Chambers Stoves: A peek into the delightful history.

Nov 8 2018 - 10:22am
  It was 1912 in Shelbyville, Indiana, a small town near the Little Blue and Big Blue Rivers when John Chambers started his stove company. The Chambers Company was best known for their unique wool insulation carefully prepared in each oven which allowed for the heat to retain after being shut off. According to Mr. Chambers, this technique preserved the value of the food. Chambers Stoves eventually shut down production in the early 1990s and more recently, a company in Los Angeles has recovered the Chambers Stove name. There’s no doubt the stoves stand apart from the crowd with their character and excellent craftsmanship, so it is vital to receive a full appraisal to receive the most for... more

Picasso in Virtual Reality?!

Mar 21 2018 - 4:13pm
    Picasso in Virtual Reality?! We know you have thought about it.  How amazing would it be to really see Pablo Picasso’s artwork in person? To really get down & dirty with it? Well, this dream is soon to become a reality. More like a virtual reality! Thanks to an ongoing project by scholars at the University of South Florida (USF) Center for Virtualization & Applied Spatial Technologies, Picasso’s vision for this 102ft tall public monument will be realized!       Virtual reality(VR) has taken the world by storm! In case you haven't heard of it yet. VR is a computer-generated scenario that simulates real world & life-like experience. Currently, virtual reality is typically... more

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 In the recent past, it was a throwaway term for some song or clothing that was old and out-of-date.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

Kersten's Antiques is Going Rogue!

Dec 16 2016 - 2:41pm
In a galaxy far far away (Mill Valley, California) in a distant time (1977) Star Wars began! Since its inception Star Wars has had a cult following, driving lifelong fans and new comers alike to seek interest in all things Star Wars. With the resurgence of the franchise, younger generations are becoming more interested in the 1970s collectibles as well as new generation memorabilia! So Kersten’s Antiques decided to dive in and explore the galaxy of Star Wars collectibles! Ever wonder what your Star Wars collectable is worth? Ever wonder how that value is assigned? Do you know where to go to buy them, sell them, or get tem appraised? Do you know how far 12 parsecs really is? All of the... more

'Tis the season

Nov 18 2015 - 4:05pm
It’s that time of the year again when the holidays start coming fast and furious. First with Thanksgiving, then Christmas and finally ushering in the New Year. Meaning it’s also the perfect time to pull out all the old, vintage and unique decorations that have been passed down from family members or even picked up at local antique stores.  During Thanksgiving, many people pull out their grandma’s antique glassware, platters and bowls. Reserved solely for that time of the year. There may also be older themed pieces of art and even family traditions going back many generations. Do you make homemade cranberry sauce? Or is your family strictly a jellied cranberry sauce family? The day after... more