FROM THE MAGAZINE SHELF is an occasional feature of the FOUNTAINDALE LIBRARY REFERENCE BLOG. Postings will highlight titles that you might find of interest, but haven’t picked up to read and explore. In addition to the titles that are in the Magazines Area on the 2nd Floor of our library, postings will also include titles from RBdigital Magazines, formerly Zinio, the library’s digital magazine collection.

September heralds the beginning of the fall season for garage and tag sales, antiques fairs, and flea markets. The autumn months have become increasingly popular among collectors who are looking for that special bargain or the acquisition of the final item for their collection. The weather is getting cooler and the changing colors of the leaves creates a beautiful backdrop for searching the increasing number of sales that are happening on these weekends. People are excited by the thrill of the hunt. It is a time when often one person’s trash becomes another person’s treasure!

Our library has two magazines that can help make you more knowledgeable if you love to search for collectibles and antiques during this season as well as throughout the year. Copies of Antique Trader and Treasures can be found on the 2nd Floor of the library in the Magazines and Newspapers Area and are available for checkout.

Antique Trader comes out 25 times a year and has been published since 1957. It is one of the magazines that collectors look forward to reading. Some of the regular features of the magazine are:

  • Listings of upcoming antiques and collectibles shows and sales.
  • News in the field of antiques and collectibles, as a business.
  • PICKER’S LIST – An area of the magazine where subscribers can list what they are looking for. (ONLY SUBSCRIBERS can use this listing area).
  • ASK THE EXPERTS – Features appraisals of items by guest appraisers.
  • Feature articles on topics of interest to collectors. A recent article, last month, titled “The Doctor Is In – Doll repairers share expert tips and insider knowledge” by Sara Jordan-Heintz had excellent information that collectors would find very helpful.
  • COVER STORY – Longer articles on specific collectibles or antiques. The current, September 26, 2018 issue, featured “penwork decor” in an article by Melody Amsel-Arieli  titled “Inked Fantasy: Fall for the charms of penwork decor.” The cover of this issue showed a stunning example of this type of collectible.

I was intrigued by the Cover Story of the August 15, 2018 issue: “Learn How Vintage TUPPERWARE Stacks Up As A Collectible”
because so many American households often still have least several examples of these plastic containers.

If you enjoy searching for any type of collectibles or antiques and you don’t regularly read Antique Trader, you owe it to yourself to add it to your next visit to our library.

Treasures magazine’s subtitle is Vintage To Modern Collecting. The bimonthly publication was formerly published for many years as Antiques & Collecting Magazine and Collectors News.

According to the magazine’s Facebook page, “Treasures focuses on the stories, the designers, the collectors, and the beauty that is midcentury design.” The range of objects that Treasures includes are “housewares, furniture, lighting collectibles, pottery, clothing, toys, art, rugs, electronics, and more.”

There has been a resurgence in recent years in midcentury architecture. You’ll see this if you watch some of the House Hunters episodes on HGTV. According to the experts on that network, this architectural style is “characterized by flat planes, large glass windows and open space.” Midcentury houses were “built from 1945 to the 1980s.” Often, as with other architectural styles of homes, the people who buy midcentury houses like to decorate the interiors with midcentury furniture and accessories.

The issues of Treasures are in  full color and the articles are both well written and informative. The Cover Story of the August / September 2018, shown here, is on the work of Danish architect and designer Verner Panton, who created some of the most iconic midcentury chairs.

In the same issue, I especially enjoyed the article by Neil Stoffregen and Erich Gaukel on vintage Wurlitzer electric pianos titled “Perfectly Imprecise.”

Some of the regular features of the magazine are:

  • VINTAGE STYLE – Takes a look at a specific topic or aspect of midcentury design. The current issue focuses on vintage coffee and tea serving sets in an illustrated article titled “Steeped in Style.”
  • EVENT CALENDAR – A listing of upcoming antiques shows, auctions, flea markets, and related gatherings.
  • MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS – Discusses a current exhibition that would be of interest to midcentury modern collectors.
  • I LOVE IT – Topics have included a look at Russel Wright Art Pottery and a brief discussion of midcentury modern designs from the U.S. that have been noticed abroad.

If midcentury design is at the center of your collecting universe, stop by the 2nd Floor and check out a few issues of Treasures.

When it comes to collecting, an expert in the field had this advice: “If you like a piece, if it makes you happy, then it’s a valuable piece.” In the late 1970’s, my wife and I were at the Wellfleet Flea Market on Cape Cod. The market is on the grounds of the Wellfleet Drive-In Theater. One of the finds of that day was the art deco style picture frame shown here. We added a vintage picture of yours truly. It continues to make us both happy to this day!

Our decision to purchase the frame was helped by what we knew about accessories like this from reading up on them.

Researching and knowledge is really helpful before you buy something, whether it is at a local garage sale or at a large collectibles / antiques venue. If you’re a collector, check out both these magazines. You’ll be surprised how a little knowledge can go a long way!

                                                                -Tom D.  


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