Sunday, May 3, 2015

Queen Dealer Spotlight - Anitra Mecadon, Sophisticated Junk (ANITRA)

Each month we will be doing a blog about one of our dealer-merchants from each of our three stores that offers unique, one-of-a-kind antiques and merchandise for your home and garden. We have a lot of creative, savvy and talented dealers and we thought you would enjoy getting to know them!


Anitra Mecadon (Dealer Code ANITRA) has been a dealer-merchant at the Alpharetta Queen of Hearts since September 2014 and her booth is located on Church Street. Her booth, Sophisticated Junk, specializes in colorful accents and accessories for your home, and she is obsessed with mid-century modern and Hollywood Regency furniture styles, up-cycled accessories, original artwork, vintage furniture, accessories and lamps and all things rusty! As the TV host and Design/Build Expert of the DIY Network show, MegaDens, she is a very busy woman but she was gracious enough to sit down with us for a few minutes to answer some questions. Her down to earth personality and warm sense of humor will have you grinning and you just want to sit and talk with her all day. We love having her as one of our dealers at the Queen and she says of the experience, “The Queen has been one of my go-to haunts for MegaDens since 2010. I would start every single show with a trip to the Queen. Now, I get to share my unique eye and perspective on Design/Décor with my customers!”


Stroll down Church Street at the Alpharetta Queen of Hearts and you can easily find her colorful, eclectic booth artfully arranged and displayed with all things vintage and secondhand, with Mid-Century and Hollywood Regency gems sitting along side pillows and throws made of vintage fabric, architectural salvage pieces, upcycled accessories, original artwork, vintage lamps and perfectly rusted accents!

She says her favorite items to sell are “Vingtage! I love sending handpicked Vintage Treasures off to a new home: I call it “Furniture Rescue.” I think what drives this desire is that when you shop and sell vintage repurposed items you are honoring the past but also daring to see it differently. I also love that furniture was real back then, not made of glue and cardboard like the stuff you find today. It was made with love by the hand of a real honest to god craftsman!”

Almost every item in her home is secondhand as she is a true lover of the HUNT! She has repainted, reupholstered, and rethought every single piece. Her home is always a work in progress and she loves everything from her 1960’s chrome lamps to her Superman Blue Dining Table! But her favorite thing in her home is her secondhand animals, as she has a house full of rescues that give her unconditional love and affection each and every day!


We asked her what trends she loves and her response was, “I love the vintage fabric and rug trend that is happening now. For years, I have been obsessed with antique textiles: the patterns, colors and craftsmanship blow my mind. What I love about this trend, it’s timeless. Look through vintage design magazines and old movies. Notice anything in the background? I bet there’s a Persian rug! I feel that vintage over-dyed area rugs are a great way to add a pop of color to any style room. I am also loving the vintage Persian rug accessories. Pillows and ottomans made of vintage Persian rug remnants are the perfect addition to help create the look of a well-collected room. If you’re looking to add a bit of color and texture to your space, this is the trend for you.”

Anitra was recently married on October 31, 2013, which makes Halloween her favorite time of the year! She grew up in Pittston, Pennsylvania, which is a tiny town outside of Scranton and filled with hardworking people that love their tomatoes. She is lucky to live her hobbies and interests every day, which is hunting for vintage treasures, painting and helping save animals! 


She is currently the Design/Build Expert and host of MegaDens on DIY Network and has hosted shows on both HGTV and DIY, like All American Handyman, Behind the Build of the HGTV Dream Home, Behind the Build of the HGTV Smart Home, Esquire Magazine’s Ultimate Bachelor Pad, and so much more. as well as a Design/Build expert, Set Stylist/Dresser, Furniture Designer, Holiday Decorating and Wedding Décor specialist.


You can usually find Anitra at the Alpharetta Queen on Thursdays when she is in town. Be sure to check out MegaDens on Wednesdays at 8 pm on DIY Network! To find out more about Anitra, visit her website at www.AnitraMecadon.com or her Facebook or Pinterest - Anitra Mecadon or Funkologie. She is also launching a new blog at www.Funkologie.com so be sure to check it out!

We love having Anitra as part of our Queen family and enjoy seeing her and her big smile when she comes in! She is always willing to stop and chat and give us the scoop on what really goes on behind the scenes!


Sunday, April 19, 2015

Queen Dealer Spotlight - Richard Gay, dealer GAYA

Each month we will be doing a blog about one of our dealer-merchants from each of our three stores that offers unique, one-of-a-kind antiques and merchandise for your home and garden. We have a lot of creative, savvy and talented dealers and we thought you would enjoy getting to know them! Richard Gay (Dealer Code GAYA) in our Marietta store sells original Audubon bird prints and other artwork including antique oil paintings, furniture, accessories and some china. His booth is located on Ashley Street and he has been dealer with us for the past two years. He first had a booth in our Alpharetta store but decided to concentrate only in our Marietta store, because it is closer to his home.


