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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.

Friday, May 25, 2012

"How to Buy Garden Furniture Online" is a Guide by Rathwood Home, Gift and Garden Centre - Emailwire

"How to Buy Garden Furniture Online" is a Guide by Rathwood Home, Gift and Garden Centre - Emailwire
(EMAILWIRE.COM, May 25, 2012 ) Tullow, Co. Carlow, Ireland -- There are a number of key matters to take into consideration when purchasing garden furniture online.

Style and Comfort: Having an idea of the style of the product makes narrowing down a search much easier. Remember to bear in mind the people who will be gathered around the furniture in ensuring that the set is practical, comfortable as well as stylish. rathwood offers wonderful wicker garden sets; amazing aluminum tables and chairs for a more modern outdoors look, timeless teak pieces as well as much more.

Quality: When investing in a set of beautiful outdoor garden furniture, there is no doubt that purchasing something of quality can be a truly worthwhile experience. Look at the materials that are being used in constructing the furniture. Luxurious quality furniture can last for year.s

Look at the space one has: Having a trusty measuring tape in hand is a must before committing to a purchase. How big is the patio or lawn? How many people will able fit around the table for that wonderful summer barbeque? Is the area in the shade, or does it require parasol?

Compare prices: One of the great advantages of shopping online is that one can quickly and conveniently browse the costs of the same products on a number of different websites, to ensure are guaranteed the best price available. Are the prices of the business competitive? Furthermore, check out the methods of payment. Have a look at the online payment methods available, such as Paypal.

Durability: With the unpredictable weather in Ireland, strong, solid and durable garden furniture is a must. If the garden is not sheltered from the wind, then perhaps light wicker or light aluminum chairs may not be the best choice. Is it solid hardwood that are buying? Cross referencing the guarantee or warranty of the furniture with the supposed durability is usually a useful way to establish just how durable the furniture really is, as it highlights how much a business really believes in the quality of its own product.

Delivery: Does the garden furniture company deliver locally? How much does delivery cost? Is the furniture flat packed self-assembly or does it arrive already assembled? How long will the furniture take to arrive at the desired destination?

Maintenance: Investing in garden furniture requires considering the time it takes to maintain the pieces. How easy is it to clean? If it is cast aluminum, will it rust? In those winter months must the tables and chairs be covered, or can they be left out in all seasons?

Guarantee: Does it have a guarantee? Is the company that a well-established business? How long does the warranty last? These are important questions. When investing in garden furniture, a guarantee on the outdoor pieces reflects the true durability and quality of the pieces being purchased.

About Rathwood:

Rathwood Home, Gift and Garden Centre is a family owned business established in 1994, which has continued to expand since then. Today, Rathwood is the premier centre in the region offering a unique shopping experience, with a variety of gift and clothes shops, a garden centre, furniture and interiors shops, a large restaurant and numerous outdoor activities. Rathwood boasts an animal park, forest walks, a Birds of Prey Centre, wonderful train rides and a childrens play garden, which add to the exciting experience for people of all ages. In 2011 Rathwood was recognised as a Failte Ireland Visitor Information point. The company has won many awards over the years, including Customer Service, People of the Year, Top 50 Companies in Ireland, Best Store, as well as a Santa Award for its magical Santa train ride experience.


5 Christie Antique Show purchasing tips - CBC

Ready, set, shop.

The Christie Antique Show takes place Saturday, an event that draws people from Hamilton and beyond. We have it listed in our 5 things to do Saturday story.

CBC Hamilton talked Julian Taylor, owner of Taylors Antiques , and he's got five simple tips on how to get the most bang for your buck at any antique show.

1. Arrive early.

"You'll get the best pick. Show up half an hour before the show opens," said Taylor.

2. Set a limit and stick to it.

Make sure you know what you're looking for. It's easy to get sucked into impulse purchases.

"It's not like you can bring it back and say I made a mistake," explained Taylor.

3. Go for a known dealer.

Taylor advised shoppers to deal with stores who are well known and reputable. That means you have the option of returning something if it isn't just right.

4. Don't be polite, ask about age.

"Ask them how old it [the antique] is and if you get a bill, have them write the date of the antique down. There's so many reproductions and fakes," said Taylor. "Legally, you can bring it back because you bought it under false pretenses."

5. Check for chips.

"Once you walk away with it, you can't come back to say it's chipped," explained Taylor.

So make sure to thoroughly inspect any China and glass.


Antique group becomes an antique itself -

As is often the case, when Ken Benner and a few local farmers tried to start a new event 40 years ago, it rained.

