We've seen a few changes since we started Antiques and Collectables for Pleasure & Profit in 2004, and we're just about to see another! From the issue that's just been released - the Winter/Spring magazine (Issue 49) - we'll be publishing the magazine twice a year instead of four times a year. So instead of publishing four magazines a year in line with the seasons, we'll be publishing two - one to be released in June and named the Winter/Spring issue, and the other one to be released in December and named the Summer/Autumn issue.
The fact is that Christine and I love producing the magazine and we know you love reading it, and if we need to tighten the belt, rein things in or any of those other clichês that mean you have to make some changes you might prefer not to - well, that's what we've decided to do. And who knows - if things pick up with the economy we may well be able to resume quarterly publications next year! But for now we're working on the basis of two magazines a year and will do our absolute brilliant best to make sure they're two magazines worth having.
Naturally we've started by making this Winter/Spring issue indispensable if you want to learn about antiques and collectables. We've got a four-page feature on fakes and reproductions; an enlightening story on one dealer's sleuthing in the world of Australian militaria; some stunning Japanese prints that represent the artistic equivalent of The Housewives of New Jersey; the history of the gorgeous Deco dame; and four pages of events, gossip and happenings in the antiques world. Plus we've spent literally hours getting all the information together so you can see what antique fairs are on when and where over the next six months.
Could we be any more helpful? Well, maybe - because we're only publishing twice a year, we thought you'd probably like a bumper number of letters for the Ask the Experts section. And you'll also find a page all about the odd things that customers say to dealers - guaranteed to make you smile!
We couldn't fit all of them in the one page so we thought we'd add a few here...
Customer: "Quick, I need a valuation on these sherry glasses from the Titanic so that I can send them to Sotheby's New York today." Dealer: "They're not from the Titanic. If they were they would still be at the bottom of the ocean..."
A drunk woman called one of the antique centres in Brisbane and demanded: "Putts me thru tooo the front bar." Dealer: "Sorry, this is an antique centre and we don't have a front bar." Drunk woman: "Well, you should!" and then hung up.
Customer, looking at an item: "The one we've got is much better than this."
Customer: "Why can't I bring in my large bag? Do I look like a thief?"
Customer: "It has to be real - my boyfriend promised me it was a real diamond..."
And one of my favourites:
Customer: "You can get all this stuff cheaper on Gumtree."
I hope you didn't recognise yourself anywhere...