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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.

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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.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

1 Source Office Furniture Transforms Maryland Companies from Shabby to Chic - Yahoo Finance

1 Source Office Furniture Transforms Maryland Companies from Shabby to Chic - Yahoo Finance

PHOENIX, Md., June 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- After thirty years, the constraints of operating a family-owned office furniture store didn't suit Marc Rosen of Phoenix, Maryland. So last June, Rosen left the business he co-owned for thirty years and struck out on his own with nothing more than some great ideas about how office furniture should be sold and delivered.

A year later, 1 Source has delivered more than half a million dollars' worth of office furniture to customers in Maryland and Virginia, proving Rosen's concept has merit. This year, the company is on track to double that figure.

Rosen explains: "I knew that I had to find the best resources for my clients, and my job is to bring style and function to their workspaces, with value in mind. My clients like that they buy directly from me, not a middle man or a salesperson. And, I am on site for delivery of their furniture to insure satisfaction."

With 1 Source's new business model, clients benefit from his vast experience and product knowledge and his rolodex of 600 lines of office furniture (including Hon, Global, and Kimball.) Through 1 Source Office Furniture, facilities managers can buy workstations that are new, used, and refurbished (which are completely repainted and reupholstered to a customer's specifications and cost about 50% less than new.) These recycled workstations allow a greener option for the environment.

For customers who still want to sit in a chair before they buy it, Rosen can take them to several showrooms that he sells from, or he will bring a couple of chairs to their office.

Because 1 Source doesn't have all of the costs of a showroom, inventory, trucks and employees, Rosen can quickly adapt to whatever happens in the economy. Rosen's first rule in business is to build relationships and to heighten the customer experience. "My job is to keep everyone happy, from my suppliers to my clients," Rosen comments. He adds, "Many business owners think they offer customer service, but they become invisible once the sale is complete."  

Marc Rosen offers these guidelines for buying office furniture:  

1. Upgrade chairs and tables in highly visible areas first, such as reception and conference rooms.
2. Buy styles and colors that are timeless and classic, rather than trendy.
3. For workstations, try used or refurbished for an economical and environmental option.
4. If your budget allows, ask for case goods that are made in the U.S.A.
5. For seating that will get a lot of use, choose fabrics that offer durability and high-use.
6. Vary tones and textures with your choices of woods, metals, and textiles.
7. Buy with the company's growth in mind.

For more information, contact 1 Source Office Furniture by email:, or by calling (410)978-6500. Visit them on the web at References are available upon request.



Weaver Furniture Sales Debuts "Sunshine and Shadows" Quilt Garden - YAHOO!

Weaver Furniture Sales unveils the “Sunshine and Shadows” Quilt Garden as part of the Quilt Garden Tour in Elkhart and LaGrange County, Indiana.

Shipshewana, IN (PRWEB) June 05, 2012

After the success of last year’s “Amish Shadow” quilt garden, Weaver Furniture Sales, a Shipshewana furniture store specializing in handcrafted mission furniture, is proud to once again participate in the Quilt Garden Tour by creating the “Sunshine and Shadows” quilt garden. Featuring the celebrated light and dark design featured in classic Amish quilts, the “Sunshine and Shadows” quilt garden is composed of thousands of brilliant blooms arranged to create a classic design. The flowers have been planted and the garden is in full bloom, displaying a beautiful quilt in the Weaver garden. A sturdy viewing deck and informational plaque allow for a breathtaking viewing experience for summer visitors now through early October. “We are happy the blue birds enjoyed the garden first this year but we look forward to letting all of our visitors over the summer see the great work by Ida, Carolyn and Ruth,” said LeRoy, owner of Weaver Furniture Sales.

The simple, bold designs of Amish quilts have charmed people for over a century, but the beautiful “quilt gardens” are a new phenomenon that have recently captured the popular imagination. Elkhart and LaGrange County, located in Northern Indiana’s Amish Country, have sponsored the Quilt Garden Tour for several years as part of the Heritage Trail, a 90-mile cultural driving tour that explores the back roads and notable spots of Amish Country.

Weaver’s “Sunshine and Shadows” quilt garden was designed by Shipshewana natives Carolyn Miller, Ida Weaver and Ruth Miller and is located on the property of Weavers. In 1989, LeRoy and Ida Weaver started Weaver Furniture Sales after converting the family dairy barn into a furniture showroom and offering locally-crafted solid wood furniture. Today, most of the Weaver’s eight children help run the business and have turned Weaver’s into an important part of the Shipshewana Amish community.

About Weaver Furniture Sales:

Weaver Furniture Sales was established in 1989 in Shipshewana, Indiana, and is an Amish, family-owned furniture business that offers a full line of solid wood, Amish Furniture at affordable prices – for both residential and commercial purposes. Weaver Furniture Sales features shaker styles, traditional and mission furniture. As part of their client services, Weaver Furniture Sales provides furniture design consultation services, custom furniture options, furniture quotes, layaway options and various delivery alternatives for residences and businesses in the United States from their quiet country showroom in Shipshewana, Indiana.

