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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.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Fill up on history at GAS -

Fill up on history at GAS -

Grimsby Antique Show returns to Peach King Centre June 9-10

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It was a simple tool — a hand-cranked coffee bean grinder — but for Evelyne Ordubegion it represented a tie to her past.

Ordubegion was born and raised in the countryside in France, leaving for Canada in 1957 shortly after marrying her Iranian-born husband, Megerdoon (Mack).

She went back to visit her parents on occasion and would often bring old fashioned housewares back with her to Canada. On one visit, Ordubegion asked her father if he knew where the old coffee grinder was.

Her father didn’t know. He had since purchased an electric grinder and had no use for the old one.

“He said ‘What do I need that for? I’ve got an electric one,’” Ordubegion said, explaining her father was like many people — for him, modern appliances meant progress.

“For them it was a step up,” she said. “For me it was nostalgia.

“There I was wanting that coffee grinder, and he couldn’t care less.”

Ordubegion maintains a love of old household items, farm tools and furniture to this day; except for the couch and bed, everything in her and her husband’s St. Catharines home has been bought at auctions and flea markets and restored. In 1980, she started an antique dealing business she called ‘Pastimes’, a play on words that points to both the historical and hobby nature of her business.

She started collecting primitives — old wood, cast iron, graniteware — and found it was a buyer’s market; farmers were practically throwing these old implements away.

“When I was buying these things, nobody cared,” she said. “And I think that’s how we lost a lot of our heritage — nobody card.”

The way Ordubegion looks at it, the stuff she bought and sold, the things her husband spent a great deal of elbow grease to strip the old paint off so they could be properly restored, are now available for future generations.

“So much was lost. It’s a shame,” she said. “Whatever we finished up and sold, it was saved.”

Pastimes is now a much more relaxed pastime for the Ordubegions, as the work involved in travelling to antique shows is becoming a bit too arduous for the retired couple. Last year, though, they found a new local opportunity in the Grimsby Antique Show, which the Rotary Club started after being challenged by publisher of The Upper Canadian Antique Showcase, which is also based in Grimsby.

Sophie Bond, who issued the challenge with husband and co-publisher J. Herbert Bond, said the show the Rotarians delivered in June 2011 was everything they hoped for, with high-quality dealers who filled every available slot. Others were put on a waiting list.

“For having only one show under their belt — it’s unheard of,” Bond said. “It was a beautiful show.”

Niagara, with its variety of tourism and visitor opportunities, is an ideal location for such a venture. It’s not too difficult to imagine people coming to the antique show, spending a few hours there, and then heading out to a winery on the Beamsville Bench before sitting down for dinner in Grimsby. Or perhaps, they’ll take in the show one day, book a night at a bed and breakfast, before heading over to Niagara-on-the-Lake or Niagara Falls.

Mike Hahn, who is one the show committee, said the region’s connection to early Canadian history, including the War of 1812, make a show featuring antiques — physical ties to the past — very complementary.

“We live in an area that’s very rich in material heritage,” Hahn said.

And that’s perhaps the main appeal of antiques; they’re a link to an earlier time.

Bond said it’s okay if a piece of furniture’s been scratched, or has a mouse hole in it. That’s part of its history, its story.

“It tells a story. It has feeling.”

Also popular are usable antiques, the ultimate in recycling. From dishware to furniture, people are looking for something outside the big box store experience.

“You can get a piece of furniture that will last another 100 years, not a piece of particle board.”

Or, like Ordubegion, you might pick up an old hand-cranked coffee grinder, which, after some digging around her parent’s house in France, she eventually did.

“It wasn’t easy, but I did find it,” she said.

The Grimsby Antique Show returns June 9-10 at Grimsby’s Peach King Centre at 162 Livingston Ave. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $6 or $5 with a coupon that can be printed off from the show’s website, which has detailed information on the show, including a list of 44 dealers.


Antique show in St. Louis city appraising, buying old toys - KMOV

(KMOV)—An antique toy show is in St. Louis for two days allowing people to get appraisals on antique toys and sell them on the spot.

The FX Antique Show will be at the Hampton Inn on Oakland Avenue Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The staff will appraise any toy from the 1970’s and older.

The appraisers will then offer an on the spot, cash offer for participants’ toys.

The toy does not need to be in the original packaging.


The International Rustic Home Furnishing Color Contest Will be Held in Guangzhou, China - Yahoo Finance

GUANGZHOU, China, May 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- The International Vintage Home Furnishing Color Contest officially started at the Guangzhou CAC exhibition hall on April 21st, 2012. The theme of this contest is "Appreciating creative antique colors & demonstrating the variety of household styles", which reflects the typical antique home furnishing colors of different eras and shows the integral effect to the audience in the form of antique-imitation color swatches. We have invited 350 professional buyers from all over the world to comprise the Scene Appraisal Committee. The color swatch that receives the greatest number of votes will be the winner and become the new "if" color for international home furnishing.

The focus of this contest is the pre-distressed chic color and style in home furnishing. There are a variety of methods for antique-imitation such as wormhole, file mark, earthworm trace, hammer mark, spray dot (can be in black or dark coffee color, transparent or non-transparent), fabric imprint (can also be called radiography which will be used to increase the levelled effect of furniture color), etc. There is no universally accepted model for antique-imitation skills. These skills require very strong technology and R&D ability with the need to improve & innovate constantly. This contest is a landmark for antique color research & historical methods of global imitation antique home furnishing.

The sponsor for this contest is Luckywind Handicrafts Company Ltd., this time they will bring more than 10 world-class rural artists and colorists to present various kinds of color swatches. While stepping into the exhibition hall, the motley aged imprints, irregular file marks and the old French grey paintings will take us back to the remote past as if passing through the history tunnel. The purpose of this contest is not only to promote the research and development of faux-antique color assortment, but also to provide a communication platform and chance for global demands to further stimulate the development of faux-antique home furnishing.

