SWEET CONCLUSIONS Very Vintage
Gavin : Have you ever wanted to reverse time, to travel the distant corridors of your past and take a peek into your younger days? Well, at Very Vintage you really can. I first met the proprietor bac... Posted on 12/4/12 at 10:50 AM
MODERN-DAY JANE Now all I need is a lock for the keyboard cover.
This past weekend was a big weekend for my dad's family. It's the weekend that my Grandma officially turned over her beloved piano to me and Aaron. This is the piano that she learned to play on, and w... Posted on 8/1/11 at 3:47 PM
I GOT IT FROM MY MOMMA A 'fashionista' for funky fashion
Twenty-two-year-old Tessany Becker, originally from Greenbush, Minn., is not the average handbag shopper. To date, she is the collector or shall we say fashionista of over 75 handbags.
"I think the mo... Posted on 4/26/11 at 4:30 PM
IT'S GOOD TO BE IN N.D. Treasure Hunters Roadshow tickets available for free
There was a miscommunications about timing, so I'm a little late getting this posted. Mea culpa.
Anyway, I have two "Express Service" tickets for the Treasure Hunters Roadshow this week in Jamestown.... Posted on 1/25/11 at 12:45 PM
Want a conversation piece for your living room? Look for a piece of Amphora pottery from Bohemia. Several potteries in Turn-Teplitz, Bohemia, around the turn of the 20th century made large vases in the Art Nouveau style.
Beaded purses of various shapes were in fashion for all of the 19th and 20th centuries. Shapes went in and out of fashion. Colorful and sparkling glass beads imported from Europe added to the knit and embroidered purses that were in style.
‘Ugly jar’ is just one of the names for an antique memory jar – and it often is an accurate description. But a homemade memory jar is of interest because it tells a story. The jars can be any shape, but the most popular with collectors today are jars made from 19th-century jugs or bottles. The jug or bottle was covered with a sticky material. It could be plaster, clay, putty or mortar. New ones are often covered with modern epoxy glue.
Cameo glass is popular with collectors. Galle, Thomas Webb, Mt. Washington and Daum are well known, but some smaller companies that worked at the same time are almost unknown. Burgun, Schverer & Cie (son) was founded in 1711 in Meisenthal, France.
Collectors and collections are getting younger. So the old 1950s favorite, Chippendale furniture, has now been replaced by 1950s Eames pieces. And 18th-century English Staffordshire ceramics are not as wanted as much as Ohio-made 20th-century Rookwood pottery.
The history of valentines can be traced back to St. Valentine, who died a martyr. A feast was named for him by the Catholic Church in the year 496. Other historical or legendary sources to the holiday mention two other men named Valentine, a suggestion that the holiday descended from a Roman fertility fest, and references to the Duke of Orleans’ letter in the 15th century that is considered the first valentine.
Hunting for treasures seems to be an inborn trait. Perhaps it’s from the need of the caveman to search, find food and store some for later use.
For centuries, the very rich surrounded themselves with expensive art and artifacts to impress each other and “the peasants.”
In the United States, many 20th-century amusement parks had fortune teller machines that enticed customers. Put a coin (or, in later years, a dollar bill) in the slot, and the life-size figure in the glass-fronted booth nodded and moved mouth, hands and even eyes while giving you a card telling your future.
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