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.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

JBDC offers loans, technical support to feeble furniture industry - Jamaica Gleaner

JBDC offers loans, technical support to feeble furniture industry - Jamaica Gleaner

Avia Collinder, Business Writer

The Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) said Thursday that it has funds available to lend furniture manufacturers who can borrow up to J$5 million under a government-backed scheme.

The funds are available at 10 per cent to procure material and equipment. Repayment is in four years.

Financing is one plank of a push by the JBDC to improve productivity among local producers who are faced with competition from imported furniture worth J$15 billion.

The JBDC programme, called Furniture Jamaica, includes business-development training and the creation of a resource portal for information and marketing.

Paul Chin, credit manager, said the JBDC accepts equipment purchased as collateral and is also willing to use receivables from contracted jobs as security for the money borrowed.

Projects financed would be scrutinised for "viability and sustainability", Chin said at Thursday's furniture and wood products seminar staged by the JBDC in Kingston.

The sector - which has failed to deliver consistent quality and volume of products to the market thereby opening up room for imports - incorporates about 330 furniture producers who employ over 600 workers. Ninety-nine per cent of the manufacturers are male.

A supply-side survey covering manufacturers, sawmills, furniture and appliance traders, and other stakeholders, titled 'The Furniture and Wooden Products Study, 2011', indicates that productivity levels are markedly low in the industry.

The majority - 65.8 per cent, or 219 manufacturers - report low demand for their products, with another 5.9 per cent reporting no demand

Just over-one quarter, or 26.5 per cent, reported high demand.

Wooden furniture such as dressers, beds, bed heads, chairs, chests of drawers, cupboards, tables, dining tables, doors, kitchen cupboards, and wardrobes were said to be the items produced most regularly.

The majority, the summary of the survey indicates, report the average number of pieces manufactured per quarter as somewhere between zero and 10.

Approximately 40 per cent of those surveyed have vocational certification; however, about one-third of the manufacturers said that they were unable to design products and relied on others to do so.

Raw-materials sourcing was not identified as a problem by manufacturers, although some cited seasonal difficulties in sourcing some wood varieties.

The JBDC has targeted 100 producers for training and has also created an online resource portal which features design trends, technical standards, production processes and equipment, and market opportunities. It also includes a database of manufacturers.

The website provides a GIS industry map produced by Mona GeoInformatics Institute, which locates each producer, revealing name, product and telephone contact with a click.

Consultant Marie Casserly said the resource centre website would soon offer webinars for producers who are unable to leave their place of work. The site is accessible at all JBDC offices nationwide for those furniture producers without a computer.

The supply-side study revealed that use of technology was low among producers, with 90.4 per cent using manual production methods. Only 4.6 per cent used computers. Additionally, the majority, 63.5 per cent, had no member of staff trained to assist with the manufacturing process.

In workshops since September 2011, eight persons have been trained by the JBDC in computer-aided design using Turbocad, as well as general furniture design.


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