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What's It Worth? Totally Tea for Teetotalers

“Tea is better than wine for it leadeth not to intoxication, neither does it cause a man to say foolish things and repent thereof in his sober moments. It is better than water for it does not carry disease; neither does it act like poison as water does when it contains foul and rotten matter.”

According to EconomicHistory.com, this ancient Chinese saying spread through Europe as tea displaced beer in

What's It Worth? Rare Local Treasure Brings History But Not Dollars

What's It Worth? Rare Local Treasure Brings History But Not Dollars


Tokens are fun to collect. Many families have tucked away bus tokens or WWII tokens that are worth pennies. This local, historical Maas Brothers treasure just surfaced.

“Treasure” does not always mean wealth, and indeed, the historical value of this week’s find exceeds its monetary value.

While there have been recorded single-token sales of $12,000 and more for 1870s Arizona territories one-cent tokens (pre-statehood), most “trade tokens” bring $1 to $10 each.

What's It Worth? Selling Online in the Time of Social Distancing

What's It Worth? Selling Online in the Time of Social Distancing


We were very happy with our international auction results this month. Our continental porcleain and fine and decorative arts sale was already “loaded up” for our sale prior to the lockdown, so Katrina and I conferred with our consignors and decided to go forward. It was a good decision. Held one week ago, this auction was our third most successful online auction ever. Porcelains went for as much as $7,000, with other items going as high as $20,000. A majority of these auction items were sold overseas.

What's It Worth? What is the Value Of “Stuff” During a Crisis?

What's It Worth? What is the Value Of “Stuff” During a Crisis?

There are several points of view on this subject — some studious, some passionate and some poignant.

Some say collectibles tend to suffer a bit, and we agree. But many collectors use this opportunity to buy up watches, coins, fine art, etc., while the prices are lower and interest has waned. (Gold, however, is very high.)