Don’t Waste Your Money On “Buyer Beware” Knock Offs

The restoration of historic vintage cars, trucks, old gas pumps, vending machines, historic signs and much more commemorating America’s industrial revolution of the 20th century, has become an enormous, multi-billion dollar market in the 21st century. It is a hobby with great returns to investors/collectors both young and old that enjoy collecting worldwide. Of course,…

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Inside Our World Class Restoration Shop: H.J. Nick’s Historic Journal

Our On-Site, World Class Restoration Shop is unique in that we are, as a flagship business, a fine art hand crafted door, furniture, and hand forged hardware manufacturer. This means that by extension, our Retro-Shop has direct access to, as needed, to be able to re-manufacture any item in the same hand and materials of…

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A Student Of Everything: H.J. Nick’s Historic Journal

In Junior College, I began taking a large interest in my family’s business on my mother’s side. A student of my family history and heritage, through my mother’s upbringing, I was able to understand the importance of hard work and contribution to society. Leaving home at age 15, and living 2200 miles away, having no…

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Our Qualifications: The Oldest, Largest And Most Experienced

retro man cave collectibles display

Our world class research department, headed by world renowned, award winning artist, H.J. Nick, has an unmatched level of hands on experience in the vintage collectibles and antique restorations marketplace. We have developed an expert research department that digs deep to tell the story of every item we sell, that item’s history, and how that…

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Collecting The Right Petroliana: H.J. Nick’s Historic Journal

vintage porcelain signs

Yesterday, I was reminded of how simple finding the right petroliana to collect really is. A man called in and said he was walking down the rail road tracks in his little town, and saw something sticking out of the ground about a half inch. He stopped, dug it up, and it was a properly…

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Porcelain Vintage Signs: Knowledge Is Power  

Vintage Indian Motorcycle Flange Sign

Those who know what they are doing can amass a fortune collecting these American iconic advertisements, as well as many hour of enjoyment that can be shared with other collectors and discussing the hobby.  Here are a few rules to use as guidance for the beginning collector of porcelain vintage signs: The first rule of…

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Road Art: The American Industrial Revolution By H.J. Nick

New Large Vintage Hood Tires Neon Road Sign

When MGM built a new hotel in casino in a historic district of Springfield, Massachusetts, they had to meet a very specific building guidelines, in that their building had to match with the surrounding architecture, most of which was built in the 1800’s or even earlier. Our experts were able to deliver to them a…

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Vintage Visible Gas Pumps: What To Buy?

Vintage Texaco Gas Pump

In recent years, as petroliana collecting has reached and exponentially higher level of popularity; the demand for vintage visible gas pumps has increased dramatically. As happens when any previously niche collectible item reaches the mainstream, the level of misinformation, as well as fakes and frauds goes through the roof. This is usually caused by self-appointed…

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The Travels H.J. Nick: Adventure On Route 66

Route 66 hand carved door

The following is a true story about the travels of ArtFactory.com’s award winning artist, H.J. Nick, and an adventure on old Route 66 in his younger days. This trip down Route 66 would eventually serve as inspiration for one of his most famous designs, our Route 66 Hand Carved Entrance, also known as The Ultimate…

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Introduction To H.J. Nick’s Historic Journal

retro man cave collectibles display

we have THE WORLD’S LARGEST MAN CAVE, on site at our Scottsdale, Arizona showroom. It can be toured absolutely free of charge during business hours, and EVERY ITEM IS FOR SALE. Located in five air Plane hangers, with our main building on 2 acres, on the west taxiway of the Scottsdale Airport. We offer the…

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