What are some of the terms for pottery that you will run across?

When you start to collect pottery, you will run across quite a few terms that will make your head spin.  Transferware, majolica, stoneware and even salt glaze are a few of the terms that you will hear.  Here are some more that you will run across:

Crackle Glaze—this is a glaze that intentionally contains small cracks in the glaze.

Hollowware—this is also known as hollow ware and is describes vessels of any shape (like jugs or pitchers).  This does not include items known as flatware (such as plates).

Yellowware—also known as yellow ware and it is a type of earthenware that is named after its yellow appearance.  The color comes from the clay that is used when the item is made.  It came about in the United Kingdom in the late 18th century and started in the eastern United States in the 1920’s.

Delftware—This is a light-colored pottery that has a tin glaze and has an overglaze décor that is cobalt in color.  This was developed in Holland to copy the blue and white pottery that was made in China.

This is a tiny amount of what you will run across.  What terms have you heard?

A movie poster overview for the beginning collector

Just about anyone who walks by a movie theater will see at least one poster hanging in the window advertising what’s playing.  These posters will eventually come down when new movies are released.

From 1940 to 1984, the National Screen Service produced the posters for the film studios.  The theaters would return the posters to the NSS so that they could be sent to other theaters.  During this time, movies were kept in the theaters for several years.  Because the posters were sent out to several theaters, they were often in rough shape when they were finally pulled from circulation.

Movie posters come in so many different sizes and varieties, it can make your head spin like a cheap horror movie villain’s head!  Here’s a brief breakdown:

Lobby cards—these were popular in the 1910’s and 1920’s and are small advertisements for the movies.  Lobby cards were usually produced in a set of 8 and hung all around the lobby of a theater (this is how they got their name),  and they tended to be black and white scenes from the movie that were often hand-tinted with some color.   These were discontinued in 1985 in the United States.  This type is very collectible for the fact that they are small–usually 11 inches by 14 inches or 8 inches by 10 inches.  They don’t require much display space.


Teaser Poster—these were sent to a theater to advertise a movie that was about to be released.  This type of poster is also known as an advance poster.  There really wasn’t too much information put on the poster.  It had the title, some of the people starring in the movie, and sometimes even a tagline for the movie.  Teaser poster sometimes were released way in advance of the movie to drive up hype, but occasionally funding ran short, and the project was shelved.  It would pay off to see if the movie was actually made if you buy a teaser poster.  Even if the movie was shelved, it could be more valuable if it featured a now-famous actor or director in one of their first movies.

Character Poster—this poster highlights one character from a movie currently playing.  Often, these are character’s the public is already familiar with (the movie releasing can often be a sequel or part of a series).  For example, a character poster features Freddie Krueger from the Nightmare On Elm Street, or even Jason Voorhees of the Friday The 13th movies.

As with any collectible, be sure to do your research.  Posters are often reprinted if the movie is a smash hit (like Casablanca, Gone with the Wind, or even The Wizard Of OZ).  You could pick up the reprints at quite a few major retailers, or even online.  When you have an authentic poster, especially from one of these areas, they can really have some good value.

What kinds of movie posters would you proudly display on your wall?

Broken Bank Notes From The 1800’s

This sounds like a plot from a book or even a movie, but this actually happened with the banking system.  During the early 1800’s, the banking system was not as safe as it is today.  The banks would go out of business almost as fast as they would open their doors for the first time.

When a bank opened, they were allowed by the United States Government through a charter to print their own paper money.  This was to help the country get the monetary system up and running.

But when a bank went out of business, the money that it produced became worthless.  With the country being on the gold and silver standard at the time (which means paper money could basically be traded in for silver or gold coins that equaled the face value of the paper money), it was impossible to take the  worthless money in to redeem it.

So how did businesses and other banks know that a bank had gone out of business?  The most common method was to check a list of out-of-business banks, which were also called “broken banks.”  The list was updated, but it did take time to get it out to everyone.  The main problem that people faced is that banks folded after the list was updated, leaving some businesses with worthless money in exchange for goods and services.

Because it was so problematic, the banking system stopped printing money—it became the job of the BEP (which is the Bureau Of Engraving And Printing).  This early form of printing paper money created two types of collectibles—“Broken Bank” Notes and Obsolete United States paper money!

Have you ever run across this type of paper money?

Wow, look at all the different varieties of paperweights!

Paperweights are always a fun way to decorate with. Not only that, there are a wide variety of colors and materials that they are made of.  It could be glass, resin or even metal in pink, blue or a rainbow of colors. To top it off, there are as many companies and artists that have made a paperweight over the years.

One such paperweight is this terrific figural pig variety.

The terrific piece of pink with a crystal overlay glassware could also be considered a piece of art glass. You can see this paperweight in my Etsy shop here.  Another fun item that you can use as a paperweight is this gnome that is by Tom Clark.

The paperweight is dated 1985 and is also titled CHICK.  What I like is that Tom Clark includes a penny somewhere on every one of his gnome designs–I love trying to see where they end up (this one has the penny on the left side near the bottom).  You can see this terrific paperweight in my Etsy shop here.

One of the different companies that has made a paperweight is Fenton.  The Fenton glass company has made quite a few of them, and one of the designs that they made is a duck like this one.

This duck was made in the 1970’s, and it also has a hand painted face and floral scene on the back. You can see this great item in my Etsy shop here.

As a matter of fact, you can see all the different varieties of paperweights in my Etsy shop here. Head on over and check them out!

What are some different types of glassware that you might run across?

I am always amazed by the different colors, shapes and patterns that I run across on glassware—you never know what you will see.  Here are some of the types of glassware that you might run across when you are out shopping:

Milk glass—this is an opaque milk white colored glass that can be blown or pressed into a wide variety of shapes and sizes.  There have been several different colors of this type of glass made over the years—this includes blue, pink, yellow, brown,black, and the white that led to its name.

Slag glass—this is a collectors’ name for an opaque pressed glass that has colored streaks in it. The streaks are usually white or even a cream color. One way to achieve these colors is to add pulverized silicate slag from iron smelting works to the glass.

Cased glass—this is a type of glass that consists of two or more fused layers of different colors.  This type of glass is often decorated by cutting away glass so that the inner layers show through.

This is just a handful of what you might run across.  What types of glassware have you run across?

What are some shopping tips for anyone who is new to the vintage scene?

When you first start to shop for vintage and collectible items, it can be intimidating.  What are some tips that can help you out?

One misconception is to get there early.  I know that you hear “get there early!” or “the early bird gets the worm”, but I can tell you that’s not always the case.  There have been plenty of times when I have found great items at 10am or even at 2 in the afternoon.

Look in the weird spots—you never know what you will find hiding in the bottom corner or the very top shelf of the booth.

Shop with someone.  It could be anyone—a friend, wife, husband or even a family member.  This will bring another set of eyes to the place that you are shopping.  I don’t know how many times I have walked by a booth and saw nothing and then a family member found something great where I was looking.  Not only that, they will also be on the look out for completely different items that you normally don’t go looking for.

Your shoe choice could come back and haunt you.  This might sound silly, but it really can.  I constantly see someone wearing a pair of stylish shoes that eventually start to hurt them.  At the very least, bring a pair of comfortable tennis shoes with you in case your feet start to hurt.

This is only a handful of the tips that will come in handy when you are shopping for vintage and collectible items.  What are some of the tips that you have run across?

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!

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday deal from Wisdom Lane Antiques!

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I am currently offering you a 20% discount on the purchase price of all the item in my shop when you use the coupon code STORESALE20

I hope that you have a terrific Thanksgiving, and a fun time shopping this weekend!