selling antiques runs in my blood and has been a part
my life since my childhood. I am a born antiquer or junker.
I have been a buyer, seller, dealer, collector, hoarder, and accumulator of antiques
and old stuff for over 50 years.
My initial education
in acquiring and appreciating antiques and collectibles began as a child
in the 50's - 60's working with my mother as we shopped the curbside in New
Jersey during monthly "pickup" week using the theory "one persons
garbage is another's treasure". My mom was such a fanatic
that the town we lived in instituted an ordinance against having more than 2
yard sales in the same location per year. This was back in the 60's before yard sales
were in vogue. She overcame that roadblock by simply
moving the venue around after talking friends or neighbors into
letting her have
one in their yard. I mostly remember those days, experiences, and the finds
fondly! It was a lot different from today.
I went through
the typical phases of a young collector. I hunted for, bought, sold,
baseball cards, coins, military related stuff, critters, fireworks,
and most anything else that happened along. Mom's dead and gone
but the gene carried through.
After moving to California in the early 70's I would regularly pick
the local dump and made a decent living at it. It was during a time
when people would to throw away some
great stuff including antiques and other valuables. I was a monthly
hit at the Flea market going in full, and coming out empty. Many
made more money doing that than working regular construction related jobs.
But for the most part
that era, and the times of easy antiques ending up on the roadside,
in the dumpster, at the dump, just waiting to be brought to market, are
over. I moved on. At some point a bell went off that I
was wasting time pounding nails. Going into antique stores and seeing
stuff I was selling for $5.00 and $10.00 at the flea market being offered up for $50.00
was just one small wake-up call. My first time at the Brimfield
Antique Show in the late 80's was
like being reborn, and the first tool show I attended and completely sold out
at was something both I and a lot of other people remember fondly.
Carole, my wife
and partner, is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate from Vassar. She has a degree
in Anthropology and a deep appreciation for all old things, not just
bones and stones. She has a keen sense and ability to interact
with people that makes her eminently qualified to rummage around in
other people's stuff while they are still watching. My approach
is a bit rougher. The differences in our experiences, education,
and approach are complimentary though and have helped us stay focused
and to evolve this business and our style of buying and selling antiques
into what it is today. Without her I might still be rummaging around
the dump, thrift stores, and flea markets.
Before the advent of the internet ( BI )
the 80's and early 90's we use to spend 8-9 months of the year on the
road and on the East Coast in our constant pursuit of unusual antiques.
We use to go from antique shop to antique shop, antique show
show, club meeting to
meeting, and auction to auction, buying and selling
antiques with reckless abandon. The supply of great antiques
and collectibles, and great buyers of them seemed endless in those pre-internet
times. It was an exciting, fun, educational and rewarding time period, and it seemed
there was no end in site, on the horizon, or anywhere else. WRONG!!
The Internet happened and a new reality appeared / began to
take hold and has evolved. The internet signaled the end of that previous
seemingly endless era of cheap and easily obtainable antiques, and
the beginning of a new age (AI ) or After Internet had dawned.
The world of antiques and how to buy and sell them changed
At first we were slow to adapt, and were resistant to the coming
changes caused by the internet. MISTAKE! Reality is hard to ignore though,
and we soon realized we were not getting any younger and it really was
a changed era. We had to adapt, and the way we conducted our business
had to change in order to continue and prosper. Our two antique-related Web Pages
were created, and we entered the new era of internet antiquing.
Today our internet
are our way of meeting the new challenges in the ever-changing
world of buying and selling antiques.
I imagine it has been an experience much like getting one of them new
fangled telephones or a gas powered vehicle was for the operators of
antiques shops and sellers of antiques in the earlier times.
(Way Before Internet or WBI )
As a note, we just
got our first cell phone in 2006 and were also slow to adjust to that
change. We still do not get reception or service where we live
out in the woods, and it was just in 2009 when we finally upgraded to
a satellite connection for the internet. Both are now as much a necessity
as our websites are in order to conduct antique related business in today's
We still routinely
make house calls from contacts generated from ours sales-oriented antique website
www. Patented-Antiques.com and
our sister site
which has a lot of specific info about the different categories
of antiques we deal in, as well as a large data base of
Sales Results for specific antiques we have sold in the
We are always interested helping you sell quality collections
of antiques or single great pieces. The days
of going from show to show or shop to shop, and hitting
every out of the way shop between here and there in the quest for quality
antiques are basically over for us. We still do make one
cross country trips every spring and fall to follow up on leads our
sites have generated, pick up stuff we have arranged to sell on
consignment, and attend a few decent shows that remain, but our road warrior days
of antiquing are about over.
We are or have
been members of numerous collecting groups such as MWTCA, PNWTCAFCC,
ATTIC, ISMACS, KOOKS, MSICC / PITCA, EAIA, PATINA, CRAFTS, APES, ACME and others.
These and many other collector clubs are valuable sources of
information and knowledge, and without exception are worthwhile expenditures
of time and money for collectors and lovers of antiques. Our advice
to all collectors is to join such an antique collector club today and
participate. It is a very rewarding experience.
The primary goal of this internet antique website
is to provide you with a high quality, high-profile, easily accessible location in the "new antique marketplace"
on the internet to both buy and sell antiques. We fully
understand and are constant witnesses to how the antique marketplace
has been changing over the past few years. This site will provide you
with a new and viable alternative to the old and now obsolete ways of
both selling and acquiring antiques.
We strive to provide
you with a reputable, knowledgeable, and hassle-free venue to
sell your individual antique or life-long collection of antiques that
are of interest to us.
on consignment through a specialty collector / dealer who is visible,
forthright and honest has several major advantages over selling antiques
locally where the limited buying knowledge of many "antique" dealers,
or even outright deceit, can often lead to prices which can be far below
the current actual market values and what you might expect to receive.
This site, and
our strong desire to help you sell high quality antiques, also offers
you advantages over selling at most auctions and dealing with the unpredictability
of that venue where time, high commissions, poor scheduling, and the
overall uncertain nature of the end result can often lead to major disappointments
or worse. Please see the
, or visit our sister
for more info
* * * * We Sell Antiques!
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to Help you Sell Your quality Antiques
If you have a single antique, or a collection of antiques to sell
please contact us at LCM@patented-antiques.com
giving us your PHONE NUMBER
and other contact info
and we will get back to you ASAP.
To view examples of the types of antiques and collectibles we have previously
sold and are always interested in helping you sell please visit our
Sales Archive Pages at our sister website
Please see our
FAQ page, the
Appraisal / Selling Page and the
Selling Your Collection Pages
for further info.
Larry & Carole
/ Shipping Policy
We do not have an open
shop! The Internet is our only storefront.
For more info
on this please see the
Because of the volume of requests,
severe time constraints, and a full time work schedule, we cannot respond
to all of the individual requests for free online appraisals, "eppraisals",
valuations, or general information requests about individual antiques
we receive. Please see the FAQ page for more info.
Thanks for understanding!