Monday, February 28, 2011

What's Hot: Vintage graniteware/enamelware

Gene Cusick, owner of Gene's Collectibles, Vinita, OK, says that vintage graniteware and enamelware are hot-selling items in his store. Other popular items are street signs, crockware, costume jewelry and books.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

It's all in the details...

For Patrick Ottesen, owner of Foundation, KCMO, it's "all in the details."

“It’s in the detailing and however and how far (customers) wish to take that vision,” he says.

Ottesen was an architectural student before opening his own architectural salvage business in Kansas City's trendy West Bottoms. Interior designer Nate Berkus, of The Nate Berkus Show, was one of his customers when he worked at Architectural Artifacts, Inc. in Chicago.

For more ideas from Ottesen on how to reuse or repurpose antique and vintage items, go to:

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Not too shabby!

My sister and I took a road trip last weekend to Vinita, OK, to visit the Vinita Antique Mall and Gene's Collectibles, both located off historic Route 66. Nice shops packed with a variety of antiques and collectibles. Vicky Smith, owner of the Vinita Antique Mall, said a small table she recently sold will appear in one of Rachel Ashwell's books. Ashwell coined the term "shabby chic."

Why did you become an antique dealer?

"Collectors sometimes think their passion for what they collect might serve as the basis for a career as an antique dealer," writes Peggy Whiteneck in her March DMA column. How did you get in the biz?

Recycle, Reuse, Reclaim!

What's new? Repurposing the old! What ideas do YOU have on how to Recycle, Reuse, Reclaim antique and vintage collectibles in today's home decor? Please sha

Trends in architectural salvage

Check out the hottest trends in architectural salvage in the March DMA issue!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Launch party

OK MOZART, the internationally acclaimed classical and chamber music concert series, will officially kick off its season with a gala Launch Party at Bartlesville (OK) Community Center on Feb. 24, 5:30 to 9 pm. At that time, Executive Director Shane Jewell will announce the lineup of musicians and celebrated artists for the 2011 Festival season.
Tickets to the event are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. John Fullbright will provide live music with an After Party later with Truckstop Honeymoon performing. For more information, call 918-336-9800 or visit

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Two new shop openings

Gary and Cindy Browne have taken over the former Garnett Antiques and reopened it as History House Antique Gallery. Booth space is available for quality dealers. Gary is an expert appraiser of American antiques, call 785-448-2200. History House Antique Gallery is located at 121 E 4th Ave. in Garnett, KS.
Jana Youngman is opening Lone Elm Antique Mall in Olathe, KS. Jana is a former dealer at Sentimental Journey in Olathe and has decide to strike out on her own (with help from husband David). Applications for quality dealers are being taken. Lone Elm is located in the Southwest Plaza shopping center at Parker and Dennis in Olathe, KS. Call 913-530-7032 for more information.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Grayslake show

Everything Zurko Promotions does by way of antique shows is above the norm. If you're out in western Illinois Feb. 12-13, browse the Grayslake Antique Market at Lake County Fairgrounds. Admission is $6. For more info, visit

Tag Sale

Put this on your must-do list: Tag Sale, 3001 Munson Ave., Topeka, KS, Feb. 12-13, 5 am-6 pm; antiques, furniture, art, prints, old sheet music, stereo equipment, books, ephemera and more. EVERYTHING IS NEGOTIABLE. Call 785-354-8899 or 785-235-9689

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Konitzer Lane Sale

Konitzer Lane Antique Mall & Flea Market in Spring Hill, KS is going out of business. Sale starts Feb. 12. Call 913-592-2400 for more information.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Snow everywhere

Considering the snow that hit the Midwest yesterday, call or email before you decide to head out to attend a show this weekend. Postponements could be likely – dealers might have a hard time getting there to set up.