'Tique Talk ~ About Antique Collecting ~ by Marianne Dow

Springfield Extravaganza Antique Show Photos - Slideshow Video

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Nor Shall Their Story Be Forgot: Appreciating Our Veterans ~ About Collecting Vintage Memorial Day Postcards

On Memorial Day ~ Nor Shall Their Story Be Forgot ~ Appreciating All of Our Soldiers and Veterans, today and every day.

Sneaking a little fun into this somber day.

Memorial Day is not just about shopping and store sales.


"Memorial Day is a US federal holiday wherein the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces are remembered. 
The holiday, which is celebrated every year on the final Monday of May, was formerly known as Decoration Day and originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. 
By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service. 
It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.
Memorial Day should not to be confused with Veterans Day; Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans." -- from The History of Memorial Day (wikipedia) - read more here.

Another source, Pajamadeen, writes:

"The holiday fittingly began as a black history celebration, with the first impromptu Decoration Day observed in 1865 by liberated slaves in Charleston, SC, at Washington Race Course (now Hampton Park). The race course had been both a Confederate prison camp and a mass grave for Union soldiers who died in captivity. In a process which took only 10 days, freed slaves exhumed bodies from the mass grave, reinterring each Union solder in an individual grave. When finished, the former slaves built a fence around the graveyard, added an entry arch, and declared the site a Union cemetery. On May 1, 1865, a crowd of up to 10,000 mainly black residents, including 2,800 children, went to the graveyard and celebrated with a picnic, sermons and singing. And thus Decoration Day was born. However, Waterloo, NY gets the credit as the official birthplace of Memorial Day, because the village first formally observed the holiday on 5 May 1866."


Video clip of one man's album full of Memorial Day postcards:

Memorial Day postcard collection shows century-old sentiments from Breanna Roy on Vimeo.

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R. Boose Opened the 1st General Store in Lima Ohio in 1860 ~ His Trade Tokens

Civil War era trade token: R. Boose Dealer in Drygoods Lima Ohio w/ Union Shield 1864 on reverse.

R. Boose's store is between the CITY BANK and Fluke and Bailey's Drug Store in the Baxter's Block building, pictured above in an 1864 ad. [Source]

In 1860, Rudolph Boose opened the first general store in Lima Ohio.

"Rudolph Boose attended the country schools of Somerset county, Pennsylvania, and also had some collegiate training before he left that state for Ohio. 

At that time Rockport, twelve miles northeast of Lima, was the larger and more important trading point, and he settled there and conducted a general store. 

After three years at Rockport he moved to a location three miles north of Lima. At the time of the construction of the large stone arch by the Cincinnati, Hamilton & Dayton Railroad over Sulphur Spring Road he conducted a large store, and continued at that point for two years. 

He then moved to Lima, and in 1860 opened the first general store in the city, in what was then the New Baxter Block, and is now occupied by the Crawford Shoe House. 

In 1868 he retired from the mercantile field and became a stockdealer, buying and shipping cattle. Having faith in the future of Allen county, he invested in its land and became the owner of 280 acres of farm land. 

His death occurred in 1871, while he was still actively engaged in business." [Source]

Alfred C. Baxter started the City Bank. He and his brother entered banking in 1874 under the name Baxter Brothers & Company. In 1881 Alfred C. Baxter sold his interests to Thornton Mitchell. [Source]

Baxter's Block burned down in February 1879. [Source]

Boose token variation w/ Lady Liberty profile (wearing a Phrygian cap). Fuld's Guide to Civil War Store Card Tokens says that there are 4 types and 6 varieties of R. Boose tokens.

What's a Phrygian Cap?
During the 18th century, the red Phrygian cap evolved into a symbol of freedom, held aloft on a Liberty Pole during the American Revolutionary War. [fridge-ee-un]

The cap was especially adopted during the French Revolution, along with other symbols adopted from classical Antiquity: to this day the national emblem of France, Marianne, is shown wearing a Phrygian cap. [Source


Note: These items are part of my ''Collecting Lima Virtual Museum''. They are not for sale.

If/when I find more information on these items, I will add it to the post.

Read the Introduction to my ''Collecting Lima'' Virtual Museum Project, all about my Lima Ohio Bottles, Advertising, Antiques collection.

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Collecting Antique Insulators ~ Vintage Glass Telephone Pole Insulators

Photo by Jim Golden [Source]

Photo by Matt Weldon [Source]

To get some idea of the potential value, here are some recent ebay completed insulator auctions--WOW!!! Now these were NOT ours, but it's always great fun to see some gems that others have sold.