The group, interested in power equipment old and new, mainly tractors, were trying to create an event that would show off old steam tractors and backhoes and newer diesel-powered machines. Benner had come up with the idea after attending a similar show in Milton, and thought the July long weekend would make a great time for the debut event.

“Much to our dismay, it rained Thursday and Friday, making the back field much to wet to put a 10-ton tractor on,” he later wrote.

On Saturday, July 1, 1972, the rain clouds parted. And while the ground was muddy and the air foggy, the first Niagara Antique Power Association power display occurred.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of NAPA, a group you see throughout Niagara at museums and events like the Marshville Heritage Festival in Wainfleet and Canal Days in Port Colborne.

And for NAPA member Barb Mittlestead she’s not surprised the group has survived and thrived four decades after its creation.

“(The members) don’t lose the enthusiasm to show kids what it used to be like,” she said.

Keeping antique equipment in working order, she said, “is something that you just can’t replace.”

The main event for NAPA is the yearly power show, which still takes place over the Canada Day long weekend. It takes place at the NAPA showgrounds, 1957 Wilhelm Rd. in Sherkston.

Each year the shows features something from the old days, and this year the group is featuring one of the centrepieces of any village or town before the days of big factories and manufacturers: the blacksmith.

“Blacksmiths were the centres of most villages back then,” Mittlestead said. “It’s where most of the work got done.”

“People think they just lay steel on a fire, pound it and it turns into what you want,” she said, explaining it was a specialized craft that only few could perfect.

The show will feature NAPA’s blacksmith shop, and there will also be a number of present day blacksmiths on hand to ply their trade and show what they can do.

But that’s not all there will be to do at the show, which runs the entire weekend, from Friday, June 29 to Sunday July 1. All the classic events will be back, including the tractor pull, horse pull, Sunshine the Clown, a birds of prey show, various vendors, and musical entertainment.

New this year Randy Thomas will be performing, to join longtime NAPA power show performers the Olde Tyme Fiddlers, among the many other groups that will be performing.

The blind tractor game, which debuted last year, will also return. The game has participants climb aboard a tractor blind folder. The object is to stop the tractor as close to the finish line as possible, without going over. But don’t worry, Mittlestead said with a laugh, someone else is driving the tractor.

“It really went over big last year,” she said.

There will also be activities for the kids, including a kiddy tractor ride.

Also, to celebrate the 40 year anniversary, kids can take part in a scavenger hunt. On the showgrounds there will be artifacts and items that represent what was featured during each of the past 40 shows. Kids who can find each item and write down when it was featured, will win a prize.

Camping is available on the showgrounds for the weekend.

Gates open each day at 8 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. Admission costs $5 for adults and $2 for children under 12. Weekend passes are available, $9 for adults and $3 for children. For more information visit


Antique photography display attracting a crowd - Cape Breton

The recently unveiled collection in the Old Town Hall includes about 80 vintage cameras from an Eastman Kodak camera which sold for $3 in 1907 to a 1939 Kodak Baby Brownie camera which was worth about $1.25 when it first came out.

The collection also features equipment formerly owned by Shedden Studios, which was the inspiration for the new exhibit.

According to information provided by the Glace Bay Heritage Museum Society, photographer David Thomas Shedden came to Glace Bay around 1910 from Scotland.

As a young boy he was fascinated with photography, a love which eventually led to his career as a commercial photographer and to the founding of Shedden Studio in Glace Bay in 1916.

By 1930, Shedden Studio had become a family enterprise and included oldest son Stanley, who had become a respected photographer, but died in 1937.

The younger son, Leslie Shedden enrolled in the Winona Lake School of Photographer in Winona Lake, Ind., in 1939 and when he completed his studies, he returned to Glace Bay to the Shedden Studio.

Roy and Rose McCormick who volunteer at the museum had Leslie Shedden take their wedding photo on July 16, 1942.

“I remember it was the 16th day because it was the day after pay day,” laughed Roy McCormick. “He was very fussy. You knew you were getting your picture taken.”

The couple had the wedding photo taken the night before their wedding because he had enlisted in the army and was home on a three-day pass.

“I wore my wedding gown,” recalled Rose McCormick. “He was very courteous and particular. Mr. Shedden was particular. His reputation was well earned.”

Previously she had Shedden take her portrait, which was intended to be a gift for her future husband.

“I gave it to Roy but his mother liked the picture enough that she would not give it to him.”

Cape Breton Post columnist LeRoy Peach fondly recalled an experience with Leslie Shedden in a 2007 column.

