Category Archives: Collectibles

Collecting Fun Fiesta Ware

Fiesta Ware New and Old is a useful and fun item to collect!  Fiesta is the  most popular dinnerware ever produced. The colors are vibrant and beautiful and are sure to brighten any kitchen they are used or displayed in. Fiesta will surely put a smile on your face even on a dark and dreary day! I love collecting Fiesta and Go Along items in vibrant colors !

fun fiesta go along book ends and homer laughlin plates.. for sale Michelle's Antiques in Antique Plaza
fun fiesta go along book ends and homer laughlin plates.. for sale Michelle’s Antiques in Antique Plaza

If you are new to collecting Fiesta ware you will have many exciting options.  Vintage items, those  produced from 1936 until  1972. Retired pieces are those pieces and colors that were produced after 1986 and then were discontinued. New Fiesta has been produced since 1986 and the colors are still being used today.

Fiesta began in 1936.  Originally only 5 colors were used Red  Blue, Green, Yellow and Ivory. The following year Turquoise was added. FIESTA® was an immediate hit with the public and, by it’s second year of production, more than one million pieces were produced.

fun fiesta tumblers for sale in Michelles Antiques in  Antique Plaza
fun fiesta tumblers for sale in Michelles Antiques in Antique Plaza

Fiesta Go Along items produced in the Mexican theme using the same vibrant colors of Homer Laughlin’s Fiesta.

Go Along bowls for sale on Etsy
Go Along bowls for sale on Etsy

Vintage Restaurant Ware China

Restaurant ware, are plates, bowls, cups and saucers, and other simialr items such as creamers and side dishes made especially for use in restaurants. Homer Laughlin, Shenango, Sterling, Jackson, Wallace, Syracuse, Tepco, and Buffalo are some of the best known manufacturers of restaurant ware. Restaurant ware is generally heavier than dinnerware produced for the home. Some of the most collected types of restaurant ware include airbrushed pieces, western themes ( Cowboy Ranch Patterns are popular), and plates bearing an establishment’s logo is also highly sought after. You can mix and match different manufactures, made the same patterns using different names.

It’s fun to try and hunt for a full place setting of any pattern, plate, cup and saucer. There are also gravy and syrup pitchers, platters, water pitchers and pieces made for railroads, airlines, trains and institutions. These vintage charmers can add a whimsical touch to any table setting, most are reasonably priced and can be used on a daily basis. They were made tough to withstand the constant use in diners and casual restaurants. Here’s a few of the pieces I have for sale

:cowboy1.  Set of 6 Vintage Restaurant Mugs For Sale Dealer #117 in the Antique Plaza Antique Mall..

cowboy2 Set of 8 Restaurant Plates  Dealer #117 in Antique Plaza Antique Mall

How Anteekers Become Antique Dealers

Most of us start out as collectors and then we become obsessed collectors of more than one thing.  Then the day arrives when we decide that we need to narrow down our collectibles.  We want to get our money back….. we want to purge….. we want to collect something else, we are over flowing with great picks that needs new homes.  
We must pass our treasures onto someone else. Why not make money while doing it?
When I moved back to the Valley of the Sun in 1998, I came with the largest U Haul Truck Available and it was filled to the tip top, with Antiques and Collectibles I had picked while working and living in Northern California.  I also had a storage locker here in Mesa the size of a 2 car garage, filled with collections my Husband and I could not part with when we left. When we moved to California we   had no idea how long we would be gone 1 month or 10 years.. It turned out to be 8 years. Yikes!
I had so much stuff when I returned to Mesa I thought about opening up my own shop, but there were no store fronts available for sale at the time. That is when I began investigating Antique Malls, I visited about 5 or 6 Antique Malls in the Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert Area. I made sure to ask some very important questions before deciding where I would locate my items. I had never sold in an Antique Mall, and was a little shy about that type of business venture.
After a couple weeks, I chose the Antique Plaza Antique Mall,
1. Great Location
2. Friendly Staff and Owners
3. Loads of foot traffic
4. Great Lease on Building
5. Reasonable Rent
Only problem was Antique Plaza Antique Mall  had a wait list !!
 After about 2 months passed  I got the call Antique Plaza Antique Mall had a small booth open up ! Hurray I scurried over and signed my lease.
This was a small space and I had  to make every inch work  because you are paying for it whether you choose to use it or not. 
How to find and set up a successful Antiques Mall booth:  
  • Find a good location. If you’re fortunate to have several malls in your area, check on them all. Compare rates, but also compare traffic.  I found many malls that had cheaper rent than the Antique Plaza, but they were in low traffic areas, bad lighting and I didnt like their lease agreement with the landlord of the building.
  • Determine what you are willing to pay for monthly rental. But Remember Cheap Rent is not always best, you get what you pay for.
  • Be eclectic, don’t specialize and merchandise your items on a regular basis. Once I set up my space, I tried to Educate myself by looking through the mall at other booths. Ask the other sellers questions: Which months are the “slow” months and what type things are “hot” now? (However, this can change in a heartbeat!)
  • I volunteered to work one day a week to get to see what were the hot items selling in the Mall..