In addition to selling antiques, Richard can do appraisals and authentication of John J. Audubon Birds of Americas prints. His favorite antique piece in his home is a burly walnut Secretary with glass top bookcase and his private collection of Audubon and other historical noted bird print artists prints. Richard is currently single and has three grandchildren. He has been a collector of antiques and artwork for over 50 years. He entered the antique business after selling his executive “headhunting” search business after 35 years. Prior to that he was a Corporate Human Resources Director for various industries. After a brief stint as an interior design consultant, he decided to focus on selling antiques and artwork from his private collection and other acquisitions in 2002 and has sold in a number of antique galleries, malls and weekend shows at Scott’s, Lakewood, etc. 



Richard is always bringing new merchandise into the Queen and enjoys meeting and talking with our customers. Be sure to look for him on Ashley Street.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Queen Dealer Spotlight - Linda Howard of Chic Country Atlanta

Each month we will be doing a blog about one of our dealer-merchants from each of our three stores that offers unique, one-of-a-kind antiques and merchandise for your home and garden. We have a lot of creative, savvy and talented dealers and we thought you would enjoy getting to know them!



Linda Howard (Dealer Code CCA) of Chic Country Atlanta is located on King and Queen Street in our Alpharetta store. She specializes in handpicked artwork, interesting "new country" look with special antique pieces, rugs and accessories, and seasonal decorations for your farmhouse, whether contemporary or country. She also offers redesign services for your home.



Linda has been a dealer-merchant at the Queen of Hearts for three years and loves her customers and enjoys talking to them and helping them with some of their ideas. Her favorite items to sell are oil paintings, antique and vintage furniture, interesting rugs, seasonal decorations, and decorative smalls to enhance the "New Country Look."



One of the favorite things in her home is her Queen Headboard, which is just a vintage iron gate positioned sideways. Another favorite item is a cool Pie Safe which is all original with some hints of red and blue showing through the natural wood. She also has a wall of oil paintings she has collected that reminds her of her travels and gives her a lot of pleasure. She especially loves the New Country trends, which are cleaner and less cluttered than years gone by. Even Christmas/Holiday decorations are in the “less is more” design.



Besides her love for collecting antiques and interior decorating, she loves cooking and entertaining, as well as traveling, which has included many trips to St. Croix, as well as Africa and Italy. She also enjoys teaching piano as a hobby now, although at one time was her full time job for over 30 years.

Linda has been married for 48 years, and has two grown girls and two wonderful son in laws, three grandchildren who are girls, and one grandson in law. Linda grew up in Connecticut, lived in Florida for 15 years and moved to Georgia in 1996.



Linda and her husband can usually be found at our many Late Night events along with their dog, Angel. You can find more of her great merchandise on her Facebook page at ChicCountryAtlanta.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Queen Dealer Spotlight - Terry Ledwell of Vines and Designs by Terry

Each month we will be doing a blog about one of our dealer-merchants from each of our three stores that offers unique, one-of-a-kind antiques and merchandise for your home and garden.  We have a lot of creative, savvy and talented dealers and we thought you would enjoy getting to know them!

Terry Ledwell (Dealer VINE) in our Buford store grew up in Lowell, North Carolina, which is a small town between Charlotte and Gastonia.  He loved growing up in the mountains and seeing the beauty in nature.  As he likes to say, the good Lord put it there for us to enjoy and gave him the talent to see the beauty in twigs, branches and greenery and put it together in ways that will amaze you.

Terry has a booth on Market Street in our Buford store and loves to incorporate his floral arrangements in his booth.



He has been married for 24 years to Caroline, has 5 children, 7 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren and currently lives in Atlanta.

Terry recently led a workshop in Buford in December on making wreaths, garlands and floral arrangements from greenery you can find in your backyard.  If you missed it, you missed a real treat.  Terry will be doing another workshop for us in March during our Spring Fling and you will want to mark your calendars for Sunday, March 22, from 2 to 4 pm to see what his wonderful demo in using greenery from nature to make beautiful arrangements!  You will not want to miss what he has to show.

He has a wealth of knowledge and experience and loves to share his techniques with everyone, which is unusual for a dealer in the trade.  What a treasure we have in our Buford store in Terry Ledwell, Dealer VINE.  Be sure to stop in and see him on Sunday, March 22, in our Buford store from 2 to 4!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Queen Dealer Spotlight: Bob Bartow of Clock Repair Service in Marietta (CLOCK)

Each month we will be doing a blog about one of our dealer-merchants from each of our three stores that offers unique, one-of-a-kind antiques and merchandise for your home and garden. We have a lot of creative, savvy and talented dealers and we thought you would enjoy getting to know them!



Bob Bartow (Dealer CLOCK) of Clock Repair Service sells and repairs clocks. Their showroom is located at the back of the Marietta Queen of Hearts along Court Street and they have been there for the past 2 ½ years. They also have a clock repair shop at the back of the store and he or his staff is usually there, if you have any questions.



Bob offers a full line of Howard Miller, Ridgeway, Bulova and Seiko clocks and he has several on display at the Marietta Queen. He sells grandfather clocks, mantle clocks, wall clocks, and clock parts, but really enjoys repairing and selling grandfather clocks. Clock Repair Service specializes in grandfather clock repairs, and they rebuild, preserve, and restore grandfather clocks, ranging from 250 years old to new. They even have a Mobile Repair Van so they can come to you for on-site preventative maintenance and repair by appointment. 