“Daily I walk by a black and white photograph of my mother and father taken in the late 1940s,” Peach wrote. “For that portrait, my mother wore a flowered dress, my father a tweed jacket. They look out on the world with restrained smiles.”

 During the photo session, Peach’s father asked him, “Why are you fussing over me and not my wife?” Shedden replied, “Your wife is perfect.”

Peach wrote about the famed photographer’s painstaking efforts and his careful technique that immortalized him in Glace Bay and surrounding areas.

It also led to a very common saying that many people, who sat for a Shedden photo, would ask anyone who took their time to do things, “What? Are you waiting for Shedden to take your picture?”

At the onset of the Second World War, Leslie Shedden enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force and was part of the photography unit, reaching the rank of sergeant with a posting to Sydney. Among other things, he took aerial photographs of harbours and war manoeuvres.

After the war, Leslie Shedden returned to Glace Bay, where after his father’s death in 1948, he assumed control of the Shedden Studio. Shedden ran the studio for the next 30 years along with his wife Mary.

In 1977, Shedden sold the studio to local photographer Cyril MacDonald.


Furniture Manufacturing & Supply China Comes to Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center, 11 … - Yahoo Finance

SHANGHAI, May 21, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Furniture Manufacturing & Supply China 2012 ("FMC China 2012") will be staged at the Shanghai Expo Exhibition & Convention Centre (SWEECC) from 11 to 14 September, concurrently with FMC Premium 2012.


This year, FMC China 2012 will be held in Hall 4 and exhibit furniture fabrics, leather and cloth art. The total exhibition area will be 71,000 sq m, the largest ever.

Meanwhile, FMC China 2012 will connect with Furniture China 2012, one of the biggest furniture shows in the world, to be held in the Shanghai New International Expo Center (SNIEC), creating a one-stop platform for furniture design, manufacturing and purchasing.

Six Overseas Purchasing Groups with Professional Associations and Delegations

Purchasing groups from Vietnam, India, Mexico, Turkey, Russia and Indonesia will bring 30 - 40 furniture manufacturers and local woodworking dealers respectively to FMC China 2012 to visit related enterprises and factories. The Taiwan Woodworking Machinery Association (TWMA) will bring its members to participate in FMC China 2012 to show visitors the latest product technology.

Convenient Transport with Free Shuttle Bus, Metro Line 7 and Taxi

Based on last year's experience, the organiser has arranged more convenient transport for visitors. As the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Center has become more familiar, visitors will be easily to transport between the two venues.

  • Free shuttle bus between SNIEC and SWEECC (every five minutes)
  • Metro Line 7 connects SNIEC and SWEECC from Yaohua Road to Huamu Road.
  • 30 minute drive from SNIEC to SWEECC

2012 First World Health Sleep (Mattress) Conference

The 2012 First World Health Sleep (Mattress) Conference will be held at the Shanghai World Expo Convention Center on 12 September 2012. Domestic and overseas industry associations, professional economists, senior industry analysts and researchers, famous software furniture manufacturers and industry media will be invited.

The conference aims to promote industrial upgrading, accelerate the promotion of technological innovation, and advocate energy conservation and the development of green industry. It is also a communication platform to promote close cooperation of industry people, which helps people gain a detailed understanding of industry developments, successfully cope with the international environment changes, and provide new strategies to support the accelerated development of the mattress industry.

Concurrently with Furniture China 2012

Furniture China 2012 will be held from 11 to 15 September this year. Furniture China 2012 will use new Halls N1 - N4, thus 600 more new furniture manufacturers as exhibitors will participate, bringing the total number of exhibitors to 3,000.

Detailed Classification with Professional Quality

Most famous industry companies are participating FMC China 20112. FMC is the best trade platform in the field of woodworking machinery.

Woodworking Machinery & Tools (Hall 1) Homag(1N01/1H01), Shanghai Chaolun(1P01), Weinig(1H25), Leitz(1F27), SCM(1P15), Yuetong(1G15), Nanxin(1N15), etc.

Office Furniture Supplies & Gas Springs (Hall 2) Hangzhou Zhongtai(2U01), Zhejiang Zhongyi(2V01), Anhui Laite(2T01), Zhongwei(2T09), Ruixin(2V09), etc.

Furniture Coatings & Chemicals (Hall 2) Beijing Shiquanxin (2P17), Nanpao Resin (2M02), Haining Changsheng (2Q29), Foshan Tonren Adhesive (2M01), Foshan Unouite (2M01A), Shanghai Fuchen (2P01), Jinpinguo (2Q30). Shanghai Carpoly Paint and Huarun both have expressed their intention to participate.

