Do you own any antiques?

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    Jun 23, 2011 4:24 PM GMT
    I was watching an addictive show on PBS called Antiques Roadshow. This woman from middle of nowhere had something she picked out of the trashcan worth about $50,000. There were a lot of stories like that. Some were pretty some were absolute trash.

    I took inventory and it seems my parents and family left me nothing useful like that. What do you have that is valuable-monetary or familial-in your family or something you own? How do you go about the business of getting antiques?
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    Jun 23, 2011 4:29 PM GMT
    I found a Marx trainset at salvation army and looking like it was from the 60s, i instantly bought it. Paid 80, turned out it was worth 1k. Sold if for that.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jun 23, 2011 4:35 PM GMT
    I have several nice pieces, including a 1910 bank clock that is easly worth about $1,500. I like a few old pieces at home, but too much antiques makes me feel like I'm sporting a museum, so to speak. For me, a nice mix is cool.
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    Jun 23, 2011 4:51 PM GMT
    I've this pretty old Oasis CD knocking around somewhere...
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    Jun 23, 2011 4:54 PM GMT
    i had an antique motorcycle, but i sold it, somewhat regrettingly.

    1975 ducati 860 gt

    i used to give it hugs
  • mizu5

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    Jun 23, 2011 4:55 PM GMT
    my family keeps getting shit the nazis took from us. SO like... old buildings that havent really be touched in a long time in the czech republic lol.

    ANd my grandftaher passed away about 2 months ago, he left to my father a pocketwatch from the early 20th century my father had long prized.

    ANd I collect old books. Yes, i am 20 and collect old books. I realize I should marry someone about 80 years old now lol
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    Jun 23, 2011 4:56 PM GMT
    I have a wooden horse that comes from a 1891 carrousel built in Hamburg germany , and sold later on auction in early 1950's . Sold for parts at the beginning , my grand-father bought one horse , before somebody acquired the whole carrousel . This wooden horse is their only possession that made it to Australia . I inherited it , and the horse is now in the living room of my flat in Queensland . Here is a picture of the caroussel that the horse comes from , the whole carrousel is located in a suburb near Paris . France .


    Photos de Le Moulin d'Orgemont, Argenteuil

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    Jun 23, 2011 5:11 PM GMT
    not since I divorced the bitch.... just saying
  • ATLANTIS7

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    Jun 23, 2011 5:54 PM GMT
    Yes ME!
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    Jun 23, 2011 5:58 PM GMT
    I have watches from 1930s-60s that I love. A couple of big name ones, but mainly some lesser known makes.
  • rf_dal

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    Jun 23, 2011 6:01 PM GMT
    Antique stuff isn't really my style, and I'm not really worried about a random couple thousand dollars from some old something-or-other. None for me icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 23, 2011 6:03 PM GMT
    Technically not antiques, but I do own a couple of mid-century pieces of Danish furniture - a writing desk and a coffee table.
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    Jun 23, 2011 6:04 PM GMT
    It's nice to hear all these happy stories; people typically think their stuff is worth a lot more than it is (and in fact, it's only worth what someone is willing to pay for it).

    Any of you antique aficionados up for a challenge? Identify the bedroom set in my profile picture, also detailed with lots more pictures in this thread: http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/1217588/ Thanks!
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    Jun 23, 2011 6:34 PM GMT
    My mother owns a few items that my grandfather made (may he rest in peace) including a clock and a picnic table, and she also owns an antique Singer sewing machine.

    Singer-2.jpg <- that's not our machine. To be honest I don't even know if we have the actual sewing machine part of it because we've used it as an end table for so long. icon_lol.gif
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Jun 23, 2011 6:36 PM GMT
    Other than me, and probably a pair of my favorite old jeans I have carried around for decades --- No. icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 23, 2011 6:40 PM GMT
    The oldest things that my grandparents left me are my mom and dad (72 & 74, repectively). They are still in pretty good working order. Can we start the bidding at $100 for the pair (not willing to break the set).
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    Jun 23, 2011 7:35 PM GMT
    I love rare art and antique gold coins and other unique treasures. I collect COBALT blue stuff and have several other old vintage items and cars. Heirlooms are fun, I usually give them to my family members!

    I am not a big picker....but from what I understand you can find some amazing deals and vintage items at home sales and thrift stores.
  • Hothouse

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    Jun 23, 2011 7:38 PM GMT
    I've collected for years and love it.
    If there's something you're interested in, find out all the information you can before you start shelling out good money for anything, Education is key.
    Once you know what to look for, then you can find some neat stuff.
    I just bought a lalique bowl today for 3 bucks. Checked Ebay and similar ones are listed for up to $800 plus.
    Pays to know what to look for.
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    Jun 23, 2011 9:13 PM GMT
    I have to books from South Africa that were printed in 1908. I bought them in Stellenboch.
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    Jun 23, 2011 9:57 PM GMT
    Yup a SSSR metal coin from 1926
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    Jun 23, 2011 9:59 PM GMT
    I sure do i have a 1984 Michael Jackson poster that i still have in my old room icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 23, 2011 10:01 PM GMT
    Does a VCR count? icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 23, 2011 10:06 PM GMT
    my grandma gave me a couple of silver shekels she had icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 23, 2011 10:21 PM GMT
    Books, art, furniture, Jewelry, I get spoilt with that one. I hop[e to bring something back from Hawaii, some jewelry
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    Jun 23, 2011 10:24 PM GMT
    Bullwinklemoos saidMy mother owns a few items that my grandfather made (may he rest in peace) including a clock and a picnic table, and she also owns an antique Singer sewing machine.

    Singer-2.jpg <- that's not our machine. To be honest I don't even know if we have the actual sewing machine part of it because we've used it as an end table for so long. icon_lol.gif

    I have something similar to this, but its a portable one. Its the first year Singer made electric sewing machines.