Among the countless flea markets in America, there are those that deserve to be called legendary. Scattered around the country, these are the markets with hundreds--sometimes thousands--of dealers and whose spectacular settings, covetable offerings, and colorful histories make each an unforgettable experience and a unique adventure. Pamela Keech--a museum curator who shops professionally at flea markets--profiles her top twenty choices, the flea markets that can be counted on to surprise and delight at every turn.Tackling these mammoth events, however, is not for the faint of heart. For starters, the size and scope of each market can be overwhelming--no, are overwhelming. They cover acres and acres and miles and miles. (To give you an idea of their scope, there is one that stretches from Maryland to Missouri and another from Michigan to Alabama.) The Best Flea, Antique, Vintage, and New-Style Markets in America is an essential guide for shoppers who want to get the most out of each venue. All the practical details are covered: how far ahead of time to make reservations, how to avoid wasting precious time in traffic jams, how to navigate the miles of aisles, how to determine the best paths through the markets, how much territory can be covered in a day, how to find out where the must-see dealers set up their tables, what to take to be comfortable, and more. Other essential information includes smart negotiating, shipping options, and--because the thrill of the chase can be utterly exhausting--great local places to eat and where to find a soft bed at the end of the day. One of the many charms of the book is its focus on regional style. Each of the markets profiled has an unmistakable sense of place, evident in the merchandise that fills the booths. Canton, Texas started 150 years ago as a trading market for cattle and livestock; this is where you'll find vintage cowboy boots, railroad and ranch memorabilia, and primitives. At the Rose Bowl Flea Market, the proximity to Hollywood casts a sparkle over everything; don't be surprised to find yourself browsing elbow to elbow with movie stars at tables filled with memorabilia from the silver screen and glamorous costume jewelry. At Shipshewana, in the heartland of the Indiana Amish, you'll find more than the usual number of pie safes, kitchen implements, and quilts. Keech highlights these differences with bits of cultural and decorative history and lots and lots of photographs that will make even armchair travelers feel like part of the action.
Chocolate lovers (and who isn't?)--here's a tempting treat just for you This tasteful book showcases Victorian to modern advertising, packaging, and other sweet memorabilia all related to delectable chocolate products. Beautifully decorated boxes, cocoa tins, candy bars, trade cards, recipe booklets, metal candy molds, promotional items, and an outstanding collection of porcelain chocolate pots are shown in over 425 color photos. Sure to please those interested in chocolate and antique advertising alike, this enjoyable book includes a brief history of the Wilbur Chocolate Company, manufacturing information, and price guide.
The simplest and most indispensable of tools, the pocket knife has existed in the form we know today for centuries. From the most basic pivoting blade to modern creations using high-tech alloys, knives have long been true collector's items.
"Collectible Pocket Knives," featuring over 500 color photographs, is a mine of information covering knives of all sorts, from the most valuable and precious collector's items to more commonly found models. Each photograph is accompanied by a short text explaining the significance of every knife displayed. Whether you are a novice or the proud owner of a fine set of knives, this book is the perfect source of new ideas for your collection.
- With updated pricing and historical data on the approximately 300,000 comics listed, The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide has been the Bible of comic book collectors and dealers alike since it debuted in 1970. This latest edition includes up-to-date market reports from the Overstreet Advisors, a group that includes retailers, fans, and historians. It also features a tribute to the late Joe Kubert, a look at the work of artist Mac Raboy, celebrations of The Walking Dead's 10th anniversary, the X-Men's 50th anniversary, Superman's 75 anniversary, and more. Featuring an X-Men cover by superstar artist Mike Deodato, Jr. (Avengers).
- This edition also includes the latest inductees into The Overstreet Hall of Fame.
An essential historical, stylistic and technological guide to the art of custom gun-making which has been an important part of European and American decorative arts with its unique combination of woodcarving, silver and gold work, ornamental ironwork and inlay. Will be the standard work on the subject.
"ISSANCE OF CUSTOM SPORTING ARMS IN AMERICA. Sm4to oblong, 192 pgs. Full bound in black linen with gilt stamped titling on spine. On almost every page there are exquisite color photographs of American weaponry and equipment. The book and dust jacket are in pristine condition, clean, crisp and bright.
Collects more than one hundred magazine ads, posters, sheet music covers, magazine covers, and other items featuring cats as promotional agents for scores of popular products
- A product of 20 years of research, this totally revised edition of this work includes new chapters on The First Glass, Art Deco, Modernism, Post Modernism, cocktail shakers, as well as 2,000 new images - The definitive work on the subject and an essential reference book This encyclopedic new edition of The Decanter bolsters the book's reputation as the definitive work on the subject. Researched and written by Andy McConnell, journalist and long-serving glass specialist on BBC TV's Antiques Roadshow, The Decanter is born of twenty years' extensive research. This edition is enlivened by several new chapters and the inclusion of two thousand new photographs and illustrations, most previously unpublished. In presenting the subject across a broad timescale - ranging from ancient Mesopotamia to the modern day - The Decanter presents the history of glassmaking from a decanter perspective. The engaging, accessible text explores the stylistic and technical evolution of fine glassmaking alongside its influences and social uses. Drawing from thousands of documentary sources and benefiting from the knowledge and experience of scores of experts in Britain, Europe and the United States, The Decanter is the most comprehensive history of fine glassmaking ever published.
Collecting antique brass musical instruments involves a fascinating and wide range of subjects, including music history, art history, political history, industrial history, and changing aesthetics. Designed for musical instrument collectors and those who regularly encounter antique brass musical instruments made before 1920, this book features more than 100 original line drawings from musical instrument catalogs as well as interesting new information regarding these instruments. Readers with a background or interest in music and musical instruments will find this book a valuable resource for years to come and one that will enhance their knowledge and collection. Antique Brass Wind Instruments also includes a helpful value guide, a glossary of terms, a bibliography of scholarly reference books, and several appendices of particular interest to beginning collectors.