Pardon Our Dust But Expanding is Dusty

The 31 Club is on the march, and with our new listing arm on Askart.com, members who list art work in the 31 Gallery will have the backing of AskArt’s 70,000 daily viewers coming into play. If you’ve been wondering if anything is happening, our tentacle on Ask Art should assure you there’s much work going on behind the scenes.

Our Wish List and Inventory Pages will be tested on Friday, and provided there no bugs, you will soon be able to do your own advertising and bookkeeping right on the 31 Club Members Site. If you haven’t gone onto the Members Only site yet, you might do so now and take a look at the 31 Club Expert Resource. If you decide an auction is the best venue for your particular item(s), our Listing of Specialty Auction Houses is an invaluable resource. Here, we’ve identified the best auction houses to sell an item of a particular category.

Presently, it’s taking some time to get all your listings posted. You can speed up this process by sending us photos sized 640 x 480, including photos of the markings, if any. If you don’t know of a way to re-size your photos, try downloading GIMP. It’s free and you can do a lot of nifty things with this program.

Your listing should include as many details as possible, like they ask for on eBay. Specifically, we need size, artist’s name, the material it’s made of, date or time period if you can determine it, and any markings on the piece. It’s very important to be accurate about its condition, and any damage needs to be specifically identified.

If your items is a painting, please indicate whether or not it’s signed, as well as the location of the signature. (Lower right, lower left, etc.) Is it oil on canvas, oil on board, watercolor, or ink drawing? Make sure this is indicated. Also include the size – framed and unframed.

Include information about provenance, (origins) if there is any. This can increase the value of your item.

Website hits are growing steadily each month, and this will result in more sales and purchases. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and we appreciate our charter members who’ve supported while we build an amazing site. Nothing could have been accomplished without those of you who climbed on board with us on this new adventure at a time when the media was writing the epitaph on this business. I know we are the industry leaders when I see others trying to duplicate our efforts. They”ll find that hard to do, considering they don’t have the fantastic and loyal members of the 31 Club behind them.

A 31 Club First – A painting assigned by a member to the Associates Program and purchased by 31 Club will be going to auction in at an internationally known auction house for modern design and art, Wright Auctions, here in Chicago. When it sells, this club member will make 35% of its net sales price without having to had invested a dime.

By month’s end, we should be hitting all cylinders so keep watching and participating with us in the best club in the antique business.

We warmly welcome all suggestions that you feel would benefit our members, so don’t be shy about dropping us a note during are growth and construction phase. We’d love to hear from you.

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Buy The Real Thing, Not Foreign Made Junk

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This authentic Apache Indian Necklace, is offered at 31 Gallery & Marketplace along with Indian Blankets and Indian Axes.

What are the real things today? Each day I’m having a more difficult time distinguishing between the cheap junk marketed to the American Public from foreign companies and the things of true value I remember as a kid.

Yesterday, I spent many hours shopping with my family and friends. We visited shops in Gatlinburg, and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and in Cherokee, North Carolina. I was surprised as I saw hordes of people spending their money on imported items that weren’t worth ten cents on the dollar at the time of purchase. The foreign companies that are producing these items are more than pleased to sell them to us, and then turn around and buy American items of value with the 90% profit that they’ve just made selling us their junk. Not only that, but we are losing jobs at the same time.

Our dollar has lost most of its value, not by what is happening overseas, but by the purchasing of items that immediately lose 90% of their value as soon as we take possession of them.

 While in Cherokee, I saw items that looked like American Indian items such as bead work, bows and arrows, garments and many figurines. But you know what? They had nothing to do with the Indians. When I turned them over, I couldn’t believe my eyes; “Made in China”. The same was true in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, but there were even different names like Hong Kong, Korea and Japan. If we buy their merchandise with our dollars but sell our best back to them, we are sure to go broke in this country.

This is why the 31 Club is stressing that our members should only deal in antique, collectible, and fine art items that will retain their value, and even appreciate over a period of time.

Let’s go back to the basics when we discussed keeping a list of everything we sell and who it goes to. This will become more and more important to you as your success increases. A satisfied customer is the most valuable asset you have besides the merchandise itself. I sell over 50% of the items to repeat customers. Remember the gentleman I sold all the Kentucky art to? Well, since he bought those paintings from me, they have doubled in value. Do you think he might listen to me if I call him again with a painting I thought would be a great buy for him? Likewise with the lady that bought the Lotton Glass from me. Now the selling price of one vase of four would return her the entire purchase price for all four if she chose to sell it now. I doubt very seriously that if they had the “Made in China” label on them the story would be the same.

