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Antiques at Night: 2010

neon sign in an antique shop at night

It was well after dark as I went to check the front door, and the front room looked magical in the reddish light of the neon sign in the upper windows. Lots of glass in the room, and crystals on the chandelier, all catching the deep glow against the saturated darkness made things look as if they were floating.

The shop is really not antiques but neat old stuff, more vintage in nature, excellent craftsmanship, interesting design, a lot of tacky but all of it illustrating its era of origin. This move is something we’ve talked about for years as we’ve built her website and promoted her shop along with her growing estate sale and appraisal business. I’m thrilled to have a little space there because I don’t have to be there all the time, I can share the time with others, and people will still get to see my things even when I’m not there.

I’ve written about and featured Carnegie Antiques in paintings, photos and stories here on Today, see more.


Kitchen Closed

photo of collectibles

This Chick's Kitchen

I visited Gingerbread Junction Country Store on a dark rainy day, and the press of things and the way the proprietor has it decorated, along with the ideas I get while I’m there, will brighten any day.

There’s a mix of authentic old stuff, like the stove and coffee grinder, and newer craft items, plus candles and napkins and funny signs and dolls of all sorts.

The sign reads, “Kitchen Closed: this chick’s had it!”

I have a selection of my greeting cards here, and also added a few framed prints of my feline artwork, including small linoleum block prints. Soon enough I’ll add my printed cloths to the mix. It’s one of many places I have the merchandise made from my paintings, and I don’t sell huge amounts but it’s steady at each place. People go to this shop and others intending to find something unique, and it’s always a pleasure when they choose my stuff.


Antiques at Night

photo of antiques sign from the back and showroom at night

Antiques at Night

I am installing some of my merchandise in one of the back rooms at Carnegie Antiques, one of my customers for design and also a friend. It was well after dark as I went to check the front door, and the front room looked magical in the reddish light of the neon sign in the upper windows. Lots of glass in the room, and crystals on the chandelier, all catching the deep glow against the saturated darkness made things look as if they were floating.

The shop is really not antiques but neat old stuff, more vintage in nature, excellent craftsmanship, interesting design, a lot of tacky but all of it illustrating its era of origin. This move is something we’ve talked about for years as we’ve built her website and promoted her shop along with her growing estate sale and appraisal business. I’m thrilled to have a little space there because I don’t have to be there all the time, I can share the time with others, and people will still get to see my things even when I’m not there.


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