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Margaret BarnesMargaret Barns is co-owner of Pickety Place Antiques & Collectibles located at 130 N. 4th Street in Jacksonville. LIKE them on Facebook.

The Enduring Quality of Fenton Glass – by Margaret Barnes

Speaking of Antiquing – September 2017

Anyone who comes in to our shop will instantly see that we love antique and vintage glass. While we rarely get “big name” glass makers’ items in-stock, such as “Tiffany” or “Stuben,” you will see the classic “Fenton” glass.

Fenton glass has been around since Frank and John Fenton (brothers) set […]

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Chalk Painted Antiquing – by Margaret Barnes

Speaking of Antiquing – August 2017

Lately, I have been spending many hours sanding old furniture. My purpose is not to refinish antique furniture to its former glory, but to add a couple of coats of chalk paint, and sand some more. And then add a soft finish wax and rub and buff until my elbow […]

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Ideas on Insulators – by Margaret Barnes

Speaking of Antiquing – July 2017

Glass insulators have been around since 1840 when the first telegraph lines were strung across America. They were non-threaded, and had wings or “ram’s horns” that some collectors today call “Mickey Mouse ears.” Another type from that era was the “glass block” design. They were square-ish. Soon […]

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Slaves to Fashion – by Margaret Barnes

Speaking of Antiquing – June 2017

It’s often said that we are slaves to fashion. Such was the case with the mesh envelope bag and the elegant, beaded handbag. These handbags, so loved by the 1920’s Flappers, were quite fashionable until well into the 1950s. Even now, these vintage handbags are carried as evening accessories by […]

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Making a Cameo Re-Appearance – by Margaret Barnes

Speaking of Antiquing – May 2017

Although some ignore the time-treasured brooch in favor of something trendier, the cameo has always been a fashion statement. (A brooch is defined as “an ornament fastened to clothing with a hinged pin and catch.) By “always,” I mean at least as far back as the Hellenistic period in the […]

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Collecting Keys – by Margaret Barnes

Speaking of Antiquing – April 2017

The earliest known door keys were large wooden shafts designed to lift a pin tumbler lock that held a crossbar across a door. The shaft, or key, would push the beam in or out of position from the door frame. This crude Egyptian design was replaced by a Roman invention […]

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Red Wing Pottery – by Margaret Barnes

Speaking of Antiquing – March 2017

In the 1860’s, German immigrants settled along the Mississippi River in a town called Red Wing, Minnesota. Fortune smiled on them, as they were skilled potters and the clay soil was perfect for producing stoneware crocks, jugs, pottery for food storage, and other household items.

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Collecting Jadeite – by Margaret Barnes

Speaking of Antiquing – February 2017

Jadeite is striking in its beauty and durable in its functionality. Jadeite is a type of glass tableware made of Jade-green, opaque milk glass, popular in the mid-20th century. Sometimes dubbed the colorful “Pyrex of its day,” Jadeite was used for baking, food preparation, food storage, and table use.

Jadeite is […]

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Wood Stoves: From the Parlour to the Scrap Heap – by Margaret Barnes

Speaking of Antiquing – December 2016/January 2017

The “center” of every home is typically the kitchen, in large part because that’s where the hub of activity is. Kitchen items from the depression era and older are the items that collectors are generally most interested in. They evoke a feeling of nostalgia for comfort, warmth and functionality […]

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Matryoshka Dolls, Russian Nesting Dolls – by Margaret Barnes

Speaking of Antiquing – November 2016

As Christmastime draws near, I often reflect on favorite gifts. My daughter (and now granddaughters) always loved the beauty and intrigue of Matryoshka dolls, better known as Russian nesting dolls. They are bright and beautiful, intriguing and surprising. Most of us know about these hand-painted wooden dolls, separated in the […]

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Granny Squares: a Favorite Collectible – by Margaret Barnes

Speaking of Antiquing – October 2016

Textiles have always been a big draw for me at estate sales and auctions, where I will buy vintage textiles every time. If it’s not the antique handmade, hand-quilted quilts, it’s the vintage crochet blankets. I especially love the colorful “Granny Squares” blankets, the old ones from the 1920’s and […]

