As an avid collector of a variety of
antiques and collectibles for over 40 years,
I know what
I'm writing about. Beginning with one modest English writing box, I
developed collections of not only writing boxes, but also of
Satsuma-style ware, Staffordshire ware, toy trains, Mexican kitchen
ware, and Victorian furniture. Friends often say visiting my
house is like visiting a museum.
Besides writing about antiques,
specializing in furniture, I have also sold at flea markets and
worked in antique shops, so I know the business side of antiques, too. In the
last 23 years, I've reviewed some of the top antique shows in the
Mid-Atlantic region and have many contacts in the antiques business.
My antique interest has taken
to England many times, where I've covered the prestigious Chelsea
Antique Show in London, as well as several others and have written about
antiquing there. I've also gathered items for my collections,
as well as done research for feature articles in England, Ireland, Germany,
France, Italy, Belgium, and the Netherlands.
Holding a a fine arts
degree, I've studied decorative arts and know historic periods from ancient civilizations to Art Deco.
I've also written
about antiques and collectibles for many antiques and consumer publications
and Web sites, including
American Antiquities Journal,
Southeastern Antiquing and
I've also authored two
books on antiques for Globe Pequot Press:
How to Start a
Home-Based Antiques Business
How to Recognize and
Refinish Antiques for Pleasure and Profit. Both
are on sale at your favorite bookstore or through
In addition, I also teach courses on
antiques and decorating with antiques, including an all-day seminar at
the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
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