Happy Febrrrrruary Everyone!
It's hard to believe that not only is it 2017 but the middle of February too. The January show was a lot of fun!
We want to send out a big Thank You to all you vendors that spent your weekend with us. Our new vendor Kristine from Battle Born Historical Photography set up her studio and was taking and making tin-type photos using techniques from the 1800's. She's scheduled back in April so you can dress up and get your old-time tin-type photo taken.
Steampunk day was fun too, quite a few people came out in costume and several of the vendors did too. We are looking forward to doing it again.
We had a good customer turnout - over 1200 people came to enjoy the show.
Our next show is April 22nd and 23rd and applications are open on the website (Click the link to the right). Vendors please go sign up if you haven't already. Its a FUN show and a chance for everyone to get out of the house. We are also seeking steampunk vendors so if you deal in Steampunk items please contact me to see how easy it is to take part in the show. Steampunk is a creative way to take old and antique items that may be broken or just parts and give them a new life.
Sunday the 23rd is Steampunk Day! Come in Steampunk attire for free admission and a special raffle drawing. Don't know what Steampunk is??? Check out the links below:
We are constantly striving to improve the shows so if you have any ideas please let one of us know.
Please remember to shop at our local antique malls and stores for unique gifts or to add to your collections. The antique stores I list here and places like the Buy Nevada First store in the Reno Town Mall are excellent places to shop and it helps your LOCAL neighbors.
Below is the schedule of upcoming
April 22nd and 23rd
July TBA (hopefully the last weekend)
October 7th and 8th
November 18th and 19th
Magic of Santa Craft Faire Dec 2nd and 3rd
I'm sorry if any of the dates conflict with other shows,
I do my best to work around them
I'm also constrained by available dates at the Events Center
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Researching your newly found treasures is a big part of the fun. But where do you start???
The obvious place is to go to Google.com on the internet. This works fine if the item has an obvious name or manufacturer. such as a Griswold frying pan. You will find scores of sites with all sorts of info. But what do you do if there aren't any marks or other identifying features? That's when it gets tricky and sometimes very difficult if its a rare item. The next step I do is to again use Google and search for a description of the item and include any words you find. So for a tin toy with the word Japan printed on it I would use a search such as "tin toy airplane japan". Then I click on the Images link at the top of the results page and look through all the results until I (hopefully) find the same one or at least something close. If you are lucky when you click on it and go to the source page they will have identified it or at least included more info that you can add to your search until you narrow it down. Once I think I have it figured out I Google my conclusion and see if I find more examples of the same thing.
This works well for a majority of items, I sometimes have to get creative and try many different variations of the description to find it.
Once you find your treasure and know what it is you will probably want to see what it's worth.
For the vast majority of items the first stop is eBay.com. Since it is a huge internet auction site there are millions of items changing hands every day. This makes it an invaluable resource to research your treasure. Just type your item description in the search box and click the magic Search button. Up should pop many if not hundreds of similar items that are up for sale. It can be fun to browse through the listings to see what others have and see what they know (or think they know) about them. But DON'T take the prices you see them listed for as necessarily being what they are worth. Remember that a seller can ask any amount for an item. To really see what it's most likely worth you need to look in the left column under the "Show Only" heading for "Sold Items" (on a smartphone it will be under the "Refine" option at the top of your screen). One other thing to watch for is if the item sold with "Buy It Now" or if it had active bidding. When you look at a sold listing it will tell you how many bids it got. I generally give less credence to the price if an item was purchased with But It Now than if it was bid up to its final selling price. A high Buy It Now price may just mean that someone really wanted something and didn't care what it cost or an inexperienced buyer that just bought the first item they saw.
On another side note there are thousands of collectibles books on just about any subject. You can find them in your local library or new/used book stores. These are a great source of info on your treasure. However the pricing in them is not reliable so I use it to mainly see the relative rarity of an item. I.E. if an item is expensive in the book it is probably more rare than similar lower prices items.
