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Phone: 866-426-6901

www.rivertradingpost.com

314 N. River Street

East Dundee, IL 60118

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Arts of Native America

This is difficult for us to be-

lieve, and probably harder for

you to believe. But it actually

happens, more often than it

should.

After purchasing a bracelet or

a basket from a shop down

the street, people actually

come into River Trading Post

and ask us if the piece is au-

thentic and if they paid the

right price for it.

No kidding. This actually

happens to us quite frequent-

ly. People come in, carefully

remove their purchase from

its package, and ask us if the

piece is authentic and worth

what they paid for it.

Most often they purchased the

piece at a store that offers a

75% discount on everything in

the place. (After all, how can

anyone pass up a deal like

that?)

“Oh my”, we say, “The tur-

quoise in your bracelet or

necklace is actually plastic.”

or “I’m sorry, but your basket

was made in Pakistan.”

We wonder why people

would even come into River

Trading Post to confirm the

authenticity of their purchase.

But they do, and that truly is

a

head-scratcher

to us, as you

might imagine.

Generally, the chagrined per-

son leaves us with a lot of

disappointment.

Over the years, we have ad-

vised our friends to purchase

American Indian art from

reputable dealers. Look for

stores that are members of

IACA (Indian Arts and Crafts

Association) or ATADA

(Antique Tribal Arts Dealers

Association).

Buyers won’t realize a 75%

discount, but they will be

assured that their purchase is

authentic and well

documented.