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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]