'Hello, Cutie ' is a guide to the things that make you say, Awww Pamela Klaffke takes readers on a rainbow and unicorn-filled journey through cute culture: from its origins in Japan where teenage girls drive the cute economy, to its manifestations in the careers of performers like Katy Perry.
This comprehensive, illustrated survey explores the more common linens and fabrics once carefully stored in American linen closets and hope chests and proudly spread on tables and in neatly made up bedrooms. More than 500 color photographs illustrate these diverse and colorful areas of collecting, ranging from intricate and detailed samplers, embroidery, and tatting, to simple but elegant pieces such as hand towels and splashers; pillow cases, shams and bolsters; quilts and coverlets; rugs; scarves and runners; sheets and blankets; tablecloths; and tray and teacart cloths.You'll even find early factory-made fabrics, a breakthrough for homemakers of the time. Helpful, creative tips on caring for old and damaged pieces, as well as new ideas for decorating with them, are also included. Written for both the novice antiquer and the experienced dealer, Collecting More Household Linens is a wonderful guide to the linens found decorating our homes for decades.
Chocolate lovers (and who isn't?)--here's a tempting treat just for you This tasteful book showcases Victorian to modern advertising, packaging, and other sweet memorabilia all related to delectable chocolate products. Beautifully decorated boxes, cocoa tins, candy bars, trade cards, recipe booklets, metal candy molds, promotional items, and an outstanding collection of porcelain chocolate pots are shown in over 425 color photos. Sure to please those interested in chocolate and antique advertising alike, this enjoyable book includes a brief history of the Wilbur Chocolate Company, manufacturing information, and price guide.
Among the countless flea markets in America, there are those that deserve to be called legendary. Scattered around the country, these are the markets with hundreds--sometimes thousands--of dealers and whose spectacular settings, covetable offerings, and colorful histories make each an unforgettable experience and a unique adventure. Pamela Keech--a museum curator who shops professionally at flea markets--profiles her top twenty choices, the flea markets that can be counted on to surprise and delight at every turn.Tackling these mammoth events, however, is not for the faint of heart. For starters, the size and scope of each market can be overwhelming--no, are overwhelming. They cover acres and acres and miles and miles. (To give you an idea of their scope, there is one that stretches from Maryland to Missouri and another from Michigan to Alabama.) The Best Flea, Antique, Vintage, and New-Style Markets in America is an essential guide for shoppers who want to get the most out of each venue. All the practical details are covered: how far ahead of time to make reservations, how to avoid wasting precious time in traffic jams, how to navigate the miles of aisles, how to determine the best paths through the markets, how much territory can be covered in a day, how to find out where the must-see dealers set up their tables, what to take to be comfortable, and more. Other essential information includes smart negotiating, shipping options, and--because the thrill of the chase can be utterly exhausting--great local places to eat and where to find a soft bed at the end of the day. One of the many charms of the book is its focus on regional style. Each of the markets profiled has an unmistakable sense of place, evident in the merchandise that fills the booths. Canton, Texas started 150 years ago as a trading market for cattle and livestock; this is where you'll find vintage cowboy boots, railroad and ranch memorabilia, and primitives. At the Rose Bowl Flea Market, the proximity to Hollywood casts a sparkle over everything; don't be surprised to find yourself browsing elbow to elbow with movie stars at tables filled with memorabilia from the silver screen and glamorous costume jewelry. At Shipshewana, in the heartland of the Indiana Amish, you'll find more than the usual number of pie safes, kitchen implements, and quilts. Keech highlights these differences with bits of cultural and decorative history and lots and lots of photographs that will make even armchair travelers feel like part of the action.
Collecting antique brass musical instruments involves a fascinating and wide range of subjects, including music history, art history, political history, industrial history, and changing aesthetics. Designed for musical instrument collectors and those who regularly encounter antique brass musical instruments made before 1920, this book features more than 100 original line drawings from musical instrument catalogs as well as interesting new information regarding these instruments. Readers with a background or interest in music and musical instruments will find this book a valuable resource for years to come and one that will enhance their knowledge and collection. Antique Brass Wind Instruments also includes a helpful value guide, a glossary of terms, a bibliography of scholarly reference books, and several appendices of particular interest to beginning collectors.
Before plastic handles and asbestos oven mitts retrieving items from a hot oven was difficult and moving a hot kettle could be hazardous. What options were there? Pot holders During the 1940s and 1950s, hand crocheted pot holders became an artistic staple in kitchens across America. From simple circles to recognizable objects, mothers and grandmothers created pot holders to use, to give away, and to sell at bazaars. In this colorful book, Gay & Gifty Pot Holders, hundreds of examples are pictured, explained, dated, and priced. Collectors and dealers alike will appreciate the comprehensive look at an art form few know how to create, but so many enjoy collecting. 260 color photos illustrate a wide variety of pot holders, and concise captions provide information and current values. Whether you buy pot holders to use, display, keep, or sell, you will appreciate Barbara Mauzy's thoroughness on another aspect of kitchen collecting.
From vintage travel posters to Walker Evans photographs and Art Deco martini shakers to Swedish country furniture, collecting has become a national pastime, with more than 30 million registered users on eBay and a viewership of more than 15 million for the Antiques Roadshow. The Collector's Journal is designed to help collectors of all levels and interests organize important information pertaining to their antiques and collectibles.
The Collector's Journal provides three easy-to-use pages for each of 36 objects, with space to record:
VITAL STATISTICS: date of purchase/acquisition, price, appraisal value, insurance value, and value criteria, including authenticity, rarity, condition, historical significance and provenance.
DESCRIPTION: including dimensions, medium, artist/maker, country of origin, date or period, signature or mark, distinguishing characteristics, and a place for photographs.
RESOURCES: contact information for dealers, auction houses, appraisers, restorers, art and antique fairs and other collectors.
The journal also features quotes about art and collecting from notables including Oscar Wilde, Helena Rubenstein, J. Paul Getty, Solomon Guggenheim, and Frank Lloyd Wright. The Collector's Journal also includes listings of major American museums and highlights of each collection."