Why is “Retro” Coming Back?

Aug 25 2017 - 7:17am
I have always loved the term “retro”. In the recent past, it was a throwaway term for some song or clothing that was old and out-of-date. “Oh, you’re so retro!” was the refrain. It wasn’t derogatory but it also wasn’t high praise. However, times sure are changing!  Now, thanks to hipsters “retro” is so in. From Herman Miller office chairs to restaurant condiment squeeze bottle sets, retro and things like “Mid-Century Modern” are all the rage. When we use the term “retro” what we mean is a style that consciously imitates trends, music, modes, fashions or attitudes of the past that no longer seem modern. As opposed to revivalism, also thought of as “unsentimental nostalgia,” retro creates a... more

Doubling down on double die coins

Apr 10 2017 - 4:54pm
Today’s “Money Monday” topic: Double Die Coins This 1955 Lincoln penny is a perfect example of a double die coin & is said to have started the hobby of collecting “error coins” in the U.S. Double die coins are coins that have been struck with a misprinted die (mold) & appear to have overlapping images. There are also double struck coins; which are coins that get stuck in the coining chamber & are struck twice- resulting in a flattened, distorted image. Interestingly enough, there are also tripled and quadrupled die coins! But are they valuable? Error coins, such as double dies, have the potential to be valuable. **If you wish to find the value of YOUR coin, simply log on to www.... more

Vintage Folk Art

Mar 23 2017 - 9:22am
Although the artists are typically unknown and untrained, the beauty of folk art lies in the time period each piece reflects, the local materials that were used, and the purpose behind each item. Examples of folk art include: weather vanes, wood carvings, needlepoint, duck decoys, handmade furniture, old store signs, carousel horses, fire buckets, painted game boards, etc. Folk art is primarily viewed as unusual, eye-catching, and one-of-a-kind. Whether you have a modern sense of style or consider your interior decor, "vintage chic," vintage fold art can add a pop of conversation to any room.

Mid-Century Mod is IN!

Jan 26 2017 - 12:17pm
That's right. Mid-Century Modern Furniture is IN!... & Millennials are loving it! It's the thrill of the hunt for something old and the art of making it new again. Mid-century modern style furniture has the sleek lines, polished surfaces, and the overall art deco- meets- traditional feel that is all the rage right now. Furniture make is the 40's and 50's are well-constructed (often times heavy) with sturdy fabrics and trendy colors. Millenials are drawn to the authentic, one-of-a-kind pieces that spark coversation and brighten up a casual room. *Also: They are willing to pay the price for mid-century furniture because of its QUALITY & longevity... which brings me to my next point:... more

The Real Cat's Meow.

Dec 28 2016 - 3:50pm
Tis the season for Roaring 20’s Parties- Cocktails with friends, big jazz bands, dancing the night away in a fun, fringed flapper dress. It’s not a surprise that big named designers are consistently incorporating 20’s fashion on the runways today. Drop-waist, shapeless cocktail dresses with glamorous beading or fringe details, often draping to one side or off the shoulder… a fashion movement inspired by the young women of that era who experienced the horror of WWI & the Spanish flu. Their new vision: Life is short & could end at any moment. Often referred to as “scantily-clad, irresponsible & undisciplined,” the flapper movement inspired women to ditch their tight, Victorian... more

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