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.
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.
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.
nostalgia, childhood memories, vintage collectibles, vintage reproductions, Roseville Pottery