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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]