It was my treat to speak to the Palm Beach Gardens Historical Society recently. The program dealt with Florida souvenir collectibles, and I brought a few treats, including this scarf that depicts the Palm Beaches around 1940. I also talked about the current state of the market for antiques and offered tips on how to get the kids and grandkids to want at least some of your treasures. If you would like me to speak to your group, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can discuss a program.
Look What I Found!
My Look What I Found column highlights a set of Spode plates, found at the @West Palm Beach Antiques Festival.
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My Look What I Found column now is appearing in Palm Beach and Lee counties!
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From my Florida Weekly Collector's Corner column:
I’m an incurable collector.
Walk just about anywhere in my house and there are objects and artwork I value highly.
Some items are valuable on their own merits; other things simply are precious to me.
Either way, I would be devastated if anything were to happen to them.
The recent threat of Tropical Storm Erika underscored the importance of having an inventory of one’s possessions.
Published in Florida Weekly, Dec. 24, 2015:
When my grandmother, Kathryn, spoke of her mother-in-law, you could hear the italics and see the underline in her voice.
It was magical.
If ever two souls were destined for friendship, it was Kathryn Yagen and Martha Bolender.
They adored each other.
From my Collector's Corner column published in Florida Weekly:
My secret to the perfect find? Sometimes, it’s a matter of retracing my steps
There are few things more satisfying that finding that perfect item, be it at a shop, a show or even a garage sale.
But if I had taken a single pass around the merchandise I might have missed some of my best finds.
Instead, I try to retrace my steps, reversing the path throughout a shop.
Objects that were hidden in shadows suddenly become obvious when you do that.
I love Miami Beach.
But I typically steer clear of the beaten path, aka Lincoln Road.
Because that is the main tourist thoroughfare.
I will make an exception to that rule on the occasional Sunday I make it to South Beach for the Lincoln Road Outdoor Antique & Collectible Market.
The show, held every other Sunday, brings in about 125 dealers offering a variety of objects — Art Deco, jewelry, silver and couture items.
From my Look What We Found Column, published in The Palm Beach Post: