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I‘ve always enjoyed watching Antiques Roadshow, when someone would find out that something that was a precious treasure in their family actually turned out to be a priceless antique. Now wouldn’t that be fun? I doubt it would happen to me, but I have seen it happen on more than one occasion on the show. So, when I was contacted by the publisher of a book all about spotting treasures, asking me if I’d like to receive a copy of the book for review and get 3 copies to give away, well, I was all over that!
Carol Prisant, who used to be with Antiques Roadshow has written a colorful and concise book on how to spot real treasures when you are out there scouring the flea markets and antiques shops. Good, Better, Best: (Trade Secrets for spotting a Find) describes the levels of finding these treasures and what to look for. If you’ve got money to burn, then you might want to go for the Best category, but after looking at the prices on those, I’d say that particular one will never grace my home.
In fact, I’m not even sure I own any that would fit under the Good category either, which is reserved for the very ordinary and peasant pieces apparently. 🙂
I did find one furniture item, the English tea table, in the book that reminded me of my mahogany piecrust table that I found at a yardsale.
Not having any idea of its provenance, I would imagine my table is probably a reproduction from the mid-century (last century that is) and is no doubt, worth not a whole lot more than the $75 I paid for it. Well, in an antique shop, it would probably go for double or triple, so I’m sure I found a deal. And I love this table, so will probably always keep it.
I did really like looking through this book and seeing all the pictures, reading the difference between the Good, Better, Best categories and if you enjoy reading about antique pieces, you’ll enjoy this book too. With lots of color pictures and descriptions about items from glassware, furniture and collectibles, Carol covers a multitude of antique items. I don’t think I own a bit of priceless antique pieces, but I will keep them just the same. But, collectors of antiques will no doubt love this book as it gives tips for looking at items with a keen eye towards identifying where it came from and how old it might be.
And the good news is….I have 3 copies to give away to THREE of you, so all you need to do is leave a comment and you’ll be eligible for the drawing. I’ll pick 3 names at random and your book will be shipped out to you from the publisher.
And just for fun, what is your favorite antique that YOU have in your house? I’d say my very favorite piece is that kitchen cupboard I have in my breakfast area that is from the late 1800’s. It’s French, very unique and I’ve never seen another one like it.
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My favorite antique piece is a pie safe that belonged to my grandfather’s sister – not sure if anyone had it before her. My grandmother had painted it a lovely ‘antique’ green (think early 1970s). It became mine once my grandparents had passed away and is the first piece I refinished myself. I’ve always used it – although never to cool pies! It holds my sewing supplies these days.
Becky Mullowney says
I just discovered you site this week, and LOVE it!!!! Thanks for sharing your home and your wonderful ideas with us. Oops…forgot…favorite antique…a beautiful mahogany melodian…kind of like an old organ that has to be pumped to
my family didn’t have a lot of antiques to hand down…I have the slop bucket from my Nuni, her old cookie jar and a plant that I have had since her death, 23 years ago. Perhaps someday, the items I have accumulated will be my families’ antiques and this book may help me find something that is a real treasure
Love that book! My favorite antique is my great-grandmas china cabinet. It is small but very sweet in the
corner of my family room. I store my great-aunt’s dinnerware set and my Christmas dishes in it!!
Hope I win the book…..it would be a very interesting read!
Just love your house!! Love the way you decorate and love, love, love the piecrust table!!
Jeannie Crownover says
Sounds like a really good book, I’d love to win one! Enjoy your blog!
Great photos! Would be a fun book to sit and pore over.