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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.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

1-800-GOT-JUNK? Founder Plots Takeover of Painting Industry - Yahoo Finance

1-800-GOT-JUNK? Founder Plots Takeover of Painting Industry - Yahoo Finance

New one day painting company is offering free house painting for life to help drive franchise sales in North America

VANCOUVER, June 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Brian Scudamore, Founder & CEO of 1-800-GOT-JUNK? was so impressed by the company he hired to paint his house in the summer of 2010 that he decided to buy the company. Rebranded as 1-888-WOW-1DAY! Painting, they already have a strong foothold in 16 major metros including Miami, Seattle, Kansas City and Toronto. To help hit their goal of 50 franchises by the end of 2012, they've launched a contest offering to paint your home for free, for life, in exchange for an accepted franchise referral in North America.

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"It's becoming increasingly important to come up with creative, out of the box strategies to help drive growth. We're giving away a lifetime of free house painting, a unique and fun idea that will help us increase franchise sales in North America. Entering is easy; just visit our website and follow the prompts. If your referral goes through our process and is approved, we'll paint your home for the rest of your life!" explains Scudamore, co-founder & CEO of 1-888-WOW-1DAY! Painting. Full details of the contest can be found by going to

Scudamore co-founded 1-888-WOW-1DAY! Painting with Jim Bodden who came up with the concept in 2008. Bodden had been operating under the name One Day Painting and was experiencing great local market success. It was his meeting with the 1-800-GOT-JUNK? Founder that took his company to the next level. One of the determining factors in Bodden's decision to form the partnership was the vision that 1-888-WOW-1DAY! Painting would become Scudamore's next $100 million brand.

"1-800-GOT-JUNK? brought professionalism and a national brand to the once mom and pop junk removal industry. We're doing the same thing with painting by guaranteeing one day completion by professional uniformed painters who don't compromise on quality," says Scudamore. "By leveraging the infrastructure, knowledge and systems of 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, we've been able to experience rapid growth from year one. It will be initiatives like giving away free house painting which will turn 1-888-WOW-1DAY! Painting into a household name"

About 1-888-WOW-1DAY! Painting
1-888-WOW-1DAY! Painting prides itself on providing the quality you expect in a timeline that's unexpected. We specialize in both interior & exterior paint jobs, offering a one-day guarantee for each project. Each painting job is completed by a team of uniformed professionals who use environmentally-friendly paint ensuring that no harsh odors or fumes are left behind. Our state-of-the-art call center and online booking service ensures that your experience leaves you with a genuine sense of WOW! For additional information call 1-888-WOW-1DAY! (1-888-969-1329) or visit us online at

Source: Expands its Collection of Antique Engagement Rings - YAHOO!

Allurez, an innovative leader in the online diamond retail industry, provides its customers with a new and amazing array of antique engagement rings. Fully customizable, the diamond engagement rings have many attractive features at various price points.

New York, New York (PRWEB) June 19, 2012

Allurez, a growing online jewelry designer and retailer based in the New York, is releasing a new line of antique engagement rings as part of a special summer sale. For a limited time, consumers can now choose from a growing selection of antique engagement rings at affordable prices.

Many of these antique engagement rings are marked at close to 50 percent off and come in several metal types. As a spokesperson noted, "Allurez wanted its customers to have the heirloom look at a price they could afford. Allurez has a great selection of vintage engagement rings in 14 karat and 18 karat white, rose and pink gold as well as platinum and palladium."

The latest additions to Allurez online jeweler's inventory include solitaires, three-stone rings, halo rings, and gemstone rings. Some unique features that these engagement rings offer are listed below.

  •     Gemstone rings with hand-set stones

  •     Solitaires with hand engraved designs
  •     Three-stone rings scroll work (Filigree)
  •     Halo rings with milgrained edges

Not only are the engagement ring settings available by themselves. The vintage engagement rings are available as part of a bridal set. Customers have the option to select matching wedding bands to go with these antique style rings.

The antique rings that the company offers are part of a larger line of engagement rings available in a number of other styles. According to the same spokesperson mentioned above, "Allurez has an entire section on their site devoted to antique style engagement rings. This list will only continue to grow as time goes on."

