Saturday, February 13, 2016
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Karen Waterman

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Q. I like to go to yard sales. I bought this oil painting by Savu Petra. It measures 16” x 20”, has a date of 1968 and is in great condition. Is it trash or treasure? A. Your painting is...
As you probably had a bite or three of one of these over the weekend, I thought I would share the history of Easter chocolate bunnies with you. Bunnies, eggs, and chicks all came from pagan traditions, and the...
Q. My mom has a pitcher that says “Boston Frigate” on it with initials of the original owner and a poem. My mom says it was bought for a relative, Mary Wilbur, before she was married. She believes it...
Q. This 3-piece set was a wedding present to my mother in 1934. It was given to her by an antique dealer in Manhattan. The pieces are not marked sterling but each has 3 small symbols stamped on their underside. I...
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...
Q.I have what I think is a mammy’s bench I bought quite a few years back. It has been lovingly used and is unique because it has two gates (for twins) instead of one which allow the mammy to...

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...

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...
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...

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:...
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