Sunday, April 17, 2011

We Started As Collectors

Before we opened Hourglass Antiques & Collectibles, we were collectors. Bill was learning decoy carving and got interested in knives (folding pocket). That led to straight razors, and then, shaving mugs and barber bottles. As a boy, he collected comic books and rocks & minerals.

I started with Steiff animals, mostly teddy bears. Eventually I sold my other species and concentrated on bears. That led to children's storybooks about bears, post cards of teddy bears, and miniature creamers of every type to display with the bears. As a youngster, I had several nice dolls and a collection of dog figurines.

As any collector knows, this can become addictive. On occasion, you'll see something in a magazine, at a yard sale, or in an antique shop that will call out to you. Generally speaking, if it's within your budget and you have plenty of room for it, our motto is, "Do you take VISA?"

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Calling All Fine Artists

I'm a member of IAntiqueOnline, a community for learning about, how to buy, how to sell, and sharing stories about your antiques and collectibles. With 6500 members and growing, they are now branching out to include fine art. Here's a quote from the editor, C. Dianne Zweig:

"Wanted: More Artists To Join Our Community And Share Their Paintings, Drawings, Assemblage ETC.

If you are an artist or know other artists, please tell them that IAO is a great place for them to promote their artwork. We welcome artists to come aboard and start more groups about art. We also will feature original artwork on our main page slide show. So if you know any artists out there...tell them that now is the time to build a Profile Page on our site and to share their artwork with others. We will help them promote their art."

The site is completely free, so fine artists - give it a try!

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