Oil Lamps – Daryle Lambert's Antiques and Collectibles Blog – What's needed when the lights go out

Last week in our area of Northfield, Illinois there were terrible storms and even a possible tornado. My family was one of the lucky ones because we never lost power even though our lights did flicker on occasion. However many of our friends weren't so lucky.

Remember yesterday's blog where I said collectibles are often created when their usefulness is eliminated by technological advances? Well that may be said of the oil lamp but like last week when the lights went out for perhaps 100,000 Chicagoans, a lamp may have come in handy. In fact I may be adding a couple of oil lamps to my personal collection just in case we have further storms and the electricity is temporally interrupted.

These lamps are no longer inexpensive but when your time comes to need one their cost will not really matter I don't think. Here are a few that are available today: Tiffany bronze double lamp with Damascene shades $17,500, Victorian “Gone With the Wind” lamp $8600, Antique GWTW parlor banquet lamp $5850, GWTW cherub lamp $3500, Bradley and Hubbard parlor lamp $3250, Fostoria parlor lamp $3000 and Aladdin “Lincoln drape” lamp $2800. I went through almost 200 lamps on eBay and their prices were still over $500.

Be careful when buying oil lamps because if they are electrified it will reduce their value plus they would not help in times of emergencies. You should have no trouble locating lamps for purchase because at one time they were the only means of lighting after dark and they were widely produced by many different companies. Make money and be safer in emergencies, now that is a great combination.

Keep your lights burning. God Bless.

Last Updated (Monday, 27 June 2011 06:25)


Drafting Sets – Daryle Lambert's Antiques and Collectibles Blog – Old school.


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With things changing so fast there are new collectibles being created everyday. All you have to do is be able to recognize them as they appear. Once an item is replaced by something new you can bet it will become collectible by those who remember it.

Do you remember the slide rule? If you're under 40 probably not. It was the calculator of its day and most students were required to learn how to use it to solve math problems. These have become very collectible and if they are found at sales today there is money to be made in them.

But how about drafting sets? Yes they are going to be one of the next real collectibles because soon there will be no need for them. My friend Eric is an architect who designs homes and he took great pride in the drawings he made by hand using a drafting set. But plans for new houses today can be produced by the computer and soon there won't be anyone that uses the drafting sets any longer. Yes, on the computer, Eric can do in a very short period of time what it took him hours to do by hand.

These sets were produced in great numbers both for professionals and for students. This means there are many to be found at garage and house sales for just a few dollars. However today the collectors are willing to pay from $100 to $2500 for the better models. Yes the student models can still be purchased for under $5 but then they will sell for $15 or more. This matches our rule for buying doesn't it, because we will have doubled our money even on the cheaper models.

Looking for new trends should be something you do everyday because that can be where a great percentage of your profits can be made. Don't just stay with the old standbys because that is where you will find everybody else and we want to be trendsetters, right? Step out with a new way of thinking so that others will be following you not the other way around.

Last Updated (Sunday, 26 June 2011 12:36)


Time for me – Daryle Lambert's Antiques and Collectibles Blog – Time for fresh ideas

It has finally happened. Over the next 2 months I will be taking a break from writing the blog for the Daryle Lambert's Antiques and Collectibles Club so that I can get a fresh perspective. After almost 4 years, I believe that it is time for some new thoughts.

Ondre may run some old blogs during this time if she pleases but that will be entirely up to her. Hopefully during my absence you as members will have time to share with us what direction you would like for the Club to take or items you wish to have further information on. This period will begin next Saturday and run through most of August.

My time away from the computer will be spent looking for ways to increase our membership because that will ultimately determine our success or failure. We still have about 8000 books to sell and any ideas you may have on their distribution will be seriously considered. To complete my original plans for the Club, our traffic to the site must increase and I am researching ways to accomplish that.

Hopefully our efforts by the staff have been of benefit to the many that read the blog and to those that have called the home office to have their questions answered. One thing for sure, in the future we will have to get someone that has the knowledge to update our site when needed. By helping us to make the Club appealing to more people, you will be helping yourself. I think that we haven't even touched the surface of what the Daryle Lambert's Antiques and Collectibles Club can be.

My question will continue. What do the members need for their success? It may be time to readdress what the “31 Steps to Your Millions” really mean and how you can get there. Writing on random items might need to take a back seat to preparing our members for success. These questions can only be answered by you so hopefully the email will start coming.

