Monthly Archives: June 2015

21st Century Decorating Bohemian Style

What is Bohemian Style ? Bohemian style is all about creating warmth and interest.  It is a busy, cluttered style with a lot of interesting things going on.  There is a lot of freedom with this style and many room decorating ideas to choose from.
A Bohemian style home in the 21st Century is a place where creativity, individuality, and a wild mix of color and pattern meet in our modern environment.
Bohemian furniture is unique. bohotable Victorian sofas are great for bohemian decor, but you can also take a regular couch and throw on an elaborate tapestry.   Antique Malls and Vintage Markets are great for finding Bohemian furniture!

I have always decorated with a Bohemian Flare, I came of age in the 1970s. Decorating   with  ’70s chic,  Shag rugs, Macrame and Pyschedelic Fabrics.  Today’s Bohemian Style is updated with sleek modern lines and clean white walls as a back drop.


Altered Art Found Object Art

Everything old is new again. The practice of altering existing works of art goes back to the Middle Ages,  the monks would conserve their precious stocks of parchment by reusing old manuscripts, often incompletely obscuring what was there before.

Leonardo da Vinci was known to paint over his own works of art leaving portions of the first work visible..

The Victorians had a passion for making scrapbooks, they would paste newspaper and magazine cuttings, calling cards, greetings cards and other ephemera, sometimes altering an old school book, or novel using the pages for their scrapbook creations.  The early years of the 20th century saw a surge of creative expression that we now know as altered art really began to develop. Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol 2 famous artists  of ” Found Objects ”  Altered Art.. By altering the objects’ context, or their form we can modify their meaning and significance.

picassoPicasso’s Bulls Head from Bike Parts 1942

dali1933  Salvador Dalí’s Retrospective Bust of a Woman, 1933

ART2 Antique German Doll Heads, 21st Century Altered Jewelry Stands
ART10Antique Photographs transformed into 21st Century artbook Altered Art Journal .. always a fun project using existing journal notebooks.
plazasign Found Objects Art Sign by Sandy made for the Antique Plaza all objects were found inside the Antique Plaza Antique Mall

Curator or Collector

Just the other morning, my husband and I were watching one of the morning news programs, the word curator kept popping into the speakers conversation. Finally after about the 5th time hearing the word being implanted into every other sentence my hubs turned to me and asked ” isn’t a curator someone who works with collections in museums? I explained to him it was the new buzzword used for just about everyone today.

Curator ~ the keeper or custodian of a museum or other collection. Have you noticed the word ‘ curator ‘ it is now  used to describe anyone from ticket sellers, pop up markets to retail fashion shops. We don’t have collections anymore we curate.

Traditionally, a curator or keeper of a museum, library or archive. A curator is a content specialist responsible for an institution’s collections and involved with the interpretation of heritage material.

Seems today everyone is a curator, digital specialists, ticket sellers, fashion shops, pop up markets, etc.. .

In the past few years it seems the word has taken on new meaning. It’s morphed into   the new ” it ” word for bloggers, fashion, design, interior decorating, Pinteresting, Tumblr-ing, publishing, thrift-ing, and all other sorts of realms where selecting, choosing, filtering, or procuring sundry images or objects and placing them in some order, by theme, by color, by mood or material, becomes “curated” content.

Curator is derived from the Latin curare, meaning “to care for.” Many people, mostly museum curators, find this annexation of the term an affront to their profession, a devaluation and misapprehension of what it really means to be a curator.

The very act of curating was an art form unto itself. True discerning curators never just share their physical objects; They share the stories behind them, about why each object was hand picked and the personal connection they had with the object that makes each share come alive.

Everything Vintage, housewares, fashion, glassware

I buy and sell an eclectic array of items, from vintage collectibles, to Victorian art glass and sell them in an Antique Mall filled with an even greater selection of everything from 50s and 60s toys, to shabby furnishings, rusty relics from the past,  & flea market finds to Tiffany and Fine Jewelry..   Are we curators or collectors ?

Cambridge Elegant Glassware of the Depression Era is OUT
Cambridge Elegant Glassware of the Depression Era

How To Become An Antique Dealer #3

Setting Up Shop : Renting retail space can be pricey, plus the expense of utilities, credit card machine, and advertising costs can eat into your potential profits. Consider starting your business in a local Antique Mall or Collective.  Antique Malls are rent is inclusive, search out a reputable Mall.

Inside the Antique Plaza
Inside the Antique Plaza

Choosing the Right Mall, Ask Questions: How long have they been in business, talk to the dealers already selling in the Mall they can be a wealth of knowledge. Location of an Antique Mall.  Antique shops and dealers do well when they cluster and together become a focal point or destination keep this in mind when choosing which Mall works best for you.

Stroll tree lined streets, shop Antiques, Boutiques, Visit Restaurants and Galleries..
Stroll tree lined streets, shop Antiques, Boutiques, Visit Restaurants and Galleries..

Start Small : My first space in the Plaza was a small area, and slowly grew my business over the years. Get your feet wet by renting a case or small area.

Price Right : Do not use price guide and auction sites for your pricing, these are only guides a starting point. Remember auctions prices are the result of 2 people fighting for the same item in the heat of the moment . That very same item may sell for a fraction of this the next time it appears.  And the same goes for buying, do not buy items based on guide prices or auction results. Also take into account condition, many items get top dollars based on condition. Take into consideration Location, something that sell for $150 in New York may only sell for $50 in Mesa Arizona.

Most important to be successful dealing in Antiques, you have to have a passion and love of the antiques, and a realistic business attitude and a lot of energy. Buying and selling is addictive once you get hooked its hard to stop.

How To Become An Antique Dealer #2

Stay on top of Trends and Know How To Price To Sell !

In the past 10 years, we dealers have had to compete with online auctions like eBay and we struggle to gain new collectors at a time when the market is flooded with low-cost, mass-manufactured reproduction choices.

Some think the  industry is in decline, with the lack of new, young collectors to keep it afloat. There are those that say the business changing  and not in trouble.

I have noticed that my low- and mid-range antique suffered the most due to from lack of interest, changing trends and the Internet. Though big ticket Antiques are still holding their value.

Even internet Sales ie. Ebay have suffered. On ebay you can see items being sold low, a result of lack of interest, and too many reproductions and mis represented items.

Some believe the traditional antique world is definitely in decline. Prices reached an all time high in the early 2000s, but the past 9 years  has resulted in  a huge price dive!

Industrial Furniture Latest Trend 21st C
Industrial Furniture Latest Trend 21st C

eBay has driven down prices, and younger generations are less interested in collecting or don’t mind decorating non antiques and collectibles.

In our shop we find that Younger people still buy, but they are purchasing different things. Rusty gold, industrial furniture, yard decor, kitchen collectibles are hot in our area.

Rusty Garden Items very Popular
Rusty Garden Items very Popular

They are not looking for Victorian things or grand furniture so you must go with the flow of trends or you will be in a sinking ship.   So  stay on top of the trends if you want to gain buyers – or new customers .

Cambridge Elegant Glassware of the Depression Era is OUT
Cambridge Elegant Glassware of the Depression Era is OUT

I still Love everything Victorian in the way of Tea Cups, and Art Glass, but have morphed into buying and selling the hottest trends as well.

Victorian Era Art Glass has come down in price
Victorian Era Art Glass has come down in price

To survive in this business you must be eclectic, specializing is a way of the past.

What’s Hot in Mesa AZ besides the weather?

*Mid Century Furniture and Decorator Items.

* Rusty Garden Furniture and Yard Art

* Vintage Kitchen Collectibles

* Industrial Furnishings and Decor