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.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Pablo Picasso Painting Vandalized at Houston Museum - ABC News

Pablo Picasso Painting Vandalized at Houston Museum - ABC News
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Police are using security and cellphone video to locate a man who vandalized Pablo Picasso’s famous painting, “Woman in a Red Armchair,” at a museum in Houston.

A fellow museum patron’s cellphone camera caught the moment when a man at Houston’s Menil Collection, which hosts nine Picassos, vandalized the 1929 painting. The painting was doused with gold spray paint in the image of a bull and the word “conquista,” according to police, who said the vandal then fled.

“I’m shocked that he just did it, and unabashedly just ran up and did it,” teacher Isaias Torres said .

Museum officials say the crime occurred last week.

The museum staff houses a conservation lab on site and workers are racing to clean the painting. Museum spokesman Vance Muse told the Houston Chronicle that “repair work began immediately” and that the painting “has an excellent prognosis.”

Art collector Matthew Hewitt said, “It’s excellent that it can be repaired for historic reasons, it’s excellent that it can be repaired, for the respect of Houston, for the defamation of any kind of historical art, and the name of Picasso.”

The museum was unable to estimate the painting’s worth, but similar Picassos have sold for tens of millions of dollars. No arrests have been made.

Anyone who witnessed the attack or has information is asked to call (713) 308-0900.


1-800-GOT-JUNK? Founder Plots Takeover of Painting Industry - Yahoo Finance

New one day painting company is offering free house painting for life to help drive franchise sales in North America

VANCOUVER, June 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Brian Scudamore, Founder & CEO of 1-800-GOT-JUNK? was so impressed by the company he hired to paint his house in the summer of 2010 that he decided to buy the company. Rebranded as 1-888-WOW-1DAY! Painting, they already have a strong foothold in 16 major metros including Miami, Seattle, Kansas City and Toronto. To help hit their goal of 50 franchises by the end of 2012, they've launched a contest offering to paint your home for free, for life, in exchange for an accepted franchise referral in North America.

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"It's becoming increasingly important to come up with creative, out of the box strategies to help drive growth. We're giving away a lifetime of free house painting, a unique and fun idea that will help us increase franchise sales in North America. Entering is easy; just visit our website and follow the prompts. If your referral goes through our process and is approved, we'll paint your home for the rest of your life!" explains Scudamore, co-founder & CEO of 1-888-WOW-1DAY! Painting. Full details of the contest can be found by going to

Scudamore co-founded 1-888-WOW-1DAY! Painting with Jim Bodden who came up with the concept in 2008. Bodden had been operating under the name One Day Painting and was experiencing great local market success. It was his meeting with the 1-800-GOT-JUNK? Founder that took his company to the next level. One of the determining factors in Bodden's decision to form the partnership was the vision that 1-888-WOW-1DAY! Painting would become Scudamore's next $100 million brand.

"1-800-GOT-JUNK? brought professionalism and a national brand to the once mom and pop junk removal industry. We're doing the same thing with painting by guaranteeing one day completion by professional uniformed painters who don't compromise on quality," says Scudamore. "By leveraging the infrastructure, knowledge and systems of 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, we've been able to experience rapid growth from year one. It will be initiatives like giving away free house painting which will turn 1-888-WOW-1DAY! Painting into a household name"

About 1-888-WOW-1DAY! Painting
1-888-WOW-1DAY! Painting prides itself on providing the quality you expect in a timeline that's unexpected. We specialize in both interior & exterior paint jobs, offering a one-day guarantee for each project. Each painting job is completed by a team of uniformed professionals who use environmentally-friendly paint ensuring that no harsh odors or fumes are left behind. Our state-of-the-art call center and online booking service ensures that your experience leaves you with a genuine sense of WOW! For additional information call 1-888-WOW-1DAY! (1-888-969-1329) or visit us online at


Vandalism of Picasso painting caught on camera - Daily Telegraph

Officials say that the vandalism happened on June 13 at the Menil Collection, in Houston, where the painting is one of nine Picassos.


Brandenberry Amish Furniture Debuts New Sofa Servers - YAHOO!

Brandenberry Amish Furniture offers a wide selection of practical solid wood furniture, including sturdy sofa servers.

Shipshewana, IN (PRWEB) June 19, 2012

Brandenberry Amish Furniture, located in Northern Indiana’s Amish country, recently added sofa servers to their solid wood furniture selection. Sofa servers, also known as tray tables or portable tables, are commonly used as a portable dining table, work space, book or magazine holder, or laptop computer platform.

