6 Kitchen Items You Should Buy At Estate Sales

Modern homeowners can't seem to get enough of farmhouse chic, and they're buying everything from sturdy old wooden tables designed for feeding hungry crews to handcrafted parlor furniture that was used only for special occasions. One of the main advantages of shopping at estate sales is that they generally contain a lifetime of household items, and selection goes far beyond furnishings and jewelry. Many useful kitchen items, for instance, are found at estate sales -- and not only do they provide that old-school country kitchen look, they can still be used for their original purposes. Read More 

How To Behave In An Art Shop

If you're new to collecting art and are planning to visit an art shop or gallery to buy some artworks, knick-knacks, jewelry, or other items, you're likely already aware that there are ways to act in the shop, such as being polite and not blocking others' views of the items. But there are some specific things you can do to make your trip to the shop or gallery easier and less frustrating for the staff and artists. Read More 

The Spirit of the Bear and Its Role in Inuit Artwork

The Inuit people been crafting tools, rugs, clothing, and many other objects of art for thousands of years. They often use animals within their art as a way of symbolizing various qualities that each animal represents. One of the most commonly used animal in Inuit artwork is the bear. This large, powerful animal has long been a representation of strength and endurance for the Inuit people, and it certainly reflects in the artwork that they create. Read More 

Two Tips For Helping Your Antique Collection Retain Its Value

Antique collections can represent a sizable investment of both money and time. Not surprisingly, many people want to take steps to help these items retain their value. Unfortunately, you may not have the experience or knowledge needed to understand what is needed to keep your antiques in excellent condition. Luckily, you can follow these two tips to help ensure you avoid some common errors that can seriously reduce the value of antique collectibles. Read More