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ABOUT US

My expertise covers many areas, which is why my antique shop is very eclectic. I attended my first auction when I was five years old and bought my first treasure, a trunk, for the outrageously high price of a quarter.  My father told me that no one dared to bid against me (I was adorable, precocious, and quite certain of myself; besides I glared at would be bidders). As I got older my keen eye for detail became ingrained. I learned from experts, my parents were antique bounty hunters. 

My mother filled our house with wonderful furnishings and my father, with books and papers - tons of ephemera that most people would have thrown in the garbage pile. I was spoon fed on reading from 17th, 18th, 19th century original letters, diaries, newspapers, first edition books, and any type of paper product imaginable, including prints (although I later succumbed to charcoal, pen and ink, pencil, hand-colored pages, watercolors, and oil on canvas). My parents also believed in history and took my brothers and I to museums, art institutes, and historical settings throughout my childhood.

My professional career has taken me from coast to coast and subsequently being a lone female traveler, I used my spare time to hunt antiques and discover history from one end of the country to the other. I still search for "lost" objects and bits of buried history or forgotten “treasures” (at auctions, estate sales, flea markets, friends houses, garage sales, thrift stores and more). I  have endless tons of books on every item imaginable that is an antique or could be one day. But what I enjoy most is the story behind the piece when I can as well as finding a new home where it will continue its journey.