Danielle Arnet Smart Collector

Danielle Arnet

In her syndicated column, "The Smart Collector," Chicago writer and lifetime collector Danielle Arnet uses reader questions to educate and inform everyone from general interest readers to experienced collectors. "Smart" collectors know the ropes, thanks to her wealth of expertise, essential tools and inside info on how to negotiate through today's changing world of collecting.

Having bought and sold in shops, at auction and on eBay, Arnet knows the ins and outs of collecting from multiple perspectives. Years of collecting and observing, plus contacts with movers and shakers in the world of art and antiques, provide a wealth of sources for her readers. Tech savvy Arnet became "wired" to the exploding popularity of online auctions early on, and she is the only antiques writer to always supply Web and e-mail contacts. Now that 6.5 million new items are listed each day on eBay, online auctions are a valuable tool for collectors. Arnet helps readers find reliable e-sources, and provides tips on how to avoid online scams.

In addition to writing "The Smart Collector," Arnet is a freelance writer and journalist who covers the auction and collecting scene for Maine Antique Digest. She also contributes to several national publications. Her article "Why We Collect," written for Hemispheres (United Airlines), is required course reading at Harvard Law School. Other credits include USA Today (a regular column), USA Weekend, Woman's Day, The Rotarian, Modern Maturity and others. She was a weekly columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times for more than 10 years. She has also served as a regular contributor on Chicago's WBBM-TV and has appeared on WGN Radio in Chicago.

Arnet holds a master's degree and has served as lecturer in the department of comparative literature at Ohio State University. She and her collections reside in a suburb of Chicago.

Danielle Arnet Samples

Ancient Egyptian ushabti sale shows affordable way to collect antiques

WHAT: An ancient Egyptian ushabti from 652 - 300 BC sold recently for $600 at Artemis Gallery. MORE: Ushabtis were small figures placed in tombs with items meant to accompany and assist in the afterlife.

Tiffany lamp lights up Heritage Auctions

WHAT: Made by Tiffany Studios in New York City and standing over 6 feet high on a bronze base, a circa 1910 floor lamp with a peony leaded glass shade sold recently for $131,000 at Heritage Auctions.

Manager's 1921 baseball cap rakes in more than $40K

WHAT: A grey wool baseball cap worn in 1921 by Hall of Famer John McGraw brought $48,388 in a Grey Flannel summer auction. MORE: Consigned by a collector who had it 40-plus years, the cap was fresh to the market.

Revolutionary Williamsburg imprints bring in $8,750 at auction

WHAT: A pair of Revolutionary War-era imprints more than tripled the high estimate and sold for $8,750 recently in a sale of rare books, autographs and photographs at Doyle New York.

1950s Japanese toy robot rakes in $36K at auction

WHAT: A Jupiter Robot toy made in Japan by Yonezawa in the 1950s brought $36,000 in a recent sale of space toys and robots at Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pa. MORE: In beautiful original condition and still with its original box and remote control, ...

Russian snuff box sells for more than three times estimated amount

WHAT: A jeweled, enameled, two-tone gold snuff box estimated at $120,000 to 180,000 sold for $665,000 in a Russian Works of Art sale recently at Christie's New York.

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