Spring is here, the birds are singing, and (yay!) people are doing their spring cleaning. Now is the time of year for estate sales, yard sales, and warehouse liquidation sales that will tempt the eye (and the pocketbook). We will do another post soon that will tell you all the great places where you can find out what things are worth (antiques), but for now we thought we’d give you a little taste of some of the best antique-related blogs out there. Some are merely collectors, other are in the antiques business. Either way, each of these antique shop blogs make for great reading.
Keri has an Antique Therapy Shop in Thoreauly Antiques – Concord, Massachusetts. But that’s not all. She also maintains this blog, where she updates her followers on where she’ll be with her beautiful treasures, but also shares some insights into the antique-lover’s world. Not only does she collect and sell antiques, but she also refinishes pieces herself. How’s that for dedication, not to mention talent? She updates her blog as much as she can, given her busy schedule, but I have to tell you the next time I’m in MA I’ll be looking her up!
>>Antique Therapy – antiquetherapy.com
OK. So his website isn’t the most beautiful thing in the world. And, he hasn’t updated his blog since December of 2010. But if you want to find some stuff, you go to Joe. Since he’s been in the business for more than 35 years, he knows what stuff is worth, so he’ll likely appear in the “how you find out what stuff is worth” post as well, but OH WELL, because this guy is pretty cool. He has a different website which is actually his retail site, and maybe I’ll include THAT one next. Yeah, that’s what I’ll do. Anywhoo, you should check out all of Joe’s posts on this blog to get a glimpse of the world inside the collectible’s world. Sadly, we’ve been informed that Joe passed away. His site is still a great resource. We give our deepest condolences to his family.
>>Country Joe – countryjoes.blogspot.com
I Antique Online
This website is a huge social network all about antiques and collectibles. Founded by Scott Liscomb and C. Dianne Zweiq, you can connect with other antique freaks, find antique shops in a particular area, check out the estate sales in your region, and more on this handy-dandy website. Also, don’t have time to go out and shop the sales? Odds are, you can find what you’re looking for right on this website. Check the right sidebar for a list of items, click it, and the site will refer you to another website that will contain information and shopping tips. Amazing!
>>I Antique Online – iantiqueonline.ning.com
Antique Trader Blog
OK, so Antique Trader is totally a magazine, but this blog is really good for finding news on the very types of antiques you’re looking for. For instance, if antique cash registers are you thing, you could have looked at the March 28th post to know that the Cash Register Collector’s Club annual spring swap meet was April 7th. If you had known about this website, you could have known that information? See? Information highway, people. Overall, this blog is frequently updated, easy to navigate, and professionally maintained.
>>Antique Trader Blog – antiquetraderblog.com
Fine Estate Sales
OK. How cool is this? This company, Fine Estate Liquidation, is based in San Fransisco, so normally they’d be a little too niche to put into this particular post. HOWEVER, on the heels of that new HGTV show where the lady goes around and does estate sales for people, the blogger here, Martin, has decided to open up to what it’s like to be an estate sale liquidator. April 17 marked Day 11-12 of a 30 day diary of an estate liquidator. If you’re anything like me, you go to an estate sale and wonder about the people who used to live in the house, what their life was like, and what it took to get all that stuff organized and priced. Well, now you can know.
>>Fine Estate Liquidation – fineestateliquidation.com
Mitzi has an eBay shop and an Etsy shop, and this is her blog. She calls herself a “certified vintage geek,” and I think that’s simply adorable. She updates her blog with all sorts of great items that she finds, and her antique blog is super easy on the eyes!
>>Vintage Goodness – vintagegoodness.blogspot.com