Allurez, a highly regarded online jewelry retailer, offers a wide selection of high-end designer jewelry. The site has always had a large collection of antique fine jewelry items, but recently decided to add more antique diamond engagement rings to their site to satisfy the demands of a growing consumer base. For more information, visit

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Antique Firearms headlining show of local acts at Orange Peel - Spartanburg Herald-Journal

Instead, the Asheville, N.C. rock 'n' roll quintet is headlining a show of local acts. Hermit Kings and Red Honey will open the 9 p.m. all-ages show on Friday.

“Just to have that opportunity, is big for us,” Dotson said. “Knowing that we're on a stage where the Smashing Pumpkins played and Jack White was just there is pretty awesome.”

The group has a family feel with Dotson and brothers Parker (guitar) and Galen (keyboards) in the lineup, which is rounded out by bassist Chandler Brewer and drummer Dave Breske.

Antique Firearms has only been together since last year and have garnered attention from fans on the Asheville scene.

“Asheville's been good to us,” Dotson said. “We're still the new kids on the block, but we've been lucky with people giving us a chance in town.”

Dotson went to school at nearby Western Carolina University and sang for the Raleigh-based alternative band Whiskey Kills The Butterfly. That group broke up and Dotson was visiting Parker outside of Amsterdam when they decided to start a group together.

The duo met back in Asheville, got jobs and began recording their first EP. It was recorded in a hip-hop studio in Raleigh and they used electronic beats on each song, even though Dotson plays drums.

“We wanted to have an experimental vibe,” he said. “Radiohead is a big influence on us in how they take risks.”

After recording, the brothers decided they needed a band to play the songs on stage. Galen asked to join in, Brewer moved from Charleston to Asheville to play an instrument he'd never played before and Breske was found after the group worked with several other drummers.

Along with an intense live show, the group is working on the second record. Dotson, who simply describes the music as rock ‘n' roll, isn't trying to restrict the music to a specific genre.

“The music is a lot more complete,” Dotson said of adding musicians to the recording process. “The writing revolves around me and Parker, but we're not telling the other guys how to play their instruments.

“The live shows have a lot of energy. Our live show has gone to the next level and the second album will reflect that.”


Vandalism of Picasso painting caught on camera - Daily Telegraph

Officials say that the vandalism happened on June 13 at the Menil Collection, in Houston, where the painting is one of nine Picassos.


US artist wins £25,000 BP Portrait prize with painting of 'Auntie' - The Guardian

A tender portrait of a family friend, a woman affectionately known as Auntie and trusting enough to pose for a larger-than-lifesize painting that exposes every sag and crease, has won the £25,000 BP Portrait prize for the 26-year-old American artist Aleah Chapin.

The competition is now open to any artist aged over 18, and Chapin beat a record entry of more than 2,100 entries from 74 countries, including almost 1,500 submissions from the UK. She will also win a £4,000 commission to make a work for the gallery's collection.

Auntie is one of a series of portraits of unrelated women Chapin has known all her life, whom she gathered for a group photo session on an island off Seattle, where she was born, though she is now based in New York.

The artist said: "The fact that she has known me since birth is extremely important. Her body is a map of her journey through life. In her I see the personification of strength through an unguarded and accepting presence."

Sandy Nairne, the director of the National Portrait Gallery, described the work as "ambitious and beautifully painted, with superbly controlled colour and tone. She is a very deserving winner of the 2012 BP Award, which once again demonstrates the vitality of contemporary portrait painting around the world."

The second prize went a Spanish artist Ignacio Estudillo, who lives and works in Córdoba, for a monochrome portrait of his grandfather.

Third prize went to a largely self-taught London-based artist, Alan Coulson, who has twice before made the portrait award exhibition, for a portrait of a friend and fellow artist, Richie Culver, displaying his opulently tattooed arms in a white T-shirt with the sleeves rolled up.

Chapin would also have been eligible for the young artist award for artists under 30: it went to Jamie Routley, born in 1982, for a triple portrait of Tony Lewis, a well known figure to many Londoner commuters from his newspaper stand at Baron's Court tube station.

The travel prize went to Carl Randall, from his proposal to follow in the footsteps of the 19th century printmaker Ando Hiroshige, creating portraits of local people reflecting life in modern Japan.

The exhibition of a selection of 55 works, including the winners, opens at the gallery in London this week, and will then tour to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery this winter, and then the Royal Albert Museum in Exeter in spring .

