Happy New Year from Wisdom Lane Antiques!

Did Santa leave a little extra cash for you in your Christmas stocking?  Wisdom Lane Antiques is offering a coupon code for 10% off the purchase price of any item!

From December 26th through January 1st, you can use the coupon code RETURN10 to get that discount.  We have a wide selection of antiques, collectibles, clothing and jewelry to choose from.

I hope that you have a Happy New Year!

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What are some parts of a Ceramic piece?

When it comes to a ceramic piece, you can hear some pretty interesting vocabulary words that describe what it’s made of.  Here are some of the words that I have heard over the years:

Bisque – this is clay that has been fired once, and it is an unglazed piece.

Terra Cotta – it is a brownish-orange earthenware clay body.  It’s commonly used for ceramic sculpture or even architectural ornament.  It’s an Italian word that means “baked earth”.

High Relief—it’s a strongly raised or even deeply carved pattern.  This style of carving can get pretty detailed.

There are a lot of words that you will hear that describe what a ceramic piece is made of, or even a specific part of an item.  What kinds of words have you heard?

Dressing for New Year’s Eve

December 31 is a night for parties, dances and meals at fancy restaurants.  All of which require that special outfit.  What you need is one that doesn’t break the bank but makes heads turn.

Wisdom Lane Antiques can dress you from head to toe—and even provide a terrific coat for a finishing touch.

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A coat that you can wear is this NYGARD COLLECTION Red Ladies Dressy Knee Length Trench Coat.  It’s a Size 6 and would definitely add a splash of color to any outfit.  You can see it in my eBay shop here.

There are several dresses that you can find in my eBay shop, like this CHELSEA NITES dress.

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The great thing about this pink hombre full length evening dress is that it has beaded accents on it.  You can see it in my eBay shop here.  As a matter of fact, you can see more evening dresses in my eBay shop here.

Another item that you can wear are these CHARLOTTE RUSSE shoes.

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This pair of Kidman Style Black Patent Leather High Heel Pumps are a Size 8, and they have the original box with them.  You can see this terrific pair in my eBay shop here.  You can see more heels in my eBay shop here.

I hope that you have a Happy New Year and make a lot of heads turn!

Year round use for Halloween Costumes

October 31 is for the kids to dress up and become a worst nightmare or even a bright star.  Why should it be over on November 1?  Why not get a large tub or box and fill it with a variety of costumes—superheroes, fantasy beasts, favorite storybook or movie characters—even grown-up dress-up looks.

There are a ton of costumes that you can put in that tub.  It could be a wide variety of character, or they can mix and match pieces.  One of the great costumes that you can use is this great ladybug costume.

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The great thing about the costume is that the ladybug antenna and wings are not attached to the dress, making this great to mix and match.  You can see it in my eBay store here.  Another costume that you could get is this Iron Man costume.

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The jumpsuit and the mask are separate pieces so that you can create your own robotic hero or villain!  You can see the great costume in my eBay store here.

Let the kids in your life use them year round—let their imaginations fly.  Perhaps put on plays for the grown-up audience in the house.  Better yet, why not join in on the fun with this great STAR WARS Princess Leia costume.

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You can see this terrific STAR WARS costume in my eBay store here.  You can also see all of the costumes in  my ebay store here.

What a great way to let the imagination fly!

A small slice of the different types of glass on the market

When you start to get into antiques and collectibles, you will find out there are a wide variety of items out on the market.  It could be just about anything, really.  It could be a specific item, or even a broader area like glassware.

Here are a few of the different types of glassware that I have heard about over the years:

Confetti—this is paper-thin elements of glass that can be worked into either a fused or blown glass piece.  Sometimes you will hear someone call this “shards” and you could find this in something like a paperweight.

Drapery Glass—this is glass sheets that has dramatic folds, kind of what you find in the hanging drapes of your house.

Millefiori Glass—this is an Italian word meaning “a thousand flowers.” This commonly refers to glass items that are made from a lot of murrini slices.

Beveled Glass—this is cold glass (usually a clear, thick plate of glass) with an edge that have been ground and polished to an angle other than 90 degrees. Light is refracted from this, and a prism-like effect is often the result. Bevels come in a variety of sizes, shapes and geometric configurations, which are called “clusters” that is incorporated into leaded glass work.  More often than not, you will find this in windows and even mirrors.

What other types of glassware have you heard about?

That’s a Catalina pottery vase made by Gladding McBean!

When out shopping at a local flea market, I ran across this terrific pottery vase that is marked CATALINA POTTERY C-333 MADE IN USA.

The vase has the Calla Lilly pattern on it, and it was made from 1937 to 1942 by the Gladding McBean Company.

When you see the mark on the bottom of the vase, you think it is for CATALINA ISLAND POTTERY made from 1927 to 1933. A good rule of thumb to use is if it just says POTTERY and does not have the word ISLAND, it’s made by Gladding McBean.

One great thing about this vase is the fact that the top of the vase is not too small so that it doesn’t strangle your favorite flowers.  Not only that, but it would also look wonderful on any table.

You can see this terrific vase in my Etsy store here. Have you ever run across anything like this?