December 4, 2022


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On the lookout back again at the leading-offering collectibles of 2020

Joan Thilges, of New Generations of Harmony: “2020 was an abnormal and annoying 12 months for all of us, primarily being shut for the pandemic. I think a lot of folks have been getting keep-cations or accomplishing shorter street excursions this 12 months, and what they bought reflected currently being at dwelling a large amount additional. Just about anything to brighten your home or backyard garden sold properly, together with farmhouse-model décor, garden and yard decorations, collectible glassware — Smurf glasses and Melancholy glass. A shock seller was all the antique and vintage furniture, the two restored and repurposed, that marketed.”

Sylvia Bauer, of State Side Antique Mall in Cannon Falls: “2020 will unquestionably be a yr to don’t forget. Due to the fact reopening the shopping mall in June, promotion goods, porcelain indicators of any form, beer items, all seem to continue to be sizzling. I have also seen an increase in profits of coin, primitive home furnishings, gentleman-cave merchandise, as properly as searching-relevant objects and seasonal classic things, especially classic Xmas. I really do not foresee any large alter in 2021. Some customers are only interested in gathering specific products, whilst others acquire merchandise for decorating or it just catches their eye.”

Sarah Kieffer, of Sarah’s Uniques & Jim’s “Man”tiques Antique Mall in St. Charles: “Last yr surely was the yr of marketing, and getting the primary pieces and antiques! I believe this will keep the very same for the approaching 2021. Items with marketing and a goal to be simple, not so substantially shelf-sitters. Cast iron is a further incredibly hot merchandise that is becoming made use of in homes and tenting, with books and publications specializing in how to prepare dinner in them together, with taxidermy, yet another incredibly hot item for 2021.”

Angie Pehler and (father) Galen Lohrenz, Angie’s Vintage Rust at Treasures Beneath Sugar Loaf Antique Mall in Winona: “We experienced extremely great sales this calendar year, and we count on 2021 to be even superior, with the profits of beer things with beer faucets primary the way, and beer marketing. Vintage kitchen area merchandise and little products, cast iron and vintage toys, arcade toys and classic license plates. We recognized an uptick in Coca-Cola and Pepsi things, which ended up gradual for a although. Metal signs are always popular, and any auto or fuel-associated objects. Our participation in flea markets was quite restricted this calendar year, but we anticipate that switching for 2021 and seem ahead to staying busy.”

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Brad Sissal, a seller at Outdated River Valley Antique Mall in Stewartville: “Sales this calendar year have experienced peaks and valleys like no other 12 months that I know of. The products that sell the best are items that men and women can use in their day-to-working day life. Antique instruments are an fantastic seller if they’re in very good situation, as perfectly as solid-iron cookware and vintage clothing.”

Joan Zenke, of Minnesota Reminiscences & Antiques in Nodine: “Christmas linens, beer eyeglasses constantly well known (everything beer), kid’s publications feel to be common as the guides that ‘grandma go through to me.’ ”

Neil Hunt, of A-Z Collectibles in downtown Winona: “Pyrex mixing bowls were pretty great this year, as I experienced and uncovered some of the much more collectible patterns. Secondhand books often do perfectly, these kinds of as the classics and Significantly Facet have been some that offered speedy. No predictions for 2021. Regardless of what it is, I am guaranteed that in my 28 decades, I have collected a minor of what at any time is ‘hot.’ ”

Laurie Rucker, of Vintage Treasures & Residence Décor in St. Charles: “This past calendar year, a whole lot of individuals have been functioning from household, so they have been wanting for desks, chairs, tables and desk lamps for their home places of work. I also sold a whole lot of ladders, benches, clean tubs, milk cans, totes, crates, barrels, pails and anything at all with advertising. I anticipate the exact same for 2021.”

Sandy Erdman is a Winona-centered freelance writer and qualified appraiser concentrating on classic, antique and collectible objects. Ship reviews and story tips to Sandy at [email protected]