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.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

California's nation-leading biotech industry gets no help from state - The Business Journal

California's nation-leading biotech industry gets no help from state - The Business Journal

From left, BIOCOM's Joe Panetta, South San Francisco City Council member Kevin Mullin, BayBio's Gail Maderis and Fritz Bittenbender of the Biotechnology Industry Organization salute California's nation-leading position in biotech jobs Tuesday at the BIO convention in Boston.

California has more biotech jobs than any other state, and its companies have developed some 60 percent of the biologic drugs on the market today.

To celebrate, some of the leaders of the state’s biotech industry at the Biotechnology Industry Organization  convention in Boston on Tuesday raised Champagne-filled flutes.

There were a few company representatives, some economic development officials and folks from BayBio in northern California and BIOCOMM in southern California who were largely responsible for the modest California pavilion on the BIO convention exhibition floor.

But, as in years past, no state officials were seen.

No Gov. Jerry Brown. No Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. Not even the governor’s jobs czar, Mike Rossi.

To be fair, Brown’s got a mammoth state budget problem that he’s attending to in Sacramento. What’s more, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s lone appearance at BIO convention floor came at the 2008 event in San Diego, but even that was at the behest of Bob Klein, the persuasive chairman at the time of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine  .

But the absence of Newsom, whose policies as mayor of San Francisco accelerated the growth of the Mission Bay biotech enclave, may be more political than geographical.

The odd couple of Brown and Newsom just aren’t getting along, reports indicate, and if one showed up at the BIO convention to give a simple thumb’s up, that might signal the industry’s tacit approval of one … or the other.

Their solution? Leave the state’s biotech industry – tops in the country – ripe for the picking. After all, we wouldn't want high-paying jobs for California residents to get in the way of a high-level political feud between members of the same party.

Ron Leuty covers biotech, higher education and China for the San Francisco Business Times.

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Furniture buyers want financing and warranties - survey - Jamaica Gleaner

Market research on the furniture and wooden products industry, commissioned by Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC), has found that the retail market requires financing options and warranties not offered by many local furniture manufacturers.

Conducted by consultants Rohan Bell and Lincoln Price of Research and Analysis Associates Limited, between December 2011 and March 2012, the study found that the market is willing to pay a premium for furnishings for which financing and product warranties are available.

By financing is meant that customers prefer to be offered a contractual arrangement in which they are allowed to pay for the goods in parts, or a percentage at a time.

Bad perception

The researchers also recommend that local manufacturers move to correct the perception that locals cannot deliver on time.

"Businesses and households who are not impressed with local industry perceive the local furniture maker as unreliable, likely to vary from specifications agreed for an order, not offering warranty and financing, and untimely with delivery," the researchers found.

"Based on the desirability of hire-purchase options, product warranty, guarantees to supply the volume ordered, to deliver on time, and the unfavourable perception of the market for the local industry on these selling features, focus must be placed on greater pre- and post-sales services that are enablers for the consumer at the decision making stage," said the researchers.

Businesses and householders agree that they prefer to visit showrooms to inform their purchasing decisions for furniture and wooden products. The Internet was identified as an important source of shopping information for businesses, three times as much as it is for households.

The researchers indicate that focus group feedback "suggests a pervasive impression that the local furniture maker is unreliable," although additional surveys contradict this.

"The conflicting impressions suggest a need for initiatives to push back negative perceptions in the market place that undermines acceptance of the local furniture maker," the researchers said.

The study shows that the most important features for household and businesses in furniture and wooden products are durability, type of material used and the finishing. As such, the researchers suggest that product development for the local industry must focus on those qualities to improve market competitiveness and consumer value.

In the survey, the researchers found that in terms of material, mahogany is the favourite choice for businesses, while households prefer cedar.

"Those who prefer wood tend to be willing to pay a higher price for their intended purchases than the market, generally. Leather, mahoe and pine fetch the highest reserve price," the researchers also found.

'The conflicting impressions suggest a need for initiatives to push back negative perceptions in the market place that undermines acceptance of the local furniture maker,' the researchers said.


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