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Reminiscing: My parents, from the farm to heaven

July 16, 2012 For many years I have said that I was going to write a book about two very special people. Well, this is not a book, but I need to tell the story. more »»

Treasure in the Attic: Trolling for buys on a trip

June 18, 2012 A couple of weeks ago, I was visiting my sister in Lancaster and came across several sales along the way. more »»

Treasure in the Attic: Valuable dolls are found in local attic

June 11, 2012 A pair of American Bisque Kewpie Dolls were recently found in an attic of a home on Front Street in Marietta. more »»

Treasure in the Attic: The story of Roycroft Furniture

June 4, 2012 In 2004, I wrote a book titled, “Price Guide To Roycroft Furniture,” for Schroeder Publishing Co. of Paducah, Ky. The book today is out of print except for used copies that sometimes show up on eBay. more »»

Treasure in the Attic: Value of Kinkade’s art may not hold

May 21, 2012 Many have asked me these past few weeks what a Thomas Kinkade painting is worth today, since he recently passed away. I will try to answer this question. more »»

Treasure in the Attic: Antiques with local ties sell on eBay

May 7, 2012 Two sterling silver “Kitty Cat” figurines, weighing 294 grams, and marked Baker & Baker Jewelers Certified Gemologists, sold for $284.99 on eBay recently with 23 buyers bidding on them. more »»

Treasure in the Attic: Dick Clark dance show a treasure

April 30, 2012 Remember hurrying home from school in the ’50s and ’60s and turning on that old black-and-white TV at 4 o’clock to watch all those kids dance live on “American Bandstand” live from Philadelphia. more »»

Treasure in the Attic: Research on famous ancestors

April 23, 2012 While doing research on my family history on, I was surprised to learn the town of Seth, W.Va., 11 miles east-northwest of Madison, W.V. more »»

A Weighty Issue: Working on ‘mind, body and spirit’ after surgery

April 23, 2012 As tears abundantly flowed down my cheeks, memories of my prior broken ankle saga came flooding bac. more »»

Treasure in the Attic: Old-time cookie jars sell on Web

April 16, 2012 The American Bisque Company was founded in Williamstown in 1919. The company produced cookie jars, florist ware and kitchen ware up until 1982, when the company went out of business. more »»

Treasure in the attic: Picasso, Warhol creations found

April 9, 2012 Still searching for that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? It’s out there ... just have to search for it. more »»

Treasure in the Attic: Local water pitcher sells for $1,059 on eBay

April 2, 2012 A blue stoneware Donaghho water pitcher that came out of a southern Virginia estate sale, and beautifully decorated with lots of blue stenciling, recently sold on eBay for $1,059, with 35 bidders... more »»

Treasure in the Attic: Readers write about past advice

March 26, 2012 Letters from readers: Question: I’m seeking information on a couple of original oil paintings that I own. One is by artist Rolla Taylor, and the other one is by the sisters of IHM. more »»

Treasure in the Attic: Rare, old books can be valuable

March 12, 2012 A rare edition of Ernest Hemmingway’s first edition book, “Three Stories & Ten Poems,” published by Contact Publishing Company in 1923, one of just 300 copies ever printed, brought $68,500 at... more »»

Treasure in the Attic: Be sure your local postcard is authentic

March 5, 2012 Aren’t you glad winter is almost over, with March here? I’m ready to plant a vegetable garden, how about you? But before I do, I better start out this week’s column ... more »»

Treasure in the Attic: Old bottler captures interest of collectors

February 27, 2012 Received a very interesting email this week from Lisa Grub McNeill of Marietta, who happens to be a relative of Peter Grub, the founder of the Grub Bottling Works, that once operated in Marietta... more »»

Treasure in the Attic: Family research

February 20, 2012 The last couple of months I have been sitting up late at night working on my family tree. more »»

A Weighty Issue: Making choices really is an every day occurrence

February 20, 2012 Valentine’s Day is gone and with it are the decadent, wonderful, creamy chocolates and other goodies. Not good for someone trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle. more »»

Treasure in the Attic: Car buff buys JFK’s hearse for $176,000

February 6, 2012 The white hearse used to transport President John F. more »»

Treasure in the Attic: Postcards from the past can be valuable

January 30, 2012 Washington County postcards from the past can be worth big money. Here are some examples: - A birds-eye’s view postcard of Watertown taken in 1910 by Fischers Studio in Marietta sold on eBay for $54. more »»



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