Sunday, May 4, 2014

Fabulous Finds, Tremendous Treasures

This guest blog is by Cindy Rich, a third generation picker of antiques/appraiser and loves all things vintage. She has been interested in antiques for as long as she can remember, and feels that every piece she finds comes from somewhere and was loved by someone!

I started my adventures earlier than expected with some wonderful ladies, who are also vendors there and saw a primitive step-back cabinet that was given "new life" and shown much respect with a new coat of paint and an old trunk that had beautiful finishings and pretty patina on it. I would use it in my daughter's room with some old vintage quilts and pillows pouring out the top.

Another lady showed me a beauty of a chest embellished in hand-stamped brass that can be used as a hope chest for a young couple, or to store vintage pieces that are precious to you.

I had the pleasure of talking with a lady that found a picture behind another picture in a frame that was from the 1920's and was a print that she was wanting to know the value - it was worth approximately $125. She went on to tell me it belonged to her aunt and she had always admired it from when she was a child and was blessed to have it given to her when her aunt passed. You could see the love in her eyes and the humble heart she had when talking about her. I was just in awe of the simple beauty of the piece.

Finally, I had the joy of meeting another vendor who had some pieces of lighting from the 1920's that were hand-crafted, hand-forged, and heard stories of her mom and how she loved these pieces and to her surprise - they were worth quite a bit, as they are no longer made. They hung in a nightclub for many years and were items she truly cherished. 

All in all, it was a night for me to remember, to take a walk through time with each and every customer, and receive donations of over $100 that goes to charity.

Thank you for another fantastic time at the Queen of Hearts. See you next month!