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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, June 6, 2012

Antique tractor show set for next weekend - Ironton Online

Antique tractor show set for next weekend - Ironton Online

It’s a way for young folks to experience farm heritage of old for the first time and a way for older generations to relive it.

This year marks the 14th annual Lawrence County Ironmasters Antique Show.

On June 15 and 16, farm buffs from all over the Tri-State will bring their engines, tractors and farm equipment to display at the Ironton Hill Shopping Center.

Event organizer Don Mootz said he and other organizers expect 100 exhibitors this year.

“We prepared last year for 60 or 70 (exhibitors) and we had more,” Mootz said. “We had a very successful year last year, more than our expectations.”

Mootz said the event has grown each year, adding more displays and more exhibitors from Lawrence County.

“It’s an opportunity for people to see some of the antique things that relate to our heritage,” Mootz said, saying some of the equipment displayed is from as far back as the 1800s. “We haven’t had anyone who wasn’t impressed by what they have here (at the show).”

The event is free to the public and for exhibitors. Registration begins at 8 a.m. each day.

On June 15, there will be free barrel train rides for children, a tractor drive at 6:30 p.m. and dinner for exhibitors.

On that Saturday there will be a tractor parade at 11 a.m., kiddie tractor pull at 2 p.m. with trophies awarded and lunch for exhibitors. There will also be free primitive camping for exhibitors and games.

Mootz said organizers encourage anyone who has farm equipment to come out and display it. Even people with antique kitchen tools and old maps have participated.

“I think they would enjoy sharing it with people,” he said.

For more information about the show, contact Mootz at 532-4974, Lee Nance at 533-1925 or Colegrove Temco at 532-9105.


Antique promoter is bringing new markets to West Michigan this summer -

HOLLAND, MI – One of the Midwest’s largest antique promoters plans to bring about 100 vendors to an antiques and collectibles market at Ottawa County Fairgrounds on June 17.

The one-day antique and collectibles market is new territory for promoter Bob Zurko, who plans to stage similar shows in Centreville’s St. Joseph County Fairgrounds and at Berrien Springs Youth Fairgrounds.

Zurko, who has been staging markets throughout the Midwest for 42 years, said the events in Holland and Berrien Springs are replacing two of his traditional dates in Centreville.

“Because we added these two new venues, we don’t want to have overkill,” said Zurko, founder of Zurko Promotions. “We want to spread it out.”

“They’re both prime locations,” said Zurko, whose company is based in Shawano, Wis. “They have excellent demographics and lots of tourists.”

The market at Ottawa County Fairgrounds will be open from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.. Admission is $4.

Zurko said he also is adding a July 15 date at Berrien Springs. He will bring his market to Centreville on July 8, Aug. 12 and Oct. 14.

Zurko said he does not consider his events as competition for the antique and collectibles show held on the last Sunday of every month at the Allegan County Fairground. That show attracts up to 400 dealers.

“Allegan is a top-notch awesome production,” Zurko said. “We’re just the new kids on the block starting out.”

Zurko has hosted a Sunday antiques and collectibles market in Shawano from April through early October for 42 years.

He also stages markets in the Wisconsin towns of Antigo, Eagle River and Iola. In Illinois, Zurko stages markets in Belvidere, Ill, Wheaton, Ill. and St. Charles, Ill.

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Rangers fiasco is painting Scottish football in a bad light, admits SFA chief executive Stewart Regan - Daily Telegraph

"Anyone would have probably laughed at you if you'd have said that's what you were facing,” said Regan. “No one could have predicted it so it's a hypothetical question, but I would say that I personally have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this job.

“I love the fact we have made so much change in such a short space of time and I like the fact the game is moving forward. There's still a long way to go especially with league reconstruction, but I really have enjoyed it.

"Of course I get frustrated when I get the police giving me advice on how to behave in Scotland, given the culture we operate in, and when people send me inappropriate emails and messages but I've learned to live with that and put it down to experience. I know some of you get the same abuse I do so that kind of makes it a bit easier.

"I think Scottish football fans are more passionate than any fans I've seen anywhere in the world. I've grown up in the North East of England in a football-loving family and a football-loving culture and I've been to some of the most passionate derby matches you can imagine.

“However, I haven't seen anything like the Old Firm rivalry and how it takes on a very different perspective when you roll in religion and politics all into one pot. Unfortunately a minority actually choose to use any attempt they can to undermine you, to create conspiracy theories to try and deflect from the good work that is going on.

“And I think it's very sad for the world of football but it's the world that we live in, and we deal with it.”

One high-profile figure who might yet become a casualty of the revelations at Rangers is Campbell Ogilvie, who was secretary/director at Ibrox when the contentious Employee Benefit Trusts (EBTs) were introduced there.

Regan, though, presented a stout defence of his president when he said: “Let's not forget that EBTs are not illegal. They are illegal if they are used knowingly in an incorrect manner. That is something we are still waiting for facts on, but I am satisfied that Campbell has discharged his duty of care.

"He has done everything we could have asked of him and, so far as his integrity is concerned, he is a man with many years as a highly respected administrator across the game of football in Scotland. He has been upfront, transparent and the board are happy we could not have expected any more of him at this stage."

One particularly significant change to SFA articles, which was approved unanimously, came out of the Rangers morass and obliges clubs to investigate the background of prospective new owners.

Regan also declared that Fifa will take no action against the SFA for Rangers’ action in going to court to contest a 12-month transfer embargo imposed by the association’s independent Judicial Tribunal.

Rangers fans, meanwhile, will be given the chance to rename the club's Murray Park training ground, according to Charles Green, who is leading a consortium who wants to buy the ailing Glasgow giants.

Green met with the Rangers Fans' Fighting Fans Fund and he described the meeting as "constructive".

