Thursday, October 13, 2016

Dealer Phil Done of The Country Cottage and author of The Ornament Box

We love to feature our creative, savvy, and talented dealer-merchants and thought you would enjoy getting to know them! Meet Phil Done of The Country Cottage, Dealer PNP on Church Street, in our Alpharetta Queen of Hearts.

Phil has been a dealer-merchant at the Queen of Hearts since February 2016 and specializes in European cottage collectibles hand-picked from Hungary, Romania, and France. He says that his favorite part about being a dealer-merchant at the Queen is finding treasures (just like a pirate!) and fluffing the booth. 

A year ago, Phil moved back to the states and married his partner, Piotr. Phil and Piotr sell an array of European pieces. Piotr is from Poland, and they lived in Budapest for a total of ten years. Twice now, they have brought over containers full of European collectibles, including grain sacks, seltzer bottles, vintage teddy bears, dough bowls, pickle jars, demi-johns, and enamelware. Phil attributes their success to personally hand-picking unique pieces. They live in Marietta with their doggie, Roxie.

These are a few of Phil's Favorite Things:

  • European Enamelware (because he loves the bright colors!) 
  • Finding old European teddy bears stuffed with straw, but says that it is hard for him to part with them unless he knows they are going to a good home. 
  • His dog, Roxie and his partner, Piotr. Piotr likes the selling and business part of it, so together they make a great team.
  • An old china cabinet with a bowed glass front that is in his home. It resembles the one his grandmother used to have, and he remembers as a child listening to her tell the stories of all the pretty things behind the glass, which probably started his love of antiques.
  • Palettes of warm gray and off-white 
  • Painted furniture and that "chippy" is still in - you used to not be able to sell anything with a ding or chip in it!
  • Taking old things and find new uses for them. Recently, he was amazed when he saw an old mattress coil turned upside down, lined with sheet music, and transformed into a vase for dried flowers.
  • He also admires the work of many of our dealers at the Queen!

Besides hunting down treasures for his booth, Phil has two other loves: teaching and writing. Originally from California, Phil taught 15 years in California public schools before moving to Europe, which had always been a dream. In Europe, he taught third, fourth and fifth grade for 10 years at the American International School of Budapest, one of the premier international schools in the world. 

In his first two books, 32 Third Graders and One Class Bunny: Life Lessons from Teaching and Close Encounters of the Third-Grade Kind: Thoughts on Teacher-hood, he wrote about the funny and poignant things that happen in the elementary classroom. His third book, The Charms of Miss O'Hara: Tales of Gone With the Wind and the Golden Age of Hollywood from Scarlett's Little Sister, is a biography of film star Ann Rutherford, best known for her role as Carreen O’Hara, youngest sister in Gone With the Wind. Phil's writing has also been featured in Reader's Digest, Real Simple, and The New York Times.

Phil's fourth book, The Ornament Box, with a foreword by classic film star Debbie Reynolds, will be released on October 11, Both Hallmark and Lifetime have expressed interest in adapting it for television. 

The Ornament Box is the story of one family told through its ornaments. As they are unwrapped on Christmas Eve, so too are the family’s relationships, struggles, and secrets. The ornaments tell stories of love and loss: sometimes they are worn and broken— just like us. This is about what unites a family: tradition, holiday, and sickness, and shows us that the eternal spirit of Christmas is not beneath the tree; rather, it is within.  

Meet Phil Done and have him sign a personalized copy of The Ornament Box for you at any of the below times. If you can't make the book signings, The Ornament Box will be on sale at all three of our locations for $16.95 and is a perfect stocking stuffer!

