Buying and Selling Antiques of all Kinds!

I have been an antique dealer for more than 25 years! I have thoroughly enjoyed hunting for eclectic finds at tag and estate sales, auctions and buying from individuals looking to downsize. I believe in the green movement, that is re-purposing old things and bringing them back to use. The purpose of this blog is to share my journey into the world of antiques...from the beginning to the end sale and every point in between!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Homemade Bloody Mary Recipe...done the Wisconsin way!

Wisconsinites are known to love their Bloody Marys!  They do them up right with a beer chaser and often times outrageous garnishes!

There are lots of bottled Bloody Mary mixes, many are quite good, but many also contain lots of we found the perfect homemade recipe!!  You can adjust the level of spiciness by how much Tabasco you add or maybe even try adding a bit of horseradish!

10 oz. Vodka
2  oz  Worcestershire Sauce
2  oz  Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
8 drops + Tabasco
1 48 oz Can or Bottle of V8 Juice
Salt, Pepper and Celery Salt to taste.

Add the first 4 ingredients to a 2 cup measuring cup...easy peasy!  In a large pitcher, add all ingredients together and stir!

Assemble your choice of outrageous garnishes on a long skewer, add ice to large glass.  Pour the mix over ice, add a straw and enjoy!  Don't forget the beer chaser!!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Why I love Vintage Cookbooks!!

I confess, I'm obsessed with vintage cookbooks!  Especially the ones with great photos!  I have amassed quite a collection of all kinds and ages.  Its fun to follow the history of cooking...people used what they had on hand, cooking for large families or groups, traditions amongst ethnic groups, etc.
Above is an example of one of my favorite cookbooks!  Why, you say?  It was passed down from my mom, and I have fond memories of her using some of the recipes!  The book dates back to 1974, a time in my parent's life that they loved to entertain and experiment with new flavors.  A time when Julia Child's french cuisine was popular!

A few nights ago, I thought I'd make one of my favorites!  10 Minute Sukiyaki!  As you can see from the recipe...its been made a lot!!  I checked the ingredient list, and to my dismay...the pantry was missing mushrooms...oh well...grab a glass of wine and improvise!!
I added a few more fresh vegetables in substitution, and didn't even notice the lack of mushrooms!
Recipe also instructs to use an electric...once again I took liberties and used a stove top wok!
Served with brown rice, the final product was amazing!!
So don't pass up those vintage cookbooks...they not only hold recipes that stand today, but also rekindle happy memories and give us glimpses into the past!! 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Stop and Look at Sunflowers!

For those of you that follow my Facebook page , you may have noticed my latest obsession with sunflowers!  Maybe because summer is coming to an end, or just their inherent beauty, or possibly because that a rummage sale flower pot turned into a surprise crop of sunflowers, I have fell in love with sunflowers!  And each day, as I check on my driveway crop, to see how many have opened or how many are going to seed, I started contemplating many things.

How can something so pretty, grow from just a small seed? Why are sunflowers yellow?  How is it determined how many petals are on the flower?   These questions that come to mind, don't require great thought, just a small amount of my time to think about them, to enjoy them.  It made me realize, that sunflowers grow whether we see them or not.  Everyday, nature puts on a show with or without an audience.  It surely doesn't take much time to notice or enjoy it and it surely makes the start to the day all that more enjoyable. 

So my thought for you today...take the time to find your sunflower, or gift of nature that calls to you, and enjoy is too short to just go through the motions and not appreciate the small things that provide us, free of charge with simple pleasure!  Its worth it!!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Where's the best place to sell an antique?

Now that I'm an antique appraiser as well as an antique dealer, I'm often approached by people looking to sell antiques.  Someone may be downsizing a household in preparation for moving, helping a family member sell a collection, or just looking for some extra cash!  There are many wonderful avenues for selling antiques, and I would like to take sometime to explain the various options.

If you have all the time in the world, obviously you can be a bit more selective in your options.  Logic would tell you, that if you can sell to the final owner, you will make more money.  So how do you find that final owner? 
Today's blog entry will focus on:

1.  Selling on Craig's List:

Craig Newmark began the service in 1995 as an email distribution list to friends, featuring local events in the San Francisco Bay Area, before becoming a web-based service in 1996 and expanding into other classified categories. It started expanding to other U.S. cities in 2000, and currently covers 50 countries.

Many larger communities have Craig's List Hubs, and you can find just about anything for sale!

+ for selling on Craig's List:
-Relatively Easy
-No Fees
-Minimal Computer experience needed
-Large Local Audience to see your items
-Don't have to ship, can arrange pick up of items
-Able to negotiate the best price and don't have to sell if offer is too low!

- for selling on Craig's List:
Where there's a positive, there's always a negative!

-You have to be careful when selling...there are more and more scammers and frauds out there!
-Some effort is needed to have a successful listing...research for pricing, photographs are a must as is an accurate description
-You have to be willing to meet your prospective buyer and this can mean dealing with disappointment when they don't show does happen!

The internet is full of tips and techniques for selling on Craig's is one such link!
Craig's List Tips

Next Blog Entry...selling on ebay!

Monday, September 16, 2013

My First Decoupage Project!

 I found this great table at a tag sale...the top was in poor condition, but I loved the carvings on the legs!  What could I do to fix it!  Just painting solid black, just seemed to I saw a jar of Mod Podge at my local craft store and thought...let's give it a try!

1)  Painted the top black, let dry.
2)  Found a cool old piece of sheet music that was missing pages anyway, thought the colors would really pop!
3)  Applied Mod Podge to table and back of music, centered on table top.  Used straight edge to smooth out bubbles.  Let dry!
4)  Applied several coats of Mod Podge to top surface, being careful with consistent brush strokes, letting dry between coats...and I did sand a bit between coats as well.  (This is an important step to give a smooth finish)
5)  Final coat was a glossy Polyurethane, as Mod Podge is not water resistant!  (Also an important step)
6)  Wallah!  Not bad for first attempt!  What do you think??

Monday, June 3, 2013

Woodruff Place Flea Market 2013

We had the privilege of attending the Woodruff Place Flea Market this past weekend!  I'm hooked!  This yearly event is held in a quaint neighborhood near downtown Indianapolis.  Strolling around this old neighborhood is worth the trip in itself.  Almost every house is different and all have such character. Home owners take pride in their homes and landscaping.  So many of the homes have large porches, and this was needed this weekend, as rain almost dampened their parade on Saturday, with early morning showers.  But the covered porches, gave a needed escape from the drizzles and protected the treasures that abounded!  Live music and food vendors added to this well organized event!

Our favorite vendors were the ones that had architectural elements, and of course we loaded up our car with goodies!  But had to make room for the puppies that made the trip with us!

Crosby and Conner, 9 week old puppies, loved all the attention they received from new found 2 and 4 legged friends.  Fellow flea market attendees, helped the puppies learn important new skills that will help them become good canine citizens! 

We loved some creative ideas we found at the market as well!  Pictured below are 2 examples.

 So after 2 great days, we decided this is an event we don't want to miss!  If you are in the area, be sure to check it out next year!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Lovely Vintage Glassware

The glassware market offers great deals for buyers!  Vintage glassware not only looks pretty and makes any table setting look at bit more elegant, it is made to be used!  So, make a romantic dinner for your special someone and dress up the table with pretty candlesticks, fancy drink glasses or lovely serving dishes!

See some of my current ebay listings!  Lots of great deals to be found.
Cherirtoys Ebay Listings