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Losing My Marbles! – by Margaret Barnes

Speaking of Antiquing – September 2016

Marble collecting can be fun, interesting and exciting. Generally, you wouldn’t think too much about a bag of random marbles found at a thrift shop or garage sale until you look more closely beyond the common cat’s eyes, the clearies, the swirls, and the shooters, and see […]

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The Wonders of Wedgwood – by Margaret Barnes

Speaking of Antiquing – August 2016

Wedgwood is more than the collector’s passion it has been for over 250 years, and its creator is more than a mere potter. It is part of history.

Josiah Wedgwood was born into a pottery-production family, and was apprenticed in his youth, and […]

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Suitcases & Trunks – by Margaret Barnes

Speaking of Antiquing – July 2016

If you were to travel in the 18th century, you would most likely go by sea, for months at a time. You would pack your belongings in a very large trunk. Trunks were very heavy, made of wood, metal and leather, with a domed or flat top. The wood inside […]

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The World of Bottles – by Margaret Barnes

Speaking of Antiquing – May 2016

In the early 1970’s in the Black Hills of South Dakota, with baby in our backpack, we would tramp through the woods in search of old forgotten cabins and homesteads. Sometimes we would find iron wheels and forged hinges, but the most fun finds were intact whiskey bottles. I remember […]

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Thank Goodness for the Vacuum – by Margaret Barnes

Speaking of Antiquing – April 2016

Ah, April…typically the most beautiful month of the year. With the sun having warmed- up the air, windows fly open and stay open all day and into the night. We emerge from our cabin fever and feel renewed and refreshed with the spring air. We open the windows and doors […]

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Illuminating Lamps – by Margaret Barnes

Speaking of Antiquing – March 2016

There’s always been a need to illuminate the darkness, to bring illumination into one’s dwelling. Fast-forward through time, past oil and wick, past whale oil, past Edison’s invention of the incandescent light bulb and the nearly simultaneous invention of the Aladdin Industries mantle lamp that glowed brighter than anything yet […]

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The Artistry of Hand-Painted Photographs – by Margaret Barnes

Speaking of Antiquing – February 2016

You can picture yourself sitting on that sandy lakeshore while the elegant white swans swim freely on the deep blue water, the majestic snowy mountains loom in the background. The swans have an insatiable appetite for bread chunks that are tossed into the murky water. […]

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Make it a Handmade-only Holiday – by Margaret Barnes

Speaking of Antiquing – Dec 2015/Jan 2016

Every so often when my children were growing up, I would declare a HANDMADE ONLY Christmas.

The gifts to each other had to be made by hand by them.

I made my sewing area off limits by putting up sheets to hide what I was working on. A couple of quilts […]

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Decorating with Books – by Margaret Barnes

Speaking of Antiquing – November 2015

One thing that I find extremely attractive in a home is a well-stocked book shelf. I hope not to be rude when I saunter over and read the spines of your tomes. Whether you have read them or not, beauty is foremost in collecting and design. You can turn simple […]

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Is the Era of Elegance Over? – by Margaret Barnes

Speaking of Antiquing – October 2015

Everyday at the shop, someone calls about or brings in a set of fine China or crystal to sell. It seems as if complete sets of gorgeous Limoges, Noritake, Spode, and Franciscan are being ignored by the younger generation.

As the Greatest Generation passes away, and […]

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Knickknacks, Curios, and Tchotchkes – by Margaret Barnes

Speaking of Antiquing – September 2015

These three words are heard as often as they are misspelled and misunderstood!

knick·knack: a small worthless object, especially a household ornament.

cu·ri·o: a rare, unusual, or intriguing object.

tchotch·ke: a small object that is decorative rather than strictly functional; a trinket, a small bauble or miscellaneous item.

Knick-knacks or Tchotchkes are souvenir items […]

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Inside, A Treasure Trove Awaits! – by Margaret Barnes

Speaking of Antiquing – August 2015

When you walk into Pickety Place, undoubtedly, the first thing you see are the glass display cabinets filled with shiny baubles.

