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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...

10 Tips on Caring for Antique Furniture

Caring for antique furniture is a little different from caring for your regular, more recently made furniture. It has survived many years, and it has a history. That history is not just related to who made it, and when, but also encompasses such factors as who used it and where. The history of usage also affects the condition of a piece, and by now owning that...

How to Care for Antiques and Collectibles

As an antique appraisers we get asked many questions about caring for antiques and collectibles. The proper care is essential to maintain the value of your antiques and collectibles. Once your antiques and collectibles have any condition issues the value declines. In this article we have provided some tips on how to care for popular antiques and collectibles....

3 Useful Antique Store Finds

When you think of an antique store do you picture a store filled with dusty shelves of broken, old things that remind you that you are glad we have modern conveniences? Or do you picture a store full of useful treasures that are just waiting to be dug out? Many things produced many years ago were of much better quality that you have find today. Here are a few...

4 Tips to Start Your Antique Collection

If you are learning how to collect antiques, start with a narrow focus. Choose one or two categories that interest you. Learn everything you can about the items, the time period, and current auction prices. Whether you choose to collect antique toys or firearms, furniture or china, start small. You learn about the market more effectively and avoid the risk of...

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,...