17 years later here I am still selling in the Antique Plaza Antique Mall my first small space has grown to many locations and cases here inside the Mall .. IMHO the Antique Plaza Antique  Mall is the Best in the Valley of the Sun! The Plaza has a wide variety of dealers selling Vintage, Antiques, Art Glass, Linens, Books, Tons of Vintage Jewelry and Furniture.. Beautiful Garden and Home Decor as well as Art Work..

Antique Plaza Where Everyday is a Vintage Market. 114 and 120 West Main Street

Inside the Antique Plaza Antique Mall
Inside the Antique Plaza Antique Mall



2 Shops on Main Street Downtown Mesa AZ

19th Century Coverlets Americana Folk Art From a Time Gone By

I just purchased a gorgeous pristine Antique Woven Coverlet .. dates from 1850s Ohio signed by Weaver Daniel Bury American Folk Art from a time gone by.



Below is history of Coverlets.

The National Museum of the American Coverlet focuses on antique American woven coverlets. Dated coverlets in the collection range from 1771 to 1889.

Coverlets are woven bedcovers, used as the topmost covering on a bed. The weaver worked on a loom to construct the textile itself one row at a time, and the pattern was woven in as part of the process.

In comparison, quilts are often made by cutting and assembling pattern pieces, then sewing them to a backing with a filler material in between – much like a sandwich.

A quilt is generally assembled from pre-existing cloth.
A coverlet is made from scratch.

Woven coverlets were popular in many states during the early-to-mid nineteenth century (1800s).

Coverlets were woven by both men and women. The two main types are called geometric and figured and fancy.

The pattern motifs in geometrics are based on circles and squares.

Geometric coverlets were woven by both women and men. Women generally produced them for their own use at home, or for barter with a neighbor. However, since there wasn’t a loom (and all the related equipment) in every household, there were professional weavers as well – usually men – filling in the needs of the community.

The patterns in figured and fancy coverlets are curvilinear and realistic and can include floral, animal, architectural and other motifs. These are the coverlets that most often contain inscriptions. Inscriptions can include the weaver’s name, his location, the year it was made, the name of the person it was made for, and sometimes a slogan of some sort.

Figured and fancy coverlets were virtually all made by professional weavers – men. So when you see a woman’s name on a figured coverlet, it is the client/owner, not the weaver.

Coverlets were generally made of wool and cotton, although some are all wool. The wool was usually hand-spun and dyed with natural dyes. The cotton was most often machine-spun and left undyed. *

Unlike quilts, coverlets are reversible – intended to be used on either side.

That is why, when a coverlet has an inscription, it is almost always woven in backwards and forwards, to enable the observer to read it on both sides of the textile.

from the national museum of coverlets

Antique Civil War Photo Album


Antique Photo Album from the estate of heir to Susan Kemper Rife the album is filled with Civil War Era Photos. Signed Photo of Lt Rife US Army , and other family members of Rife and Kemper Family. Also signed photo to Lt Rife from the two smallest men in world and two other dwarf photos. Album is in very good condition. Pat. 1865.

Joseph B Rife was mustered into Co G 6 Pa Reserves as a private on July 27, 1861 as Washington, DC. He was promoted to 1st Sergeant. He was discharged on August 5, 1861 to accept promotion as 2nd lieutenant in the 6th US Infantry. Rife was 21 years old at the time of enlistment, stood 5 feet 9 inches tall, had black hair, a dark complexion and dark eyes. He resided in Middletown, Pa

Adam Kemper was Captain of Company K, 6th United States Colored Troops Heavy Artillery unit stationed in Mississippi in 1864. Kemper originally served as a first sergeant with the 46th Illinois before becoming an officer with the 6th USCT Heavy Artillery.

Album is for sale, Iv owned it for over 35yrs.. $595

Everyday is a Vintage Market @ Antique Plaza Antique Mall Mesa AZ