There are silver and glass trays filled with all sorts of treasures.

People gravitate first to the side of the glass where the sterling silver pieces are displayed. Most of the […]

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Happy Birthday Pyrex! – by Margaret Barnes

Speaking of Antiquing – July 2015

In 2015, PYREX turned 100 years-old.

Like many innovations and excellent ideas, it’s invention was a fluke.

Chemists at Corning Glass Works, in Corning New York, were working to develop heat-resistant glass that could stand-up to extreme temperature changes for […]

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Vintage Clothing Back in Fashion at Pickety Place – by Margaret Barnes

Speaking of Antiquing – June 2015

I hate to tell you, but your ’80s clothes are now considered “vintage.”

I have not yet heard a word to describe the ’80s clothes as a genre. The ’70s boasted retro hippies left-over from the ’60s, stylish Hip-looking funky bellbottomed professionals letting their hair get longer; […]

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Please Pour the Tea – by Margaret Barnes

Speaking of Antiquing – May 2015

With the coming of Spring, so comes the fun of hosting a Tea Party.

The English in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I made a fine art of tea time. Fine tea from China and India was a staple of English life, as The East India Company had trade routes through […]

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The Iridescent World of Carnival Glass – by Margaret Barnes

Speaking of Antiquing – April 2015

In 1907, the Fenton Glass Company in West Virginia produced a style of glass referred to as “iridescent ware.” Fenton called it Iridill and labeled it “Venetian Art.” The idea was to mass-produce a beautiful product that could compete with the expensive, iridescent art glass made by Tiffany and Steuben.

The […]

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In Love with Salt Cellars – by Margaret Barnes

Speaking of Antiquing – February 2015

One thing I’ve been collecting lately is tiny, multi- functional, elegant, practical, universal, and easy to afford—my growing collection of Salt Cellars, also known as salts, open dips, open salts, salt dish, or master salt.

The individual cellar would have typically been sterling silver, […]

By | January 23rd, 2015|Featured Stories, Speaking of Antiquing|1 Comment

Loving Linen and Lace – by Margaret Barnes

Speaking of Antiquing – November 2014

Traditional Holiday Dinners evoke many emotions because of the traditions we try to keep, the family members we celebrate with, the family members who are missed or missing, the friends we include, and the items we employ to create the desired effect at the dining table.

Many of us begin our […]

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Discovering Graniteware – by Margaret Barnes

Speaking of Antiquing – September 2014

I’ll bet most of you reading this article will have at least one piece of graniteware in your possession. You may have a white dinner plate with red trim under one of your houseplants; perhaps you have a black speckled roasting pan in your garage waiting for Thanksgiving; a large […]

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Hooked Rugs, an American Tradition – by Margaret Barnes

Speaking of Antiquing – July 2014

Rug Hooking began in America in the New England states as a craft of poverty, a “country craft,” done out of sheer necessity and done in isolation. While wealthy homes had woven carpets from woolen mills, poorer families were using every available scrap of fiber and hooking them into loosely-woven […]

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Pressed Glass or Cut Glass – by Margaret Barnes

In the early 1900’s you could scarcely open a newspaper or magazine without seeing an advertisement for Brilliant Cut Glass. In the form of a vase, ice cream dish, a goblet, or fruit bowl, several glass companies wanted the consumer to buy their beautiful cut glass items for the bride or for Christmas gifts.

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Modern Uses for “Primitives” – by Margaret Barnes

The topic of Primitives is vastly overwhelming. I have seen fantastic primitives that date back to Colonial days. The early American settlers and pioneers set the standard that so many try to emulate today...

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Speaking of Antiquing – by Margaret Barnes

How many times have you come across a fabulous item in a museum or a shop and wondered to yourself, “If this item could talk, I wonder what stories would it tell?”

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Speaking of Antiquing – by Margaret Barnes

When it comes to heirlooms, items of value passed from one generation to the next, most people would not expect...

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