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Ephemera Equals Fun

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Ephemera Equals Fun

Wow! Buying and selling ephemera is rewarding and enjoyable. Since I am a relative newcomer to this genre I cannot consider myself an expert but I learn something new everyday.

I started out in 2005 selling antiques at a store in the City of Lancaster. The overhead was so high that I finally realized that a permanent storefront was not viable. With this in mind, I decided to become mobile, i.e., selling at flea markets in the surrounding area. My first venue was Renninger's, in Adamstown, PA., using an outdoor space.


Being mobile also meant that I could not transport the normal collection of antiques that I sold in my store. This led me to the ephemera area.

Ephemera is defined as any transitory written or printed matter not meant to be retained or preserved. The word derives from the Greek, meaning things lasting no more than a day. Some collectible ephemera are advertising trade cards, airsickness bags, bookmarks, catalogues, greeting cards, letters, pamphlets, postcards, posters, prospectuses, defunct stock certificates or tickets, and magazines.

Some items not mentioned above that are most attractive to me are: antique maps, vintage documents, prints & engravings, and indentures. People always ask me, " Where do you get your material"? I have found that auctions are the best source for all kinds of ephemera. While buying at auctions is worthwhile, selling there is normally not profitable.

Another aspect of collecting ephemera that really appeals to me is the educational spillover. I have learned so much from the research that is required to determine the provenance of a particular item. It is really an education being in the ephemera area.

Since I am a newcomer in this area, I rely heavily of my fellow antique dealers for advice and guidance. All my colleagues are more than willing to give me the benefit of their knowledge.

I am happy to say that I am now an indoor stand holder at Renninger's in Adamstown and I enjoy every minute of it.

 Contributed by Richard Danz - Click here to visit Old World Collectibles Listing 
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