Brandenberry’s sofa servers are built at an optimum size (26 ¾ H) to allow space for seating at a chair, sofa or recliner. Brandenberry client service representative Alice notes the versatility of the sofa servers stating, "The sofa servers are great for holding drinks or food by the sofa, are small enough to fit comfortably between people, and come with an optional drawer which makes them great for iPad and Kindle storage." Sturdy construction, a rich wood finish and custom options (including wood species, wood slat and design choices), make each of Brandenberry’s sofa servers dynamic furnishings great for home use.

Brandenberry’s furniture is crafted by Midwestern Amish artisans using regional hardwoods and traditional woodworking methods. This detailed craftsmanship results in pieces that are durable and beautiful. The sofa servers are crafted in two iconic Amish styles: Mission and Traditional. The simple styles reveal the practical, timeless appeal of Amish-crafted furniture.

About Brandenberry Amish Furniture:

LeRoy and Ida Weaver established their first Amish furniture store in 1989 in Shipshewana, Indiana, before opening Brandenberry Amish Furniture in 2008. They maintain two family-owned and operated businesses offering a full line of solid wood, Amish Furniture at affordable prices. In addition to providing a wide selection of home furniture, Brandenberry Amish Furniture offers a range of services, including layaway and delivery options, custom furniture design consultation, price quotes and exclusive sales.

Marty Weaver
Brandenberry Amish Furniture
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Furniture Brands International Extends Stockholder Rights Plan -

ST. LOUIS, June 19, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Furniture Brands International (NYSE:FBN) today announced that its Board of Directors amended and restated its stockholder rights plan to extend the expiration date from July 30, 2012 to June 18, 2015, and to effect other changes intended to update the existing plan.

The stockholder rights plan, first implemented in 2009 and approved by Furniture Brands' stockholders in 2010, was adopted by the Board in order to preserve the value of significant tax assets associated with the company's net operating loss carry forwards and certain other tax benefits under Section 382 of the Internal Revenue Code and to protect stockholders against potential acquirers who may pursue coercive or unfair tactics aimed at gaining control of the company without paying a full and fair price to all stockholders. The company intends to seek stockholder approval of the amended and restated rights plan at its next annual meeting.

Furniture Brands reported net deferred tax assets attributable to federal and state net operating loss carry forwards totaling approximately $101.4 million as of March 31, 2012. The company's ability to realize these tax assets would be substantially limited by Section 382 if an "ownership change" occurred -- generally, a greater than 50-percentage point change in ownership of stock by stockholders owning (or deemed to own under Section 382) five percent or more of a corporation's stock over a three-year period of time. The stockholder rights plan is intended to reduce the likelihood of an "ownership change" occurring as a result of the buying and selling of Furniture Brands common stock, and as a result, preserve the value of the tax assets.

Subject to certain exceptions described in the rights plan, any stockholder or group that acquires beneficial ownership of 4.75 percent or more of Furniture Brands' outstanding stock without the approval of the company's board of directors would be subject to significant dilution in its holdings. The 4.75 percent threshold is intended to reduce the likelihood that a stockholder will inadvertently become a "five-percent stockholder" under Section 382 by providing that there are a sufficient number of shares that a stockholder may inadvertently acquire after triggering the rights plan, but before acquiring five percent or more of the company's stock. In addition, at its discretion, the Board of Directors may exempt certain transactions and certain persons whose acquisition of securities is determined by the Board not to jeopardize the Company's net operating losses and whose holdings following such acquisition will not equal or exceed 20 percent of the company's outstanding common stock. The 20 percent threshold is meant to deter any attempt to obtain control of the company in a manner or on terms that are not in the best interests of the company and all stockholders.

Additional information regarding the Board of Directors' actions will be provided in a Current Report on Form 8-K and in a Registration Statement on Form 8-A/A which Furniture Brands will file with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

About Furniture Brands

Furniture Brands International, Inc. (NYSE:FBN) is a world leader in designing, manufacturing, sourcing and retailing home furnishings. Furniture Brands markets products through a wide range of channels, including company owned Thomasville retail stores and through interior designers, multi-line/independent retailers and mass merchant stores. Furniture Brands serves its customers through some of the best known and most respected brands in the furniture industry, including Broyhill, Lane, Thomasville, Drexel Heritage, Henredon, Pearson, Hickory Chair, Lane Venture, and Maitland-Smith. To learn more about the company, visit:

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