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Welcome to Antique Center Mall

Have you been searching for antique stores in Santa Barbara and coming up short on your expectations? Antique Center Mall is Santa Barbara’s premiere antiques and collectibles retailer specializing in appraisals and estate sales. Selling is a great option if you don’t have space for all your beautiful antiques and Santa Barbara is a great market for high-ticket...

The Collector’s Guide to Jadeite Antiques

The Beginner’s Guide In 1933, with the Great Depression at its height, consumers were on the hunt for affordable kitchen and dishwares. Pennsylvania’s McKee Glass Company added green scrap glass to its opaque formula, producing an inexpensive product with a novel color that satisfied that demand. Following suit, Jeannette Glass began producing what...

Antiques: Where Do You Find All This Stuff?

It might seem like a silly question: where do you find all this stuff? But there’s not an antique dealer out there who ever set up at a show or opened a shop that hasn’t had this query from novice shoppers. They wander into a booth mesmerized by the treasures within, and can’t help but wonder how you put together such an impressive collection of items for sale....

5 Budget Friendly Antiques Under $10

Start scouring flea markets, online auctions, and yard sales for these wallet-friendly scores—from miniature busts to rubber stamps. 1. Composer Busts Mass-produced by a handful of outfits during the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s, these diminutive statuettes served as popular gifts from piano teacher to student. Herco Industries, the accessories division of...

3 Antique Stoves Every Collector Should Know About

Sure, they’re expensive, but they don’t make these built-to-last beauties like they used to. Sturdy and striking, these antique stoves cook up some serious style. #1 – 1953 Western Holly This green number features a gas-powered range, as well as a rotisserie cooker and an electric light and fan (both novel at the time). At 46 inches,...

Top 10 Irish Items to Collect for St. Patrick’s Day

Originally a religious holiday commemorating the death of Ireland’s patron saint, St. Patrick’s Day has transformed into an international celebration of Irish tradition and culture. While many festivities tend to focus on green beer, shamrocks and corny t-shirts, the Irish have an incredibly rich history, all of which deserves to be celebrated at least once a...

Vintage Indian Jewelry Inspires Red Carpet Style

It may come as a shock for some, but the old dictum “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend,” made famous by Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, may no longer prove universally true. A testament to how things have changed, Jennifer Aniston told the New York Times how hesitant she was with the enormous diamond engagement ring she received from her fiancé,...

Making Old Stuff New Again

  There are many DIY projects and repurposing options when it comes to antiques in Santa Barbara. But, right off the bat, I want to warn you know the value of your keepsakes, heirlooms and treasures before your start re-purposing. First get an online or in-person appraisal so you know if your piece is too valuable to repurpose. Once you know the true value...

How To Run An Estate Sale in Santa Barbara

Wondering how to run an estate sale in Santa Barbara? An estate sale is different from a garage sale in a number of ways. First, the goal of an estate sale is to sell most everything in a house, while a garage sale seeks to sell only things you don’t need anymore. Secondly, an estate sale typically runs for a longer period. Finally, an estate sale takes place...