TWIN BROOKS ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES <B>NEWSLETTER ARCHIVES</B>

Newsletter #15

October 25, 1997

Greetings Accumulators!

This week, after a crushing workload, a very expensive package whose contents arrived seriously damaged, and my mother's cornea transplant, it's a pleasure to sit down and write to you.

OLE' OLE' - SOMEONE MAY HAVE TO PAY Department

It seems that Target stores have begun to carry Cantinaware. It walks like Fiesta, it talks like Fiesta, it smells like Fiesta. Naturally, the Homer Laughlin Company, who has re-released their fabulously successful and avidly collected Fiestaware, is not amused. They're suing. For people who love the Fiesta look, Cantinaware is a cheap choice - and you don't have to be afraid to use it.

REPRODUCTION WARNINGS

*As always - cast iron coming in from the Orient

*Silver plated figural napkin rings - they're at flea markets

*Coca Cola Belt Buckles - I thought by now no one would be fooled by these. They're from the seventies - There's a Mickey Mouse with telescope, Art Nouveau bare-breasted lady, Superman. They're all fantasy items.

*Roseville pottery - it would seem unlikely that most people would be fooled by these, but it's happening! Seen at flea markets: Magnolia and Dogwood.

WHAT'S HOT

*Pennants! Most popular: baseball and World's Fair. Store them rolled or flat - don't fold!!!

*Celebrity Memorabilia. Duh.

*Halloween collectibles. And not just this month, either. It's a year-round thing. The most popular stuff is the 19th century and early 2oth century German and American.

*Chintz. A floral patterned porcelain from Staffordshire, England, it commands high prices and looks great.

MANIPULATING THE MARKET!!!

One of the hottest collectibles on the market is Beanie Babies, but if you look at them, they're really nothing special - cute yes, but so are a lot of things. What's pushing up the market in Beanies, and making collectors frantic with desire to acquire more? Rumors! The Ty Company may not be starting the rumors, but they're certainly benefiting from them. Even what seems to be poor management by the company has been turned to their advantage, as retailers wait for a particular issue and are delivered another instead. All this adds up to a pretty bad investment in a highly speculative market.

This weekend, Artie and I are picking Mom up at the hospital. What a relief that she came through the transplant so well - and with a great deal of humor! For those of you where it isn't pouring down rain as it is here in New York, Happy Hunting!

Best,
Judith

1997 by Judith Katz-Schwartz. All rights reserved.

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