Born out of frustration of not being able to easily find what he was trying to collect online, Tom Johnson started Ruby Lane. Twenty-five years later, Ruby Lane is the world’s largest curated online marketplace for quality vintage collectibles and antiques. We caught up with Johnson, the co-founder, CEO, and president of Ruby Lane, at his home in Naples, Fla., where he shared his thoughts on his 25-year-journey with the company and his fascinating and fun Mid-Century home filled with finds from his favorite place to shop.

You’ll read more about Johnson and Ruby Lane’s 25th-anniversary celebration in the October issue of Kovels Antique Trader, as well as Sales Reports on Sporting Art, Gustav Stickley Furniture, Swatch Watches, Disneyland Memorabilia and Batman Toys, Dictionary of Marks, and Collector’s Gallery.

In addition, adventurous readers will enjoy writer Wayne Jordan’s journey to the heart of California’s historic Gold Rush Country, where intrepid collectors often strike it rich. And if gold isn’t your thing, perhaps jewelry is. In that case, Pamela Wiggins Siegel’s story on Gripoix glass jewelry is sure to spark(le) your interest.

Of course, October isn’t over until we celebrate Halloween. That’s why we invited Mark Ledenbach, one of the world’s leading authorities on collectibles centered on the spooky holiday, to share some of his favorite Halloween items from his 5,000-7,000-piece collection. And if that’s not enough, editor Paul Kennedy gives brave readers something to sink their teeth into with a “fang-tastic” column about growing up with classic vampire movies starring Christopher Lee as Count Dracula. Oh, so scary.

This, and a whole lot more, can be found in the October issue of Kovels Antique Trader.

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