If you want to learn more, check out:
  • 'The Insulators Page' ON COLLECTOR'S WEEKLY. It includes info, and many links to more sites, and their great widget list showing all the current highest priced insulator auctions on ebay that actually HAVE BIDS. You can see the full completed list, too. I can't say enough how much I am liking this site!
In addition to the links on Collectors Weekly, you might want to check out these other informative websites all about INSULATORS:

Beaded Bags -- Collecting Antique Beaded Purses & Sold Prices

A rare Weiner Werkstatte beaded purse that sold on 1st Dibs.

A rare beaded bag from a private collection on display here.
She has so many beautiful beaded purses for sale, too - like this one available here:

After seeing that pretty framed antique beaded purse at an auction the other night, I thought I'd look at some more beaded purses online, to compare and learn what to look for. Wow! There have been some gorgeous examples. Just look at these, the highest-priced 4 that sold on ebay when I was searching.

The above lovely bag brought $2315.00! The scene continued all the way around. Can you imagine the time spent putting those 1000s of teeny tiny beads on there?

I adore this dramatic colorful peacock purse that sold for $2000.00.

This Venice Gondola scene bag brought $1500.00.

This colorful bag brought $1400. As pretty as it is, you can definitely see the difference in artistic value between the top 2 and the next 2 -- it's more than just the $1000.00. Believe me, you'll know a good one when you see it. I hope you get a deal on it!

Learn alot about vintage beaded bags, as well as all kinds of vintage purses at BAG LADY U.

Here's a page that lists some great reference books about beaded purses.

Check out this pretty and informative website: Exquisite Antique Beaded Purses by Jo Addie -- she tells us: "Beaded purses are made in basically two ways, either knitted/crocheted, or created on a loom."

Check out Collectors Weekly's beaded bags page to keep track of ebay purse auctions -- link.

Pinterest is a fun way to search for beaded purses.

Well, that should give you a good start on collecting these beauties!

[The quality, and thus the drop off precipitously after the top few, as is usually the case with most categories. That's why the rare, better pieces bring the better prices. I think this is another example of the Pareto's 80-20  rule that is often referred to in evaluating collections. The top 20% of the items represent 80% of the value. I try to edit my collections, and improve the quality. You know - sell off the bottom, keep the cream, so someday it's all "the good stuff".]

Your Guide to the Springfield Extravaganza Antique Show May 2015 ~ 2,000+ #Vintage Dealers!

Photo by Marianne Dow


The 2015 Spring Springfield Antique Show & Flea Market Extravaganza is rapidly approaching... 

May 15, 16, 17, 2015

It's time for the BIGGEST outdoor antique show in Ohio: the famous Springfield Extravaganza Antique Show. For over 25 years, twice a year, this monthly antique show kicks it into overdrive and over 2,000 antiques and vintage dealers cover the fairgrounds venue. Wear your comfiest walking shoes!


Show details:
The show is located at the Clark County Fairgrounds, 4401 S. Charleston Pike, Springfield, Ohio 45502. [Google maps link.]

Directions and details here on the Extravaganza's website.

Watch Shirley Temple singing Early Bird - the cutest thing ever!

Early Bird -- the only way to Fly  Shop!

Friday, May 15th -- 7AM to Noon: 

Admission is only $12 (free parking) -- and it is good for all 3 days

This is a great value for all you serious shoppers. Get a hotel room and shop all 3 days. And you can hit the Springfield antique malls too. There are 2 big malls, with another 1,000+ dealers! 

Release the Hounds --- at Noon!  

FRIDAY at noon the ''regular shopping'' begins. Although this is the Extravaganza, so there's nothing regular about it. There's still plenty of treasures left.
Admission $7 (free parking)

Now also at the Extravaganzas: 
a Show inside the show, 
the Vintage Marketplace.

The new centerpiece of the show is the Vintage Marketplaceunder the big white tents in the center of the fairgrounds. The Vintage Marketplace gals have set up their show-within-a-show at the last few Extravaganzas, and that has brought a whole to crop of dealers, hundreds more shoppers, and amped the vintage vibe way up. Their advertising and promoting has really helped to grow the Springfield Extravaganza.

See more of my photos from the May 2013 Extravaganza, showing the Vintage Marketplace's big white tent, overflowing with treasures.

Watch this 

Screen shot - click to go through to PBS to watch the episode of Market Warriors when they were filming at Springfield Extravaganza May 2012.

The Extravaganza lives up to its name. Watch when the PBS show, Market Warriors, filmed an episode at there, in May 2012. Watch the entire episode online here at PBS.

See my post with all the fun photos I took of the cast and crew while I was there hunting for vintage treasures -- here. This is just one shot of Miller Gaffney:

[See My May 2013 Springfield Extravaganza Antique Show Photo Album]

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