Art Ls


For the past several years I have written a column titled “THE BUSINESS OF DOING BUSINESS IN ANTIQUES” for The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles located in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. These articles deal with the financial and business aspects of running an antiques business.

If you are planning an antique buying trip to New England, a subscription to this trade publication will make your trip more profitable. The Journal attracts advertising from many of the major antique outlets including the nationally known Brimfield Antiques Market.

ANTIQUES 2000 is the title of a monthly column for the trade paper, MassBay Antiques, no longer in business. This trade paper published more than fifty columns investigating the relationship between computers, the Internet, and the antique trade. I have reprints available for many of these articles.

E-mail for information and reprints on many of the articles below.

Older columns related to the subject THE BUSINESS OF DOING BUSINESS IN ANTIQUES ARTICLES. I have reprints of some of these articles.

The business of doing business in antiques
Determining country furniture age
A study of nails, hinges, pulls and old fashioned construction techniques
The creative buying of antiques
How to make money advertising your antique business
Old tool marks tell keen tales
Keeping up with the trade
Some plain talk about American Period antiques
Choosing the “RIGHT” group shops
PAINT: If it’s old, if it’s original, it’s worth a lot of money
Is the price right? Am I paying too much?
Understanding the secondary marketplace
Learning (some of) the tricks of the antique trade
The art of creative marketing
The price structure of antiques
Wholesale dealers’ marketplace
Did a Waterville native invent the circular saw?
Understanding the difference between the selling price of an antique and its actual value


How to buy antiques at wholesale prices
Maine’s top wholesale dealers
Investment grade antiques
How to judge the age and value of country furniture
How old is it? How much is it worth?
Collecting investment grade antiques
Picking trips that pay off


Ideas on giving small antiques as Christmas gifts
Antiquing in the dead of winter
An insider’s look at Maine’s largest antique show
Hooked into history (New England hooked rugs)
Empire – The black sheep of American Period antiques
Selling the family jewels and other treasures
Where to buy folk art
Big old barns full of nice old stuff
Spring and early Summer picking trips that pay off
Buying from the “Right” group shop can make you big money
Don Scott’s Atlanta Show
Collecting the stereotypes of a Black past
The history of collecting antiques
The furniture revolution of Portland, Maine
Will the real Joseph Eaton please stand-up
Antique women’s fashion has a story to tell
Collecting antique history books
The Washington D.C. armory antique show
Richmond, Virginia antiques fair
Antiques World 92, Fort Lauderdale, FL.


Historical souvenir china
Turn-of-the-century oak furniture
New England country furniture
The primitive furniture of New England
American dinnerware of the Depression Era
Collectible glass & china
Portland Glass Works
The coming of age of an American antique
Collecting early American glass
Collecting the toys of Christmas past
Antique clothing (Victorian, Edwardian, Vintage)
The kings and queens of the Maine oak trade
The art of Henry Lawrence Faulkner
Chairs to believe in (Shaker Chairs)
Art Nouveau – Art Deco
Oak is a joke – no longer


A Guide to the antique shops of Aroostook County, Maine
A Guide to the antique malls of Maine
A Guide to the antique shops of Mid-Coast Maine
A Guide to the antique shops of Downeast Maine
A Guide to the antique shops of Wells, Maine
A Guide to the antique shops of York, Maine
A Guide to the antique shops of Hallowell, Maine
A Guide to the antique shops of the Belgrade region of Maine
A Guide to the antique shops of Boothbay Harbor, Maine
A Guide to the antique shops of Wiscasset, Maine
A Guide to the antique shops of Oxford County
A Guide to Maine’s Period and Formal furniture dealers
The antique shops of in-town Portland, Maine
The antique shops of Kennebunkport, Maine
Antiquing in the mountains of Western Maine
Antiquing in the Newcastle, Damariscotta, and the Pemaquid region of Maine
Antiquing on Maine’s islands, peninsulas, bays, coves
A picker’s paradise (the 302 – 26 loop)
Deep in the heart of Maine
Fall foliage tour (Sebago Lake Region)
A Guide to the antique malls of southern New Hampshire
A Guide to the antique shops of Fitzwilliam, NH
A Guide to the antique shops of Keene and Swanzey, New Hampshire
A Guide to the antique shops of Portsmouth, NH
A Guide to the year round multiple dealers shops of Maine and New Hampshire
New Hampshire’s fantastic antique alley
Fall foliage tour (Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire)
The Hamptons of New Hampshire
Maine and New Hampshire winter shopping guide
A Guide to the antique shops of Brattleboro, VT.
A Guide to the antique shops of Manchester, VT.
A Guide to the antique shops of Rutland, VT.
A Guide to the antique shops of Littleton, Westford, and Acton Massachusetts
A Guide to Massachusetts’ Route 119

This is a partial list of my publised articles. I am willing to re-write and update any article. I can tailor my articles to your publication’s format and space requirements. I can write from 700 to 30,000 words on most antique subjects.

Ed Welch