May brings warmer weather and an increase in sales and auctions!

This coming Sunday, May 12 is Mother’s Day and children of all ages will be honoring their moms with a variety of presents, cards and specialties.

I was surprised to learn that Mother’s Day is celebrated in many countries throughout the world. Here’s a partial list of countries (found on the Internet) marking Mother’s Day on May 12:  Antigua, Aruba, Australia, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Bermuda, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Curacao, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Iceland, India, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, New Zealand, The Netherlands, Slovakia, South Africa, Switzerland and Ukraine, to name but a few. Mother’s Day is celebrated on alternate dates during the year in several other countries.

Finding that perfect card for Mom can be as easy as pie with a quick trip to the card shop. But for those who want to surprise Mom with a vintage postcard or vintage greeting card, there are plenty of places to find them. In addition to postcard shows and antique shops, there are quite a few locations on the web that feature all types and varieties of Mother’s Day Cards. Donald Brian Johnson’s great story features quite a few vintage Mother’s Day Cards as well as a comprehensive history of the holiday in the U.S.

And when it comes to gifts, almost every mom I know has a stash of homemade or store-bought gifts from their children, that while not be the most fashionable gifts, are kept is a special spot nonetheless. I have a couple of items that fit the category—giving and receiving. Going through my late mother’s jewelry and personal items, I came across a necklace with a long chain. I remember purchasing that for my mom, Theresa, when I was about 9 or 10. The necklace was the letter “T” with a pearl in the center of the letter. It’s not real gold or a real pearl, but my mother kept the gift in with her other “treasures.” It was a bittersweet memory because my mom has passed; but it brought back good memories as well.

And I have a similar necklace and earrings in my jewelry box going back several years. My son, Michael, gave me a shell necklace one Mother’s Day, and my daughter Megan got me “#1 Mom” earrings when she was little. I can remember their faces being so happy and proud as I opened the gifts. And while I haven’t worn either of the pieces in many years, they are safely stored in my jewelry box.

And for moms who like antiques there are a great deal of auctions in the coming days and weeks. Here’s some information I received via e-mails and other sources. And it’s always a good idea to check the pages of Collectors Journal for interesting sales and auctions advertised in our publication!

A four-day auction is May 8 to May 11 beginning at 9 a.m. each day at the Neil Hershberger residence at 1475 Grant Ave. in Hazelton, Iowa. This auction includes two rings of action selling blacksmith items, hardware catalogues from the 1900s; cast iron seats, frying pans, coffee grinders and much more. There will be 8 to 10 wagon loads of antique and miscellaneous items each day of the auction. Auctioneers for this event are John Marge, (715) 299-0416; Loren Beachy, (574) 825-0704; Robert Helmuth and Lyle Chupp at (260) 499-0216; Eugene Hochstetler at (260) 350-8953; and Helmuth Clerking at (715) 540-0752. To view complete sale log onto, Auctioneer I.D. # 11841. No credit cards will be accepted at this auction –cash or check only.  

Matt Maring Auction Co. has a large (two-ring) auction including automobiles, household goods, primitives and more on Saturday, May 11 beginning at 9 a.m. at 1612 250th Street in Farmington, Minnesota. The auction is selling items belonging to Russ and Roy Zellmer and the collection dates back many generations. More information about this sale is at (507) 789-5421 or online at

A Design for the Home & Garden auction is scheduled for the weekend of May 18th and 19th by Andrew Jones Auctions, online and at the gallery in downtown Los Angeles. The auction will feature fine art and antiques from the collection of Kate Edelman Johnson, with proceeds benefiting Alzheimer's Research. Ms. Johnson is the daughter of TV and film producer Louis F. Edelman. Online bidding via and If you need additional information about this auction, you may call Aileen Ward at (213) 748-8008; or, you can e-mail him at

We at Collectors Journal hope all the moms out there have a wonderful Mother’s Day with family and friends. Please contact us with Auction Action news; mystery items (and solves); unusual collections; club and convention news; and other antiques-related matters at; or via telephone at (319) 472-4763.