Please feel free to bring items to the show that you would like me to evaluate.
This is a free service I offer to show attendees. Just ask for Dan.
A good resource: Dr. Lori Verderame publishes a blog about antiques that is worth following:
St. Patrick's Day Jokes
Why can't you borrow money from a leprechaun?
Because they're always a little short.
Why don't you iron 4-Leaf clovers?
Because you don't want to press your luck.
Knock Knock Who's there?
Irish! Irish Who?
Irish you a happy St. Patrick's Day!
I went out drinking on St Patricks Day, so I took a bus home...That may not be a big deal to you, but I've never driven a bus before.
How is a best friend like a 4-leaf clover?
Because they are hard to find and lucky to have.
What do ghosts drink on St Patricks Day?
How can you tell if an Irishman is having a good time?
He's Dublin over with laughter!
What do you get when you cross a pillowcase with a stone?
A sham rock
Why do people wear shamrocks on St. Patrick's Day?
Regular rocks are too heavy.
How does every Irish joke start?
By looking over your shoulder.
What do they call the Irish jig at McDonalds?
A Shamrock Shake
How did the Irish Jig get started?
Too much to drink and not enough restrooms!
Why did God invent Jameson whiskey?
So the Irish would never rule the world.
What do you call an Irishman who knows how to control his wife?
What's the main difference between an Irish wedding and an Irish funeral?
One less drunk at the party.
Why don't women want to get engaged on St Patricks Day?
Cause they don't want to get a "sham rock".
Are people jealous of the Irish?
Sure, they're green with envy!
What would you get if you crossed Quasimodo with an Irish football player?
The Halfback of Notre Dame!
Why did the leprechaun stand on the potato?
To keep from falling in the stew!
What's a leprechaun's favorite kind of music?
Sham-rock and roll.
Do leprechauns make good secretaries?
Sure, they're great at shorthand!
How did the leprechaun beat the Irishman to the pot of gold?
He took a shortcut!
What is Irish diplomacy?
It's the ability to tell a man to go to hell. So that he will look forward to making the trip
What do leprechauns love to barbecue?
Why are leprechauns so hard to get along with?
Because they're very short-tempered!
"I married an Irishman on St. Patrick's Day." "Oh, really?" "No, O'Reilly!"
What do you call a Cubic Zirconia in Ireland? A sham rock
Why do frogs like St. Patrick's Day?
Because they're always wearing green
When is an Irish Potato not an Irish Potato?
When it's a FRENCH fry!
What does it mean when you find a horseshoe?
Some poor horse is going barefoot!
Why did the elephant wear his green sneakers instead of his red ones?
The red ones were in the wash!
Why is a river rich?
Because it has two banks
What does a leprechaun call a happy man wearing green?
A Jolly Green Giant
Why did St. Patrick drive all the snakes out of Ireland?
He couldn't afford plane fare
Have you ever heard of the 6-leaf clover?
I haven't either!
Why do leprechauns hide behind 4-leafclovers and not 3-leafclovers?
They need all the luck they can get!
What happens when a leprechaun falls into a river?
He gets wet!
Drink green beer on St Patricks Day! It counts as a vegetable!
Places to Stay:
A few people have asked if there are places to stay close to the Events Center. The Events Center has RV spaces available (see the bottom of the show application page) and there are several motels close by and the casinos are close too. Kayak.com lists some close by ones. Pick the Livestock Events Center for the location. You can narrow the search in the left column.
A friend of mine stays at the SandsRegency Hotel Casino when he visits. They usually have some good deals going. I did a quick check and found their deals page:
Once he visited the first time they keep sending him free nights coupons.
Motel 6 is about a block away:
Days Inn is just a little further:
Americas Best Travel Inn is right at the freeway exit too:
There is a 24 hour Denny's restaurant and Jacks restaurant (breakfast and lunch) very close. (walking dist. from motels, right at the freeway exit)
Let's make this a fun forum to keep interest and excitement up for the shows!