FMC Premium 2012 (Hall 2) – Jiangsu Yuhui (2J01), Legget & Platt (2E01), Frenchtimber (2H02-2H10), Okin (2G01), Taizhou Chenguang (2G15), Yihuang (2L09), Aoda (2E15), Huali (2J15), Kingdecor & Dupont (2F01), State of North Carolina (2B15-2B33) and Pennsylvania (2A15) hardwood pavilions.

Upholstery Furniture Components & Supplies (Hall 3) Xiaoshan Meixin (3D01), Tongxiang Aumerry (3D45), Foshan Chamay (3D59), Dongguan Blw (3E01), Changzhou Regal (3C07), Wenzhou Zhulian (3C09), Zhejiang Feili (3C37), Jiaxing Taien (3B15), Wenzhou Yikang (3B17), etc.

Cabinet & Wardrobe Fittings / Furniture Lighting Includes the world's leading hardware companies, Hettich and Blum, which are participating in FMC again after an absence of nearly seven years. Luen Yick leads the development prospects of the furniture lighting.

Furniture Hardware & Fittings / Furniture Inspection (Hall 3) The exhibition area has increased by 15%; Robby (3U45), Lusterful(3U39), Weihua(3T17), Zhuokai(3T01), Shenfei(3S17), Weihong(3S15), Meaton (3U47), Hyderon(3T15), Hengjun(3T09, Boltotto(3Q01), Global Gas Spring(3Q47), SGS(3Q45), etc.

Furniture Panels & Surface Deco (Hall 3) The exhibition area has increased by 55%, in which Xiongyi has booked 99 square metres. Changzhou Weixing (3L07), Xiamen C&D (3G41), Heibei Ams (3G01), Shandong Farrandly (3G37) and Shanghai Yirui (3K07) are all participating.

Furniture Fabrics China Exhibition (Hall 4) Hangzhou Nanbo (4B40), Hangzhou Wintex (4B41), Wuxi Zhongsi (4C50), Ji Sheng Leather (4C75), Hangzhou Tianye (4D22), Hangzhou Hongda (4D40), Tongxiang Xincheng (4F07), Tongxiang Xin Baisheng(4F06), Minglang Leather (4C75), Current Textile (4C49), Hangzhou Dongya Textile (4C55), Hangzhou Fangzheng Weaving (4D47). In addition, Haining textile group and Turkey group are being organised to attend the exhibition.

Asia Start International Furniture Materials Trading Centre The exhibition area is expected to be 755 square metres and 60 companies will take part.

Design of Designers China International Design Trading Expo

A brand new platform, "Design of Designers", will be formed this year at Hall 4 of the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center. The work of the 2011 Golden Axe Award's winner, which is the most recommended and highest level competition in the Chinese furniture industry, will be showcased as well. The audience will be able to come in contact with many works designed by all kinds of talented designers that are tagged with "HOME". There will be fascinating design forums, presentations and relevant events presented at the same time.

FMC China 2012 On-site Events Launched

Various professional and interactive activities are going to be held during the exhibition. Your participation is welcome.

FMC New Products, New Technologies & New Materials Display

In order to increase interaction between the two venues, attract more Furniture China exhibitors, let more trade buyers know about FMC highlights, and to help more exhibitors promote their latest technologies and products, FMC China 2012 will open 17 booths of 20 square meters each to show New Products & Technology at Furniture China 2012 at the Shanghai New International Expo Center from 11 to 14 September 2012. Accompanied by creative booth design and special interactive events, the showcase will catch wide attention from insiders and trade buyers. Meanwhile, the showcase will provide FMC exhibitors an exchange platform to get more business opportunities and attract over 3,000 exhibitors and 100,000 trade buyers' attention.

FMC China 2012 Technical Seminars

In order to gain investment opportunities, promote industrial development and product upgrades, enhance industrial competitiveness and improve marketing capabilities, FMC provides a distribution platform of new products and invites main industry media as well as domestic and overseas exhibitors to hold professional technical seminars for three days.

On-site Media Interviews

The organiser will set up a Press Centre especially for the media's on-site face to face interviews with exhibitors, building a communications platform to disseminate the latest information about new products and technologies.

Exhibitors On-site Product Demonstrations

Exhibitors will introduce their products by special promotion methods on-site to attract more visitor attention.

Furniture Exhibitors' Exclusive Day

By applying before FMC exhibition, participants will receive warm tips of events schedule before visiting. A shuttle bus is especially arranged for participants. A bilingual tour guide will show participants all of the exciting hot spots at FMC.


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