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C4 Friday, May 19, 1995 LIFESTYLES The Salina Journal A lacquered table with floral scrolls of inlaid mother-of-pearl dates to the 15th century. Korean antiques scarce and pricey You may be too young to remember when Chinese ceramics, furniture and objects of art were the only oriental antiques deemed worthy of collecting. Then a decade after World War II, interest began to grow in Japanese oldies, and prices went up. Now it appears that same thing may be happening to Korean art and antiques. An important single-owner collection that came to Sotheby's auction block last year is the perfect example of why it pays to be the first to carefully collect a new category. While many servicemen brought back bits of Korean artifacts, a serious collection was begun in the early 1960s by David Jordt, an exploration geologist on assignment in Seoul, Korea, for the U.S. State Department During a five- year period, Jordt, along with his wife and two daughters, started a family collection. At the time, Korean works, even dating to the 12th century, were still available and affordable. The Jordts learned about ceramics and art from local Korean scholars, collectors and dealers. Their resulting collection has now sold for thousands of dollars at auction. There is much to be learned about collecting Korean antiques, even those from this century. For instance, when the average collector thinks about quality Celadon porcelain, Chinese first comes to mind. However, some of the finest was also made at the same time in Korea. It came to an end with the Mongol conquest. Recent excavations brought the "Koryo" Celadons to the attention of the collectors. Even when 13th-century Korean ceramics come to auction, they are still far lower priced than comparable Chinese or Japanese ceramics. Lacquer work that began in China was actually in use in Korea before it was popularized as household items in Japan. The Koreans made only small quantities over the centuries, so it was for the most part overlooked by col- ANTIQUE DETECTIVE Anne Gilbert lectors. Korean lacquer used pearl and tortoise-shell inlay (as did the Chinese and Japanese). The Koreans were casting bronze vessels, statues and mirrors, using techniques learned centuries ago from the Chinese. The Japanese learned from the Koreans. However, Korean bronzes are considered rare and prices are on a par with Chinese. Clues Late 19th-century Korean porcelain turns up at generalized auctions for only a few hundred dollars or unrecognized at estate sales for •even less. If signed, and the signature isn't quite An incised Celadon bowl right for Chinese comes from the 12-century or Japanese, Koryo Dynasty. chances are it's Korean. My best advice is to check with your museum library for availability of Korean marks and characters reference. Nineteenth-century painted screens and graphics are highly collectible. If done by a recognized artist and signed, they can be costly. For example, a 10-panel screen by 19th- century painter Yi Ha-ung was valued at more than $180,000 at the Sotheby's auction. The subject was orchids, and the work was signed. The artist was known for his paintings of orchids. An unusual Korean work of art is also classified as a collectible. These include vases covered with lacquerwork that were made from American cannon shells after the Korean War. Intricate designs consisted of mother-of-pearl inlays. A bit heavy, such vases were made from five-pound shells, after removing the fuse and powder. Write to Anne Gilbert, in care of the Salina Journal, Box 740, Salina, KS 67402-0740. By SANDY AMANN JOHN Cox Newt Service A TLANTA — By anyone's standards, it was a big yard sale: nine tables and two bookshelves full of stuff in the garage, plus three more tables of merchandise, two racks of clothes, furniture and lawn mowers in the yard. Cherokee County resident Rebecca Dixon and a couple of relatives held the sale over Easter weekend, and "it was hard work," she said. But "we got rid of a lot of stuff ... and the main thing we wanted to do was get rid of it." Holding a yard sale isn't brain surgery, but knowing the basics can make it easier, more fun and more lucrative. The key to a successful sale? It's in the preparation, say veterans like Dixon and professionals who manage larger events such as estate sales. Begin by checking with your county or city to see what local regulations might apply. Decatur, for example, requires city residents to have a permit. Roswell regulates the size of signs and where and when they can be posted. Allow plenty of time to sort through, organize and price your merchandise. "Working in the evenings, it'll take a couple of weeks to get things ready," said George Hutchinson, a Newton County child and family counselor who has survived four sales. "The only way to survive is to take one room The ground rules of YARD SALES Keep prices low if you want to