend some time on the Doty site, you will find pieces in your search for treasures that will equal almost any other collectible that you may run across.
On eBay at the present time are three pieces that I would like to mention. First, a Celeste Blue Plaid Bowl $13,000, second a Dugan Purple Elk Nappy $7900 and last, an Electric Blue Farmyard Bowl $7500. If this doesn't tweak your interest, I give up.
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