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.

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
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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.


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.


Nude painting wins BP Portrait Award 2012 - BBC News

Aleah Chapin's nude portrait of a family friend has been named the winner of this year's BP Portrait Award.

The 26-year-old American painter has won the prestigious first prize of £25,000 and a commission worth £4,000.

The portrait, called Auntie, will go on display at the National Portrait Gallery this Thursday, 21 June.

It will be joined by 54 other entries, including Spanish artist Ignacio Estudillo's portrait of his paternal grandfather, which came second.

This year's four finalists, whose work can be seen in this gallery, were selected from 2,187 entries, received from 74 different countries.

29-year-old Jamie Routley - who is from Newport, Wales but lives in London - was the winner of this year's BP Young Artist Award.

He submitted a triptych of portraits of Tony Lewis, who has a newspaper stand at Baron's Court Tube Station and works in a wine shop.

London-based artist Alan Coulson, whose work previously featured in the 2010 and 2011 exhibitions, was awarded third prize for his painting of friend and fellow artist Richie Culver.

Director of the National Portrait Gallery, Sandy Nairne, said: "Aleah Chapin's portrait is 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."

Brooklyn-based Chapin has just completed a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in painting at the New York Academy of Art, and has won several awards including the Posey Foundation Scholarship.

Her painting is part of a series of nude portraits of women Aleah has known all of her life, named The Aunties Project.

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

The exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery runs until 23 September as part of the London 2012 Festival.


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