Saturday, October 10, 2015

Thrift with Tyler Goes North: Event Stop By at the Queen of Hearts Marietta

One of our very own Marietta Queen dealers, Tyler Lynch (JTL) of Thrifting with Tyler, hosted his "Thrift with Tyler Goes North" event on Saturday, October 10, and stopped at the Marietta Queen of Hearts for lunch and some shopping. This sold-out event included 55 bloggers, thrifters, members of the interior design community and the editor of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles magazine.


Tyler, a native of Atlanta, says his passion for home furnishings and interior design began as a child where he worked at his mother’s antique store. Today, he sources, finds and sells vintage products to consumers and interior designers across the country. Tyler’s enthusiasm for historic preservation has created a wonderful beneficiary for the “Thrift with Tyler Goes North” bus tour. The event is sponsored by Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC) and AmericasMart, and proceeds benefit The Georgia Trust, which raises awareness for historic properties around Georgia in hopes of preserving the for years to come.

In a nutshell, thrifters board a luxury passenger coach and head to some of Tyler’s favorite thrifting and antiquing spots. Lunch is provided, along with a signature cocktail, and, of course, a swag bag filled with goodies. Tyler has obtained many of his finds for over a decade at the mixture of thrift stores and antique shops that the tour visits. He also shares tips and advice on how to source some great finds, pay bottom dollar and even how to make money as a hobby! There are always lots of raffle prizes donated by local businesses, and a portion of the ticket sales for the tour along with 100% of the proceeds from the raffle are donated to the Georgia Historic Trust, ensuring historic preservation in Georgia for years to come.

Sounds like a lot of fun? It was and the Queen of Hearts in Marietta loved being a stop on the tour and rolled out the red carpet to welcome everyone! The real Queen of Hearts, Stacey Anderson, stopped in and even helped serve lunch!

Be sure to follow Tyler on Facebook - Thrifting with Tyler - and Instagram - @thriftwithtyler - so you can reserve your seat for his next bus tour! #thriftingwithtyler

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Labor Day Spotlight: Queen of Hearts Leasing Managers Jeannie, Vickie and Jenny

The Queen of Hearts prides itself on our savvy dealer-merchants. They are so creative and talented and we thought you would enjoy learning about the three wonderful women behind the scenes that are responsible for leasing space in our stores and getting to know a little bit about them. If you are interested in becoming a dealer in one of our stores, fill out the online application by going to our website at www.queenofheartsantiques-interiors and clicking on Become a Dealer!

Jeannie grew up in a small town near Pittsburgh, PA, and has been married to her childhood sweetheart for 47 years and they have 4 children and 7 grandchildren. She loves spending time with her family, interior decorating, and cooking.

Jeannie graduated Cum Laude from Fairmont State University with a degree in education and taught computer science at Woodward Academy and Pace Academy in Atlanta and The Episcopal School of Dallas, Texas. After retiring from teaching in 2002, she followed her dream of having an Interior Design/Gift Store called Simply Sophie in Dawsonville and Alpharetta. She became a dealer at The Queen in 2010 after closing her stores, and later became part of “The Queen” staff because of her love of retailing and we are so glad she did!

As leasing manager, she feels like she is the interior designer of the whole store and every month is a unique puzzle of placing new and veteran dealers in the perfect spot to showcase their merchandise. She looks for dealers who are serious about having a business and who are willing to work at their business several days a week. This means not just “fluffing” their booth, but regularly changing their merchandise. Jeannie knows with all her experience in retailing the hard work involved for dealers to be successful, so if dealers are looking for a little part-time hobby, the Queen may not be the place for them.

Jeannie is always looking for dealers with different or unique merchandise, especially wonderful antiques, whether that is vintage, retro, or repurposed, and is constantly in awe of the creativity of all our dealers. Her stewardship and commitment to finding the perfect dealers for our Alpharetta store is a major component of our success and has helped to make "The Queen" the best antique mall and why our customers return week after week!


Vickie has been married for 38 years and grew up in Snellville, GA. She has 2 daughters, 1 granddaughter and 1 grandson. She previously worked for Barrow County Schools for 20 years and has owned her own store called Vintage Grace. She enjoys collecting sea glass, shells and spending time with her grandchildren.

Vickie started working for the Buford Queen of Hearts in 2011 and is one of the main reasons the store has become the success it is today. Her favorite part about leasing space at the Queen is trying to find the best dealer-merchants for the Queen. She says that the dealers who are most successful at the Buford Queen are the ones that come in the store and work their booths at least twice a week, attend our free dealer-merchant training classes, and ask for help when needed. Dealers who get involved with the Queen’s events and promotions are also successful.

At the Buford Queen, she would like to see more vintage, antiques and primitives and less DVDs, CDs, and dollar items. She looks for dealers who work hard to adhere to Queen policies to make their business a success and who take advantage of the advertising the Queen of Hearts provides with their own social media. Vickie knows what it takes to be a dealer at the Queen because she is a dealer herself and knows that hard work pays off in great sales.

What advice does she give to potential dealers? Be dedicated, enjoy what you do, be involved with The Queen of Hearts activities, take advantage of Thursday late nights, Meet and Greet and the 1st Sunday of each month when we are open for dealers only from 9 to 12 to provide dealers time to work without customers! The Buford store has blossomed under her experience and leadership and she has done a great job of leasing booths to an assortment of dealer-merchants for every style and preference!


