Antiques & Art
inMarch 14, 2011 - 3:24pm
Besides my Ruby Lane shop, I rent a booth in a local antique shop and work there part time. I enjoy interacting with customers and marking places of interest on a city map. I also entertain future customers-children. March is a busy month with many visitors and antique shoppers.
Here are a few antiquing etiquette tips to make your shopping and browsing a pleasurable experience:
Please leave large bags in your car when visiting the store. The aisles are narrow and being able to use both hands is helpful.
Carry cash, ID, credit card and a checkbook.
inFebruary 28, 2011 - 11:14pm
As a lover and hunter of antiques, sooner or later you develop an instinct for a really nice piece when you see one. Even if you have no clue about its origin or who made it, there's just something in your gut that tells you, “This piece is special!”
inFebruary 28, 2011 - 8:03pm
Insects, mold, water, fire and light are just some of the things that can damage your works of art on paper, so how do you minimize these problems and still enjoy your art?
inFebruary 24, 2011 - 5:36pm
Several years ago, when we still had the 'bricks & mortar' shop, a man in his mid-70s came in, spent some time looking at a glass jug on a shelf, then brought it to the counter. 'I don't want to buy this', he said, 'I want to tell you that my father made it'.
inFebruary 23, 2011 - 5:48pm
In her book Lifting Depression, Kelly G. Lambert, Professor of Psychology at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia and President of the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society states “when you knit a sweater or plant a garden, when you prepare a meal or simply repair a lamp, you are bathing your brain in feel-good chemicals and creating a kind of mental vitamin.
inFebruary 22, 2011 - 5:01pm
I no longer do shows, but many of my fellow antique dealer friends still do. Over lunch or dinner we often reminisce about the "way things were". It's especially easy to wax nostalgic these days given the dismal economy and the mostly lackluster shows of the last several years.
inFebruary 18, 2011 - 12:56pm
Now isn't it ironic the creator of Haute Couture was an Englishman? Most likely, Charles Frederick Worth is also probably someone you've never heard of. Women dreamed of being dressed by him and girls fantasized about wearing one of his debutante court presentation gowns much the same way we look upon those glorious Red Carpet creations worn on Oscar night.
inFebruary 14, 2011 - 3:17pm
A recent visit to the new wing of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston (MFA)was intriguing. The new displays reflect a big change in how museums present their collections and what objects need to be displayed. Perhaps the most talked about display is the painting of Paul Revere holding a silver teapot made by him. Within visual sight of the painting is the actual teapot in a glass display cabinet.
inFebruary 7, 2011 - 1:45pm
The most famous person ever to come into my store, City Lights, was Ron Howard. His interior designer had been in the shop weeks earlier and discussed a few items for her client, name withheld. Later, the designer called and said that her client would be in to look at the items. Withholding the name was unusual but not unprecedented. The designer must have been afraid I would “alert the media.” A year earlier, Ron Howard had won acclaim with nine nominations and two Oscars for Apollo 13. His notoriety was at a peak.
inFebruary 2, 2011 - 1:44pm
Retro Ruby: Decorating Inspirations from Ruby Lane - Containing Winter Clutter
Our weekend newspaper is filled with post-Christmas sales flyers. We have ads from large department stores, local retailers, drug store chains, and even home improvement circulars. Home Depot and Lowe's have front page headlines reading “Contain Winter Clutter” and “Reorganize for the New Year” and are highlighting 20 gallon storage totes and various shelving options. They are affordable, durable (until they crack), and useful but have to be stored away from view in closets, under beds, or in garages and attics because they are so unattractive. Consider Ruby Lane pieces for stowing away clutter. Vintage collectibles offer desirable storage options made with skilled craftsmanship, higher quality, and an overall sense of beauty. I found these unique styles with a search for “trunk”: