When buying a print, you should look for a few identifying characteristics to determine if it was digitally printed or printed on a press. Digital prints are much more popular these days for high production and can produce beautiful quality images. But a print done on a traditional printing press has a much finer quality and holds more value than most digital prints.
1. The first and probably the easiest way to identify a print is to look at its edges. Most fine art printmaking techniques require ink to be transferred to a block or a plate and then run through a press. The pressure from the press will produce a characteristic rim around the edges. Usually the edges will not be wiped clean of ink, so you might be able to see a faint line. This process is specific to printmaking, so it is a sure way to identify if the piece is an original or a digital print.
2. The pressure from the printing process will sometimes produce an embossment. Embossing is when an image or text is raised from the paper. You can tell if an embossment is made by feeling with your hands (not really recommended, since you may transfer dirt or oil from your hands on to the print) or by turning it at an angle to see if there are any raised edges. Digital prints cannot replicate this quality.
3. Look closely at the lines, they will have varying levels of intensity in terms of the ink displacement. The depth of the lines can be adjusted, resulting in darker or lighter printed lines, in the same line. Look along longer lines to see whether or not they become darker in the interior.
4. Some prints will have raised lines. With intaglio, etched or engraved prints, lines are carved into a plate or block at varying degrees to depict depth and shading. The plate is then rolled or wiped with ink, filling the lines. When the inked plate goes through the press the ink is transferred to the paper and the darker, deeper lines will be thicker and raised in comparison to the lighter areas in the image.
Both methods of printing produce different qualities, which may lend better to one image over another. Digital prints are often less expensive since they are commonly used for larger production and require less skill. They also produce a lesser line quality and do not last as long as a press printed image. When buying a print printed on a press you are buying a piece of art that was hand produced by the artist, or an assistant, done in a technique that dates back hundreds of years. You are not only buying a piece of art but also a piece of history.
Sometimes the most mundane things can hold a lot of value. Everyday objects tend to hold a lot of sentimental value to many people, when those objects become obsolete or out of date they can become extremely valuable and worth a lot of money. When starting a collection, it’s always best to go with your heart, chances are if you love it someone else out there probably does as well. Here are ten things you might have never thought would get top dollar.
1. Guitars- Ok guitars aren’t that mundane, but they are often overlooked. Guitars that were made before 1960 can be worth thousands of dollars. But those can be hard to come by, usually a well-made guitar with hold its value and its function. So maybe that guitar you buy today might be worth something… someday.
2. Star Wars Memorabilia- This Darth Vader probably won’t fetch thousands of dollars. But if you are lucky enough to come by any memorabilia from the first movie, in 1978, you might get lucky, like the Boba Fett, from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, that went for more than $27,000 at auction.
3. Record players- Talk about nostalgia, the record player is huge part of so many people, over 40, lives. Because they were so prominent before 1980 and are kind of antiquated today, there is still a huge cult following. If you are lucky enough to come across one that actually works, buy it because they just don’t make them like they used to anymore.
4. Old Games – Another antiquated cult following, board games! Finding a full set of a popular board game, or even an obscure board game is a lucky find. Since so many board games come with tons of pieces, finding a full set can be super valuable. Some games can be worth up to $1,500.
5. Comic Books- OK most of us know that rare comic books, from the silver age, can be highly collectable and worth several thousands of dollars. But did you know there are comic books from the 90s that are worth a couple thousand dollars?
6. Vintage Costume Jewelry- All those fake pearls and plastic cuffs from the 1920s-1980s might have some value. Certain jewelry lines like, Renoir and Elsa Schiaparelli can garner a pretty penny these days. Even if they don’t have value, they sure are pretty.
7. Vintage Luggage – A beautiful set like this could go for hundreds of dollars to the right collector. Color, material and preservation are all things to look for in a good collection of luggage.
8. Lunch Boxes- Metal and plastic lunch boxes are long gone, now a days kids bring little cooler bags with them to school, void of any fun or substance. Which is why those who care, cherish a great vintage lunch box, for its pure pop culture nostalgia.
9. Old Advertisements- Some vintage signage and advertisements can go for astronomical prices. Depending on the subject matter and the condition, ads from newspapers, magazines, boxes, or signs can still score a few hundred dollars from the right buyer.
10. Typewriter- Unfortunately typewriters are a thing of the past, the precursor to computers, they are no longer needed. But they are still beloved by those who have used them in the past and those who wish to experience the tactile magic their literary heroes experienced. Depending on the make and color a great typewriter can go for hundreds of dollars.
Looking for these more items like these? Check out all of our retro and vintage goods at Nostalgia Antiques & Collectibles.
Written by guest blogger, Siri H.
American primitives are harder and harder to come by these days. The handmade furniture and everyday objects from 1700-1900, a time before manufacturing, were made with purpose and care and meant to last for years.
These kinds of items have been popular among collectors for their history, craftsmanship, and beautifully aged looked. Younger generations of collectors know less about this era, so here is a short run down on a few pieces in the shop to spur some interest!
Below is a collection of primitive objects found on the top floor of the shop.
Here is a nice collection of wood carving tools, mashers, mallets, muddlers and pestles. These were likely made by a farmer or craftsman for personal use or trade. Most primitive objects that were used in the house were made by the homeowner. These items would be passed down generationally until they were no longer usable. Most primitive American pieces have been well worn, creating a beautiful aged patina.
These timeless tools have proven to be mainstays in modern everyday activity; so, next time you’re vacuuming or making mashed potatoes try to imagine your ancestors using these tools, and think about how easy you’ve got it.
