September 11, 1998
A cool comfortable day here in NYC, as another buying weekend approaches.
FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF NO, TREES WITH HOLES IN THEM
Time-Warner has announced that it will release a new Woody Woodpecker movie this fall. This will understandably push the price of Woody Woodpecker memorabilia up. So, buy it now or you'll pay through the beak for it.
C'MON, PUNCH ME IN THE EYE, AND MAKE IT LOOK GOOD
It's no secret that toys in nice new boxes command higher prices than those with no boxes, or battered boxes. In fact, some people have become so obsessive about the condition of not only the toys they are buying, but the boxes as well, that stores have resorted to drastic measures in order to get some peace. Target Stores reports that frenzied buyers demanding perfect boxes have become such a pain, the stores have actually begun to damage their own boxes. So now, the only buyers they'll attract will be those who are only interested in (oh no!) the actual toys.
THIEVES IN THE NIGHT
If you think thieves are getting bolder, you're right! Ralph and Terry Kovel report the theft of a 1,200 lb cast iron urn from right in front of their front door, under a bright light, while they were asleep in the house. Police report that the theft of garden ornaments has become a big business in the US. The culprits drive up in the middle of the night with a crew and a truck take what they want, and drive to a flea market or show in another state. We have friends whose antique cast iron lawn furniture was stolen from right behind their house, which is the entrance to their shop, in broad daylight. What can be done to prevent this? All lawn ornaments and furniture should be sunk in concrete or bolted to something sunk into the concrete. Architectural elements should be put into cement walls and, if you want to be drastic, garden entrances should be made so narrow that a truck can't get in, making it a long haul for anyone who wants to carry off that 1,200 lb. prize.
Have a great weekend, Accumulators. Artie and I are
headed to the
SuperFlea in Greensboro, NC, where I'll be shaking
some hands, doing some
appraisals and giving a seminar on shopping antiques
shows and flea
markets. Artie, poor thing, will be playing golf.
If you're in the nabe,
stop by and say "hi'! Happy hunting!
© 1998 Judith Katz-Schwartz. All rights reserved.
Antiques and Collectibles Newsletter #56
U.S. Library of Congress
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