Bob says that he loves being at the Queen of Hearts because he loves being a part of a family amongst friends and customers. Bob has been married to Meredith for 31 years, and has two daughters, Lauren and Kenzie. He was originally born in New York but moved to Georgia at an early age. Prior to repairing and selling clocks, he was an electrician. Besides repairing and selling clocks, he enjoys reading and watching old black and white movies.




You can usually find Bob at the Marietta Queen most days. You can contact him by phone (678-462-7856) or by email at bob@clockrepairservice.com if you have a problem with your clock or just want to pass the time! 

Be sure to stop by the Marietta store during our Spring Fling on Thursday, March 19.  He will giving a demonstration on how to Clean Grandfather Clocks from 6:30 to 7:30 pm!

Visit him on the web at www.clockrepairservice.com or LIKE him on Facebook at Clock Repair Service

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Queen Dealer Spotlight: Lannie Bittinger of Sports Cards & Collectibles (SCC)

Each month we will be doing a blog about one of our dealer-merchants from each of our three stores that offers unique, one-of-a-kind antiques and merchandise for your home and garden. We have a lot of creative, savvy and talented dealers and we thought you would enjoy getting to know them!

Lannie Bittinger (Dealer SCC) has been a dealer in our Buford store location for 9 years. His booth, Sports Cards and Collectibles, is located on Calhoun Street and he specializes in autographed memorabilia and sports collectibles.

Lannie says that he really enjoys being a part of the Queen, working with staff, and meeting customers and discussing their collections and working with young collectors.



Lannie sells autographed memorabilia and any kind of sports collectibles. Besides the autographed pieces, he also likes to focus in on collectible sports figures and bobble heads. Most of the autographed pieces he sells are obtained by him, but any pieces he sells that are not obtained by him in person are guaranteed to be 100% authentic.



He works hard to keep the booth updated and it changes with the sports seasons. Events that he attends on a regular basis to obtain autographs are Braves Spring training in Florida ( 1994-present missed one year), Cactus League spring training in Arizona last 4 years, Atlanta Falcons summer training camps, Atlanta Hawks and Atlanta Thrashers events. The golf events that he attends are both LPGA and PGA tournaments, which include the Masters, the Fed Ex Cup, RBM Heritage Classic, TPC Sugarloaf, Regions Memorial, Father/Son Orlando, and many more. He has also attended the Michael Jordan Celebrity golf tournament in Las Vegas Nevada the last three years, and will be in Arizona for the 2015 Pro Bowl, Waste Management Phoenix Open Golf, and the 2015 Super Bowl.



Lannie grew up in Moultrie, Ga., graduated from Georgia Southern College, and worked for General Motors for 32 plus years. He retired from the General Motors Doraville plant in 2008. Since his retirement, he has enjoyed traveling and attending all these different events to meet and obtain autographs from sports, music, and entertainment celebrities.

Next time, you are in the Buford store, be sure to stop by and see his collection of sports memorabilia. He is usually in his booth on Calhoun Street on Friday afternoons and will be available during our Spring Fling event on Thursday, March 19, from 5 to 8 pm and on Friday, March 20, from 2 to 5 pm. He was also featured on the Fox 5 Good Day Atlanta segment that aired on Monday, February 23.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Queen Dealer Spotlight: Fred Edwards of Golden Mortar Antiques (FE)

Each month we will be doing a blog about one of our dealer-merchants from each of our three stores that offers unique, one-of-a-kind antiques and merchandise for your home and garden. We have a lot of creative, savvy and talented dealers and we thought you would enjoy getting to know them!

Fred Edwards ( Dealer Code FE) has been a dealer for over 15 years in the Alpharetta Queen of Hearts. In fact, he was one of the original dealers when Jim and Stacey first opened the store.



He loves being at the Queen of Hearts because he enjoys the great job that the Queen does in promoting their stores, the great people that work at the Queen, and the good sales that he has had each year.



While most of the items in his booth are pharmacy related, he also carries old signs, framed advertising signs, primitives, coke items, and man cave items. He also has a display case up front with coins.





Fred says he enjoys selling coins because they usually bring back customers to purchase additional coins and many like to have their collections appraised.

Fred has been married to Carol for 54 years, has two daughters, and two granddaughters. He grew up in Indiana and went to Purdue University, graduating in the school of Pharmacy. He practiced Pharmacy for six years and then moved into management becoming President of a drug chain in Georgia called Reed Drugs. Later, he moved to Washington, DC to become Executive Vice President of Peoples Drugs. After retiring from Peoples, he has consulted to small independent drug stores who need help in competing with larger businesses.



Besides collecting and appraising coins and antiques, he enjoys fishing and going to garage sales and auctions.

Fred will be at the Queen of Hearts in Alpharetta on Thursday, February 26, from 6 to 8 pm to answer your questions about coins and give tips on how to begin your own coin collection. Come and meet him and learn about the fascinating world of coins and collecting coins!