Jenny Ray was born in Mesa, Arizona and moved to Alabama when she was 2 ½ years old. She grew up on a farm in Fredonia, Alabama raising cattle and hay. She is currently single and has a son who is 37 years old. She worked previously at Kimberly Clark before starting her own business at the Queen of Hearts in 2003. She began working as staff for the Marietta Queen of Hearts when the original Marietta store opened on Canton Road in 2006, and helped to move the Marietta Queen to its new location on Sandy Plains Road in 2014. Her efforts and hard work paid off when we opened the Marietta store in November, 2014 with all spaces filled and a waiting list of dealers wanting to come in!

Besides finding treasures for her own booths at Alpharetta and Marietta, Jenny enjoys hiking and reading good books.

Her favorite part about leasing space at the Queen of Hearts is matching booths to dealer’s needs. All booths are individual work spaces and all dealers have their own individual looks and finding that perfect spot for them to showcase their merchandise is important to her. She finds that her most successful dealers are the ones that carry furniture and work their spaces 2 to 3 times a week. She encourages dealers to bring in more furniture, fill their booth spaces and keep stock rotated.

Over the years, her slogan has remained constant - Part time work equals part time pay. The Marietta Queen is lucky to have her expertise and guidance and she works hard to find the best fit for each dealer-merchant at the Marietta Queen!

We love our staff, dealers and customers - this Labor Day we give a big thank you to everyone who does their part at the Queen to make it a wonderful place to work & shop!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Queen Dealer Spotlight: Flora Hill (HILL)

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!

Flora Hill (Dealer Code HILL) has been a dealer at the Queen of Hearts in Alpharetta since January. Her booth is located on Battery Street. She was previously a dealer in another antique mall 10 years ago and decided it was time to get back in the business. Her favorite part of being a dealer-merchant at the Queen is being there and getting to see the unique items that other dealers have brought in and seeing all the dealer’s creativity!

Her space has vintage furniture and home accessories. She likes to search for unique, but functional objects, and many of the items are hand painted by her. All painted art in her booth is an original one of a kind piece. Flora says she loves to sell old furniture. She likes to give old old pieces new life with a hand crafted painting, and says there is not a table that she does not absolutely love.

Flora’s favorite item in her home is pottery! Her collection has been in the making for 40 years and she loves using all the pieces for meals and parties. She loves traditional furniture, and says that trends come and go, but traditional furniture is always here to stay and to stick with what you love!

Her hobbies and interests include fine art, which has always been a passion. Her first award was in 3rd grade and she was fortunate to win awards throughout school. She is a self- taught painter and enjoys learning new techniques in painting.

She loves to travel the backroads of the United States with her husband, Greg, with who she'll celebrate 40 years of marriage this July. She says, “There are always treasures to be found, history to explore, incredible sights to see, and interesting people to meet.” Flora and Greg stay busy with flipping houses…their style. She says, “My love of painting has taken me into unique opportunities to paint murals in homes and businesses. There have been ones for kid's rooms, folk art styled breakfast rooms, a couple of Italian landscape themed murals for custom wine cellars, and a couple of back bar murals."

In the past, I was fortunate to hand paint terra cotta pots for a Liz Claiborne Mother's Day product promotion.” Flora painted a beautiful LOVE sign for our Wedding Inspiration Expo that was raffled off and has painted the stars and stripes that will be raffled off during July 4th! 

We are so fortunate to have such talented dealers like Flora at the Queen of Hearts and you can check out her booth on Battery Street in the Alpharetta store (Dealer Code HILL).

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Queen Dealer Spotlight: Sue Corner of Perfect Inspiration LLC (SUE)

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!

Sue Corner (Dealer Code SUE) has been a dealer at the Queen of Hearts in Alpharetta for the past 6 years. Her favorite part of being a dealer-merchant at the Queen is interacting with the customers and finding unique pieces to suit everyone's taste and pocket. 

Sue carries fine furniture from Europe and the USA, as well as oil paintings, art glass (especially Fenton), fine art and porcelain, bronze sculptures, tableware, silver, mirrors, rugs. Basically, anything they find "irresistible, hence their tag line "Gorgeous Things!"

Sue loves to tell the story of every piece she sells. As a history major, she researches her merchandise carefully and provides her customers with not just the actual object, but how it was used, where it came from, how old it is and what sort of life it may have led. Providing a "story" with each purchase gives her clients their own stories to tell and is educational as well as providing a richer buying experience.

Her favorite things in her home is a Stickley chest they had made to match the quilted maple top of his favorite guitar; a collection of 19th century sea and landscapes by Adolphus Knell, Robert Hope and others; and a Georgia sideboard which is otherwise unremarkable except that it bears the scratches of an optimistic kitten who tried and tried to jump on top of it and largely failed. Many finer pieces have passed through their hands but this particular piece has immense sentimental value.

Sue says she is delighted to see an upsurge of interest from younger people in "traditional" antiques. Sue has an eclectic style and is convinced that buying good pieces will happily co-exist with modern and traditional, and even mixed colors and styles, if they are united by a craftsmanship and pride of execution.

While collecting antiques for resale takes a large part of her time, she also loves to cook, mainly in the French style, which she picked up while living in Paris. Being a librarian at one time, she loves books and reading, and also volunteers at the North Fulton Community Charities, sorting and arranging books in their Roswell thrift shop. 

Sue and her husband, Chris, are English and have traveled extensively and spent three glorious years living in Paris and studying art history. She is a history major and has an extensive library which includes many reference works she uses to research her treasures. Sharing these stories with her clients is her greatest pleasure.

Follow her on Facebook at Perfect Inspiration Antiques and Collectibles.

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 or her Facebook or Pinterest - Anitra Mecadon or Funkologie. She is also launching a new blog at 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.