inAugust 20, 2009 - 4:38pm
Don’t you just love going to a new store, one you’ve never been to before? Is it the “hunting instinct” that we who sell collectibles share, that drives us to seek out new venues, and towns, even? I haunt the local spots close to my office during my lunch hour, but can’t go further during the weekday. But on Saturday…….look out!
inAugust 19, 2009 - 3:41pm
"I'd like this dress in a size XXL and in red instead of black." These are the words of a customer that visited my shop recently. I was trying to figure out how my customer thought I would be able to find this particular item in a size XXL and in red instead of black when the dress I have listed is vintage. Then it dawned on me. In fashion magazines and in advertising on TV and the internet you see tons of dresses, skirts, pants, shoes and coats being described as "vintage style.
inAugust 19, 2009 - 12:38pm
Hot Spring/Summer Trends Part 4: Orange
inAugust 18, 2009 - 4:38pm
How many times have we heard that interest in antiques and collectible items is at a record low? That today’s buyers (when they buy) don’t care about historical things, but rather are are shopping for "looks" that appeal - and when they tire of a particular "look" – out it goes!
Shop owners, dealers and collectors are all are singing the same song: How can we attract new blood into the hobby? How can we encourage people to develop a serious interest and become collectors? How can we improve our items' sales appeal enough to inspire customers to decide to buy?
inAugust 18, 2009 - 4:29pm
My husband is something of a genius. He would say he just works hard. I met him at 18; he was in the Air Force. He told me on our second date that he was going to marry me and four months later he did—that was 1978.
inAugust 17, 2009 - 9:51pm
inAugust 14, 2009 - 2:26pm
Over my lifetime I have spent many hours/days in strange people’s backyard waiting on that one item I can’t live without. Usually I never get that item but end loading my car with boxes of strange musty unidentifiable objects that I have no use for. My greatest fear is what will crawl out of those boxes as I race down the highway to get home before my husband finds out I’ve done it again.
I’ve made a great deal of new friends attending these auctions since my particular addiction seems to be very common among the masses.
inAugust 13, 2009 - 3:03pm
All he was looking for was a white photo album that contained the pictures from his wedding 55 years ago. The album was tattered and worn, but it was all there. The bride in her hand made dress, vale just draped over her shoulders. Sitting on the bench under the alter. Her smile, large and beautiful. He saw her again, and was still in love. She had passed across Heavens gates 5 years ago, but he had not forgotten her. I found the album in a back bedroom, under some clothes. He was so excited. His sight was failing, but not his love. I checked on him later to see how he was.
inAugust 12, 2009 - 2:23pm
It was by chance that I discovered the timeless beauty of vintage chenille bedspreads. I was watching one of the many home interior makeover shows where the designer had purchased two of these vintage bedspreads. These were to be used for the spare bedroom in a rustic log cabin. When the finished bedroom was revealed at the end of the show, I was hooked! Those twin beds looked so colorful and so cozy and the texture of the raised pile added a layer of luxury that can't be matched by even the nicest modern duvets. Who wouldn't wanted to snuggle up in such an inviting bed!
inAugust 11, 2009 - 3:25pm
When I was 11 years old my older sister took me to Sandusky, Ohio to visit her friend Betty. When Betty was setting the table she went to the china cabinet and pulled out her fanciest dishes. My sister told her not to bother and Betty asked, "If I'm not going to let family eat off these plates then what good are they?