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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.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Can anyone throw some light on why these costly art projects stay unlit? - Belfast Telegraph

Can anyone throw some light on why these costly art projects stay unlit? - Belfast Telegraph

Three separate public art installations costing almost 1m in Londonderry have malfunctioned over the past two years, it has emerged.

One of the three installations is Ireland's largest public art project and is still not working a year after it was launched. The 800,000 Mute Meadow project is one of a trio of major public art pieces involving illuminations along the banks of the River Foyle which are no longer operational. Questions are being asked about why the public has been literally left in the dark over what is going on with the projects.

Derry's regeneration company Ilex has joint responsibility with Derry City Council and the Arts Council for the Mute Meadow at Ebrington.

Ilex has confirmed the project been plagued by problems over the past year involving power fluctuations affecting software which runs the artwork.

Derry City Council meanwhile has responsibility with Sustrans for maintaining the 2005 Third Bridge project, situated on dual sites at Prehen and Foyle Road.

It was unclear yesterday how much had been spent on the artwork.

The local authority also went into partnership with the Western Health Trust for the 26,000 Gransha Beacon project which was twinned with a second light installation at Tower Museum.

Both of the latter — also installed in 2005 — were supposed to light up the night sky.

The Gransha beacon has now been broken for two years.

Ilex director of communications Mo Durkan said all three bodies involved with Mute Meadow were working together to sort out the issues.

Ilex said they could not give a date for when the project will be fully functioning but said they hoped to have it up and running “way before 2013” and Derry’s City of Culture year.

A spokeswoman for Derry City Council meanwhile said that they and the Western Trust have been trying to address the issues at Gransha and the Tower Museum since April and hope to have the installations fully reinstated by 2013.

She also confirmed that work was being done to fix the Third Bridge project, funded by the Department Culture Arts and Leisure, by the end of this week.

Mute meadows

Mute Meadows was to be a defining literal and metaphorical stake in the ground showing Derry as a world-class city.

The mammoth lighting project was launched amid much fanfare a year ago during the Peace Bridge opening celebrations. Within days, however, the lights had gone out.

Its 40 pairs of steel columns slope down from the former parade ground at Ebrington to the banks of the River Foyle.

The 800,000 artwork’s columns range in height from six to 10 metres and are supposed to light up in colours based on the stained glass windows at the Guildhall. It was created by Turner Prize nominee Vong Phaophanit and Claire Oboussier.

The third bridge

Artist Noah Rose developed the artwork along a new cycle and pathway route stretching from Prehen on the east bank of the Foyle across the Craigavon Bridge and over to the Foyle Road area in the west.

The art work is in two halves sited on opposite river banks. Two viewing structures made from a 120-year-old disused railway foot-bridge are symbolically cut in half.

At night the empty span is connected by a laser light of virtual colours, a virtual bridge to symbolise the uniting of divided halves. The project, installed in 2005, was supported by Derry County Council, Arts Council Northern Ireland, National Lottery Award, Department of Culture Arts and Leisure (Creativity Seed Fund), and Education for Mutual Understanding.

The gransha light beacon

The Gransha Light Beacon was installed in the grounds of Gransha overlooking the River Foyle at the end of October 2005.

It was meant to symbolically link the two sides of the city.

The project was twinned with another light installation on the roof of the Tower Museum in the city centre. A pathway bordered by plants and shrubs was meant to guide visitors to the beacon at Gransha.


Art attack’ transforms a rundown subway walk (From The Bolton News) - The Bolton News

‘Art attack’ transforms a rundown subway walk

MUMS, kids and volunteers launched an art attack in a run-down subway.

About 20 pupils from Kearsley Academy joined forces with three artists to cover the walls of the dis- mal subway under the Kearsley roundabout with a colourful mural for the community to enjoy.

Plans to spruce up the area began in February when a group of mums got fed up of walking past the graffiti-covered walls everyday on the school run.

Together the six women formed the Kearsley and Farnworth Vision Group and started the sub- way project with Kearsley Acade- my.

Sharon Tonge, chairman of the group, said: “Everyone has loved doing it and we’ve had so many people comment on how much bet- ter it looks now.

“It’s more brilliant than I could have imagined.

“The kids have absolutely loved painting it with the artists, and the girls from Asda who came down to help for the day were great, too.”

Sharon, aged 41, hopes to tackle the roundabout’s second walkway with primary school pupils from Kearsley West and Spindle Point for their next project. Pupils from Kearsley Academy’s school coun- cil worked in teams to brainstorm ideas for the mural before finalis- ing their choice of designs last week.

The artwork focused on giving out “positive and inspiring” mes- sages to the community who use the subway.

Offenders from the community payback scheme also helped clean up the walkway, working for 35 hours to scrub off the anti-vandal paint.

Dave Bowyer, who manages the community payback teams for the Greater Manchester Probation Trust (GMPT), said: “I am delight- ed that teams of offenders rigor- ously supervised by GMPT have completed this project and have, in a very real way, paid back to the community against which they offended.”

Tracy Fenton and her team of artists from Bolton’s ArtFantastic organisation outlined the artwork before the pupils set to work with their paintbrushes.

Tracy said:”It’s a piece of public artwork and the feedback has been absolutely overwhelming.

