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.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

DIY 'Louboutins': Just grab a brush and a can of red paint - New York Daily News

DIY 'Louboutins': Just grab a brush and a can of red paint - New York Daily News

Why pay hundreds of dollars when you can just grab a can of paint?

Thrifty women in the UK have taken to painting the soles of their shoes red in order to get the look of Christian Louboutin’s iconic pumps, which normally run from $700 to $2,000, without shelling out the big bucks.

Sales of bright red paint shades have skyrocketed across the pond, jumping 40 percent in the last year, according to The Telegraph.

“Many people tend to look at magazines to get the right paint color for walls and furniture, but we've noticed significant numbers of girls color-matching tester pots to pictures of designer shoes in fashion magazines,” Peter Rooney, manager of a London paint store told the newspaper.

Many paint sellers are both surprised and happy about the trend.

“Clearly paint is meant for decorating walls rather than shoes, so we are amazed at this new trend that has hit our stores,” Richard Johnson, a senior paint buyer for the UK chain Homebase, said.

Claire Stevenson of South London said she decided to pick up a paintbrush recently because she “felt the pressure to be fashionable” at her cousin’s wedding, but just didn’t have the cash.

“I received so many compliments at the wedding about my gorgeous shoes but I didn't have the heart to confess they were DIY (do-it-yourself) fakes,” the 24-year-old said. “It was such a success I plan on doing the same for another pair of heels."

The French designer came up with the colorful trademark for his brand in 1992 when he painted an assistant’s red nail polish on the sole of a shoe that he believed “lacked energy.”

British women aren’t the only ones jumping on the makeover trend.

A Manhattan cobbler has long been using red rubber to resole patrons’ Louboutins, according to the website Madison Avenue Spy.

The resoling at Andrade Shoe Repair on the Upper East Side costs from $22 to $32.

Louboutin has spent a great deal of energy fighting imitators of the red sole, including fellow French fashion house Yves Saint Laurent.

A U.S. district judge refused to stop YSL from selling women’s shoes with red soles last August.


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