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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]