For my friend Colin, who’s with us, one of the most important parts of our trip was going to see the Indian Reservation and buying some authentic Indian items, but I could see the disappointment in his eyes as we moved from shop to shop and found only inexpensive fakes of the real deal. Let’s take pride in our country and not let our money go overseas for cheap imitations.

Your future in the Antique and Fine Art business will depend on you being able to recognize quality in your buying and developing a reputation for dealing in the best.

I am in the final countdown for returning home, and I am totally ready to jump back into making the “31 Club” the best opportunity there is for our members.

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The Appeal of Satava Art Glass

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Richard Satava Plum Nautilus Black Sea Foam Lidded, 19.50″ high by 8.25″ wide,is offered at Satava.com for $3,600

I am always looking for something to add to my inventory of knowledge, and I think I have found a winner. One of our members put me on to Satava Glass, and I can assure, I will be encouraging our members to take a look at it and to also be ready to purchase pieces if they become available in their search. You can see this wonderful glass highly skilled artist, Richard Satava, at http://www.satava.com/. Satava’s interest in glass began back in 1969 in California, and he opened his studio in 1977.

You might want to start sharing about this beautiful glass with your contacts, so they’ll be ready to purchase whatever you find – sort of like selling before you purchase — and that isn’t all bad. In fact, I am making my list of customers as I type this blog. I believe that if I can find some pieces at today’s prices, my customers can double their purchase price within the next year.

I have to admit, I fell in love with the nautical pieces, and I must have one of the Jellyfish pieces for myself. I hope to talk with Richard in the near future, because I won’t be at peace until he shares with me how he makes the Jellyfish. If you find one of his pieces, and you’re not interested in it, please call me and give me a chance at it.

You should be aware there are others who now are making Jellyfish pieces, such as Christoper Lowry, however, in my opinion, no one matches the artistry of Richard Satava.

The 31 Club promised to keep its members ahead of the trend, and by announcing that Satava Art Glass is one of the new featured items suggested by the 31 Club, we’re doing just that. I would think that if you mentioned Satava to the average person today, they would say “Who?” But, that won’t last long.

I want to encourage all of you to bring items that catch your attention to the 31 Club, so that its members can evaluate them, and if they pass our scrutiny, we’ll recommend them for purchase. So many fantastic works of art go unnoticed because they are never fully brought to the public’s attention. Believe it our not, Tiffany was just another name until a lady in New York by the name of Lillian Nassau sponsored it and bought these wonderful pieces to the place where today, Tiffany is a household name.

The next ten days are going to be very difficult, as I travel to the Smokies, but I’m sure your staff is up to the task at hand. I can share with you that Cindy is a little nervous about how communications are going to proceed next week, but I assured her everything will be all right.

We may not be able to get to you as quickly as normal, but please be patient. I’ll be near a computer and also have my cell, but if I never put them down on this family vacation, I’m not sure that I will come back alive. My wife Vickie is small, but you’ve heard dynamite comes in small packages.

Have a wonderful week and be sure to remember what the 4th of July is all about.

God Bless you all.

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Quality in Unidentified Paintings

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A Jean Faurege Paris Steet Scene sold for $5,000 at 31 Club Gallery & Marketplace

Did you ever spot a painting but kept on walking because you couldn’t find out who the artist was?

Sunday, at the Chicago Antique, I purchased a small oil painting in a wonderful gilded leaf frame for $120. Cindy asked if I knew the artist, and I told her I didn’t. She asked me why I bought it. Cindy isn’t afraid to ask questions because she wants to learn. I told her I bought it because it’s signed, so if I can figure out who the artist is, I might have found a treasure. Now, I didn’t buy just any signed painting. It was very well done, and it also had a wonderful gilded leaf frame that was worth more than I paid for the painting.

I also purchased a very nice signed watercolor that was also very well done. I couldn’t pass it up for $30. I researched the name on the Internet and have e-mailed the artist to verify that it is her work. If the e-mail comes back positive, it could make my month.

Did I start out looking for a $30 painting? Not at all. Truthfully, I had more like $5,000 on my mind, but this $30 painting could bring a couple thousand. That ain’t so bad, as this country boy would say.

Go to our Fine Art Gallery and look at the painting by Jean Faurege. It just sold for $5,000 because it has the quality of an Edouard Leon Cortes or an Antoine Blanchard. No, you won’t find Faurege in Davenport’s or on AskArt.com, but his work is outstanding. True collectors can appreciate it for what it is.

