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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 23, 2012

Win chance to hang your art with the pros - Bristol Evening Post

Win chance to hang your art with the pros - Bristol Evening Post

A BRISTOL youth group has launched a new art competition in a multi-million-pound youth centre.

The Station Artwork Competition offers young people the chance to see their artwork hung alongside a collection of more than 30 works by professional artists.

The Creative Youth Network launched the competition at The Station, Bristol's £5.75 million youth hub being developed in the city centre.

Bristol graffiti artist Nick Walker and illustrator Rose Sanderson, accompanied by some of The Station's young people, gathered at the centre yesterday to declare the competition open for entries.

The competition collection will eventually be auctioned off on October 18 as part of the corporate launch celebrations at The Station.

All funds will be donated to future creative projects being run at the youth hub.

To enter, young people have to take a photo of their artwork and upload it to the "Art Auction & Competition" event on The Station's Facebook page.

Artwork must be 2D but can be in any medium including painting, graffiti, digital, illustration, textile, print and photography.


Latest furniture designs get modern shine from high-gloss surfaces - Evansville Courier-Press
Maria Yee's hot rolled steel coffee table framed in Nordic pine.

Photo by (SHNS photo by Patricia Sheridan / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Maria Yee's hot rolled steel coffee table framed in Nordic pine.

 Clear acrylic legs set off Lee Industries' new Hair on Hyde zebra-dyed bench.

Photo by (SHNS photo by Patricia Sheridan / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Clear acrylic legs set off Lee Industries' new Hair on Hyde zebra-dyed bench.

Art-deco and midcentury styles offer endless possibilities for manufacturers seeking to re-energize and refine what "modern" means today in home furnishings. Stainless steel, chrome, acrylic and lots and lots of lacquer are the hallmarks of these reborn looks, which were everywhere at the Spring International Home Furnishings Market.

Lexington Home Brands introduced the deco-styled Aquarius Collection, which featured some stunning lacquer pieces in aquamarine, cloud white and Mandarin red.

Century Furniture, which is celebrating 65 years in the business, relaunched its Chin Hua Collection. The first Chin Hua was introduced in 1975, riding the tsunami of interest in all things Chinese after President Richard Nixon normalized relations with that country. The new collection adds rich veneers such as malachite, sapphire and garnet and new materials including stainless steel and acrylic.

"Lacquer finishes have become a very important trend in the home-furnishings category," said Comer Wear, whose grandfather started Century Furniture. "The high-sheen nature of lacquer coupled with metal accents creates a sleek transitional look that is fun yet very sophisticated. It's like a gemstone set in platinum or sterling." And likely enough to make your neighbors covet your cabinet.

Lee Industries was no exception to the trend. However, its designers looked to clear acrylic to update a hide-and-hair bench with a button-tufted zebra pattern. "The clear acrylic legs are an instant update," noted one admiring buyer. Also showing off their acrylic legs were Century and Lilly Pulitzer, which used them on benches as well.

Nobody understands the "Mad Men" decade better than Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. The designers' Caffery dining table in oak and stainless steel and Gage upholstered dining chairs with stainless-steel frames are all about shaken, not stirred. Looking glamorous in high-gloss white lacquer with drawer interiors painted red was the company's Westwood Collection. It is trimmed in solid open-grain ash in an ebony finish for a striking contrast.

For a cool addition to any midcentury motif there is Tozai Home's Starburst mirror done with No. 2 pencils by Dransfield and Ross.

Going deco delicious were the Keno Bros., who are known for the way they bring out the beauty of wood in their products. The streamlined Chic tray table uses maple and louro preto veneers trimmed with stainless steel. Their Dual Curves accent table sits on gleaming steel legs with a top crafted from rosewood veneers and outlined in steel.

Bungalow 5 used marble tops and nickel-plated hardware on a variety of new lacquer chests. Though shown on the floor in black or white, they also come in red, orange, Kelly green and aqua lacquer finishes. Not to miss out on the great polished steel rush, Bungalow 5 showed its upholstered Lever lounge chair floating on a flat stainless-steel frame in vintage brown leather.

One who bucked the sleek trend was Maria Yee, preferring metal with an industrial look. Hot rolled steel is the focus of her coffee table.

"I really liked the natural design created on the steel by the cooling process," the designer said. The table is trimmed in environmentally friendly Nordic pine.

But Yee was in the minority when it came to shiny vs. matte metal. Polished stainless was a 3-to-1 favorite among manufacturers like Bernhardt Interiors, which used it on the curved chrome arms of its Markham lounge chair in cream leather and as the base for many other tables, including the petrified wood drinks table, the Henley teak-topped table, the cagelike base of the Orly occasional table and the reflective metal covering the Bolton nightstand, which featured an avocado-colored interior. The frame of the Jace club chair upholstered in a persimmon fabric was also polished stainless.

Like a form of alchemy, stainless steel, lacquer finishes and acrylics are transforming traditional silhouettes into fresh products for many furniture makers.


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Choffin Student's Artwork to Appear on 20M Ketchup Packets - 27 First News
The artwork of a Choffin student will appear on 20 million Heinz Ketchup packets in schools across the country.

Nilyshia Johnson, a Choffin Career and Technical Center senior, was one of 12 national winners in the national Ketchup Creativity Contest.

Heinz provided participating classrooms with ketchup packet templates and graphic elements to design them along with lesson plans on food and nutrition. One winner was chosen from each grade category from kindergarten through twelfth grade.

The packets with Johnson's artwork will be used by students in Foodservice venues during the 2012-13 school year.

"Since 2006, the Heinz Ketchup Creativity Contest has generated more than 130,000 entries from thousands of schools nationwide,” said Andy Ludlow, associate brand manager for Heinz Ketchup. "We’re excited to offer the contest again this year and showcase the talent of 12 more student artists, using iconic Heinz Ketchup packets as the canvas."

Johnson will receive a $1,000 cash prize for winning. Choffin will also get $1,000 and a voucher for $1,000 worth of Heinz Ketchup.


Regency Furniture acquires four-store Marlo Furniture - Furniture Today

Clint Engel -- Furniture Today, May 23, 2012

FORESTVILLE, Md. — Retailer Regency Furniture has acquired four-store Marlo Furniture based here and says it will continue to operate the stores under the Marlo name, but without the warehouse portions of the showrooms.

Mark Stuart, president of Brandywine, Md.-based Regency, who had been a vice president of merchandising for Marlo before joining Regency in 2008, confirmed the May 16 acquisition but declined to give a purchase price.

Regency is taking on most of Marlo's 150 employees, although not the key executives, and is consolidating Marlo's inventory into the 750,000-square-foot Regency distribution center in Brandywine.

"We're very excited about this opportunity," said Stuart, whose company now operates seven promotional to midpriced Regency Furniture stores in Maryland and Virginia; eight Ashley Furniture HomeStores in the same two states and one in Amman, Jordan; and now the four Marlo showrooms in Forestville, Laurel and Rockville, Md., and Alexandria, Va.

"This will help us establish a real foothold into the Washington market," he said.

He said Marlo has been in business for more than 55 years and has "great name recognition in the market. They also have a great employee base we're tapping into and a good strong customer base."

With the addition of Marlo, Regency looks to do $140 million to $150 million in annual sales, he said.

Regency Furniture ranks No. 57 on Furniture/Today's Top 100 with estimated sales last year of $97 million, up 18.3% from the year before. It has since opened the HomeStores in Falls Church and Amman. The company is owned by CEO Abdul Ayyad.

Marlo was No. 100 on the Top 100 with estimated sales last year of $38.6 million, down 1.4%.

Check for updates to this story.


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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