One of the issues raised was the club's training complex at Auchenhowie, which was officially opened in July, 2001 and named after Sir David Murray, the club's then owner who sold Rangers to Craig Whyte last year.

Season ticket holders have been promised the chance to change the name in homage to Moses McNeil, one of the club's founding fathers, or Davie Cooper, a former winger.

Scotland have leapt seven places in the latest Fifa world rankings to sit in 41st place despite losing 5-1 to the United States last weekend.

Scotland Under-21s will take on their Belgian counterparts in a friendly at East End Park on Aug 14.

Coach Billy Stark will use the match as preparation for his team's final two European Under-21 Championship qualifying matches in September against Luxembourg and Austria.

Gregory Tade has confirmed he will be playing for St Johnstone next season.

The 25-year-old French striker has signed a pre-contract with the Perth club after leaving Clydesdale Bank Premier League rivals Inverness. The deal is for a minimum of one year.

Peterborough United have signed midfielder Danny Swanson on a two-year deal following the expiry of his contract at Dundee United.

Kilmarnock have confirmed they will play Sheffield Wednesday in a testimonial match for James Fowler at Rugby Park on Aug 8, with a 7.45pm kick-off.


Award-winning designer crafts jewelry that honors time-proven classic styles while fulfilling her passion for creative discovery. - Register-Guard

Jewelry designer Cristen Braatz often finds that small-scale treasures have big stories behind them. Her company, Cristen Jewels (, uses semi-precious stones, vintage stick pins, cuff links, and incredibly detailed antique micromosaics to create what she calls symbols of personal meaning.

Jewelry used to be purchased for women by men. It often was an expression of what the man wanted to say — I love you, I’m sorry, etc. — but today, women buy jewelry for themselves, and wear only what they really love.

“The right piece of jewelry is an expression of who you are,” Cristen says, “your interests. I say all jewelry is an amulet in some way, because an amulet is a symbol of personal meaning.”

Cristen gently holds up the necklace she’s wearing. It’s dripping with charms she fashioned from antique stickpins. One is a tiny Victorian man in the moon carved from moonstone; another is a classic sardonyx cameo; another, an owl. “The owl, I just think he’s so well done and sparkly, he’s happy to me,” she says.

The moonstone carving is so delicate that unless you look closely at it, you won’t know what it is. “The fact that maybe you can’t see what that is makes it special to me, or makes it a point of conversation. These to me are all amulets and we choose the jewelry we wear for some particular reason.”

Cristen’s life revolves around creativity and inspiration. With her son, Trevor Braatz, and daughter-in-law, Gretchen, she started an art glass business called All That Glass, which made decorative glass pieces such as drawer pulls and lamp finials.

She’s also an award-winning interior designer. Though she no longer does full design jobs, she still does color consulting and planning the use of spaces. Today, her focus is on her jewelry lines of pendants, earrings, bracelets, rings and necklaces for both women and men. Mario’s in Portland displays her contemporary line, Modern Classics, while New Twist in Eugene offers her Connoisseur’s Classics, which reimagines antique pieces as modern jewelry.

“I’m not lugging around big wallpaper books now,” she notes. “I have tiny things, and I don’t have to please others as much as please myself. I think I’m very fortunate to be able to do a different area of design that I’m passionate about. We don’t often get to change in our lives like that. This takes in every aspect of who I am.”

Good design permeates everything Cristen creates. She has three distinctive earring wires that are a little bit heavier than the traditional ear wire, and also a different shape.

“I’m into quality, I’m into the function,” she says. “I like the engineering of it. You can have a great idea but if it doesn’t work well people aren’t going to like it.”

Cristen’s jewelry is about enduring style. “I’m not a ‘bling’ person,” she says. “I think it’s a very modern look. I think of designing a chandelier earring, and yes, those harken back to ancient times, but it’s not me. I like timeless things, that hopefully can be worn without screaming, ‘you got those in the ’70s or the ’80s.’”

Cristen’s Modern Classics get their inspiration from items she discovers at gem shows, such as petrified palmwood, agates, tourmaline slices and Tibetan obsidian, naturally colored a vibrant blue. The centerpieces of her Connoisseur’s Classics are micromosaics, echoing the decorative Roman mosaics made of small pieces of glass tiles, but on a much smaller scale.

The Vatican first began reproducing ancient art in mosaic form to save it from deteriorating. This practice morphed into micromosaic jewelry during the 17th through 19th centuries, when Italy was a popular tourist destination for wealthy Europeans. Micromosaic jewelry typically depicted famous Italian landmarks such as the Coliseum.

“Years and years ago I bought my very first one, just because I was totally taken,” Cristen recalls. “I just could not believe what I was seeing. As a historian and designer, I’m highly interested in architecture so it fed that. It fed detail for me. It fed color. They hit everything for me, for my aesthetic sense and creative sense.”

When she mounts her jewelry, she incorporates both a pin back, and a slide bale, so a piece can be worn as a pendant or a brooch. Cristen’s favorite mosaic pieces depict animals, dogs in particular. One piece started out as an antique button depicting a retriever. When it sells, she plans to donate some of the proceeds to Eugene’s Greenhill Humane Society.

Now 62 years old, Cristen and her husband, Jim, have been married for five years. Cristen’s lived here all of her life, and Jim’s been here since his college days. Their four children are grown and all live either in Eugene or Portland, and between them they have five grandchildren. Though as busy with family as she is, Cristen can’t stop creating. She’s now working on incorporating monogram initial pendants, which she will add to her jewelry lines.

“Jim says he worries about me if I don’t have a project.” She laughs. “It’s a curse and a blessing. A creative mind is something that sometimes has to be managed. Sometimes you have to stop creating. We have a full life.”


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