Another turn or two on the carousel of life, and here I am again!
We're always getting in additional antiques into the shop, and I'm determined not to increase the floor space. So, that means that I have to continually be more innovative in arranging and place displays in a finite space. Height and layers (shelves) seem to work best.
BTW, I have a 'partner' now! Think "antique pickers" here. A friend I've know for some time, Jimmy Heffernan, has supported himself all of his adult life buying and re-selling antiques to dealers. Now that the larger antique centers are becoming fewer and fewer, he's had to locate more and more individual antique dealers to purchase his finds. That meant a lot of traveling for him. One day, over a few slices of pizza, we looked up at the light bulb in the air! Jimmy, how about you buy antiques real well, we split the purchase cost, you bring time to me and I'll do the merchandising/selling and we split the profits!
A slight problem, though. Jimmy can buy items quicker than I can process them. However, the cost of what he buys is incredibly low, so I can't possibly refuse them. What does he acquire, you ask? A lot of ordinary items, such as furniture, dishes, and glassware. Usual things like 19th c lawn chairs, Vietnamese storage vessels, Victorian bed covers, dowry chests, stack bookcases, luggage, older designer wear, sterling, paintings, chandeliers, fireplace mantles, Steuben, Baccarat, Waterford, Lalique, Sabino, Lladro. Unusual items such as advertising collectibles, large and small - Gulf, Texaco, Lion, Shell, Amoco, Sun Oil - paper, glass, wood, metal and lighted!
Costume jewelry - man, don't get me started on that! "Mark", he says, "I've paid a $1,000 for some boxes of old costume jewelry - must be 10,000 pieces!" The 'boxes" wouldn't fit in my Jeep - we had to use Annis' Jeep for the overflow. Trust me, there must be 20,000 - 30,000 pieces! And yes, priced to sell.
BLOG READER SPECIAL: Mention "blog costume jewelry" when you visit me at the shop, and your choice of whatever costume jewelry you select will be HALF-PRICE to you!!
A mention to the blog readers: Annis has recovered well and completely from the cancer surgery. No radiation and no chemotherapy!
We have an always increasing and varied inventory of ivory and linens for your browsing pleasure. With the alliance with Jimmy, we now offer furniture - mainly single pieces rather than matched sets. Think side tables, lamps, trunks, desks, wagon wheels, huge baskets, baby buggies, framed art work (paintings, engravings, prints, watercolors), etegeres, dental chairs - and even a motorized cart used in Houston Shriners Parades (advertising Coca-Cola) from the '50s-60's! Mid-century furniture and collectibles. Quilts, tablecloths, napkins, lace, sewing collectibles. Dress forms, rifles, knives, cigarette lighters, straight razors, gun cabinets, sports programs, photographs, postcards, militaria, monogrammed handkerchiefs, jade carvings, oriental jewelry, pearl jewelry, turquoise jewelry, rosaries, bibles - yeah, this does sound like an ad - a deliberate effort to get the words spidered by Google! Who can blame me - have to advertise go get business, and the website and rent isn't free!
One thing I've forgotten to mention - you don't have to come to Antiques Houston, and the Thompson Antique Center to buy (although that would be appreciated!) - come on by just to the see 'new' old stuff, re-acquaint yourself - and of course, meet Mark, Andrew and Annis ....
Take care, friends ... not intending to be maudlin, but life is to be enjoyed!