Published on May 7, 2012
My husband is an artist.
He has the eye and sensibilities of an artist, and in our business that can lead down strange and interesting paths.
Steven has always collected unusual objects, and they have had an important place in our offerings at shows and in our shop. They are wonderful to have in our booth, as they often spark great conversations with like-minded (or like-eyed) customers who appreciate both the beauty and the quirk.
But the challenge has always been a) how to display them for sale and b) how to demonstrate to the customer that they can use…READ MORE
Published on February 19, 2012
Today is the first in a new series here on Tandem Antiques blog.
The idea is to look at something in our inventory, and discuss why it’s in our inventory – what is good, interesting, unusual and valuable about it. Why we love it — because most of the things we buy and sell are chosen because we love them!
So, read on! All kinds of fascinating information coming your way. With pictures, of course.
This is an early 20th century advertising sign for a minstrel show, hand-painted on paper. It came out of a bunch of papers and…READ MORE
Published on November 27, 2011
One might think that, as a purveyor of fine antiques and other old things, I would be a hard-line purist when it comes to books. Someone who waxes poetic about the smell of old books and the feel of the paper between the fingers. The joy of hours wiled away among tall shelves in dusty bookshops. And so on.
While that aptly describes more than one of my favorite people (and you know who you are), it is actually not me. Not that I don’t love to read, because I do! But because…well, let me explain.
Two things come into…READ MORE