Guides to Antiques and Collectibles

Many of our customers are interested in book guides to antiques and collectibles. They like to learn about these special pieces as much as they like buying them for the home! Our customers are usually not experts on antiques, as you might guess from our slogan: “Fine antiques for regular folks!” But still, its fun to read about all the different kinds of collectibles and learn more about styles. Here are some of the reliable guides to antiques and collectibles that you might want to browse…

Kovels’ Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide

Kovels Antiques Price GuideThis one has lots of illustrations, with more than 2,500 color photos, so it’s great to flick through and find examples of beautiful antique furniture, ceramics, glass, dolls, jewelry and other collectibles. It also has a useful price guide for items in all budget zones, based on sale prices of actual pieces in the previous year.

When shopping online or in person for antiques, it’s good to have a sense of the normal price range of any antique item. It’s also easy to use the internet to search for the item and cross-reference with a piece you are thinking about buying, because while every piece of antique furniture is unique, you can still get a rough idea of the going price. However you compare prices, make sure you are comparing apples with apples! Note the age of the piece so you are comparing pieces from similar dates, also note the materials, and the condition of the piece.

Here at we are confident that we offer very competitive prices on our antiques and collectibles. We don’t have big city overheads, so that helps us keep our costs down. Our customers often say how fair our pricing is, especially as we include free shipping within the continental USA and some parts of Canada.  In addition to our already low prices, we also offer occasional discount codes. Subscribe to this blog or follow us on Facebook to hear about our future promo codes!

Warman’s Antiques & Collectibles

Warmans Antiques and Collectibles bookThis guide is written by Noah Fleisher who used to be the editor of Antique Trader magazine and he also has auction house experience.  The book includes sections on antique furniture, glass, memorabilia, jewelry, ceramics, lighting and other collectibles such as bottles, cameras, cookie jars, quilts and clocks. The book also has short guides to styles of antique furniture. If antique styles interest you, then we also invite you to browse our series of guides to different antique furniture styles on this blog!

Fleisher quotes Dan Matthews, an owner of an auction house, who encourages people thinking about buying a piece of antique furniture to: “Buy it because you like it. Because you can live with it and it means something to you.” That’s exactly the same advice that we give!

Antique Trader Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide

Antique Trader Antiques BookThis authoritative book claims to be the best-selling annual price guide in the USA. It features expert advice, around 4,000 color photographs, historical information, and values. It is checked for accuracy by international professionals in the antiques field, and it covers a diverse range of subjects from antique furniture to Asian art and artifacts and antique farm collectibles.

This year’s edition points out that younger people are also getting into antique furniture, as Millennials are embracing the “green” and sustainable aspect of antiques. We love that! We’ve noticed that the authenticity of antiques and the hand-crafted quality also add to the appeal for younger buyers.

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Things We Love Right Now – December 2012

Did you have a good turkey day? We enjoyed a fun family holiday at home. Then, right after Thanksgiving, Greg and I ran away to Hot Springs, North Carolina, for a quiet weekend before the busy season. As you can see below, we had a wonderful time there!

We came back in time to enjoy our local holiday parade. Newberry, South Carolina, puts on quite a show! People enjoyed our large gallery window, “decorated” by two of our gallery cats, Lenny and Minky. Therese put up a tree in the window and decorated it with her collection of antique fans, scarves, and gloves. Even her Great Aunt’s shoes made it into the vignette!

Things We Love

With the festive season well upon us, all of us here at EuroLux are reflecting on what we love in December. Last month, we introduced you to Greg’s mom, Kathy, who repairs items that arrive damaged in the cargo containers from Europe. Here’s a photo of Kathy at work. Later this month, she’ll share some tips with you on how you can fix any of your ceramics that get broken during the holidays.

Kathy says one of her favorite things about December is decorating for the holidays. She creates an elaborate mantel display using magnolia leaves, not unlike the magnolia wreath below.

Of course, it wouldn’t be the holidays without gifts. Greg loves giving and receiving presents. This year, he’s hoping for a Fender Squier guitar to connect to our Xbox. Greg and I like to unwind by rocking out to the game Rockband. I sing, while Greg plays drums and guitar.

As for me, one thing I love about December is the flurry of holiday cards that arrive in the mailbox. I love both writing and receiving cards. It helps me re-connect with old friends I may only hear from once a year.

I love the colorful display the cards make, whether piled in a wicker basket or artfully arranged on the mantel. In keeping with this theme, I’ll be sharing some information this month about how color and antique furniture can work together to create a unique look for your home. I’ll also be writing about antique furniture as legacy — a theme that’s especially appropriate during this holiday season when we miss those family members no longer with us to celebrate. How fortunate we can fill our homes with heirlooms that remind us of these loved ones every day of the year.

Also coming up this month, I’ll be alerting you to some new decorating trends (antique furniture makes House Beautiful’s “What’s Hot in 2013” list!), sharing some books you might find useful, and spotlighting one of our valued clients.

The main thing we love during December is YOU. We love your emails and phone calls. And we sincerely value your business.

What things do you love about December or the holiday season, in general?

 Aimee owns with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

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