The Luckywind Handicrafts Company Ltd. is world renowned for manufacturing vintage-style home furnishing and decorations. They have conducted unique advanced research in material choice, color matching and design innovation with annual investment of 500,000 U.S dollar in antique color research. The European country-style home furnishing products they produce are not only of a natural, coordinated, classical and aesthetic style but can also be custom-made according to buyers' requirements. Most of the materials they use are from old recycled wood. After combining this with other new materials, they can achieve the unity of antique-imitation, environmental protection and culture. Luckywind also invites well-known international rural artists to present strict quality control for their production, which will assure the conscientiousness, quality workmanship and eco-friendliness for every end product.

General Manager Mrs. Trisha Huang says: "Antique/vintage handicrafts are a reflection of our historical feelings and cultural quest. European and American consumers are no longer satisfied with the practical applicability and appreciation of home furnishing products. They have higher requirements for a product's cultural feeling and historical sense. This may be a reflection of Heidegger's 'poetic living' and this raises an upsurge in antique home furnishing products. It is also the primary reason for holding this international color contest."

About Luckywind Handicrafts Company Ltd.

Luckywind Handicrafts Company Ltd. Fuzhou is a manufacturing trading company established in November 2003 with rich experience in manufacturing and exporting faux-antique home furnishing & garden decors. It is the first inland manufacturer for this industry, organized with "Style design Department", "Production Department", "After-sale Service Department" and forming the enterprise culture of "update quickly, progress timelessly". It has established long-term stable partnerships with European & American customers and become their demand assessment and research base in Asia.

Luckywind Handicrafts Company Ltd.
Address: 3rd F, block 39, Juyuanzhou Industrial Zone, Fuzhou, Fujian, China
Contact Person: Trisha Huang
Tel: +86-591 83747113; Fax: +86-591-87578803
Mobile: +86-13705016389


Competing tax plans try California voters - Financial Times

They do things differently in California. While other governments agonise over using taxes to balance the books, in the Golden State it’s the people who decide.

California’s new budget takes an axe to spending on healthcare and services for the unemployed, vulnerable and elderly. But Jerry Brown, the state’s governor, has also staked his term on convincing the state’s electorate to back an increased sales tax and a staggered, seven-year tax increase on those earning more than $250,000 a year and families earning $1m to plug a projected $15.7bn deficit.

Mr Brown, a three-time Democratic presidential candidate and a former paramour of Linda Rondstadt, the singer, will need all of the charm he has amassed over a 35-year political career to persuade voters to support his plan. Yet a competing tax proposal may stymie his efforts at the polls.

Enter Molly Munger, a formidable civil rights lawyer and fierce advocate for public education. Ms Munger is pushing for a tax increase that would be weighted on the wealthy and hit most other taxpayers, barring those earning less than $50,000 a year.

Her proposal, which has the backing of the California State Parent Teacher Association, has gathered enough signatures to qualify for November’s ballot. Shortage of campaign funds is clearly not a problem. Ms Munger is the daughter of Berkshire Hathaway billionaire Charlie Munger and is financing the campaign from her own wealth.

But can she succeed? Such things are possible in California, where direct democracy reigns supreme. Anyone can propose a law change and put it to a public vote – provided they can show the measure has popular support by producing the 400,000 or so signatures that are equivalent to 8 per cent of the votes cast in the most recent gubernatorial election.

Californian direct democracy is in part to blame for the state’s bloated constitution – only India and, inexplicably, the state of Alabama have longer ones – while the constant addition of new voter-backed spending obligations makes economic management almost impossible. But Ms Munger’s colleagues say their proposal is different because the new funds raised – they estimate the tax increase will raise $10bn over a decade – will go to one place: the state’s ailing school system.

“Schools in California have been declining for the last 30 years. The state is now 47th out of 50 US states in per-pupil funding for education,” says Nathan Ballard, a strategist with Ms Munger’s Our Children, Our Future group. Revenues for education are dwindling, he adds, while 40,000 teachers and other staff have been laid off over the past four years. “There’s very little that can be done with existing tax revenues.”

Unlike Mr Brown’s tax plan, the Munger proposal does not address the state’s vast deficit. But it is conceivable both of the tax proposals may end up on the California ballot, a scenario Mr Brown and his supporters will want to avoid. Persuading voters to accept one tax rise will be hard enough; two proposals are likely to split the votes and both may fail.

“Direct democracy can be problematic,” says Ross DeVol, chief research officer at the non-partisan Milken Institute, a Los Angeles-based think-tank. “The big issue is that voters in California are still prone to tax the guy behind the tree – especially if he’s a millionaire.”

California has the highest marginal tax rates in the US – a fact not lost on Republicans in and out of the state, who have assailed Mr Brown for not tackling the state’s vast public sector pension liabilities.

But Mr DeVol warns an additional squeeze on the rich could send California’s wealthy fleeing elsewhere. “I fear that high net-worth individuals might move their primary residences to other locations, whether it’s Lake Tahoe, Phoenix or Nevada.”

Summers in the desert heat of Nevada might be a little uncomfortable for dotcom billionaires or well-heeled Hollywood executives more used to the cool breeze of the Pacific. Yet it is clear something has to give in California’s tax fight and if Ms Munger stays the course Mr Brown will find his campaign under pressure from liberals on the left and Republican foes on the right.

It is not likely to be particularly comfortable for the California governor, a committed Catholic who once worked with Mother Teresa in India. Divine intervention may be his best hope.


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