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From the Editor

I have a confession to make. When Christine and I decided to produce an Australian Price Guide, we had no idea how much work we were creating for ourselves.

Now, I'm not complaining. We both work from home offices, so it's not exactly horrible when we're putting in the extra hours and we both have gorgeous husbands who do things like the shopping and cooking when we're working late at the computer. But sometimes, something just doesn't get done. And this issue of the magazine, the thing I didn't get done was What's it Worth. I know, I'm sorry! Everyone loves those pages, but the fact is, it's one of the most time-consuming sections of the magazine to compile, and I simply ran out of time. I absolutely promise it will be back in the Autumn issue of the magazine. I'll start work on it as soon as this issue goes to bed - which will be about two hours after I finish writing this column!

Meanwhile we're steaming ahead with the production of the Price Guide itself. We've got photographers, typists, sorters, designers, image manipulators, printers, specialist experts and editors all working on it at once and the content is really coming together. We'll end up with around 5500 items in the book, but we've gone a bit mad and I think at the moment we have nearly 8000 items logged... There will be some serious editing going on to get them down to 5500, but it means you'll be seeing the best of the best. (Oh, and you can order your copy today - click the order form button on our home page for more info).

I wonder if it's a personal thing, trying to fit as much as possible into something, because we've also managed to cram heaps of different subjects into this issue of the magazine. We've got stories on lockets and fossils, Steiff and swords, export silver and Aussie money boxes... and that's just a few of the features. We really just wanted to make sure you have plenty to read while you're on your summer break.

We hope you enjoy it!

Julie Carter
Editor, Antiques and Collectables for Pleasure & Profit

PS I found this gorgeous card at www.thegraphicsfairy.com and wanted to share it with you. Christine and I wish everyone a very happy Christmas - whether it's at Home Sweet Home like it says on the card, or away somewhere with family and friends.