Antiques & Art
inMarch 31, 2009 - 11:54am
A trip to NYC this weekend to visit one of the largest Antique shows in the country brought many questions to my mind, but first NYC itself. This was my second visit in the past 6 months to what I consider to be the greatest city in the world. It's like it's own country, it's own world. It alive and pulsating. The smell of street food, wondering where people are off and running to, the occasional celebrity getting out of a black car. There is so much to see, so much to do. Me? I focus on the streets of Chelsea. My favorite antiquing neighborhood.
inMarch 23, 2009 - 1:04pm
Over the years, I have been involved with flea Markets, antique malls and antiques Shows. I never really wanted a brick and mortar shop. In those early years, I was honored to have studied with the BEST in their field - men and women who had, in some cases, 50 years experience, in the areas I chose to deal in.
inMarch 20, 2009 - 2:45pm
The joy of retailing is an odd way to make a living, and you have to love searching for wonderful items to give your clients the best possible quality and prices. I love it.
inMarch 20, 2009 - 2:28pm
Perhaps you’ve seen free or low-cost “appraisals” advertised in conjunction with antique shows or at local shops. People line up with their latest rummage sale find, and hope to be told that they have something of great worth.
While this is an inexpensive and fun way to learn a bit about your item, be aware that the value you are given should be considered an “educated guess” rather than an appraisal.
inMarch 19, 2009 - 2:50pm
I see a large number of Ruby Lane shop owners who don't want to publicly display their address or phone number. Some only include a first or last name. Perhaps they don't want their competitors at local auctions and estate sales knowing who they are. Perhaps they are afraid of having strangers show up on their doorstep. Perhaps they are hiding from the tax collector. I don't know.
I understand the need for privacy, I do. My shop is strictly online. My inventory is kept in my home. It is not a public place. When I first opened a shop on Ruby Lane, I also hid my contact information.
inMarch 17, 2009 - 4:06pm
When my husband and I started our business in 1978 it was to be an outlet for local artists. Antiques were an afterthought as a means of displaying the art work and having another potential commodity for sale, hence we included the word antiques in our name, Ogees Art & Antiques. We bought oak furniture pieces (oak was popular in the 70s in Idaho) and began refinishing until we had a good foundation to open our shop. We opened the door two weeks before our Grand Opening and after the first week we realized our shop fixtures, the antique furniture, were gone.
inMarch 16, 2009 - 6:13pm
How do you take care of the beautiful oil or acrylic painting that you have chosen?
Fortunately, paintings will give you years of enjoyment with very little effort. The principal threat to paintings is structural damage. You can eliminate most of the risk by taking a few precautions.
inMarch 12, 2009 - 1:13pm
In an effort to do marketing for my favorite Antique Show that starts in May in Chicago, I took a 10 hour round trip from Detroit to Lansing to hit all of the Antiques Malls with flyers and cards for the upcoming spring events. In each shop I stopped to talk to those behind the counter and I heardquite a few interesting things and also observed some things in the shopsthemselves.
inMarch 3, 2009 - 10:25am
Many years ago all I wanted was a pretty bowl to put on a table in my front hall. Not a big request. Just something that spoke for me when people entered my home. (Good health and peace in the world were also important). But when you are the mother of three young, wonderful, active children, you sometimes covet objects of another life. So, my wonderful mother-in-law gifted me with an impressive "new" Chinese type bowl that looked beautiful on that hall table. I was even motivated to dust the table more frequently.
inMarch 2, 2009 - 2:10pm
Thank goodness, Winter is almost over and Spring is fast approaching - and with Spring comes all the yard sales and estate sales we've anxiously awaited all Winter. My last blog touched briefly on expanding beyond the items in your area of expertise and venturing out into other collectibles or antiques categories.