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 A sample of the prizes that will be given to the people who submit the two winning stories of the 2017 Nostalgic Treasures Contest. (Photo by Kris Kandler)

A sample of the prizes that will be given to the people who submit the two winning stories of the 2017 Nostalgic Treasures Contest. (Photo by Kris Kandler)

Attention all writers.

See your name and your work in Antique Trader.

But you must act fast.

Write an article and send it in by Oct. 6. All entries will be published and they will be in the running for seven great prizes.

All submissions will appear in the Nostalgic Treasures print issue of Antique Trader.

Each writer will receive a complimentary copy of this special magazine.

Every entry will be considered in determining the winner of the Grand Prize.

The Grand Prize is a rare large piece of Fordite weighing approximately 44 carats and boasting silver gray, navy blue, white, red and black striations.

Fordite is a scarce commodity used by jewelers, and formed in Ford automobile factories in the 1960s. The material was made from the drips of metallic paint on sprayers. There are hundreds of fine layers of automotive paint, built up over many years, in this single piece of Fordite, which was discovered when the Ford factories were torn down. It comes from contest sponsor Devon Fine Jewelers (

The Grand Prize winner will also receive a vintage WEB sterling silver base etched glass vase measuring 11 inches high, from contest sponsor eBay Shop Funkee Junk (; a one-year subscription to Intelligent Collector magazine published by Heritage Auctions (, a contest sponsor; and a one-year subscription to Antique Trader magazine (

Total value of this prize package is $472.

The runner-up will receive a Parker 51 fountain pen donated by contest sponsor Antique Digger (; an acrylic display cover and base from contest sponsor J Display Case (; a 10-pack of registration stickers to register items with Houstory’s HeirloomRegistryTM – an online registry for recording, in words and photos, the stories and provenance of antique and collectible items, donated by contest sponsor Houstory (; an Altimeter Table Clock from contest sponsor Pendulux (; a one-year subscription to Intelligent Collector magazine from Heritage Auctions; a copy of the Tiffany Glass Coloring Book by Jessica Palmer published by Skira Rizzoli (; an Olivetti Pattern Journal, produced by Princeton Architectural Press (; and a one-year subscription to Antique Trader magazine (

Total value of this prize package is $400.

Five finalists will each receive a copy of the “Antique Trader Antiques & Collectibles 2018 Price Guide” (List Price $24.95) autographed by the author, Eric Bradley.

The contest is open to all writers age 16 and older.

Each contestant is invited to submit two stories.

Entries eligible for inclusion in the 2017 contest must be received by midnight Oct. 6, 2017.

Send entries, including full name and mailing address, to Antique Trader Nostalgic Treasures Contest, 700 E. State St., Iola, WI 54990.

They may be emailed to If sending by e-mail, include “2017 Nostalgia Treasures Contest Entry” in the subject line.

For more information, please email, or telephone editors Antoinette Rahn (715-350-7078) or Karen Knapstein (715-318-0379).

Although the trade of antiques and collectibles is about business, it is also about nostalgia, which is an important part of life.

Antique Trader invites all writers to share the stories about the things they treasure. The beauty of the Nostalgic Treasures contest is that the stories come from you; they are about treasures you cherish, and every story matters. Sometimes the stories are about items.

“We believe that all the stories from our readers are worthy of an audience because they show others new points of view said Knapstein.

In case you are looking for ideas, the 2016 Grand Prize winner was entitled, “Peter Rabbit celebrated as a member of the family” written by Vicky Kellen.

An heirloom copy of the book “Peter Rabbit” was the inspiration. It was her mother’s only book as a child.

It has been passed down generation after generation:

“In January, 1946, my father’s handwriting completes the inscription of Peter Rabbit to me, at the age of two years, five months. The ensuing wear and love to my now favorite book produced loose pages (never to be subjected to crayon or pen) and shaky binding. Peter held a place of honor on my book shelves, along with the ... Bobbsey Twins and later volumes from the Wizard of Oz series as well as several adventures of Nancy Drew.”

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