When I began the journey to help others I stated that if God wanted it to succeed it would but if he didn't it would fail. Well, we have been here for 4 years and hopefully it has been successful up to this point but now is the time for the next step and I am hoping I will see God's hand print on the direction we take.

I will be monitoring all emails during my time away and you will certainly get answers to all your questions and suggestions.

Last Updated (Saturday, 25 June 2011 07:03)


Tom's the Man – Daryle Lambert's Antiques and Collectibles Blog – It's your time now


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Starting a new career is always difficult but if you have no experience in the new chosen field it is even more of a challenge, right? Don't tell that to our friend Tom who has only been a member of the Daryle Lambert's Antiques and Collectible Club for a little more than a year.

Tom retired and decided he would need more than what he receives from his old job, so when his friend John introduced him to our Club he wanted to give it his best try. Scouting garage and house sales, he began to purchase and sell a few things as he dug into the books for the knowledge he needed. With minimal success he noticed that John was making a fair amount of money trading in gold and silver. Thinking this might be his road to success, he purchased scales, a testing kit and a magnet and began telling people that he was looking for gold to buy. Soon he was on his way as customers began to sell him rings and chains of 10, 14 and 18 karat gold.

I asked Tom why he was getting so much business and this was his answer. "I always treat everyone with respect, give them fair prices and pay in cash." All that is in my book as guides for you to follow, plus he also carries a small plastic bag with perhaps an ½ ounce of gold in it and tells prospective customers that he just paid $600 for it. When they see how little gold it takes to bring that kind of money, they usually find some that they want to sell.

So what is the bottom line? Here is what Tom shared with me today. He started 2 weeks ago with $4000 that he had built up in his stash and now it has increased over those 2 weeks to $14,000. I don't have to tell my readers about compounding but let's just do a little math. In 4 weeks his stash could be $28,000 and in 6 weeks at that rate, holy cow, he would have $56,000. I can hardly believe it because in 2 months his account could be holding $112,000. For those of you that think that times are tough, would an extra $100,000 help out?

If you are sitting at home saying this isn't working for me you have it all wrong. You aren't working the program. For anyone who has hit a snag on their treasure hunt, please call me at 847-784-8544 and let's see if we can get you back on track. God bless each and every one of you. Working together there isn't a limit to the success you can achieve.

Last Updated (Friday, 24 June 2011 04:38)


Paperweights – Daryle Lambert's Antiques and Collectibles Blog – Art in glass


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“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” is as true today as when it was first spoken. This quote definitely applies to paperweights where everyone can find that special weight that appeals to their sense of beauty.

The paperweight collecting community is large and very active, giving you an opportunity to profit from their zeal. Here are a few contacts that will answer any questions you may have on paperweights, plus I am sure that they would love to help sell any great pieces you find. California North – Larry A. Manning – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Wisconsin – Rosann Milius – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Florida – Larry Schwab – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and Illinois – Wes Clark – 410 S. Michigan Ave # 25 Chicago Illinois 60605. This is just a short list of where you can get information and by checking Yahoo you may find a source of information in your own neighborhood.

I hope every member of the Daryle Lambert Antique and Collectibles Club will educate themselves on paperweights because there is real money to be made with the right ones. I have spoken to numerous dealers that have turned $5 into thousands on just one find. Just this week I bought two weights from an individual that had them in a garage sale for $2 apiece and they will bring over $100 each, not a bad return. But here is the secret. You have to be able to distinguish the vintage weights from the new. How do you do that is the question and the answer is buy a few guide books on Amazon. My suggestion is that used books are the best because of their price. Also pick up and study the antique paperweights at the next show you attend. It might be wise also to join a paperweight club.

Here are a few examples from eBay of weights that might catch your attention: Antique Frederick Walrath Scarabs $15,000, Millefiori $3500, Parabella Daisy $2500, Paul Stankard - Botanical $2500, Bacchus – English $2200, Saint Louis Printania $1800 and finally the Chicky French Millefiori $1500. Finding one of these at the next garage or house sale will make your day.

Whether small or large, paperweights can add to your bank account so be sure to include them in your studies.

Last Updated (Thursday, 23 June 2011 08:04)

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