Author Archives: Karen Waterman

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Trash or Treasure

A wringer from Woonsocket Q. I own a small wringer-style clothes washer that I bought at a yard sale. It is 7 inches wide, 8 inches tall and about 4 inches deep. It has a 10-inch-long metal handle with a wooden grip. The words “American Wringer Company, N.Y.” are stamped on the wood. It’s also

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A frog in the attic

Q. I was cleaning out my aunt’s attic and came across this. Can you tell me what it is? A. You have found a “flower frog,” popular in the 1920’s and 1930’s and used to arrange flowers. They are still produced today, and can be found in many styles and made out of all different

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Trash or Treasure?

An estate sale find and a soft bobcat market Q. I like to go to yard sales and estate sales. I have no clue if what I found is trash or treasure. I believe the porcelain bowl and pitcher came from a family in Duxbury, Massachusetts in 1930. There are a couple of small chips and

Trash or Treasure? Auctions 101

Auctions are a fun way to shop. There are always surprises in the inventory, and the excitement in the crowd when something gets a lot of bids is intoxicating. It can be addictive. People think they can get a bargain at auctions (and sometimes you can) but auctioneers do know what they are doing. Overall,

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Trash or Treasure?

New Year’s Day origin; Remington Our celebration of New Year’s Day goes back to 46 B.C.E., when Julius Caesar established January 1 as New Year’s Day. Janus was the Pagan Roman god of doors and gates, and had two faces: one facing forward and one facing back. Caesar felt that the month named after this

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