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  • 16 Aug 2010
    From Jennifer Thornson - Original Blog posted here My good buddy, Scoobie, is a vista chick. She loves the idea of a bright orange Western mesa, a handsome cowboy, and a beautiful sunset. The budding decor in her new home reflects this. So it stands on the precipice of Victoriana, arts and crafts, and merry Western kitsch. She is still finding her way. But one collection she has continued via the power of thrifting and antiquing is her Western-themed decanter collection... Something fans of the unique, inexpensive and fun, will recognize as easy-to-find vintage collectibles at thrift stores, flea markets, antique malls, and yard sales! Scoobie has kindly let me showcase her collection-to-date for you today-- for which I'd like to thank her. (She's very kind about letting me take photos of whatever she's up to for the ol' blog. Hugs to her!) I know The Thrift Shop Romantic does have some indulgent male readers, and this might just pique the interest. Think of the rugged pulp fiction of Louis L'Amour... And Zane Gray... And the artist Remington... And bourbon! Oh, lots of bourbon! Like these fun, in-the-box bottles of Jim Beam Kentucky Bourbon, flocked in blue velvet and flecked in gold... They're covered in Remington prints and generally quite inexpensive in both antique malls and thrift stores, if you're willing to shop around. I understand, the trick is remembering which ones you already have. Scoobie has also gotten for just a few dollars a piece, a couple of bottles that reflect the retro travel souvenir style that was popular in the 50s and 60s. Like this fun Yosemite map bottle she uncovered. Others, take on the shape of a real item... Like this stagecoach Kentucky bourbon bottle. Or an Arizona bottle shaped like a mesa I believe (if my memory serves me correctly, because I was there at the time of purchase) she bought for only $3 or so at the Pottery City Antique Mall in, Ohio... (Correct me if I'm wrong, Scoobie!) Also, Jim Beam came out with a brown-bottled wildlife series. I got her the chipmunk bottle at the Salvation Army on the South Side of Pittsburgh last year, but she found the other two herself. As for value, on the whole, don't expect to make a mint off your decorative bottles, but there are collectors' societies who do specialize in certain types of decanters. I enjoyed perusing the following decanter-related sites (click the links to learn more):   The Jim Beam Club Check out the bottle pictures here!:   Jim Beam Pictorials Page And don't forget:   Collectors Net Me, I have to go. I need to round-up some dinner. Can I get a "yeeeee-hawwwww"?" :) For more info or the blogs from Jennifer, go to:  
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  • 27 Dec 2010
    LOWER TOWNSHIP, N.J. - They began with little things. A couple of rusty old train lanterns, some farm implements, a device called a "toe-toaster" that let its users brown slices of bread in the kitchen fireplace and flip them with their feet. Eventually, their collectors' ardor wasn't satisfied by garage sales and flea markets and Patricia Anne "Annie" Salvatore and her husband, Joseph, began to scout "antique" buildings. Their passion led to 26 acquisitions - including a blacksmith shed, carpentry shop, and carriage house - at what is now Cold Spring Village, a 30-acre living-history museum on Route 9 about three miles north of Cape May. Read more:  
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  • 30 Nov 2010
    KEARNEY NE- A married couple who moved back to Nebraska from Colorado opened an antique store in Downtown Kearney: The Bricks recently. Evelyn and Matthew Seip opened Home Thyme at 2217 Central Ave. Oct. 29. Home Thyme sells antiques, home decor, furniture and collectibles. Evelyn, originally from Lexington, worked in her mother's antique shop, Antiques and More, in Overton before managing floral shops in Colorado. "I've helped my mother on and off for years," Evelyn said. "I've been a picker for her for years. It's always been kind of a hobby. I like mixing the old with the new."   Read the entire store here:
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NEWS: Antique sales showing signs of success
Jeffereson, NC - Antiques on Main seems to have found a business model that works right now.

The collective of small antique dealers is something that owner Keith Woodie is proud of and seems to count as a success in the tough economic environment of Ashe County.

The antique mall’s recent expansion, almost doubling its space, offers some substantiation of the term success. It is the third expansion in the organization’s six year history.

Celebrating the growth into 21,000 square feet of space at what was the Carolina Tire building on South Jefferson Avenue, Woodie; his wife, Denise and store Manager Karen Carpenter opened the doors on the new space Friday. Friday and Saturday became a grand opening celebration, adding 9,000 square feet and 30 new vendors.

The vendors, totaling about 80, rent space inside the warehouse style building to show more than what Woodie bills as a million items from old “Life” magazines to glassware to hand tools.

Part of the secret Woodie believes is a leaning toward volume selling and low prices. He encourages his vendors to move products quickly with lower prices than customers would find in Blowing Rock antique stores. He said he has seen furniture that would sell for $900 in Blowing Rock, make money at $450 in West Jefferson.

He also considers his labor cost is low. Vendors can bargain time helping to staff the store with cash off of their booth rental.

Customer service is important also. “We will help customers take their purchases to the car. They like that,” Woodie said.

Clientele comes from across the state. He has regular customers from Charlotte and Raleigh and Florida second home owners frequent the mall. E is surprised at the number of local shoppers he has, customers who come by regularly and buy.

“We like lookers, too,” Woodie said. “They may not buy today, but most will be back.”

REPOSTED FROM: Jefferson Post - Antique sales showing signs of success