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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.

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.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Leather Is In! Nantuckit Furniture Releases New Leather Furniture Styles - Yahoo Finance

Leather Is In! Nantuckit Furniture Releases New Leather Furniture Styles - Yahoo Finance

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Nantuckit Furniture Company LLC (, a US-based furniture retailer, has released 11 new leathers ( to keep up with the growing interest in quality leather furniture. These leathers are available to be used for dozens of different styles of sofas and chairs.

Nantuckit Furniture has seen a resurgence in demand for high-quality leather furniture. This was especially evident at this year's High Point Market in North Carolina, where numerous leather manufacturers were seeing increased demand.

Nantuckit Furniture is raising the bar in custom furniture. For those looking for the highest quality, custom furniture made in the United States, these new leathers will provide an excellent selection for those looking for the latest styles of 2012. The leathers are all top grain and of the highest quality.

Leather furniture is making a comeback for those looking for a classic look in their homes that will last for years to come. The traditional look is perfect for those wanting style in comfort and is particularly appropriate for mountain and vacation homes.

Nantuckit Furniture Company LLC is a leading online retailer of high-quality US produced custom furniture. Specializing in slipcovered ( and upholstered furniture, customers can choose exactly what style of furniture they want and have it custom made with their own fabric selections.

Brendan Conroy, Director of Public Relations
Nantuckit Furniture Company LLC

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Weaver Furniture Sales and Shipshewana Ready For Amish Furniture Shoppers and Summer Travelers - YAHOO!

The warm weather is bringing Amish furniture lovers from across the country to Shipshewana, Indiana.

Shipshewana, IN (PRWEB) June 12, 2012

As summer moves into full swing, the heat is on for travelers looking to discover deals and delectable dishes. Intrepid visitors from across the Midwest are making their way to the Amish town of Shipshewana, Indiana in search of a quality Amish furniture store and delicious foods. Shipshewana is ready for visitors and offers a variety of events and activities fit for the family.

Shipshewana Quilt Festival – For quilting enthusiasts, there is no bigger weekend than June 20-23. Featuring a nationally recognized speaker, a huge quilt and vendor show (including a quilting “schoolhouse” for beginning quilters) and plenty of activities, this event always draws big crowds.

Shipshewana Yard Sale – On July 13 at the Antique Gallery Lawn, check out Shipshewana’s community yard sale! Space is open for anyone to sell their items, and the antique gallery boasts 100 dealers and 31,000 sq. feet of gallery space with rare antiques.

Habitat for Humanity Auction – Interested in making a positive difference in the world? Come out to the Habitat for Humanity Auction on August 3. Bid on food, furniture, quilts, baked goods and other items and the proceeds will benefit the LaGrange County Habitat. For more information on how to volunteer with building projects or other ways to get involved, visit

Amish Furniture - As a member of the Shipshewana Retail Merchants Association, Weaver Furniture Sales is proud sponsor of local events (such as the Shipshewana May Fest) and keeps the doors open for all solid wood furniture buffs during the spring and summer months. Owner LeRoy Weaver welcomes visitors, stating, "We love welcoming new visitors to our town and making them feel at home." Discover a huge variety of solid wood home furniture here.

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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California: America’s Welfare Queen -
California: America’s Welfare Queen
Disregard for federal standards has inflated the state’s program.

By Nash Keune

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California is the nation’s welfare queen: The state accounts for one-third of America’s welfare recipients, though it only contains one-eighth of the population, and there’s no good reason for it.

Some of California’s welfare problem can be attributed to its particularly severe economic slump (California’s unemployment rate is 2.7 percentage points above the national average). But states in similar situations have significantly smaller caseloads; for example, Nevada, with the nation’s highest unemployment, at 11.7 percent, has a welfare-participation rate about one-quarter of California’s. In California, 3.8 percent of the population receives monthly welfare checks. In no other state is more than 3 percent of the population on the dole.


Some may assume that the illegal-immigrant population in California expands its welfare rolls. But in Texas, which also has a large illegal-immigrant population, less than one half of one percent of the population receives welfare.

The main reason that California is so dependent on welfare is its uniquely lax enforcement of the provisions of the 1996 welfare reforms. As part of the creation of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, the federal government put in place a set of regulations on welfare payments to help or encourage recipients to return to work, such as the five-year lifetime limit on benefits.

California, however, is one of nine states that don’t unconditionally enforce this supposedly nationwide provision. Even when adults do exhaust their welfare payments in California, under the Safety Net Program, the minors in their families continue to receive checks. Only three other states have similar policies. Unsurprisingly, three-fourths of California’s welfare recipients are 18 years old and younger.

A 2009 Public Policy Institute study showed that strengthening the enforcement mechanism by moving from “California’s current grant-reducing sanction to a policy of gradual or immediate grant elimination” for recipients who fail to comply with welfare’s work-participation requirements “would reduce California’s welfare caseload, substantially increase its work participation rate, and slightly reduce poverty among children with single mothers.” The effects of decreasing the time limit itself are harder to predict, but the study indicated that doing so would, at least, not harm welfare recipients to a measurable degree.

Efforts to reduce the size of monthly checks in order to cut costs have been, at best, a temporary solution for California. Work-participation rates continued to lag behind the rest of the country. By 2010, only 22 percent of welfare recipients met the minimum federal work requirements. In this case, the cost of the program is a cosmetic concern, concealing persistent structural problems.

It wasn’t until his 2007, 2008, and 2009 state budgets that then-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger proposed reforms to the most important provisions, regarding overall time limits and sanctions for not meeting requirements. At the end of his term, Schwarzenegger was successful in cutting the time limit to four years and imposing stricter sanctions, effective July 1, 2011. This year, Governor Jerry Brown has proposed to cut the time limit to two years. It remains to be seen whether or not Brown’s plan will pass, or whether it’s enforced even if it does become law. The mere fact that a Democratic governor proposed such reforms shows that his state’s economic reality is finally stark enough that it’s affecting political realities.

Brown’s plan will inevitably be called heartless, draconian Social Darwinism, even though the state technically passed a two-year time limit back in 1997 (lack of enforcement rendered it meaningless). If Brown’s proposal passes, the state will still need another round of reforms (such as the elimination of the Safety Net Program) for it to fall in line with the rest of the nation. Reforming a program as thorny as welfare can be difficult, but California need only follow existing federal standards to alleviate its problems.

— Nash Keune is a Thomas L. Rhodes Journalism Fellow at the Franklin Center.

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Sofa King boss will keep using ‘offensive’ slogan - Northampton Chronicle

A furniture retailer has vowed to continue using his cheeky strapline – despite being banned from using it in newspaper advertising.

Mark Kypta owns The Sofa King furniture superstore in Far Cotton, Northampton.

He coined the strapline “Where the prices are Sofa King low” when he launched the business ten years ago.

Mr Kypta has been using the slogan to promote his business since and it appears above The Sofa King showroom and on the firm’s delivery vans.

However, in August last year three readers complained to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) about an advert in the Northampton Herald & Post.

The advert used the expression: “Where the prices are Sofa King low”.

In its written judgement, the ASA ruled the advert could be interpreted as using a derivative of a swear word, was therefore “likely to cause serious or widespread offence” and banned it.

Mr Kypta, 42, appealed but despite being asked to reconsider its verdict by Sir Hayden Phillips, the Independent Adjudicator, the ASA will announce on Wednesday that it has upheld its earlier decision.

Father-of-one Mark said: “I don’t agree with the ASA’s decision. My lawyers don’t agree with and it would appear there was even a question in the mind of Sir Hayden Phillips, the Independent Adjudicator.

“But I haven’t got the time or the money to fight a bunch of bureaucrats and launch a second appeal via a judicial review. I want to put my energy into building a business by providing people all over the country with killer deals on sofas and other furniture.

“I will abide by the ASA ruling and I won’t rerun the advert. But I will never drop the slogan. It is a part of the business’s DNA and people love it. I have been overwhelmed by the support and good wishes I have received.”

In its latest ruling, the ASA changed the wording of its decision slightly. It said that when spoken or heard, the catchphrase sounded like a derivative of the swear word.


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