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.

By | March 3rd, 2017|Featured Stories, Speaking of Antiquing|0 Comments

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 […]

By | October 29th, 2015|Featured Stories, Speaking of Antiquing|0 Comments

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 […]

By | September 30th, 2015|Speaking of Antiquing|0 Comments

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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What’s Trending – by Joelle Graves

Speaking of Antiquing – March 2015

My friend Charlotte, in New York keeps me abreast of the latest decorating news. We are both lovers of mixing old and new. A new dress with a vintage pin—a vintage dress with a new scarf…an Ikea dining table with flow blue—a mahogany table with stark white. My daughter paired […]

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

The Power of the Internet – by Joelle Graves

Speaking of Antiquing – December 2014/January 2015

Every day, someone comes into Sterling Creek Antiques and shows me a picture or describes an item they hope I will appraise at a high value! Over the years, I’ve come to the realization that I’m just as happy teaching someone how to value their […]

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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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Estate Planning and Antiques: Do They Go Together? – by Joelle Graves

Speaking of Antiquing – October 2014

Having had a background in Fundraising and Major Gifts, I quickly became acquainted with the process of Estate Planning. When meeting with donors, I’d inevitably discover a household full of treasured purchases, either bought by the residents or inherited. Oftentimes, parents would ask me how to plan ahead and who […]

By | September 26th, 2014|Featured Stories, Speaking of Antiquing|0 Comments

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 […]

By | August 27th, 2014|Speaking of Antiquing|0 Comments

On the Importance of Timing and Experts – by Whitman Parker with Joelle Graves

Speaking of Antiquing – August 2014

On a bright Friday morning in early May, I was standing in-line alongside Joelle Graves surrounded by others waiting to get inside a local estate sale. This time, it was the estate of Marjorie Edens, one of Jacksonville’s most beloved residents who had recently passed away, years before her time.

Bumping […]

By | July 29th, 2014|Speaking of Antiquing|0 Comments

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 […]

By | July 28th, 2014|Featured Stories, Speaking of Antiquing|0 Comments

Collecting “Britt” – by Joelle Graves

I bet you have something “Britt” in your house, like a poster. Britt posters adorn the walls of the Bella Union going back to the 1960’s. The Jacksonville Inn has collected autographed posters from the days of the Festivals within a Festival—Jazz Festival; Dance Festival and more. Jacksonville Elementary School has several framed posters adorning their...

A Short History of Fiestaware – by Pat Montellano

Merchandisers began promoting color as the Depression came to an end. Americans were more than ready to trade in their dark-colored vehicles, clothing and kitchenware and everything took on vivid hues.

The Fine Art of “Art” – by Joelle Graves

When we watch Antiques Roadshow, we all hope that the painting we have in our own garage is the “big” one. Although it could be, 9 times out of 10, it’s not.

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.

Pretty in Pink – by Joelle Graves

Pink Depression glass; pink custard glass; pink dishes; pink linens—anything pink! Pink is a beautiful color to decorate with when combined with other vibrant colors of the season. February, of course, lends itself to decorating with pink...

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...

By | December 6th, 2013|Columns, Featured Stories, Speaking of Antiquing|0 Comments

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?”

Preserving History: Antiques Tell a Story – by Tracy Baird

At Sterling Creek Antiques in downtown Jacksonville, we encounter stories every day.

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...

A Very Personal Story – by Joelle Graves

It was one of those quiet days here in the shop when I wasn’t really sure whether I would have any business or not...

By | July 2nd, 2013|Columns, Featured Stories, Speaking of Antiquing|1 Comment