Tuesday, February 21, 2017

what a mess!

Stuff accumulates. It's the story of our lives. I moved around a lot when I lived back east, and our family always spent time in Maine in the summer. Mom and Dad eventually moved there. I moved to Portland, Oregon and brought all my stuff with me.

Before moving, I used to love going to the Englishtown Flea Market with a car full of stuff to sell on Saturday mornings in the summer. Made a wad of cash every time, but always ended up with boxes of stuff that didn't sell, and things I picked up from other dealers. I also loved driving over to Pennsylvania for the afternoon and exploring all the shops along the way.

Many of the things I picked up were part of the decor. That's what makes antiques and vintage objects so great. They are curiosities. When you love to collect, the only danger is when the stuff starts to pile up. I'm sure there are some boxes in the attic that haven't been opened for 20 years.

I am going through it all now, and the inside of my home looks like an estate sale gone wrong. What a mess! But it'll be a beautiful mess when I set up shop in my little glass case at the vintage store across town.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Case #F-3

Case #F-3, that's me. Starting March 1st, I will be one of the 100 dealers at a large vintage shop here in Portland. I'd been thinking about it for a long time. Ever since learning what an antiques dealer was, I thought it would be fun to be one.

Lately I have been on a massive cleaning and reorganizing spree around the house. I have a lot of things I do not need, and wanted to have a garage sale, but realized a lot of things are too good for that. So, now I've got an outlet.

pair of tastevins and white ironstone relish dishes
random objects and a set of three L.E. Smith Moon & Stars canisters in red
There will be a few quilty things, but mostly other types of items: pottery, glass, art, random objects. From 1984 to 1999, I moved around a lot, and collected a lot of things. Most of them were used or displayed in my home.

Looking forward to moving things into my space and starting to sell on March 1st. I will be planning some sales during the year, and will make sure to announce them here.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Saturday Auction Results

Yesterday I was ready to leave the house when an auction alert arrived in my e-mail box. It was from Copake Auction, Inc., in New York and it was for a lot I saved through Live Auctioneers. The lot was a T-shaped bedcover with a chevron design made of print fabrics.

Every time an interesting quilt comes up at auction lately, I ask myself, "Do I really need it?" Of course, with more than 400 quilts in the collection I do not need another one, but there was something about this one.

The auction description did not have much information. It said the quilt was made around 1880. I think it could be older, but need to see it in person before I can say.

The quilt shares many similarities with another quilt in my collection, an "Orange Peel" or "Robbing Peter to Pay Paul" from the 1830s, made in New England. I have a hunch the two quilts will have a similar feeling.

Dating fabrics can be a little tricky when considering 1830s vs. 1880s print fabrics in America. There were similar styles in the designs, and similar colors. I am studying Eileen Trestain's first "Dating Fabrics" book to see if there may be a clue. The fabrics and quilts of the 1830s and 1880s quilts share similarities. There were a lot of intricate, copperplate printed designs, darks and drabs.

Based on Trestain's book, the key to discerning between the two periods appears to be the specific combinations of colors seen in prints. We may never find the exact prints, but it's possible to find prints done with similar methods and colors. We'll see when it arrives. Stay tuned...