sell a lot at a time," said Frances Kuniansky, who organizes estate sales in the Atlanta area. "If you haven't used something in four or five years, it's a good time to unload it." Make sure items are clean and all the parts are together. If an appliance isn't working or a part is missing, label it to reflect the problem. "The key to selling a lot is to keep your prices low," said Gerry Moon, another woman who organizes and runs estate sales. "People go to these things for bargains." Of course, you have to let potential buyers know about these bargains. Veterans say classified ads are the best way to get the word out. Dixon, who holds about two sales a year, said her ads list what she thinks will be hot items, and she includes her phone number. Hutchinson said fliers generate good publicity. While you're planning your yard sale, think about where to hold it. Setting up in the front yard will attract more attention. A garage or covered porch will solve the what-if-it-rains problem. And that way, you don't have to drag items out twice for a two-day sale. You might also consider Kuniansky's dictum, based on 28 years of holding estate sales: "Things are worth twice as much in the house as out in the yard. If it's in the yard, people think of it as discarded." On sale day, have plenty of change on hand. Most people recommend you start with $100, including about $20 in coins and plenty of one dollar bills. While you're setting up, "early birds" are likely to arrive. These are often dealers looking for antiques. They sometimes buy a lot, but they'll probably want a discount. It's up to you: deal with them now, see if they'd be interested in your leftovers or tell them to come back when the sale begins. Charge 20 to 30 percent of retail value By SANDY AMANN JOHN Cox N«WJ S»rvic* For your yard sale, you've gathered up boxes of old kitchenware, knick-knacks you inherited from Aunt Tillie, your kid's old toys and books you've been keeping since college. Surveying the pile, you wonder: How much is this stuff worth, and would anyone buy it? At first glance, the answer to "how much is it worth?" is pretty easy. The individual items probably won't bring much, but if you can sell a lot of them, the money will add up. Authors Diana Rix and Monica Rix Paxson, who call themselves "The Garage Sale Sisters," offer these gen- eral pricing guidelines: Most items should be priced between 20 percent and 30 percent of retail value. Clothing should be priced at about 10 percent, although you might get more for children's clothing. "You don't want to get greedy. Price it to sell," said Gerry Moon, who organizes about four estate sales a year. She prices paperback books at 10 or 15 cents apiece, for example. "You have to be willing to cut prices on the second or third day" of your sale, said George Hutchinson, a Covington resident who has held four yard sales since 1992. Frances Kuniansky, a professional estate sale organizer who works for a percentage of the sales, said her prices are "firm until the last day, but I take offers all along." The value of what you're selling could increase dramatically if there are any antiques or collectibles in your pile. If nothing predates the Bush administration, you probably don't have to worry. But in the estate sale business, knowing the value of the goods is a constant concern. Kuniansky and partner Shirley Romm keep a list of experts they call in to determine the value of antiques and collectibles. One more thing to keep in mind if you're selling off an elderly relative's belongings: Money, stock certificates and other valuables often are hidden in unexpected places. News of 21-year-old son surprises man Dear Ann Landers: I am in a terrible spot. This is what happened. On Sunday, Jan. 29, at 5 a.m., my boyfriend got a phone call. ("Mark" and I have been living together for four years and have a 2-year-old daughter.) The conversation started with a man asking Mark if he had a son. Mark said, "No." The man asked, "Are you sure?" Mark replied, "Yes." Then a woman came on the line. She said, "This is Candy. You and I went together in 1973 for six months." Mark replied, "I do remember you, but we went together for only about three weeks." She then proceeded to tell Mark that he had a son who is now 21. Mark asked her to send a picture of the boy so he could determine if there was any resemblance. I then asked Mark what he planned to do about this mess. He said, "I don't know." I told Mark if he proceeds with this foolishness beyond looking at the child's picture, I will leave him. I cannot imagine why a woman would wait 21 years to surface with this kind of announcement. This whole thing is making a wreck out of me, and I don't know what to do. — Waiting in Houston Dear Houston: First, Mark should see a lawyer and find out if he has any legal obligation to Candy or her son. If there is any question in Mark's mind about paternity, a blood test would