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 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 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!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Queen Dealer Spotlight:Scott and Milinda Griggs of Lindy's Trains

In 1975, Scott started his first model train business in his parents garage in Findlay, Ohio and his love for trains has continued through the years. Scott says his wife, Milinda, has been amazingly supportive through the years and is an unbelievably supportive and patient person and great wife. "I don't know how she has put up with me all of these years, but we recently celebrated our 25th anniversary. That's the story from when I started at eight years old to where I am now. I still really enjoy trains and just thoroughly enjoy the business and bringing happy train memories to new generations." 

Scott and Milinda have done everything from selling on EBay, going to train shows, having their own stores, even working in the corporate world – and now currently are in 11 antique malls and run a specialized train website, Their life is busy travelling and keeping all the antique booths stocked and organized. 

Melinda says, "We have been busy opening up a network of booths in the best Antique Malls we could find. We typically restock each booth two or three times per month and we have hundreds or thousands of items at each one. Every Mall we are in has at least 15,000 square feet and dozens or hundreds of other dealers, so come out to see the trains and toys, but plan on much more! Make a weekend out of it and follow the Georgia Antique Mall Trail – Lindy’s way."

Because they spend so much time traveling between their booths, they especially love that gas prices are going down!

We are proud to have Lindy’s Trains in all three of our Queen of Hearts locations. They have thousands of model trains, die-cast cars and trucks, plastic model kits, Hess trucks, vintage toys, Nascar items, Department 56, ceramic buildings and other fun and collectible toys. Come and learn about them!

Come visit them in all three of our Queen of Hearts locations! Like them on Facebook at or visit their website at

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Queen Dealer Spotlight: Dari Brown of "I Need This, Antiques" (DBW)

Dari Brown, owner of I Need This, Antiques (Dealer Code: DBW) has been a dealer-merchant at the Queen of Hearts for 6 years, an appraiser for about 12 years, and has been in the “biz” buying and selling all over the United States for over 25 years. Dari has this to say about antiques, “They do not provide food or shelter that we may live. Why then do we "need this?" Because they make our lives worth living with the joy of the hunt, the successful acquisition, and most of all...the history, the beauty, and the energy these pieces bring from another time and place.” With two spaces on Church and Queen at the Buford Queen of Hearts, Dari says her most popular space is the Victorian booth located on Church St.

Customers and Queen staff have said "it is like walking into a Victorian parlor," and young people are especially fascinated by the authentic pieces that were the mainstay of life during the 19th century era. The Victorian booth carries almost 95% genuine antiques (items 100 years or older) and she finds these at various auctions, estate sales and thrift shops.

Her second space is located on Queen St and offers a general line of antiques, vintage items and upcycled furniture. This space offers a variety of antique transferware, American primitives, vintage prints and a display case packed with vintage jewelry, antique cut crystal, Civil War memorabilia, militaria, toys, and other interesting items.

Dari says that there are too many “favorites” about being a dealer-merchant at the Queen but shares that it is the excellent business model that provides a pro-active and attentive staff, lots of customers and the ability to sell a bit of history. Being an antiques dealer allows you to enrich ones life with beauty from another era. Additionally, the trend to upcycle or repurpose “found” items, especially antique furniture, that has seen rougher days, into renewed and unique purposes is exciting. It is so much fun to see utilitarian items transformed into lighting fixtures or coffee tables. Just about anything goes these days and the more interesting the greater demand for the item.

Dari started out as a collector, and in order to “feed the collecting habit” became a dealer. Dari collects antique clothing, laces and needlework, Native American basketry, rugs and pottery, Victorian jewelry, quadruple plate, American Brilliant cut crystal and Early American Pressed Glass (EAPG) compotes, to name a few. She also has three spinning wheels, two are genuine antiques, and adores spinning fiber from all three of them. It is a meditative process and brings her joy along with beautiful handspun to knit.

Dari was born and raised in New Jersey and then began traveling at the age of 12. She says she has gypsy feet and enjoys living in new locales. With 7 grandchildren scattered all over the U.S. and overseas, she has the opportunity to travel quite a bit. She presently works, full time, for a global communications company located in Lawrenceville, GA and (with 6 years left to go) is looking forward to when she can retire from corporate America permanently and meander through small communities in search of treasure, expand to another larger booth at the Queen, visit her grandchildren, and scuba dive the world’s seas in between the antique hunting.

Visit Dari's booth in the Queen of Hearts Buford on Church and Queen St., and visit her on Facebook at to see all of her gorgeous finds. You can also read her blog, Musings of a Sea Witch.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

It's Fall, Y'all! Get the front of your home ready! Guest blog from Lula Belle Interiors

I'm Jody Tirone from Lula Belle Interiors and I am a holiday-aholic. I admit it! I am obsessed with holiday decorating. My house goes through several different transitions through the fall. I start with gorgeous fall decorations, and then I bring out the scary for Halloween, and finish with thankful decorations of the Thanksgiving season. My addiction is your advantage because through the years I’ve learned some dos and don’ts of getting your house ready for the holidays.

I truly believe the outside of your house sets the tone for what’s happening on the inside. It is the first impression, whether it is brightening the day of those passing by or creating a welcoming space for those visiting. There are a few tricks of the trade to ensure your house looks like Southern Living and not the Griswold’s!

Tip #1: Remember the Scale & Color of your door
There is nothing worse than a wimpy wreath that is dwarfed by a beautiful front door. Color can also be a problem. Pick a wreath with a color that will pop against your door, not blend.

Tip #2: How does it look from the road?
I’ve seen some wreaths or decorations with details so small that you can’t see them from the road. Sometimes I couldn’t even tell what was on the door. It is always better to pick a wreath that is simple with large details.

Tip #3: Making Your Own Wreath
When making your own wreath, always make the wreath while hanging on a door or wall. If you make a wreath flat on a table the flowers or pumpkins may not be in the right direction after hanging.

Tip #4: Consider the Color of Your House.
If you have a house with pink brick the fall colors might clash. Instead consider non-traditional colors that would complement your house.

Here are all the tips combined into fall perfection!

So, now that you know the basics, where do you begin? Queen of Hearts Antiques and Interiors! Queen has custom wreaths that will set your door apart from your neighbor. Here is a sampling of what you’ll find at Queen of Hearts this fall.

This blog was written by dealer Jody Tirone, of Lula Belle Interiors (LULAB) on E Bay St in Alphaetta - like her page on Facebook to see all of her fabulous finds!