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  1. Retro Rumtopf: A Taste of Nostalgia

    Retro Rumtopf: A Taste of Nostalgia

    When I was a teenager, my father bought a rumtopf crock at a summer car-boot fair. He'd tried some traditional rumtopf made by a German couple many years before and, upon finding this pot, decided to recreate it himself. He excitedly layered fruit, rum, and sugar until the crock was full and stashed it in our cellar. Many months later, at Christmas time, the dusty pot was revealed, and we eagerly lined up to sample the contents.

    Oh. My. Goodness.

    The fruit juices had mingled with the rum to create a magnificently mouth-watering liquor, which suspended the soft, sweet chunks of preserved fruit. Served with a big dollop of vanilla

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  2. Corking Cleaning Concept - How to clean cork lids on retro storage jars

    I recently bought some nice T. G. Green 'Granville' storage jars with their original cork lids. These pieces looked as though they'd not been washed since the day they'd been made! The ceramic jars were easy enough to clean in the washing-up bowl. The lids were so dirty, that they required a bit more thought. After a bit of trial and error, I found a great cleaning method for even the dirtiest of cork.

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  3. How to Buy and Sell at Auction

    I attended my first auction at ten days old. In the thirty years that have since passed, a lot has changed. The advent of the internet has made buying and selling at auction easier than ever before. Despite this, many people are still hesitant to visit or take part in a classic 'in the room' auction.

    Recently, I was lucky enough to attend an ingenious 'Novice Night' at Wessex Auction Rooms, hosted by the co-owner Tim Weeks (of Bargain Hunt fame). The turn out was fantastic, which made me realise that so many people still find auctions daunting. In this guide, I aim to explain the ins and outs of buying and selling at auction, as well as dispelling the myths surrounding

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  4. How to Safeguard Your Antiques from Theft

    How to Safeguard Your Antiques from Theft

    The Telegraph recently published an article detailing the increases seen in theft, burglary, and robberies over the festive period. In some cases, these crimes have soared by around 20% on the previous year; worse still, many of these criminals are not apprehended or charged for these offences.

    The winter months tend to bring with them a greater volume of crime. The long, dark evenings provide cover for burglars, as well as the fact that many properties

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  5. Legacy Antiques joins the FSB

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    I am delighted to announce that we at Legacy Antiques and Collectibles Ltd have recently joined the FSB (Federation of Small Businesses).

    The FSB is a non-profit organisation, who aim to help small businesses grow and achieve their ambitions. They are non-party political, and are experts in campaigning and lobbying in Westminster for small businesses.

    You can read more about them HERE.

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  6. Flea-Bitten: So You've Caught the Car-boot Bug?

    I have spent my whole life going to flea markets and car-boot fairs. To me, a Sunday is not a day of rest; on the contrary, it is the start of my working week.

    Over the years, as the demand for the second-hand markets has soared, I have fine-tuned my buying skills and gathered an assortment of 'tools' that assist me in my market moseying.

    In this article, I will give you my top-tips for surviving a flea market or car-boot fair.

    Money. Most people will have been to a cash point on the way to the market, and are unlikely to have much change. This means that many unprepared vendors will be out of change early on. If you can plan ahead, try to visit your bank to withdraw smaller denominations. Change is vital.

    Early start. At one stage I used to get up at 4am and try to be at my first fair around 6am. In more recent years, I have found that many dealers are out at this time and that their attitudes can be less than

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  7. How to Manage Your Collection

    How to Manage Your Collection

    I am a member of several online groups relating to glass, pottery, and porcelain. I enjoy looking at other people's collections, admiring rarities, and learning about more unusual pieces. Recently, a member posted a question asking others how they document their collections; after all, some of these people have thousands of pieces. I was astonished by how few people did keep a record of their acquisitions; of those that did, many kept old-fashioned hand-written ledgers. A considerable number of those who responded seemed unsure about how to set up a system on their computer that would assist them in maintaining their collectibles.

    I have been managing over half a dozen databases

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  8. The Etiquette Guide to Selling Antiques Online

    The Etiquette Guide to Selling Antiques Online

    As vintage and upcycling trends continue to soar, and with the ease of marketplaces like eBay and Etsy, countless people are turning their hands to dabble in the world of antiques and collectibles. This means, however, that there is a world of competition out there and that your efforts must stand out from the crowd. In this guide, I hope to offer advice to assist you in making the most out of your goods and getting the best from the world of

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  9. Caring for Your Lead Crystal

    ‘Glasses were made to be used’. This is something I stand by and frequently reiterate to friends and customers. Many people are surprised at the notion of someone using an 18th century wine glass; although these objects can be admired for their historical and aesthetic value, they were originally made with one purpose in mind: imbibing.

    In this article, I aim to offer advice on caring for your crystal, be it wine glasses, decanters, bowls, or

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  10. The Etiquette Guide to Buying Antiques Online

    The Etiquette Guide to Buying Antiques Online

    Every year, more and more people turn to the internet for their shopping needs. There is a whole world out there to browse and it can be hard to know where to look and who to trust. Both the buyer and the seller have responsibilities when entering in to a sales contract and I hope to offer guidance so that you (the buyer) can make smart choices and get the best deal from your online purchases.

    Know what you’re after.

    This sounds very straightforward but there is such variation in handmade goods that it is sometimes hard to find exactly what you’re after. Thi

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