Pamela Wiggins

Collecting with Kids by Pamela Y. Wiggins
Collecting with Kids by Pamela Y. Wiggins. Krause Publications

Pamela Y. Wiggins practically grew up in her mother's antique shop where she learned the ins and outs of the business, lots of background on interesting old objects, and numerous tactics for savvy collecting. She continued on as an adult collector and expanded her study as a journalist specializing in antiques and collectibles.



Pamela's latest book, Collecting With Kids: How to Inspire, Intrigue and Guide the Young Collector, is based on her long-running Heritage Magazine for The Intelligent Collector columnShe is also the author of Warman's Costume Jewelry, and is featured as the vintage costume jewelry expert in Warman's Antiques & Collectibles 49th Edition (Krause). Her past work as an author includes writing the introduction for Warman's Jewelry 5th Edition and penning Buying and Selling Antiques & Collectibles on eBay (Thomson Course Technology). Her articles on varied antiques and collectibles topics have also appeared in a number of national periodicals including Antique Trader, Treasures, and Numismatist, along with many regional publications like Where GuestBook New York.

She is the co-founder of Costume Jewelry Collectors Int’l (CJCI), an organization providing educational resources and events for collectible costume jewelry enthusiasts. Pamela also serves as an appraiser for and has participated in several appraisal fairs evaluating vintage jewelry. She has been called upon as an expert consultant on the business of buying and selling antiques, and has been interviewed as an antiques expert on numerous television and radio programs.

Pamela is the proprietor of Chic Antiques by Pamela Wiggins ( with shops on, and selling vintage and collectible jewelry along with vintage and contemporary designer accessories.


Pamela completed the International Society of Appraisers core courses in appraisal studies and also earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.

Pamela Wiggins

I never stop learning about antiques and collectibles, and so enjoy sharing my passion for vintage with others. 

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