LeRoy and Ida Weaver have owned and operated Weaver Furniture Sales for over twenty-two years, beginning with a 1,500 square foot showroom and expanding to over 15,000 square feet today. Previously, they owned and managed LeWana Dairy Farm where they milked cows and raised corn and hay.

Marty Weaver
Weaver Furniture Sales
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Tis the season for garage sales in Federal Way | Helpful hints - Bainbridge Island Review

As the summer begins, so does the season for garage sales, yard sales, rummage sales and moving sales in Federal Way.

Whatever you call these sales, they help the budget-conscious consumer find quality secondhand stuff.

The best bargain hunters arrive early to get first pick. Hardcore shoppers sometimes pounce for prized items — TVs, furniture, movies — as soon as the seller opens the garage.

Publications like The Mirror and Little Nickel, along with websites such as Craigslist, are reliable sources for locating garage sales in South King County.

In a classified ad June 1 in The Mirror, one Federal Way sale declared "IT ALL GOES!" Among items offered: a boat, horse trailer and 2001 Ford Mustang. The Mirror publishes these classified ads every Friday.

A page on shows sales specific to this area. The list grows daily. One Federal Way residence is hosting a garage sale all day Friday and Saturday (June 8-9) with a promise of "furniture, teen clothing, household items, toys, tools."

Some links lure shoppers with hooks like "All clothes $1." In one ad, a childcare facility in Auburn is selling baby equipment along with a Maytag washer and dryer, a treadmill and a small garage freezer.

Helpful hints

Here are a few tips for hosting a successful garage sale.

Advertise. Posting an ad, either online or in print, is a no-brainer. recommends placing signs around the neighborhood either the night before or the day of the sale. Remember to take down those signs when the sale ends.

Organize. Get all merchandise ready to go the night before.

Coffee. Offer free coffee in styrofoam cups to shoppers.

Color-coded stickers. recommends displaying a legend on a poster that shows what each colored sticker costs. Example: red stickers are 25 cents, blue stickers are $5, etc.

Wrapping. Have some newspapers or bubble wrap on hand for customers who buy breakables. Those plastic bags from the grocery store might be handy too.

Prices. Be realistic with your prices. Maybe offer a deal for the second half of your sale, such as "everything is half-price after 3 p.m." Prepare for hagglers and don't accept a price you think is unfair. Just remind yourself if the sale is intended to make a lot of money, or rid your home of unwanted stuff.

Contact Federal Way Mirror Editor Andy Hobbs at or 253-925-5565 ext. 5050.

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Standard Furniture marks 100th birthday with 4th-generation leadership - Everything Alabama Blog

Stuart Shevin was just 26 years old when he took over in 1975 as the third generation of his family to serve as president of Standard Furniture Co., the Birmingham-based retailer dating back to 1912.

In late April, after Shevin died following a three-year battle with lung cancer, his 29-year-old-son, Jacob Shevin, began following in his father's footsteps at the helm of the family business.

Jacob Shevin says his father's leadership is sorely missed, but he and other executives are doing their part to live up to the standards Stuart Shevin left at the company.

"One trait my Dad left with me was this: He felt a responsibility to take care of the customers and treat the employees like family," Jacob Shevin said. "That's how we've been in business for 100 years."

Mark Crayne, a Standard Furniture executive vice president who worked alongside Stuart Shevin for 39 years, said the late company president left a positive mark on all who knew him.

"He was a good guy, and an even better businessman," Crayne said. "He not only cared about the employees and customers of Standard Furniture, but was very passionate about being involved in the community. He preferred to be in the background, not seeking publicity for the things Standard does. It something we continue today."

Vice President of Operations Greg Troncale, a 38-year Standard Furniture employee, said Stuart Shevin followed a management philosophy passed down to him by his father and grandfather -- put the customer first and the business will succeed.

"Stuart told it like it is. You always knew where you stood with him, and he was a man of his word," Troncale said. "That goes a long way with getting management, other employees and customers to support you."

Standard Furniture was founded in August 1912 as a single location in downtown Birmingham as Standard Furnishing Co. by Felix Shevinsky, great-grandfather of current fourth-generation Jacob Shevin. (The family's last name was later shortened to Shevin).

According to a business history provided by Jacob Shevin, the family business started out selling clothing and furniture. The clothing operation was discontinued in 1957, when the company name was changed to Standard Furniture Co.


Founder: Felix Shevinsky.

Date: August 1912 as Standard Furnishings Co. at 210 18th St. North, selling clothing and house furnishings. Discontinued clothing in 1957 and renamed as Standard Furniture Co.

Business: Sells furniture and house furnishings. 13 stores. One in Tennessee and 12 in Alabama, including seven in metro Birmingham. Warehouse in Ensley.

Top executives: Jacob Shevin, fourth generation of his family at the helm; executive vice president Mark Crayne, and vice president of operations Greg Troncale.

Employees: 100.