• BP Portrait Award, free at the National Portrait Gallery June 21 - September 23


Sometimes, a Painting Only Costs a Case of Wine - Huffington Post

In order to succeed in their profession, art dealers need to be patient and accommodating. Works of art can be quite expensive, and few of the wealthy collectors who purchase pieces are likely to have $200,000 or so sitting in the bank on which they can write a check. More often the case is that these collectors must sell stock or other assets, or wait for an inheritance or a certificate of deposit to come due before they can make a substantial purchase, and the process of raising money may take time.

Waiting for money to arrive may bog down a sale, and dealers sometimes take a tangible asset in whole or partial exchange for a desired work of art. "I've traded for houses a couple of times, maybe three times," said Santa Fe, New Mexico art dealer Gerald Peters. "I've taken stock in trade a few times, too." Paul Gray, director of the Richard Gray Gallery in Chicago, has accepted a case of wine ("it was very good wine") as partial payment for a painting, and he did the same with a watch although, when he took a new Toyota in exchange for a contemporary painting ("my sister needed the car") from a car dealer, "I think I may have paid him some cash."

Many art dealers have the experience of being offered some object in trade, the most common being another work of art, although other items may be suggested as well. "When the gold boom was going on, someone once paid me in gold coins," New York art dealer Andre Emmerich said. Gilbert Edelson, administrative vice-president of the Art Dealers Association of America, noted that he has heard of instances in which jewelry is used in a trade: "Everything is OK as long as both parties agree."

The aim, according to Gray, is to "help make the transaction as painless as possible; it's part of maintaining the friendly relationship between the collector and dealer." In addition, he added, exchanges of property offer a "psychological benefit" to the collector who will "trade something they don't think is as valuable as what they're getting, although it usually is. I'm not in this business to lose money."

While speeding up the sale of artwork, noncash exchanges may add several layers of complication for both collector and dealer. The dealer may owe a consignor after the swap has taken place, and that person is not likely to want anything other than cash; a dealer now in possession of a house now will be the one scrambling for money to pay the consignor. The object offered in exchange for art may need to be appraised, and differing estimates could lead to protracted negotiations that slow down the sale and sour the relationship between dealer and collector. Even a generous appraisal, of course, is not money in the bank, "and someone may end up getting the short end of the stick," Peters said. Of the three instances in which he has accepted stocks for artwork, "in one case, I made out great, making 10 times my money; in another case, I guess I came out even." In the third instance, he is still holding onto the stock, waiting for a favorable time to sell.

When a collector offers artwork in exchange for a piece, the dealer may accept the work in a straight swap or arrange to sell the offered object in order to raise money toward purchasing the piece. Robert Fishko, director of New York's Forum Gallery, has "acquired works for inventory, and you take a risk every time when you do that," while Emmerich has "put up at auction" works offered by collectors in exchange, because "I don't like to gamble. If I sell you a painting for $100,000, I want $100,000. I don't want to hope that I can some day sell it."

At other times, the artwork offered by the collector may be outside of the field in which the dealer operates. Jane Kallir, director of Galerie St. Etienne in New York City, which specializes in Austrian and German expressionist art, described being offered once a drawing by Henri Matisse. "We could sell it for them, but there are many other dealers much more in touch with the Matisse market than we are," she said, adding that she recommended the collector sell the drawing through one of those dealers and then purchase the artwork at her gallery. At other times, Kallir has brokered a sale through another dealer on behalf of a collector.

Dividing the exchange into two separate transactions (selling one item and buying another) simply makes the most sense, Kallir said. "Collectors should want to net as much money as possible, rather than just match the dealer's wholesale price." She added that it is sometimes difficult to get the sale and purchase dates to coincide, lessening the opportunity for the collector to use one artwork to acquire another.

There are also tax considerations in making a swap, primarily because this exchange is a type of sale. Both dealer and collector may need to declare capital gains for the sale and not have the cash with which to pay the tax. The Internal Revenue Service permits tax-free "like-kind" exchanges -- for instance, a painting for another painting -- but only when the objects involved were acquired for investment purposes rather than as a hobby; in other words, professional art dealers may swap those paintings tax-free but an ordinary collector could not. The burden of proof would be on the collector both to show the IRS that he or she is an investor and that the exchanged objects were "like-kind." There would be no possible tax-free exchange of a house or jewelry for artwork.


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