Indeed... why... well,
I am constantly falling in love with pieces of antique furniture - I have been known to crawl under things in historical houses - just to learn a little more!
"The day I stop learning will be the day I turn up my toes" ~ Rachel
I am still learning about antiques and would like to share this knowledge with you. Perhaps this could become a site for the people by the people - who knows?
Over the last 25/30 years I have been dealing in antiques. Much of that time I have spent restoring pieces of antique furniture. I am one of the lucky ones – my job has been the love of my life and it has paid my way.
Alas, I am getting stiff at the joints and lifting heavy pieces of furniture up and down stairways, in and out of cars and on to the work bench has had to come to an end. I have retired! (Well almost)
However, I am not one to sit about doing nothing or turn my back on a challenge. Learning to build a website and all the ‘stuff’ that goes with it has its frustrations – very much so – but I wanted to pass on the knowledge I have built up over the years. I wanted to pass it on to those who are interested in antiques, to those interested in restoration, to dealers, antique experts and anyone who just wants to learn.
Trying to date and identify antique furniture can be rather hard at times, especially here in Europe where the styles overlap and the boarders were forever changing.
I shall be giving information on furniture restoration as well over time. We shall be speaking about PATINA and cleaning your antiques - rather than restoring them. Refinishing techniques, stripping, replacing parts and hardware - this list goes deep!
We shall also be looking into appraisals and values, antique dealers and how to deal with them (after all I am one of ‘them’ dealers) - the ins and outs of buying and selling and so forth.
Delve into the various pages as within them you will find links to other content which will take you even deeper into a topic. Don’t be afraid to ask questions via the contact page – or easier still, via my Facebook or Google+ page.
Where does the Emporium come in?
Like I said I am an antique dealer, my expertise and love being furniture first - but how can one avoid the rest?
I have spent hours, days, weeks researching pieces of glass, porcelain and paintings I have bought to resell - sometimes one gets lucky and just falls over the information - oftentimes one sells something still wondering who made it or where it came from.
So... one day (5 year plan) I will be adding interesting information on such antiques and of course as the site grows we may even have a place for people to sell or swop… who knows?
Oh, and I am Rachel..
Pleased to meet you!