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Antique Trader is an American biweekly magazine about antiques and collectibles. Published in Iola, Wis., the publication covers in-depth articles on antique and collecting trends, informative features, antique show and auction previews and highlights, decor and market trends. Columnists write about the business of antiques, postcards, dolls and toys, furniture, fine art, bottle collecting, and antique lamps. It features articles on antiques-related businesses such as shops, auction houses and corollary services, as well as content from F+W Media's antiques and collectible reference book line.
History and profile
Founded in 1957 by Babka Publishing Co., Antique Trader was solely an advertising newspaper connecting buyers and sellers of antique and collectible items. In 1972, under the editorial direction of antiques expert Kyle Husfloen, the publication added antique industry and collecting news. It later spun off a book line, including the annual Antique Trader Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide, its 2013 edition being its most recent.
In 1992, Babka Publishing sold Antique Trader and its related entities to Landmark Communications, which, in turn, resold the titles to Krause Publications in 1999. The magazine took on the F+W Media Inc. label after that company obtained Krause in 2002.
As of 2013 Antoinette ("Toni") Rahn is online editor of the magazine's website and Karen Knapstein is print editor. The magazine is designed by Jana Tappa and Nick Ockwig manages ad sales. Antique Trader magazine has a bi-weekly circulation of more than 50,000 readers and more than 3,000 unique daily visitors to its website. Its blog has been rated one of the most widely read on antiques and collectibles.
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