IMG_20130516_144407 2Martin joins Cari Cucksey of HGTV’s Cash & Cari for a fun sit-down at the Brimfield Antique show.

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  1. Laura Webber
    Wed 22nd May 2013 at 9:37 am

    I really wish her and this show would go away. She really doesn’t know a lot about antiques, and ruins most that she “repurposes”. That is why her show is about done with. Thank God!!!

  2. Larry
    Thu 23rd May 2013 at 4:37 pm

    You were much too ready to agree with Cari that she had done a good thing by painting an Eastlake sofa. Her attitude and one you trumpeted is that Eastlake is out of fashion so no one will buy it if you dont paint it so it looks like a novelty. It will and in a few years that “shabby chic” mess that Cari made will be out of fashion as well and in the dumpster. How many great antiques were painted over in the 1970’s and 1980’s big craze for “antiquing kits”. That paint is terribly hard to get off especially in an Eastlake piece which ususally has patterned indentations. And even if the piece is restored, you have lost the orginal finish. If you are really knowledgeable about antiques, you know that what is out of fashion today is worth a lot of money tomorrow.

    • martin  –  Thu 23rd May 2013 at 6:44 pm

      In hindsight, I agree with you 100%. I even wrote to an angry listener and told that person almost exactly what you said. That we have no way of knowing what these pieces will be considered to be in the future. I was too quick to agree and was caught up in all the positive things she does as far as getting young people interested in collecting.

      Thank you for your comment, I needed to remember that preservation should not be steered by demand alone. Martin

  3. laura webber
    Sat 25th May 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Thank you Larry!!! I have read many many commets on the furniture she “repurposes”. She is ruining a lot of antiques. Her store use to have a lot of “repurposed” antiques. She paints, adds a couple of things and jacks the price sky high.

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