October 7, 2010

Is it an Antique or Just Old?

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From the PackRat...
Antiques, Collectibles, and Treasures

Antiques Roadshow, a popular TV show that allows folks to bring in their treasures and get them appraised, is readying for the 2011 season with tickets going on sale in January and new episodes starting shortly thereafter. The 1-800-PACK-RAT team decided this was a good time to share with you some of the best tips about more unusual antiques and collectibles.

  • Vintage holiday items: Did you know that ornaments, tree toppers and vintage aluminum Christmas trees are growing in collectibility? Antique ornaments can range in price from a few dollars to over $1000 for highly prized Dresdens. 

  • Antique garden ornaments: That's right, statues, benches and marble sculptures not only can grace your landscape, but could be worth money, too. According to the Antiques Roadshow, the key is to routinely do preventative maintenance. Store those wooden pieces during the wintertime and cover the statues to protect them from ice.

  • Historic photographs: Spotted an old photo in a yard sale and thinking it may be worth a lot of money? Well, be cautious. It's sometimes hard to tell a fake from the real thing. Unscrupulous vendors may take an old postcard, scuff it up and glue it to a piece of cardboard to make it look antique. If authentic, some of the most collectible photos are of Annie Oakley, Abraham Lincoln, and Sitting Bull.
Whatever you choose to collect or you find at the next estate sale, take the time to do your research about how to best care for it and store it. Happy hunting!

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PackRat Tips...
Storing Those Precious Items

So you've inherited some great vintage items, scored a good deal at a yard sale or scoured local antique shops for that perfect quilt. What now? If you are not interested in displaying your precious find or you'd like to seasonally change out the decor, a 1-800-PACK-RAT unit is a great option. We've gather a few of the more popular collectible categories and some tips for storing them properly.

Linens and textiles: When storing quilts, bedding, and other linens, lay them out flat to prevent any folds. You may want to place acid-free tissue paper between them as a buffer.

Silver: Don't routinely use that silver set from grandma? Store it in a wooden chest inside the PACK-RAT unit. The chest limits the amount of air that can reach the silver, delaying the tarnishing process.

Papers: Newspapers, old birth certificates, books, and Bibles are most at risk and yet probably hold some of the best memories for your family. Wash your hands before handling, and then lay them flat between sheets of acid-free buffered paper in archival boxes. Storage is a great option because excessive exposure to heat and light can do irreparable damage.

Want to learn more about 1-800-PACK-RAT's storage solutions? Contact us today.

  October 7, 2010

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Antique Resources

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