If you have an interesting article or story you would like to share please send it to me and I may publish it in a future newsletter.
Dan and Paula Clements
P.O. Box 618, Fernley NV 89408
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At the Livestock Events Center
Tanners Marketplace :
April 22nd and 23rd
November 18th and 19th
Magic Of Santa Craft Faire:
December 2nd and 3rd
Please Visit the Somewhere In Time antique mall at 1313 S. Virginia St.
(Paula and Dan are there on Mondays)
Auctions by Sammy B
A Fun Antiques and Clothing Store
Red Hat and Vintage Clothing and Accessories,
Antiques and Art
Buy Nevada First
The above vendors are listed as a local resource.
They have not paid to be featured.
Vintage Trifari Costume Jewelry
, Trifari has been one of the most respected and admired producers of
in the United States. Founded in the
by Gustavo Trifari, the Italian-immigrant son of a Napoli goldsmith, the company has designed jewelry that's been worn by countless high-profile clients, from Mamie Eisenhower to Madonna.
The success of Trifari, and the reason for its collectibility today, is most often credited to French designer Alfred Philippe, the company's chief designer from 1930 until 1968. His use of invisible settings for stones, which he originally developed for Van Cleef and Arpels, added a level of craftsmanship and technique that had not been previously seen in costume jewelry.
Among Philippe's countless contributions are the Trifari Crown
from the late
. The crowns were so popular that Trifari incorporated a crown into its mark in about 1937. Authentic Trifari jewelry is typically marked with "Jewels by Trifari," "TKF" (for Trifari, Krussman & Fishel), or "Trifari," depending on when it was made.
Some of the Trifari Crown pins feature eye-catching, brightly colored cabochons. Others are composed entirely of clear crystal
for a monochromatic effect. Naturally, a series of Coronation Gems was produced in 1953 to celebrate the ascendancy of Elizabeth II to the British throne.
Trifari's Jelly Belly pins of seals, poodles, roosters, and other animals appeared in the 1940s. Each animal's "belly" consists of a solid Lucite "pearl" with settings of sterling silver or gold plate. Although any Jelly Belly from this decade is going to command a good price, the poodles are especially rare.
Other categories of vintage Trifari costume jewelry to look for are the vintage floral pins from the 1930s and the fruit and vegetable pieces from the 1950s. In particular, collectors like the miniature fruit pins (apples, pineapples, grape bunches, and strawberries, to name a few) from the late 1950s through the 1960s. These single pieces, usually finished in a matte silver or gold, were worn by themselves or in groups. Also popular are the patriotic pins from the 1940s of American flags and red-white-and-blue eagles.
Like all manufacturers during World War II, Trifari was unable to use metal in its products due to rationing. This forced Trifari to switch to
during the war, which tripled prices for Trifari products (although that didn't seem to hurt sales). Post-war, Trifari wanted to go back to less costly, maintenance-free metal, but its audience was now used to silver. To hype the return to a cheaper base metal, the company began advertising a "revolutionary" new metal called Trifanium, which was a made-up name for their basic metal - unlike silver, it could be given a no-polish rhodium finish.
The campaign worked so well that by 1953, Mamie Eisenhower felt perfectly comfortable to break with tradition and wear costume jewelry to the inaugural ball. To match the First Lady's pink satin gown (studded with 2,000 rhinestones), Alfred Philippe designed an "orientique" pearl choker with matching three-stranded bracelet and earrings, each laden with eight pearls. Three sets were made: one for the First Lady, a second for the Smithsonian, and a third for the Trifari archives. Mrs. Eisenhower was so pleased with the ensemble that she had Trifari make jewelry for her second inaugural ball in 1957.
Trifari was owned by the Hallmark Company from 1975-1988, and by Crystal Brands from 1988-1994. It was then part of the Chase Capital division of the Monet Group, which later went bankrupt and was bought by Liz Claiborne (2000).