I’ve sold antiques on the internet for well over a decade now and the most enjoyable part of the entire process for me is the research involved. As you well know, you never attempt to sell something unless you know what it is and have a fairly good idea of its value. Sometimes it’s a fairly simple matter identifying an item. Sometimes, however, you spend hours…days…weeks searching, searching, searching. And sometimes you never find an answer. I’ve become a woman possessed at times, consumed with the search, only to come up empty.
And it usually starts with “Hey, what’s this thing?” With the wealth of information available on the internet, how difficult can it be to identify something? What is this weird shaped little mother of pearl thingy? Who made these metal toy soldiers and why do they have red uniforms and white hats? How old is this clothespin? Where and when was this straight razor made? What’s the history behind this play money? What kind of seashells are these? It goes on and on. I’ve spent days looking through patent applications; weeks looking through silver patterns and an untold amount of time perusing articles from the 1800’s on Google books. Often you think you found the answer, only to realize later that the answer you found was wrong.
So, this blogs purpose is to ask questions and share answers about those unusual and hard to identify vintage and antique items. Quite often I will publish a “What Is This?” post with description and pictures of an item, hoping that you, my readers, will have an answer!
Let’s give this a try and see how it works.