Reading List

I decided to take a break from writing about antique related items and situations and try something new. When I am not at the store, and have some free time, I read. When I was young, and owned my bookstore, it was science fiction and classics. As I have gotten older, I find that I […]

“Twenty Bucks”

Twenty Bucks… There is an interesting phenomenon out there. It happens to many people every day, mostly men, but they really don’t understand it or are aware of it. Some are, but with most, it happens on a near unconscious level. It’s not malicious, it just happens. What is this strange occurrence? “It was only […]

Hot Wheels, Czechoslovakian Glass & eBay

I often get calls at the store from folks who are looking to sell their items. Sometimes it’s a single item (a piece of furniture or a doll, for instance), other times it’s an entire collection. I never know what the next phone call will yield for the store. Many times, people will come into […]

Business policies

How do small businesses create polices? It’s easy; they don’t. The customers do. I know, you are asking how that happens. Well in a nutshell, policies are created when something happens that’s outside of the business owner’s experience. As small business owners, we try to anticipate everything that could happen that could affect us. It’s […]

Why we trashed Google…

Here at Five Katz Antiques, I have been long frustrated with Google’s privacy policies. In fact, I have not been a fan of anything “Google” for a long time. Their products are not intuitive, frustrating and not user friendly. I stopped using their search engine in favor of  “Duck Duck Go” over 2 years ago. […]

Antiques on a budget

Collecting antiques can be a fun and rewarding hobby on many levels. It doesn’t have to be a hobby that breaks the bank. Not all antiques belong in the British Museum or have to cost as much as the Hope Diamond & there is much more to the hobby than buying low and selling high. […]

Cash is king. Or is it?

I have noticed lately that some small businesses are offering a discount if you pay with cash. It got me thinking and wondering if this was really a good idea. Credit card fees can be expensive. No one wants to pay them. They are yet another expense that a small business has to deal with […]

How to effectively use craigslist©.

In case you are not familiar with craigslist, it’s essentially an online free classified ad website. It was started by Craig Newmark in the mid 1990’s to highlight events in and around the San Francisco Bay area. It is now used in nearly 70 countries and in multiple languages and has many categories such as […]

The future of antiques

People have been collecting things for a long time. Some collect for fun, others collect for the hunt and some collect for the investment. Most of us have inherited something or bought something we thought might become valuable at some point. Since the prices of antiques and collectibles have varied much in the last several […]