By the way, you did hear me correctly. This painting sold right here on our Marketplace for $5,000. This could have been your painting.

A 31 Club Member called yesterday to ask me about several paintings they spotted, of which only one had any interest. It was what she called a “couch painting.” But, after hearing her describe it, I knew that it should be purchased at about $50, and that had been the price that was in her mind to offer. At $50, she couldn’t go wrong. I’m hoping she acquired it because it might turn out to be a real find.

When you see a painting, you must judge the quality of the piece before you pass it by. No, you can’t pay $5,000 for an unidentified painting, but what about $100 or even $200. This may well be the best buy you make for a while.

The secret is to be able to examine an item and make a quick decision on what to do next. Time can quickly pass by and indecision will cost you money. Even an occasional mistake can be quickly overcome by correct decisions made quickly before someone else beats you out.

I have seen people pay hundreds of dollars for a potato that looks like some special person, knowing full well that the potato will shrivel up and rot after a short period of time. This makes me feel confident in buying items that I think are well worth the money, because I know they won’t shrivel away.

Thursday, I’ll be leaving for the Smokies for ten days, but I’ll have a cell phone and computer if you need me, and also Cindy will be there to serve your emails and calls.

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Art Business: A New Trend in Prints?

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For years, I have said that prints held very little interest for me. However, my attitude might be changing for the short run.

Having worked with a lady for several months on selling her Andy Warhol prints, I told her I could no longer present them on our website when I secured a buyer at the posted price and she decided not to sell them. At the time, the price was $35,000 each for Warhol’s “Howdy Doody” and “The Witch.” I checked prices the other day on these two Warhol prints and found that they have almost doubled in price since I listed them. I know you won’t believe this– I hardly did, but the asking price for Warhol’s Mickey Mouse print is now over $100,000. For a print!!!

I might say that this is an exception, but some good fortune has come my way by this increased value of prints. I scanned the completed sales on eBay for a Marc Chagall print I’ve owned for some time, and there on the screen right in front of me was my print. And it had just finished its auction at $12,000. You can bet there will be another one listed soon.

Then, Cecil called me this morning to tell me that a print he had hanging in the booth at the antique mall where he sells many of his items, had just sold for over $1,000 and another one for over $400. These prints, by Buffet, had been there over a year, and Cecil half expected them to be just decorative wall paper to make the booth attractive.

So what is happening in the print market? Has true art has become so expensive that most people no longer can afford it? And, what do we do with this trend?

While I still have very little faith that this market in prints can be sustained, it doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t take advantage of this trend while it’s here. Money is money. If people are willing to spend big bucks on prints, let’s scour the countryside for them. Be sure, however, to list each print you buy quickly, so you don’t get stuck with many of them should the market reverse course.

The only warning I would give you is to not buy prints that have a certificate of authenticity with them. Usually these pieces were produced to take advantage of the buyer by unscrupulous sellers. There are exceptions, but let the buyer beware.

To build your client base in the Art business, it will always be best to encourage them to buy the real thing, and the best they can afford. In the Art World, it isn’t how much you own, but rather the quality of each piece in your collection. If you help your clients to assemble an art collection with the best they can afford, always putting their best interest above making money, they will be your customers for life, and you will become the person other people will look to for advise in building their collections.

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Summer Flea Markets and Antique Markets

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Cindy and I will be attending the first antique market for us this summer; the Randolph Street Market Festival, formerly the Chicago Antique Market. If Cindy can get our new video camera operating right, we hope to have some video to share with you of our adventure at this urban market and festival, including a visit with Sally Schwartz, who owns the event.

If you’ve been following our blog, you might recall that Sally is a member of 31 Club, and last summer, she sold a valuable Pauline Palmer Painting that had been in her family, and its six digit figure sale changed her life. She was able to buy out her partner’s share of the Chicago Antique Market and make it her own. (Here’s the story Cindy wrote about it.) We sure hope that if you’re in Chicago this summer, you’ll pay a visit to this fine summer urban market.

This visit to the market will give Cindy and me a chance to reacquaint ourselves with the new dealers we met last summer, as well as a chance to visit with old friends.

I have been assured that there will be great paintings, pottery and glass, so you know I will be feeling as if I’m near heaven as I browse around inside and out for true treasures. Sally has wanted to create an atmosphere of a Paris Festival, and with her talent, I certain it will be just that.

