Antique Lovers Begin Collecting Rosaries

23 Feb


The antique lovers who visit flea markets and estate sales in search of unique items are now collecting rosaries.  They approach flea market tables and ask, ” Do you have any rosaries?”.  Sellers often reply, “You’re too late.  I sold all of the rosaries I had”. 

Harry Rinker, host of the nationally syndicated antiques and collectibles call-in radio program, Whatcha Got? , recognized the growing interest in rosary collecting so he asked Helen Hoffner, co- author of The Rosary Collector’s Guide, to be a guest on his January 26, 2014 program.   Whatcha Got?  helps antique lovers learn more about the items they have acquired.  During the January 26 program, Harry and Helen discussed guidelines for distinguishing antique rosaries from those newly made as well as places to find interesting rosaries. 

The Whatcha Got?  radio program is archived.  To hear the rosary collecting segment of the  program, go to and click on “Listen” on the toolbar.  Scroll down to WHATCHA GOT? .  Click,  select “Archives” or “On Demand”.    Click , choose Jan. 26, Hour 2, and click again.  The discussion on rosary collecting comes approximately twenty-five minutes into the January 26, 2014 show. 


You can learn more about unique rosaries, old and new, by reading The Rosary Collector’s Guide, a 152 page hardcover book with over 240 color photographs of rosaries, crosses, crucifixes, and center medals.    Published by Schiffer Books, The Rosary Collector’s Guide is available on, Barnes and, and in bookstores. 

Gloria Brady Hoffner and Helen Hoffner, authors of The Rosary Collector’s Guide, are often able to bring their extensive collection to show to church groups, school groups, and community organizations. To arrange a presentation or to ask a question about rosaries, contact them at


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