Into Antiques?

On ebay you'll find over 100 categories covering the Medieval and Renaissance periods, through Georgian, Regency and Victorian, to Edwardian, Art Nouveau and Art Deco.

Antique Dealers in California

Linda Stamberger

Linda Stamberger, author of "Antiquing In Florida", is a Florida expert and freelance writer of many genres. Visit this site to read her articles - some of which are available for purchase - as is her book.

Brooks Novelty Antiques and Records

Brooks Novelty is an all-vinyl record store. We specialize in: jukeboxes, vintage soda machines, antique slot machines, pin balls, arcade games, neon clocks and signs, rare concert posters, old advertising signs and much more!

The Antique Company

Established in the late 1900's, we occupy a huge corner building with a small garden area that leads to another 1000 sq foot store (called TAC) that contains our Mid Century collection.

Vintage Westclox

Westclox photo identification gallery and history and information of clocks, watches and other timepieces. This site primarily displays American clocks made by Westclox that were made from the early 1900's up to about the 1960's.

Antique Appraisals On-Line

We are one of the country's largest, oldest, most qualified and respected appraisal services. The majority of our appraisals are estate and personal property evaluations for valuation documentation purposes. However, we have evaluated goods and personal property for natural disaster losses (hurricanes), theft, fire, freight and shipping damage after the loss has occurred.

Connoisseur Antiques

Featuring fine antique furniture, Connoisseur Antiques is a Los Angeles Antique Furniture Showroom specializing in antique clocks and mirrors, European and French antiques, Antique Lighting, Chandeliers, Sconces, Armoires and much more.

Liz's Antique Hardware

Antique Hardware is the backbone of our business. We offer a complete selection of door, window and furniture hardware, lighting and accessories circa 1890 to 1970.

San Francisco Antique and Design Mall

San Francisco Antique and Design Mall is the largest antique mall in northern California. We opened our doors in October 1997 with 75 dealers and today we have over 200 of San Francisco's most professional antique specialists.

Ambiance Antiques

Importer of 18th and 19th Century French Antiques

C'est La Vie Antiques

European Antique and Accessories in San Diego, CA.

Lang Antiques

We carry a large selection of fine antique jewelry, antique rings & antique engagement rings. We also have vintage estate jewelry, vintage estate rings & vintage estate engagement rings from the Victorian, Art Nouveau, Edwardian & Art Deco style periods.

Once in a Blue Moon Online Thrift Store

We are an online thrift store featuring new, used, and unusual items.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

California Wine Country and National Parks: The Perfect Summer Travel Pairing - YAHOO!

California Wine Country and National Parks: The Perfect Summer Travel Pairing - YAHOO!


SAN FRANCISCO, May 31, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Aside from good food, nothing pairs with wine better than spectacular scenery. Wine lovers will get that perfect pairing this summer when they combine one of California's 25 beautiful national parks with a nearby iconic wine country experience.

With dozens of diverse wine regions and even more grape varieties across the Golden State, wine lovers can savor their favorite wines and explore new ones on their way to and from great parks from Yosemite in the High Sierra down to Joshua Tree in the desert. Like the stewards of California's unique national parks, winemakers and growers also feel a deep connection to the land, making California a world leader in sustainable winegrowing - and making it easy for eco-minded travelers to find the perfect wine to complement their journey.

While in wine country, outdoor enthusiasts should make time to add an inspiring hike, bike ride or picnic in a stunning vineyard or valley. Or take it all in with a bird's eye view on a sunrise hot air balloon ride followed by brunch with your favorite local wines. Check out these great wine regions that pair perfectly with some of California's leading national parks.

For more information on California wines, wine regions and winery activities - from tastings to tours, picnics, concerts, bocce ball and more -- go to Wine Institute's lifestyle and travel website at:

SOURCE Wine Institute



Antique buggy, sleigh collection for sale in Maine - NECN

Poland auctioneer Jody McMorrow says he's never seen a collection quite like it.

The more than 40 sleighs and buggies from the 1800s and early 1900s were collected by Carl Huston Sr., a Lisbon Falls contractor who died last summer at age 77.

McMorrow says many of the items need work, but many show a craftsmanship not often seen these days.

They range in value from about $50 to several thousand dollars.

Huston's son tells the Sun Journal ( ) the collection is being sold because the family has no place to store it. Carl Huston Jr. says he thinks the collection helped his father connect to his youth on a farm.


Information from: Sun-Journal,


California legislator wants to ban popular firearm accessory and discussion - Examiner

At the beginning of the month, we discussed a CBS News story about a trend in California to comply with the state's draconian ban of so-called "assault weapons," by fitting AR-15 rifles with "bullet buttons," to replace the magazine release button.  The effect of this change is to transform a detachable magazine fed rifle into a fixed magazine rifle, and thus not an "assault weapon," even under California law.

To the forcible citizen disarmament extremists, this is an intolerable state of affairs.  The CBS story quotes Josh Sugarmann, of the Violence Policy Center:

But at least one group in Washington D.C. is watching the issue closely. “If the bullet button assault weapon is allowed to come into the state then the California assault weapons ban basically doesn’t exist any more,” said Josh Sugarmann with the Violence Policy Center.

 . . . “The end result is that California law enforcement, California citizens will all be placed in jeopardy because of this marketing move by the firearms industry.”

Not surprisingly, given many California legislators' hostility toward citizens' ability to effectively defend their lives and liberty, a California state sentaor who shares Sugarmann's views has taken it upon himself to ban "bullet buttons."  Senator LeLand Yee (Democrat) hopes to drive this remaining nail into the coffin of California liberties with SB 249, "Firearms: assault weapon conversion kits."

None of this is particularly surprising.  We are, after all, talking about California, longtime holder of the top Brady Campaign grade for least free state.  The surprising part comes in Sen. Yee's  explanation for his bill, as quoted in a second CBS News story (CBS went to considerable--and possilby illegal--lengths to turn this into an issue):

“It is extremely important that individuals in the state of California do not own assault weapons. I mean that is just so crystal clear, there is no debate, no discussion,” said Yee.

Yee does not address the fact that the vast majority of states do not ban "assault weapons," and many of them have lower rates of violent crime than California, thus begging the question of why it's "extremely important that individuals in the state of California do not own assault weapons."  Are Californians less capable of eschewing violence than residents of other states? 

The chilling part, though, is the next sentence.  Yee would apparently allow "no debate, no discussion" about effective militia capable arms for Californians.  If he feels so free to trample the first two amendments of the Bill of Rights, can his attacks on the other eight be far behind?

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