“People have said that the posi- tive message and colours of the mural makes them feel safer when they’re walking through the sub- way.”


wild one says...
3:23pm Sat 16 Jun 12

Is this the same subway thats just had thousands spent doing it up....still its farnworth after all, cant polish a turd wild one


Gas Plant antique arcade revamps with retro retail a la 'Mad Men' - St. Petersburg Times


The sign out front still touts it has "over 100 fine dealers," but the Gas Plant Antique Arcade, one of the first and best known antique malls in the area, has streamlined its retail offerings.

The first floor of the four-story pink building at 1246 Central Ave. still has antiques, but they all belong to one company, Pinkee's Antiques & Collectibles. The second floor now houses Audio Retro Lounge, a vintage audio equipment dealer, and Planet Retro, a vintage toy and record retailer.

Furnish Me Vintage, which could double as the set of Mad Men, occupies 7,000 square feet on the third floor, selling mid-century furniture and accessories. Modern used furniture may soon be sold on the fourth floor.

"We still get some of the old Gas Plant customers. It's 50-50 between people who want to see all their old antiques and others who say 'Oh, this is awesome what you did with this space,' " said Jackie Williams, who owns Furnish Me Vintage with her husband, Todd Wilson. They have become a destination for people from Tampa Bay, Jacksonville, Orlando and beyond looking for the clean lines of Danish and mid-century furniture, including stair-step end tables, bar cabinets, velvet sofas and egg chairs. Though the deflated housing boom has hurt the furniture business, the AMC hit about life in the advertising world of New York City in the 1960s has spurred interest in mid-century finds.

"The majority of our customers are Mad Men fans," Williams said. "I'll get messages on Facebook that say 'I saw this piece you have on Mad Men last night.' "

Luigi Defabrizio, who bought the 86-year-old Gas Plant building in 2010 for $650,000, said he wanted to be a landlord and not the manager of an antique mall overseeing dozens of dealers, so he thought it was time for a change in the building. He decided to lease each floor to one tenant.

"With (the antique mall) you have to track their inventory. You have to have your employees there to run their stuff through," said Defabrizio, who owns several other buildings on Central Avenue. "This way you eliminate all that management and you have people tracking their own inventory and their own space."

But for those shoppers who still love to browse through multiple dealers' ever-changing offerings, Antique Galleries at 450 34th St. N now houses some of the vendors who left Gas Plant. Co-owner Tom Larson, who was at Gas Plant for 15 years, bought the former Sun Bank building shortly after Gas Plant changed hands. His 16,000-square-foot store houses almost 90 dealers selling antique, shabby chic, contemporary and designer furniture along with home decor accessories.

"I don't want everybody with the same thing because then nobody will sell enough for it to be worthwhile for them. We try to make it interesting for the customers," he said. About 40 percent of his sales are to outside dealers who sell in the Carolinas, Miami, Sarasota and elsewhere.

Back at the Gas Plant, Pinkee's Antiques is a new store born of a Craigslist ad. Lisa Ragone and Kitt Fadgen of Palm Harbor were looking for a business to open. They saw a Gas Plant dealer selling a whole floor of inventory and decided to buy it and lease the first floor.

Sales have been up and down since opening May 1, but they are hopeful. Just arranging and staging the inventory and cleaning up the space has boosted sales.

"We went through three vacuum cleaners in one month," Ragone said, laughing. "People walk in here and say, 'Wow. It looks great.' '' The women are adding to the mix by buying estates and taking items on consignment.

The next floor up, Planet Retro sells everything from the original limbless Fisher Price people for $2 each to a Japanese vinyl Godzilla figure for hundreds of dollars.

"I grew up in the '70s watching Creature Feature with Dr. Paul Bearer every Saturday afternoon," said store owner Rob Sexton, who recently set up shop. "People are happy to see something in here besides tea sets and glass."

Defabrizio, who bought the Gas Plant from the Lew family, which had owned it since the 1940s, plans to put contemporary used furniture on the fourth floor. When asked if he ultimately would sell the building for other commercial or residential development along Central Avenue, Defabrizio said that's not his plan now. Ultimately he'd like to bring in lighting, rugs, fabrics, and other home decor and furnishings and make the Gas Plant somewhat of a design center.

Katherine Snow Smith can be reached at (727) 893-8785 or


Tiffany American Silver Masterpiece Finally For Sale at Nelson and Nelson Antiques at 30% Discount - PRLog (free press release)
PRLog (Press Release) - Jun 16, 2012 -
For instance, this impressive Tiffany and Co. Antique American Sterling Silver Vase designed in the figural Clover Pattern and features a beautiful “lapover” border of clovers clusters, a repousse motif of clover buds and three leaf clovers around the body of the vase and an applied border of clover buds and three leaf clovers encircling the base the vase.

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Made by Tiffany & Co. Makers, New York, New York, circa 1902. Fully Hallmarked. 50 Troy Ounces.

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At Nelson & Nelson we strive to maintain the most interesting pieces of sterling silver from the 19th century thru the mid part of the 20th century. All of our items have been carefully hand cleaned and polished by the same silversmith for over 30 years. All items purchases on the web site have a full guarantee as to authenticity and age. If you receive an item and are not satisfied for any reason simply return for a full refund on your credit card. If you have any questions please contact me personally by phone or email. Steve Nelson

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