From Colonial times till around WWII, in most major cities across the country, people moved on the same day, May 1st. This tradition can be traced back to the Dutch, some say that they celebrated May 1st by switching houses, because that was the day they settled Manhattan. The English and the Dutch also had “Pack Rag Day” on May 1st, where servants would leave their place of work and change their employers. This created a lot of chaos in crowded cities and became very unpopular. Streets were full of broken furniture, carriages overflowing with personal possession and people in disarray. Eventually cities gave in to the public pressure and real estate boards allowed leases to be made at any time of the year.
May remains the most popular month to move. Here in Providence, May is when most students take their final exams and then move back home or change apartments. Many families choose to move in May because school is ending and summer hasn’t yet begun, so this one month allows them to resettle with enough time to then enjoy summer without the hassle of having to move in the heat.
May is also a great time to spring clean and redecorate! It’s a time to switch things up, bring in brighter colors, plants, and set up any outdoor areas you might have. You’ll also want to put away the winter boots and coats and make room for summer clothes!
At Nostalgia, our vendors also mark May as a time to switch up inventory and bring in all the summery goodness they have been holding onto over the winter. If you have just moved and are feeling inspired to decorate or need a new bookshelf or end table, there are so many to choose from.
There are also beautiful cast iron benches and planters, great vintage summer dresses, and lots of art to spruce up your walls. If outdoor entertaining is your thing, you are bound to find an incredible selection of trays, vintage glasses, bar carts, and festive lighting. So, come on in and find something original to add your new home!
Everything Locals’ Love On and Around Wickenden St.
Walking down Wickenden St. you can feel a youthful energy that surrounds every coffee shop, thrift store, and pub you walk by. It’s a combination of the offbeat vibes in Austin Texas and the inclusive character of Portland Oregon all packed into one street.
And if we call it “the local color,” we mean it literally. The Portuguese influenced pastel-colored homes give the whole area a vibrant and upbeat aesthetic. Though it indeed is a popular area for locals and passers-by alike. With a welcoming atmosphere to outsiders and a variety of local shops and services that locals love, it’s a truly unique place.
The area gets its character from its active community and its thriving local businesses. Whether you’re coming for a short visit or thinking about putting down roots in Rhode Island, I want to invite you to take a closer look at this neighborhood and all the people and places that have made it such a cherished place.
Culture & Community
It’s impossible to give to describe the East Providence community in few words. It’s an incredibly diverse area with people of all classes and backgrounds strolling its streets. Walking down Wickenden street, you’ll see plenty of young people, families with children, professionals, seniors, and of course tourists from all walks of life.
Things to Do
Other than the community, its the thriving local businesses that have made this area so desirable over the years. It takes just one stroll up Wickenden to see just how much there is to do and see in this part of the city. Though you likely won’t make it all the way from one end to the other without stopping in for a cup of coffee roasted right here at home or hunting for unique treasures in one of the many shops and boutiques.
Places to Stop By
Whether you’re staying awhile or just passing through, pay some of these local favorites a visit.
Olympic Records - A locally owned record store on Wickenden with a vast inventory of vinyl and a personable owner that’s more than happy to show you around.
Nostalgia Antiques & Collectibles- A unique shop filled to the brim with rare, obscure, and beautiful treasures. You’ll find all kinds of wonderful things in this warm and welcoming shop. As their saying goes, journey through their 3 floors of adventure!
Benefit Street Antiques - A staple in the neighborhood, this shop craftfully curates collections of antique and vintage items such as chandeliers, lamps, furniture, jewelry, china and more.
Red Bridge Antiques - Perhaps the perfect place for the shopper who doesn’t yet know what they are hunting for. This antique shop boasts an extensive collection of unique and interesting treasures.
NAVA - An acronym for “New and Vintage Apparel,” it provides exactly what it says on the sign, a collection of modern and classic styles.
Blick Arts - A local art supply shop providing the high level of hospitality and service that East Providence is known for.
Adler’s Hardware - A local provider in Providence for home improvement and hardware since the early 20th century.
Sakura - One of the area’s most outstanding Japanese cuisine & sushi restaurants with free BYOB service.
Brickway on Wickenden - Perhaps the best breakfast in all the Northeast with plenty of gluten-free options.
Fellini Pizzeria - Stop by for some local flavor. Fellini specializes in New York style thin crust pizza.
The East End - A bistro & patio with a relaxing atmosphere and extensive whiskey selection.
The Point Tavern - Enjoy affordable craft beer and cocktails with delicious pub food.
Wickenden Pub - An excellent dive with a great beer selection. A fantastic place to spend an evening with friends!
The Duck & Bunny - Delectable desserts served in a beautiful historic home. They also have coffee, beer, wine, and have a cigar lounge. A great place to spend an evening!
PVD Donuts - A bakery serving gourmet donuts made with local ingredients.
Coffee Exchange - A cafe serving delicious fair trade, organic coffee to get you in the door and providing a relaxed atmosphere to keep you coming back.
Providence Tattoo - A tattoo parlor on Wickenden St. with a reputation for cleanliness and beautiful workmanship.
Mister Sister Erotica - A fun, unique adult erotica boutique with specialty products, accessories and clothing.
Campus Liquors - The neighborhood liquor store with a knowledgeable staff, vast inventory, and tastings.
India Point Park - The perfect spot for lovers of the outdoors, go for a walk, bike, or run or just enjoy lunch with scenic views.
Schools & Youth Resources
Boys & Girls Club - This nationally recognized youth organization is located on Ives St.
Vartan Gregorian Elementary School - A public elementary school serving the area.
Roosevelt International Academy - A local school serving international students.
Fox Point Splash Pad - A water park & playground for children. Best of all, it’s free to the public!