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IMG_0498Victorian cleaning serviceA show on vacuum cleaner history recorded at the Home & Garden Show in Costa Mesa, California with an old school salesman, Ken Beach. An unusual topic, with an entertaining guest.

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29 Dec 2014, by

171. Gary Sullivan

516Gary Sullivan talks about transitioning from oak furniture in the 1970s to fine American period furniture and clocks. His path has led him to the Antiques Roadshow and more recently to the White House to document an American musical tall case clock made by Effingham Embree. For information on clocks and more, check out: garysullivanantiques.com

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17 Nov 2014, by

What People Collect

imagesIf it exists, it is collected by someone. In my long career in the antiques and auction business, I have seen the vast variety of items that people collect.

The reason people usually start collecting is, a connection. Not with the objects per say, but with memories. Sometimes people just plain collect because they realize something appeals to them, this has happened to me with fine art.

People don’t always collect just items, sometimes they collect themes. Here are just a few theme examples: PhotographyCivil War & militaria, fine art paintings & sculpture, furniture, duck decoyshistorical ephemera, antique toys, coins, beer cans, books. Animal themes collected include: cats, dogs, elephants, tigers, lions, hippopotamuses, squirrels, turtles, loons, ducks and owls. I have been in houses where there are 1,000s of these themed collectibles. The person, couple or family cherished the aspect of collecting, and buying examples, at auction, on vacation, or other various means. Their stories of their collecting experience was often very interesting and meant something to them.

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