Remember to take your time as you approach each booth at a market or flea market, and see if you can pick out the better pieces from a distance. As you practice, you will be able to eye the items that are of interest, and the other items will quickly pass from your eyesight. When I started attending Flea Markets, it was an all day job, but today I can usually complete a market in under four hours, regardless of its size.

When you do spot something of interest, be sure to inspect it for damage first, and then ask the dealer to tell you all he knows about the piece. Often, you will know as much as he does, but be sure to be attentive. If it happens to be something you want to buy, your attentiveness will start you out on his good side.

Before you start negotiating for anything, always identify yourself as a dealer. This usually assures you of at least a 25% discount, while the normal discount to the public is 10%. Other dealers know that you must be able to make a profit from the items you buy, so most of them will work with you. If for some reason you can’t come to an agreement on price, be sure to return later. If the item is still there, take another pass at it. If the pieces is over priced, most dealers will know that you are aware of this, and a 50% discount can be in the cards and may well be accepted.

The later in the day, or later into the event, the lower your price should be. The reason for this is that if you are the first to see a special piece, then the dealer could have it underpriced so a very little discount could be in order, but as the sale progresses more and more people will have looked at the piece, so at the asking price it probably isn’t a bargain, if they have passed on it.

I will be leaving for the Smokies next Thursday, so I hope that every member will use these next few days to prepare for the ten days I will be away. Yes, I will have my cell phone for you if that special items becomes available, and I’ll have a laptop to continue the Blogs, but I do hope to rest a little and have fun with the family.

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Newbies Making Money In Antiques & Fine Art with Daryle Lambert’s 31 Club

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A Member of the 31 Club Located this Historical Document Signed by Patrick Henry, and it was then purchased through the 31 Club Associates Program.

When we started the 31 Club, we aimed at formulating a plan that would help people walk the success steps of life. The ideas that have come from meetings with Cindy, Chris, Clarke and Jeremy have spoken about many have proven worthy of our efforts, but one program that your 31 Club has started is beginning to stand out above some of the others. That is the Associates Program.

The Associates Program of the 31 Club gives members the opportunity to participate in a transaction when they find and present an outstanding item to the 31 Club for purchase. If we are able to buy the piece, the member will receive 35% of the net profit of the transaction.

We now have Associates in Texas, Kentucky, Michigan and Illinois. I feel certain that in the coming months, we will have a 31 Club Associate in every state. Through this program, you will have the opportunity to advance in your Race to the Millions faster than it might be possible to advance by yourself.

If you don’t fully understand the program and would like a more complete explanation, e-mail me at info@31corp.com and put “Associates Program” in the subject line.

We have transactions in the final stages on items we’ve purchased when 31 Club Members found a great item, didn’t have the funds to purchase it, but called us to buy it using the Associates Program. When these transactions are completed, members will be putting thousands of dollars in their pockets, while at the same time, they are receiving the best education possible in the Antiques, Collectible and Fine Art field.

Already in partnership with members of the 31 Club, we’ve purchased a valuable historical document signed by Patrick Henry, a painting by Walter Darby Bannard worth thousands of dollars, Rookwood and Muncie lamps, and several other paintings that will soon be appearing in our Gallery & Marketplace.

We are waiting for each one of our members to take advantage of perhaps the greatest benefit you’ll receive for becoming a member of the 31 Club.

Something interesting and humorous happened yesterday when I received an e-mail from one of my favorite people and one of our earliest members. She told me about an Estate Sale where a Rookwood Lamp and a Muncie Lamp were being offered. She thought they were priced a little high, so she asked what would be a good price to offer them the next day when the price would be reduced. I immediately sent her back an e-mail to call me because I thought we could have a good laugh together. She got right back to me, and I had to tell her that I had already purchased the two lamps the day before.

Here’s what happened: I got a call the day before from another lady who was interested in the sale, and she told me about these wonderful lamps. She was interested in purchasing these using the Associates Program. So, I called the person conducting the sale to see if we could buy them. I was told it wasn’t possible, but if I called the next day after 12:00 noon and they hadn’t been sold, I could have them. I called and they were available.

Naturally, I bargained a little before completing the sale. I’m sure the same thing could happen in the future where two people see the same sales ad and call me. So, if there’s something you think might be interesting to us to buy through the Associates Program, the sooner we are notified, the better. And remember, the Associates Program is for Members Only. So, it you’re still hanging out and just following the blog, it’s time to get off the fence and join us today.

This story brings back that old saying: The Early Bird Gets The Worm.

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