Headquarters: 11 Office Park Circle, Birmingham.

Phone: 205-879-1604.


Troncale said Standard has some customers who are the third and fourth-generation of their family to buy furniture at the company.

"You don't stay in business for 100 years unless you make customer service a priority," he said. "When somebody comes in here to pay on an account or to shop, we know most of them by name. We give that personal touch you don't get in the big chains."

Standard Furniture also has been able to retain support despite deep-pocketed national competition by focusing on its ties to the community, Crayne said.

"We have in-house financing. You buy here and pay here," he said. "The money spent here stays in the community instead of going to some headquarters out of state. Plus we have our own merchandise at a warehouse in Birmingham instead of having to ship it in from far away."

Standard Furniture has survived to be a century-old by learning how to adapt to changing times, Troncale said. He said the economic downturn that battered the housing market had a negative impact on Standard Furniture, just like it hit other industry retailers.

"We had to watch our expenses," Troncale said. "Tightening our belts has been the key."

Jacob Shevin said Standard, like many businesses, has evolved over the years. While the family dropped its stores clothing merchandise, Jacob Shevin said Standard has maintained its niche as a provider of quality, affordable furniture, mattresses, electronics, and appliances.

"We feel blessed to have been here in Birmingham 100 years," he said.

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Six to watch: TV's most famous chairs - The Guardian

Not so many years ago, millions of us would spend summer enthralled by ordinary folk who squabbled, sunbathed and got drunk on cheap cider. That was when Big Brother was in its prime. But the reality merry-go-round, which returns for its umpteenth series on Channel 5 tonight, has long since lost its lustre. These days, Big Brother feels like little more than a televised yawn; an annual opportunity to poke Z-list wannabes and watch them dance for our amusement.

Down the years Big Brother furnished us with its fair share of faintly familiar faces including Brian Dowling, Nasty Nick and er, Bubble. But perhaps the most iconic image of the series is the Diary Room chair, one of the most famous pieces of furniture – in its many incarnations – to ever grace the small screen. But it's not alone. From gaffer-taped recliners to imposing iron thrones, join us as we count down some of the small screen's top seats of power. Have we included your favourite furniture? Lets us know what we've missed in the comments section below.

Norm's Bar Stool – Cheers (1982 – 1993)

The preferred perch of Cheers' resident barfly, Norm's been supping brews on his trusty stool since the Ford administration. From his spot at the end of the bar the man whose drinking habit kept the bar afloat was ideally placed to survey Cheers' particular brand of quirky clientele and beer-fuelled banter. Or at least he would have been, had he not been so concerned with the frothy amber stuff.

Red Velvet Chair – Jim'll'Fix It (1975 – 1994)

Children of a certain age will remember gathering around the telly on a Saturday teatime as the late great Jimmy Savile would hand out bits of bling and make some lucky so-and-so the envy of a nation. A velvet-clad monstrosity that was surely structurally reinforced to bear the load of Savile's jingle-jangle jewellery; the chair was as almost as important to the show as those badges .

Martin Crane's Recliner – Frasier (1993 – 2004)

The elder Crane's gaffer-taped lounger is one of the most amusing pieces of upholstery to ever grace television. The only eyesore in Frasier's otherwise flawlessly decorated apartment; the chair was a constant source of conflict and just one of a host of long-running gags that the writers used to inspire arguments switching from pantomime incredulity to deft wordplay without missing a beat.

The Simpson's Couch – The Simpsons (1989 – present)

Thanks to a starring role in the long-running animation's opening credits, telly fans are all too familiar with The Simpsons' sofa, which across 23 seasons, has provided the backdrop for countless gags – and opportunities for guessing what they might do with it next.

Father Jack's chair – Father Ted (1995 – 1998)

Scuffed, stained and fraying a little around the edges; like it's inebriated incumbent, Father Jack's armchair was coming apart at the seams and served as a constant reminder of the perils that are associated with easy access to communion wine. Anyone else would sit on it at their peril.

Mastermind Chair – Mastermind (1972 – 1997 & 2003 – present)

There's something menacing about the Mastermind chair. Unoccupied and under the heat of the studio spotlight, it makes for a particularly imposing sight. A gladiatorial arena of general knowledge where heroic figures do battle armed only with an extensive knowledge of the History of The East India Trading Company. It's also the oldest piece of lumber support on our list, having been a mainstay of the show for more than 40 years.

Honourable mentions

Iron Throne – Game Of Thrones (2011 – present)

Seat of power for the King Of The Seven Kingdoms, the Iron Throne is not only imposing, sitting on it seems to be fraught with danger.

Captain's Chair – Star Trek (1966 – 1969)

As soon as Kirk took up residence on the Enterprise deck, his command chair became synonymous with the show. We're still not sure what the buttons did though.

The Barcaloungers – Friends (1994 – 2004)

Joey and Chandler became the envy of slackers everywhere when they replaced their stolen furniture with Barcaloungers (AKA Lay-Z-Boys).


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