Thursday, March 6, 2008

do your own thing


thats a 60s idea....and the core of a lot of the fun adventurous customers who come see us...they have their own ideas and i try to just have a lot for them to pick from....a lot of props for their lifestyle you might say...
if that full size purdue mailbox works in their plan im happy....and i would love to see their plan....
jon brought home 4 or 5 victorian caskets once... they were awful to see for some and the buyers felt lucky to find them....2 went to a halloween fanatic and the others to a mortician with a love for antiques....
collectors are so interesting...if a guy spends 20 yrs studying a field now he has some deep info!!!. and its funny how the button collectors cant see the beauty of manly tools and the tool guys might think majolica looked like made in japan junk........ my antique education has come from listening to the real hands on collectors..
the person who taught me a lot about quilts remembers back when she bought great ones from furniture guys using them for packing blankets....
one old guy, a favorite dealer/ friend , dealt in early handmade furniture and accessories... ,he drew the line at 1850....to him everything after that was junk...he couldnt imagine why i was out there buying oak.....
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my own thing is so important to me and no one else, but i dont care.......but i couldnt possibly stand the wrong piece .... putting a made in japan figurine next to my staffordshire would make me gag.... a fake currier and ives on my wall would not happen.....i like what i like...... i couldnt deal with ikea furniture or particle board or 50s furniture, not even in my messy garage... ...i want real furniture with some age and built out of real wood...
and i have a dear sister who couldnt care less..she has a nice house and could buy about anything ..... .. her own thing is something else entirely....luckily i dont have many customers like her.... my customers mainly are like me...they like stuff!!!! arranging it, changing it, adding to it ,, working on it, getting better stuff ...etc etc...its a big fun part of life...

1 comment:

Kris said...

I regularly read and enjoy your blog. You made me laugh and rember when we were working on our barn (which was built in 1906) and couldn't get the nails out of the wood, the old timers told us it was because all the old barns were made from "green oak" (which naturally shrunk around the nails! Maybe that's why I enjoy your comments so much!

Kris
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