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A Right Royal Do

By Michael Rice on May 3, 2011

With all the fanfare of another royal event upon us, it got me thinking that many Canadians, especially those of us in the farthest outpost of the Empire, have accumulated much with a "royal" connection. Read more...


Bygone Treasures: The Change in your Dresser Drawer

By Michael Rice on Jan 1, 2011

Almost everyone has a jar, a tin can or a box filled with old coins and other bits and pieces, untouched for years and virtually forgotten. Go dig out yours and let's look! Start by separating out the buttons, paper clips and the souvenir swizzle stick from that wild night you had at Morty's Supper Club in 1962. Then set aside cufflinks, Read more...


Bygone Treasures: Down at the Corner Store

By Michael Rice on Oct 1, 2010

I'm amazed at the store sizes in Victoria's new shopping centre, remembering, at 14, watching the old one being built that's now torn down. The employees of one chain outlet now need ropes and grappling hooks to reach some of their stock, and would have to rent Ireland to hold a staff meeting. Read more...


Bygone Treasures: Out in the Workshop

By Michael Rice on Jun 9, 2010

To have value to a collector, tools must still be in useable condition with perhaps a few dings and scratches, and wear consistent with normal handling. Once tools show excessive rust or pitting, glued splits on handles or warping, then interest falls faster than a plow plane dropped on your foot. Read more...


Bygone Treasures - All That Glitters Gold

By Michael Rice on Feb 1, 2010

All That Glitters Gold has fascinated us since the dawn of time as a store of wealth, a status symbol and as attractive jewelry. As gold and silver prices have reached record levels, you may discover you have some long forgotten precious metal stored away. Read more...


Bygone Treasures - On the Home Front

By Michael Rice on Oct 30, 2009

A while back, I found a big ball of butcher's cord that had been tucked away over 60 years ago in a basement. This discovery made me think about what life must have been like at home in the tumultuous days of the Second World War. Read more...


Bygone Treasures - A Lifetime's Clutter - Letting Go

By Michael Rice on Jul 28, 2009

You've all read about how to declutter and downsize your home when it comes time to move. At my talks to retiree groups on the subject of antiques, I ask, "Who's thought about downsizing?" and get a show of hands. My next question is "Who's psychologically ready to start downsizing?" and the hands are far fewer. Read more...


Bygone Treasures - Eat Your Vegetables or No Dessert

By Michael Rice on Jun 30, 2009

Eat Your Vegetables or NO Dessert! There's much to be said about the smell of good food in the comfort of a warm kitchen. Like many of my generation, I grew up in a loving home without much money, but where my Dad grew many vegetables so there was always food on our kitchen table. Read more...


Bygone Treasures - All Those Little Bits of Paper

By Michael Rice on Feb 26, 2009

A short list of paper items currently sought by collectors includes advertising brochures, calendars, ink blotters, maps, old letters, scrapbooks, theatre programs, sheet music and posters. Now, insert "not just any" in front of each of these categories. To have collector value, it should predate the mid 1960s, and subject matter, size and condition are important. Read more...


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