settle it. It's up to you to decide whether ADVICE Ann Landers CREATORS SYNDICATE or not you want to stick around while this drama unfolds. Since, however, you and Mark have a young daughter, I suggest you not be so quick to dump him. Remain calm, and think in terms of the long haul. Dear Ann Landers: I have worked in a variety of emergency rooms for the past 15 years. Emergency rooms have become the place of last resort for medical care. We see people who have no insurance and have been turned away by physicians due to lack of funds. We see patients after hours and on weekends. We see dental emergencies and alcoholics who need to detox. People come in with every complaint you can possibly imagine. One of the most discouraging aspects of our work is listening to patients who say, "How long do I have to wait? I thought this was an emergency room." We try our best, but there is no way to anticipate the patient load of each shift. Also, few hospitals have the financial resources to put on more staff. We work as fast as humanly possible, and we need to see patients with urgent problems before the non-urgent ones. In metropolitan areas, the average wait for a non-urgent patient is about six to eight hours. If I could say one thing to these people, it would be this: First, please be patient. Plan on waiting several hours. Second, bring something to occupy yourself. This is especially important if the patient is a young child or you must bring a child with you. We aren't able to take care of people and entertain their children, too. Thank you for allowing me to speak out. — R.N. in Sacramento Dear R.N. in Sac.: That's what I'm here for. Every person who works in an emergency room will bless you for writing. Confidential to Seniors: If you are putting off obtaining medical eye care for financial reasons and are older than 65 and not currently under an ophthalmologist's care, help is available through the National Eye Care Project. Call 1800-222-EYES to be put in touch with one of 7,500 ophthalmologists who are volunteering their time to help you keep your sight for life. LIFESTYLES . for your bridal news the Salina Journal ADVICE Heloise's Hints KING FEATURES Sunshine rids chest of mothball odor Dear Heloise: Recently I purchased an old cedar chest at an estate sale. It has a strong odor of mothballs that I can't get rid of. I have tried setting a dish of vinegar in it for a while, also charcoal, scrunched-up newspaper, and sanding it down with sandpaper. I don't want my blankets or whatever I put in the chest to smell of mothballs. Can you help me? Any other suggestions? — Janet Wood, Omaha, Neb. Dear Janet: I'll try. Heat and air circulation are what is needed, so airing it out may do the trick. Also, move the chest outside in the sun, open the lid and let Mother Nature do the work, weather permitting. Allow it to air for a few days. If a faint odor persists, you can clean the inside. Wood cleaners, found in home-improvement and hardware stores, work well. After cleaning, you're ready to restore the cedar aroma. Lightly sand the inside once more using fine sandpaper, then vacuum up any wood particles. — Heloise Spring Price Break 20 0/ 5,ff Selected Group of Blouses & Knit Tops Choose from selected spring and summer tops in assorted colors and fabrics. 25 % off Entire Stock - Dresses All dressy, casual and daytime dresses in misses, petite and half sizes are on sale. Open Mon.-Sat. 9 to 5, Thursday 9 to 6 *No other discounts apply. Sale ends Saturday. Style Shop .SUII--.fl I'hlZ.I e get to pick and choose from applicants, and so haven't had as much turnover. ** - Eric Legleiter Director, Sterling House We Work For As director for an assisted living complex, Eric Legleiter appreciates choices. His facility offers the elderly an opportunity to live in an environment that's different from the usual fare. And he appreciates the different choices the Journal offers him when advertising. Eric uses the Journal in two ways. "Every now and then we advertise about Sterling House in general, and also run classified ads for help wanted." He's been pleased with the response to his ads. "Every time we advertise we're inundated with responses...Everybody is extremely interested." There've been plenty of people who'd like to live in Sterling House. "We've been open seven months and we're full with a waiting list." Good response also gives him an advantage when hiring employees. "We're inundated with applicants. We get to pick and choose from applicants, and so haven't had as much turnover." Most of all, Eric finds newspaper . advertising rewarding for the options available. "There are a variety of things you can do - size, type, how you want it printed, pictures...it's more visual." If you'd like picky, choosy, option-full advertising, contact your Salina Journal Marketing Representative. Call 823-6363, today! Salina Journal

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