Antiques, Textiles and Collectables
About Old Things
My name is Gloria La Mantia. I grew up in Missouri, but have lived most of my adult life in Switzerland. My parents lived in a lovely pre-civil war home in Hazelwood, Missouri. They loved to go to estate sales and auctions, and they finally set up a flea market in their cellar.
I began sending them interesting old things that I found at markets here in Europe. Pretty soon I had caught the ´¾"bug´¾" too and opened a little shop in Lucerne, Switzerland, together with my Austrian friend Willi Gartner, a soloist at the opera house right across the river from our shop.
This lead to doing antique shows and searching for ´¾"the find´¾" at markets all over Europe. I loved the ´¾"scene´¾"; making new friends, having fun doing the shows and prowling the flea markets, sometimes before dawn.
Later, my interests became more focused on textiles, mainly lace, trims, embroideries and needlework, mostly from the 19th Century or earlier. My customers include collectors and artisans who do religious restorations, antique doll reproductions and other related projects.
In the late 1980's I attended courses at the English Lace School in Tivertin, England, where I
learned the identification and care of antique lace and textiles under Pat Earnshaw, a noted authority in that field.
Since I am getting to an age where doing shows and markets is becoming strenuous for me, I am hoping to use my web site as a method to reach my customers from my old rocking chair. In fact, I have been thinking about changing the name of my site from Old Things to Old Thing :o)