A Formal Introduction
Ever since our launch in January of 2010, we have steadily grown to over 34,000 readers a month (and climbing!). And we thought that, since there are so many new folks, we would re-introduce ourselves and show you around a bit! Here at ArtsAndCraftsCollector.com, we have many ways to stay on top of the latest news centered around the Arts and Crafts Movement and Revival. Here then, for your reading and exploratory pleasure over the course of your Independence Day holiday, are some highlights of our little slice of the Arts and Crafts Community!
We highly recommend signing up for our weekly e-newsletter. It’s the fastest, easiest way to get the newest information from ArtsAndCraftsCollector.com. Plus, you’ll be the first to know about our freebie giveaways and Facebook prizes! And speaking of our Facebook page, follow along there for behind the scenes highlights, beautiful photos and even more Arts and Crafts news! As far as website navigation, ArtsAndCraftsCollector.com is best viewed on larger screens like iPads, laptops and desktop computers, rather than your smartphone. And the easiest way to get around the site is via the beige navigation bar centered at the top of the site just below the header. From here you can access nearly every nook and cranny of the site! Now, on to the highlights!
Every week ArtsAndCraftsCollector.com editor, Alexandra Fisher, and publisher, Bruce Johnson, post three articles, In The News, Collector’s Guide and Little Journeys. In The News primarily features the latest events, auctions and breaking news within the Arts and Crafts community. Collector’s Guide focuses in on some of your favorite makers and objects, and takes a more in-depth look into the world of Arts and Crafts. And, arguably our most popular portion of the site, Bruce Johnson’s Little Journeys column takes you along for the ride as he shares his travels, collecting adventures, latest research and insights into his life as the publisher of ArtsAndCraftsCollector.com, director of the National Arts and Crafts Conference and an avid Arts and Crafts collector and historian. We also feature guest columnists from time to time. If you have a topic of interest you’d like to share with our readers, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!
It can be difficult finding Arts and Crafts-friendly businesses in your area and that’s why we created our Arts and Crafts Business Listings section along the left-hand side of the site. Here you can find any number of different businesses all with two things in common: they love and appreciate the Arts and Crafts Movement and they’re just a click away for you! If you know of an Arts and Crafts business that should be listed, have them contact us. And if you own an Arts and Crafts business, send us an email! We’d love to have you be a part of our community (and our 34,000+ readers would love it too!)
Do you have some pieces from your own personal collection that you no longer want? Are you an Arts and Crafts business owner who needs to thin out your inventory? Are you an Arts and Crafts collector looking to grow your collection? Look no further than our Marketplace! Here you can list as many Classifieds as you’d like — for FREE! Take a look and see what’s for sale today!
We take pride in providing you, our readers, with the latest Arts and Crafts news, events, home tours, auctions, exhibitions, shows and more. And our Calendar is where you can find the details! Listed by month, our Calendar is updated every week to reflect the latest events all across the U.S.! Don’t hesitate to let us know of any Arts and Crafts events in your area. We’ll happily share them with our readers!
As both a collector and a researcher, ArtsandCraftsCollector.com publisher Bruce Johnson often wished there was one site where every book ever written on the Arts and Crafts movement was listed. Well, now that place exists. With the help of several historians, colleagues and friends, we compiled a list of nearly every book of interest to Arts and Crafts collectors into one helpful Reference Library. We’ve sorted them by category and listed them here for you so that anytime you or anyone else wants to research anything related to the Arts and Crafts movement, your research can begin here with us. If you see we’ve missed an entry, simply email us the title and author and we’ll happily update our list!
What’s It Worth?
Think of this portion of the site as a quick reference guide for your own collection’s value. The antiques market is no different than the stock market or the housing market: it’s always changing. Whether you are buying, selling or insuring your collection, you need to keep an eye on the Arts and Crafts market. To help, we’ve created the What’s It Worth? guide. Each week we post several different items, their descriptions, and their current values, adding the previously listed items to our archives for your reference at any time. Do keep in mind, however, that subtle differences, especially in condition, can drastically impact the value of any antique. So, before making any major decision, we always recommend you consult a professional appraiser. But your search can start here!
If you’re like us, you enjoy discovering new-to-you Arts and Crafts sites during your travels. Well, we’ve taken the guess work out of finding those historic sites, museums, houses and businesses with our Traveler’s Guide! Here you can search by state nearly all the travel-worthy destinations for any Arts and Crafts enthusiast so you can plan out your next visit. As always, don’t hesitate to let us know if we’ve missed a spot or if some of our information is amiss. Happy travels!
Before Bruce began the National Arts and Crafts Conference he owned and operated a furniture restoration business. And before that he was a highschool teacher. So it makes perfect sense that he would combine those two loves into informative videos for you here! From furniture restoration to identifying Arts and Crafts furniture, we’ve got you covered with our How-To Videos.
My Account/Account Registration
Lastly, you can create your own ArtsAndCraftsCollector.com account! Doing so opens up our user administrative area where you can create Marketplace listings to sell Arts and Crafts antiques or contemporary pieces or purchase a Business Listing or Display Ad for your Arts and Crafts business. It’s easy and free to join so click on the ‘Login’ link in the top right hand corner of the site and give it a try.
Now that you’re loaded with all this information, go explore! There’s much more that we haven’t listed here in this article. You never know what you might find. And before we leave you for the week, we want to take a quick moment and say that we wouldn’t be here without your support along the way. We’re so excited about what’s in store for us — and for you — in the coming months, so stay tuned! And thank you for being a part of our growth and for your enthusiasm and love for the Arts and Crafts Movement! See you next week!
Top photo: ArtsAndCraftsCollector.com Publisher, Bruce Johnson in his Arts and Crafts home.
Bottom photo: ArtsAndCraftsCollector.com Editor, Alexandra Fisher doing what she does best, eating ice cream.