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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.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Rodney King Found Dead In California Home - MTV

Rodney King Found Dead In California Home - MTV

Rodney King, who will always be remembered as the man who set off a chain of events leading to the 1992 Los Angeles Riots, was found dead in his California home on Sunday at the age of 47. Although King's own foray into music was short-lived, his unfortunate experience resonated across the country and clearly affected the content of legendary hip-hop albums like Ice Cube's The Predator.

King was brutally beaten during a 1991 traffic stop in Los Angeles, during which he was struck more than 50 times by four white officers, who were later accused of using racial slurs during the attack. Footage of the incident eventually made its way to TV, sparking public outcry. The controversial outcome of the trial led to a series of deadly riots and looting in the city that claimed 50 lives and cost approximately $1 billion in damages.

According to CNN, King was found dead on Sunday morning, after his fiancée Cynthia Kelly placed a 911 call to the Rialto, California, police at approximately 5:25 a.m. When officers arrived at the scene, King's body was at the bottom of a pool; he was confirmed dead at a nearby hospital.

Captain Randy DeAnda told reporters that police would investigate the crime as a drowning, and added that there were no obvious signs of foul play at the scene or suspicious injuries to the victim's body. "His fiancée heard him in the rear yard," DeAnda said describing the events before Kelly placed the 911 call. (Kelly met King while serving as a juror in his 1994 lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles.)

Even after the L.A. riots had ended, King's beating continued to send shockwaves across the nation, thanks to the clear picture of the racially motivated police brutality that captured in the taped footage. In 1993, the accused officers stood trial, this time in federal court, and two were sentenced to 30 months in prison, while two other were acquitted. King, who brought his own lawsuit against the city, received $3.8 million in damages.

Strangely enough, in 2011 was King was ticketed for a minor traffic violation on the 20th anniversary of the beating. Besides that, the Californian also attempted to pursue a career in music, using some of his settlement money to launch it. Four years ago, King appeared on VH1's "Celebrity Rehab," where he was open about his battle with alcohol.

The impact of King's beating on the state of race in America can be heard across classic hip-hop albums like Ice Cube's The Predator and Dr. Dre's The Chronic, which captured the racial tension in Los Angeles at the time. On his single, "Who Got the Camera?" Cude made direct reference to the beating, by telling a realistic story of being assaulted by the police after being pulled over.

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Antique car show returns to Negaunee Township -

The popular "Iron, Steel and the Automobile" antique car show is returning to the Michigan Iron Industry Museum in the Upper Peninsula.

Sunday's event in Negaunee Township features dozens of automobiles and light trucks dating from 1909 through 1969, in addition to a presentation by Ford Motor Company corporate historian Robert C. Kreipke.

The 23rd annual antique automobile exhibit will commemorate the historic link between Michigan's iron, steel and automotive industries, which has been a defining feature of the state for more than 110 years.

Michigan Historical Center historian Troy Henderson says in a release the event is a "unique way for car and history buffs to spend Father's Day."

Museum admission is free, with a suggested parking donation of $3 per vehicle to attend the car show.


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


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