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Speaking of antiques...

Submitted by Scott Simmons on Tue, 01/26/2016 - 11:16

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 scott@scottsimmonsantiques.com and we can discuss a program.

Having an inventory offers collectors peace of mind

Submitted by emtaylor561 on Sat, 01/02/2016 - 12:14
Taking photographs of such collectibles as this rare early 20th-century Florida souvenir brooch painted by Olive Commons can be used to establish ownership of an object in the event of theft.ELLIOT TAYLOR/FLORIDA WEEKLY

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.

My secret to the perfect find? Sometimes, it’s a matter of retracing my steps

Submitted by Scott Simmons on Fri, 01/01/2016 - 20:33
I scored this Tiffany compote after reversing my path in a local consignment shop. There are few things more satisfying that finding that perfect item, be it at a shop, a show or even a garage sale.

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.

Time your next visit to South Beach around Lincoln Road antiques market

Submitted by Scott Simmons on Fri, 12/25/2015 - 12:11
Vintage fashions pop up at the Lincoln Road Outdoor Antique & Collectible Market. COURTESY PHOTO

I love Miami Beach.

But I typically steer clear of the beaten path, aka Lincoln Road.

Why?

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.