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Georgia Kemp Caraway,former executive director of the Denton County, TX Museums has written a guide book on how to take care of antiques, collectibles, and heirlooms. There are some good tips on removing stains from various items such as furniture and fabric. How to spot valuable items in antique shops, yard sales, and auctions, how to clean and care for collectible objects such as signs, glassware, clothing, jewelry and other items you may collect and value. These are not bad tips and I recommend them. However, I have noted that some of the items she gives tips for how to clean or remove things should really be done by professionals and not by someone trying to clean or restore something for the first time. She has as an example how to rebind old books and gives the materials you need for them. If you are not a professional book binder/restorer you really should not attempt to restore or bind a book, find a reputable book binder to do that. In the section how to take care of postage stamps if you are a collector, she advices to put them in a stamp book (yes I recommend that), however, she advices to use hinges to the back of the stamps to secure in the book. As a stamp collector, I highly advise NOT to do that. Putting a hinge on the back of a stamp (especially if it is in mint unused condition) will decrease the value of a stamp dramatically. There are custom to fit protection of stamps that are hinge free that will preserve a stamp and can secure it to a stamp book. One thing that is also missing from this guide is references on where to get antiques or collectibles restored by professionals. If you can't restore or preserve an heirloom, then you should know where to find a restorer and its location, address, webpage url, or phone number. This is missing from her book and it would be a better guide if she listed restorers, appraisers, and specific shops that can help you restore, preserve, or appraise your antiques/collectibles.
I believe since the author is an archivist and curator, she thinks that everyone can do what she did to restore or preserve antiques and didn't realize that if you can't do it then you should find someone who can. Otherwise, this is a better than average guide of how to take care of your antiques and collectibles. But, also look for the better guidebooks that are out there today, they are probably better than this guide.
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I found this book to have many practically tips that I can use in my antique business. It is arranged well so I don't have to thumb through a large index. It is a very good basic How to book