inJuly 28, 2009 - 11:37am
What is Thermal Shock and what does it have to do with glass?
inJuly 23, 2009 - 5:09pm
In early April, the main mother arrived in a ferocious snit, delivering what local weather experts described as a extraordinary event called a gravity wave - windstorms triggered by unstable air being forced to rise into stable air.
...the resulting three-day power outage left me with little to do but twiddle my thumbs and ponder the fragile nature of a daily routine that's totally dependent on being connected. While pondering, I considered the often unnatural attachments we make with others through the miracle of technology.
inJuly 22, 2009 - 4:20pm
Part of the passion of collecting is sharing your excitement and joy with your friends and family. This can be a tough job when each piece is daintily savored inside a dust free case or cabinet. Those that use their favorite pieces of vintage glassware and china would, I'm sure, testify to the wonderful ice breaker conversations and friendly chatter that can so easily flow when one serves their guests with elegant and unusual vintage pieces.
inJuly 21, 2009 - 3:21pm
We asked Harry Rinker for specific basic steps that should you take to protect your collection from natural disasters. Here is his response:
Photo documentation is the first step. You need a permanent record. Use film or electronic photographs, not video tape. A single lens reflex camera and two lenses, a standard lens for larger images and a close-up lens for individual objects and details, is the camera of choice.
Think disaster is step two. What disasters occur in your area? Since theft is not a natural disaster (although certainly akin to one), it will not be discussed
inJuly 21, 2009 - 2:58pm
My exquisite and always stylish maternal grandmother was the original clotheshorse and had closets of lovely clothes, including a small room that had been converted into a walk in closet!
I was still in high school when I came home one day to find a bag of goodies ~ discards from Grandmother's closet. My Mom told me to go through the bag
So I dug through and found a treasure ~ a vintage 60s white on white beaded and sequined cardigan sweater by Park Stork. I put it on and it fit like it was made for me.
inJuly 17, 2009 - 9:44pm
Have you ever admired a beautiful garment and thought how wonderful it would be in a certain color or print? Does your search for the perfect dress or outfit lead to frustration when shopping? It did for me. I have vivid memories of schlepping from store to store in search of just the right garment - a certain style, fit, color or design, and could never find exactly what I had in mind. This was the catalyst that led to my pastime of creating my own clothing fashions from sewing patterns.
inJuly 16, 2009 - 4:37pm
Recently I was talking to another shop owner, trying to figure out what the next hot collectible would be. She lamented “The younger generation just isn't into collecting like we were as kids”. I thought about that statement for a few days. If there isn't a new generation of collectors coming on board, who is responsible? We all are!
inJuly 16, 2009 - 4:17pm
I just love it when I have the time to leisurely snoop about the local antique market, free of husband , child and dogs. I leave the cell phone at home too.
For me it is an escape into a world where everything old is new. The linens are real linen, the furniture is hand made, the clothing hand stitched, the hand written goods are ethereal and the people are generally a bit odd.
Take for example the stunning woman in her early 60's who sells antique clothing and linen.
inJuly 15, 2009 - 6:29am
Water lilies are a symbol of peace and tranquility. They appear in many paintings and works of art from ancient cultures as well as modern times, suggesting that they have been prized for their beauty for thousands of years ago, just as they are today.
inJuly 14, 2009 - 3:08pm
We asked Harry Rinker to give us his opinion on exactly who is collecting these days. Here is his response:
Today there are three major buying groups in the antiques and collectibles market: (1) collectors, (2) amateur and professional decorators, and (3) reusers, many of whom are environmentally conscious. So... who are the collectors?