Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

Columns

December 26, 2013

Speculative buying for 2014--'vintage' is a key word

As with any type of investment venture, the antique market is a game of buy low, sell when the market peaks.

I find that many collector, while not actually “dealers,” work on the theory that dabbling in resale is a great way to support their collecting habit. Ready for a little speculative buying in 2014? Here are my top picks for items that the diligent shopper can purchase buy low... and sell high.

As we enter a new year, the key word is “vintage”. To the surprise of many Baby Boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964), the toys, art and even home decor they knew as a child have taken on a monetary value. Things that they cherished as a child have now become desirable to collectors who are drawn to the kitchy randomness of the second half of the 20th Century.

1) Vintage vinyl records and albums from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s are in high demand. Purchased by those of us who remember when these records topped the charts, as well as the 20 something crowd, strong sellers include the Beatles, ‘70s rock, ‘80s rock and new wave and obscure artists from 1960 to 1990. Condition and rarity are the largest determinants of value, so exercise caution until you have done your homework.

2) Once considered a throw-away, turn tables are back. Belt-driven models from Philco and Pioneer, German made 4-speed dual turntables and direct drive automatic return models are all desirable. Just make certain they are in good working order, as repairs can be costly.

3) Vintage furniture will hold strong in 2014, so head for the thrift store! Lighting fixtures, upholstered chairs, blonde furniture and Scandinavian design occasional pieces from the ‘60s and ‘70s are common finds.

4) Vintage kitchen items and hostess pieces are fun to use and can still be had for pennies on the dollar. Remember your Mom’s Pyrex bowls? They are back in vogue as are Melmac dishes, green and red handled utensils, ‘60s bar accessories.pitcher and glass sets and punch bowls.

Text Only
Columns
  • nei-gb042314 Spaulding Column headshot Jack Spaulding: Spring turkey hunting season off and running Indiana's 45th annual statewide spring turkey hunting began last Wednesday, April 23, and DNR wildlife research biologist Steve Backs is expecting harvest results similar to last year. Hunters may kill one male or bearded turkey in the spring season,

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • nei-gb042314-linda kennett column jpg Linda Hamer Kennett: Crate art Paper labels from 1880 to 1930, collectively referred to as "Crate Art," are a unique form of American Folk Art. Originally designed to be glued to the ends of wooden crates to identify produce during shipping, the graphically attractive labels are

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • nei-gb042314-pat smith column headshot Pat Smith: Pat's potpourri This is a Pat's Potpourri day. Sometimes bits and pieces of things that don't quite make a whole column, but are still interesting to readers and me, become a column. Roger Welage told me not long ago that he spent the first 25 years of his life on S

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • nei-gb042314-homemakers logo Eileen Fisse: Garden time nears First a reminder: Club dues are due May 1 to our county treasurer, and now is the time to register for the Home and Family Conference which is held in June. Also, a reminder to sign up to work at the fair. I want to thank those who already signed up

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Maureen Hayden: Judge Richard Young described as “careful and thoughtful in his decisions" When U.S. District Judge Richard Young recently ruled in favor of a lesbian couple seeking recognition of their out-of-state marriage, opponents of same-sex unions called him an activist judge who was unilaterally trampling the law. The label didn't

    April 22, 2014

  • Brian Howey: Doctors Brown and Bucshon become seekers Seated across the table from me at Cafe Patachou were Drs. Tim Brown and Larry Bucshon. Dr. Bucshon was a heart surgeon from Newburgh. Dr. Brown is an emergency room physician from Crawfordsville. What made this breakfast meeting extraordinary is tha

    April 22, 2014

  • Thanks, Max

    Max Dickson has given the historical society a gift that many will enjoy for years.

    April 17, 2014

  • Lee H. Hamilon: Government As Innovator? You Bet! Five years ago, the federal government spent $169 billion to fund basic research and development. This fiscal year, it's down to $134 billion. People who believe in public belt-tightening applaud drops like that. I understand why: There are many reas

    April 17, 2014

  • How to deal with nuisance wild animals Most people enjoy watching wildlife and sometimes even interacting with critters on occasion. One of my favorite activities is keeping the bird feeder well supplied and seeing Hoosier song birds up close and personal. Sometimes there are situations w

    April 17, 2014

  • Self deposit box: Wolfsie takes a selfie of his check I love where I bank. It's a branch inside of a big supermarket. I can make a modest withdrawal and then go and blow every last penny in the cookie aisle. The tellers at the window appreciate me. They know about my obsession with round numbers and und

    April 17, 2014

Featured Ads
AP Video
Bon Jovi Helps Open Low-income Housing in Philly Pipeline Opponents Protest on National Mall Hagel Gets Preview of New High-tech Projects S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart New Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees Named 'Piles' of Bodies in South Sudan Slaughter New Yorkers Celebrate Cherry Blossom Blooms SCOTUS Hears Tv-over-Internet Case Justice Dept. Broadening Criteria for Clemency Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers 'Miss Meadows' Takes Holmes Back to Her Roots Biden: Russia Must Stop Talking, Start Acting David Moyes Out As Manchester United Manager Raw: Leopard Bites Man in India Iowa College Finds Beauty in Bulldogs High Court to Hear Dispute of TV Over Internet Stowaway Teen Forces Review of Airport Security
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.