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Collecting antiques and other collectibles has become a hot hobby.  
Here you will find lots of useful information about antiques and collectibles from
an expert in the field.  Along with listings for antique shops, flea markets,
garage sales, craft sale listings, church bazaars, and so much more!

What's Hot - What's Not:  October 2010

With the holidays fast approaching, I thought it would be fun to come up with a list of what's hot and what's not currently in the world of antiques.  These lists are based on my observations of what's been and what's not been selling well in the antique shops and isn't by no means an official industry list.  I will also be periodically re-compiling these lists and have some fun tracking trends!

Antiques:  What's Hot Right Now

* Vintage Radios - all kinds, including floor models, table-top, and transistors.
* Military Items - weapons, flags, helmets, etc.
* Old Video Game Systems (these hook up to your TV, such as Atari)
* California Pottery - all companies
* Crocks & Butter Churns
* Painted Furniture - current hot colors are white, cream, black, seafoam green, aqua
* Bakelite Jewelry & Bohemian Jewelry
Re-purposed items to decorate or use for a purpose other than it was designed for
* Transformers Toys
* Star Wars - all types
* Barn Wood
* Railroad items - all types
Lodge Decor - such as wood golf clubs, snow shoes, & wood snow sleds

Antiques:  What's Not Hot

* Collectibles in general are out
* State Quarter Collections
* Spoon Collections
* Collector Ceramic Plates
* Typewriters - even the earliest models
* Treadle Sewing Machines - over-abundance
* Any Other Sewing Machines, except toy size.  Toy size is HOT!
* Beanie Babies
* Department 56 Christmas Villages
* Santa Bears
* Cookbooks - 1960s and newer (over-abundance)

I hope these lists will also give you some nice gift ideas for the antique lover in your life!  Happy Shopping!

Antiques With Attitude,
Deb Chesley
Antique Dealer/Collector

Do you have a question pertaining to antiques or collectibles that you would like to ask Ms. Chesley?  You can email Deb your questions directly.  She would be happy to answer your questions!  Be sure to bookmark this page for future articles and information.

                             View the archive of Ms. Chesley's past articles here.

Do you have a question pertaining to antiques or collectibles that you
would like to ask Ms Chesley? Please email Deb your questions.
Answers to many questions received will appear here.

Deb was born and raised in Anoka County.  At age 45, she currently resides in the town of Anoka.  She has been an antique dealer since 1995.  Deb learned to love garage sales and antiques at a very young age.  Her personal collections include Vintage Jewelry, Tobacco Tins, Red Wing Pottery, Vintage Furs, Mixing Bowls/Nesting Bowls, "Sharon" Pattern Depression Glass, Granite Ware, and much more.  Deb loves music from 1930 to 1965 which includes artists such as Shirley Horn, Dinah Washington, The Righteous Brothers, and Patsy Cline.   Her other passions include home-style cooking, crossword puzzles, and online word games. This photo was taken at "Antiques Downtown" in Elk River.  763-441-1818.


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Every Monday Night: Auctions presented by Luther Auction House, 2556 7th Avenue East in Maplewood.  For more information, call 651-770-6175 or Click Here For Details

Every Wednesday through Sunday Pac Ratz Flea Market Indoor/Outdoor flea market featuring over 40 vendors, there's something for everyone!  Located at Hwy 65 & Constance Blvd, in Ham Lake.  For more information, call 763-413-1400 or Click Here For Details

Every Friday Night:  Auctions presented by Shakopee Auction Center, 214 Holmes Street in Shakopee at 6:15 pm.  Antiques, Collectibles, Estate Items, Personal Property.  For more information, call 952-890-7287 or Click Here For Details

Last Saturday of the Month:  Antique and Collector Auction presented by Brown Auction 13229 St. Croix Avenue in Lindstrom.  Estates and consignments welcome!  For more information, call 612-598-9031 or Click Here For Details

November 19 - 21, 2010:  Anniversary Sale at Antiques Downtown, 309 Jackson Ave, Elk River.  3 levels of dealers with a wide range of items to choose from.  Perfect for holiday gift-giving!  Hours:  Friday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.  For more information, call 763-441-1818.

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