Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Beware of the FAKES!

Vintage collectibles have become so popular that producing fakes has become a very lucrative business.

So many Carnival Glass pieces were reproduced in the 70's that it takes a really good eye to spot the originals. You have to handle a lot of the real thing to be able to spot the reproductions. That's why I have such a small number of Carnival Glass pieces in my own collection - I just don't trust myself to avoid being ripped off.

Roseville Vase Reproduction
Art pottery is another collectible area that has been filled with fakes. We found some pieces of Roseville this summer for a price that seemed too good to be true, but we were on the backside of nowhere at an estate sale, run by the owner's heirs, so we took a chance.

Roseville Vase Reproduction

The pieces were well done, but when we did the research at home, we found that they were reproductions. We were lucky. We had paid so little for them that we still made a small profit, selling them as reproductions.

Just in case you're interested, here's one of the sites that we used to determine that they were not originals.

The Roseville Exchange

I think it's the concern about ending up with fakes that led us to specialize in the everyday vintage items that don't sell for the kinds of prices that warrant reproduction. Give us a fascinating old kitchen utensil, or an unusual church fan or old magazine. We love to find things that the relatives think are worthless, but we see as being nostalgic pieces of ordinary history.

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Gem said...

I love the old everyday things. My mother started scouring farm sales in KS for kitchen utensils for me. I have quite a collection of hand beaters, sieves, porcelain coated metal spoons, wood-handle spatulas and spoons, etc. I actually use some of them, but plan to make some shadow boxes when we (if ever!) get the kitchen redone. I like to use old Ball jars for canisters (although they are difficult to scoop from, lol). I also have a near-obsession with vintage quilts. The more mismatched the fabrics, the better! Mom has found a few of those at farm sales as well. Sadly, many of my genaration are selling farmhouses that have been in the family for 3-4 generations and moving to town or even out of state. There is a lot of history for sale at those auctions!

Dirty Butter said...

Gem, you sound like a lady after my own heart! We have several old quilts, but I've stopped using them, because I'm afraid to try to wash them for fear they will disintegrate LOL. Now they're just draped across an old trunk in the bedroom.

Countess Demetria said...

You have a great blog here!

My parents collect antiques. They go to auctions, Estate Sales, Garage Sales, Etc.. to find that old antique that catches their eye!

My Grandma also used to do that too. She collects Niloak pottery. She has found a few fakes before she knew enough about the Niloak to know the difference. :(

I also like The old things. I just don't have the money to go buy the stuff. lol

Thanks for your comment on my blog!
I really appreciate it. Stop by again sometime. I'll do the same.

Take Care.

Dirty Butter said...

Glad you like our blog, Countess!

We have a Date Day every Friday, and we always go to a few estate sales and sometimes a yard sale or thrift store, while we're out. It's fun to look at all the vintage items, even if we don't buy anything.

When our children were young, we dragged them along to auctions for awhile. They would sit in the floor and play with their dolls, while we had a ball. They really didn't like it (surprise), so we quit for some time.

Now that we're both retired, we're enjoying every estate sale we go to, and selling the collectibles we find gives us a good excuse to keep right on doing it LOL!!