Sunday, November 29, 2009

It's all about quality...

As you'll read in our next column, we like antiques because of their quality. Today's economy is all about low prices, but if you think about it, you'll quickly realize that low prices are not really a good thing. Don't believe us? Check out THIS.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Time to be Thankful...

It's 2 days until Thanksgiving, which means that the stores have had their Christmas displays up for about a month. It's also auction week for me (Andrew). Friday and Saturday Garth's is having its 49th Annual Thanksgiving Weekend Auction. It's a good sale, lots of fun things, from painted furniture to ship's binnacles. Certainly the auction and the non-turkey dinner (we are vegetarians) are occupying our time, but we still always take a little time to be thankful. We are thankful that, in this economy, we still have jobs in a business that relies largely on discretionary income. In fact, we are especially thankful because it's a darn great business. We get to interact with fascinating objects and equally fascinating people each and every day.

So...have a great Thanksgiving. And since you have some time off, spend it looking at your favorite dealer's or auctioneer's website. Perhaps there will be something nifty that you just can't live without!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Antiques for holiday gifts?

Yep, now that the Halloween jack-0-lanterns are just starting to collapse on themselves, it is now officially time to think about the holidays. Lights and trees are up everywhere, and Jingle Bells can be heard at nearly every retail establishment.

Anyone out there giving an antique as a holiday gift? Or usually receive an antique as a gift? Hollie and I usually include antiques in our gift giving. Last year, my lovely wife got me a wonderful folk art frame from David Good (that is currently hanging on the wall above me). And several years ago, I purchased entirely antiques...for everyone in the family. Nothing I gave that year was less than 100 years old. Just small things...trinkets really, but the response was great.

Think about antiques as gifts. Know a young person who likes art and/or history? You can find them very neat antiques for less than $50. Try it and see if you can't hook them!

Monday, November 9, 2009

A busy couple of weeks!

Once again, I (Andrew) must apologize for the delay in posting. On October 31, Garth's had a firearms and militaria auction. It was a screamer, I'm pleased to say. We exceeded the high estimate of the sale by 10% and sold guns to buyers around the globe. It was a truly exceptional collection of early weapons and we were pleased to have been able to offer them. (BTW...we're not done with this collection yet!) Two strong sales in a row for Garth's...and Skinner's sale this past weekend was a good one. Methinks the market is on the upswing!

Then, last week, it was off to Delaware for Hollie and I. We did the Winterthur paintings conference and the Delaware Antiques Show. It's always a little like going home whenever we are in northern Delaware. Saw some old friends (both objects AND people) and made some new ones. I learned some nifty things in the conference workshops and we saw plenty of sales happening at the show. And we had a great time at dinner with friends at Jessop's Tavern in New Castle.

And so ends our travel for 2009, aside from the usual family visits at the holidays. It's been a busy year...over 20,000 miles on the road. We look forward to about 2 months off from travel, but I must admit...I'm already getting excited for Americana Week in New York!