Alpharetta Store, 670 N Main, Alpharetta:
Thursday, November 3     5 to 7 pm
Friday, November 4         1 to 3 pm
Saturday, November 5     1 to 3 pm
Sunday, November 6       1 to 3 pm
Saturday, December 3     3 to 5 pm 

Marietta Store - 2745 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta:
Thursday, Nov 10      6 to 8 pm
Saturday, Nov 12      3 to 5 pm

Check out their Facebook page at

For more information about The Ornament Box, go to, or email your questions to

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Susie Goldenberg Long of Farmhouse Paint

We love to feature our creative, savvy and talented dealer-merchants and we thought you would enjoy getting to know them!  Meet Susie Long, owner of Farmhouse Paint and Urban Market Warehouse in Cartersville, GA  

Susie Goldenberg Long, the creative force behind Farmhouse Paint, is a dealer in both our Alpharetta and Marietta stores.  She has been creating decorative finishes and products for more than 25 years and used that knowledge to create the formula for Farmhouse Paint in 2012.   Farmhouse Paint has created “The Next Generation” Furniture Paint and products. The proprietary formulas consist of the highest grade low VOC components, which provides customers with a superior product delivering advanced bonding and durability while delivering a smooth silky easy to use “Single Step” process. All of Farmhouse Paint products are user and environmentally friendly.  Currently, there are over 100 distributors selling Farmhouse Paint throughout the US and Canada.

Susie’s excitement for creating new finishes and easier ways to accomplish magnificent looks has kept her in the leading edge of the industry.  She holds an art degree from Ohio University and her professional accomplishments include leading workshops nationally and internationally, guest speaker at national conferences and home shows, painted commissions for influential clients, and multiple mastery level awards.  Susie has been featured in many national publications and registries along with appearances on DIY television shows.

Susie is shown here leading a Farmhouse Paint demo in our Alpharetta store
Especially exciting news is that they will be moving the Farmhouse Paint distribution center and corporate office to Cartersville, Georgia in August.  Also coming in September and October, they will be opening Urban Market Warehouse, Cartersville's newest concept in home decor furnishings and more.  Urban Market Warehouse will feature dealers with an abundance of awesome and unique furniture, accessories, and everything in between to decorate your home or office.  If you are looking to furnish an entire house or just need an accent piece, Urban Market Warehouse will be the place to shop in Cartersville as their focus will be dealers offering upscale up-cycled, one-of-a-kind furnishings in a staged atmosphere, with styles from industrial, contemporary, eclectic, farmhouse, transitional, and more.  As Susie commented to us, “I see a smaller version of the Queen of Hearts with creative and resourceful dealers offering refinished and painted furniture (hopefully using Farmhouse Paint products!) and repurposed merchandise to fit new trends and catering to a younger crowd of shoppers that want to make old styles their own.”  

The Queen of Hearts has many successful dealer-merchants in all of their stores and is always supportive when they branch out into these creative avenues.  It is this type of entrepreneurial spirit that continues to foster the love of antiquing and discovering what is around the next corner that keeps our industry thriving! 
Stacey Anderson, owner of the Queen of Hearts, standing with Susie Long amid the construction 
of her new Farmhouse Paint/Urban Market Warehouse location in Cartersville, GA
If you know of anyone in the Cartersville area that might be interested in applying to be a dealer in this Urban Market Warehouse, give Susie a call at 770-883-6603.  She plans to open by October 1 and we will be helping her host a Dealer Sign Up Day on Saturday, September 10 from 10 am to 4 pm at 327 N. Tennessee Street in Cartersville.  She is accepting appointments now so give her a call.  This is sure to be a great addition to the town of Cartersville and we hope you will visit and stop by and see her!  

Susie recently became engaged to Jerry Long and they love to spend time on Lake Allatoona, which makes Cartersville an ideal arrangement for them.  Good luck to Susie and Jerry Long as they begin this wonderful journey and the best of success to Urban Market Warehouse. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Gay Stiteler ( Dealer GGS) of Stiteler Antiques

We love to feature our creative, savvy and talented dealer-merchants and we thought you would enjoy getting to know them!  

Gay says that her favorite part about being a dealer-merchant at the Queen of Hearts is looking for antiques, selling and buying vintage, going to AmericasMart with friends, and interacting with other dealers. 

Gay has been married to Frank Stiteler of Stiteler Insurance for 56 years.  She grew up in Atlanta and Frank grew up in Decatur and they met in church.  They have three children and four grandchildren and recently moved to Athens to be closer to family.  Gay is retired from the Dekalb County School System. 

LIKE her on Facebook at Stiteler Antiques

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.