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December 2011

Deck the House with Antiques Galore

Here's an alternative version to an often sung Christmas song....we hope you enjoy!

Deck the house with antiques galore,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Tis a stylish whole home decor,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Looking for the perfect antique,
Fa la la, la la la, la la la.
Each comes with a bit of mystique,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Search online to find before us
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Instant choices all are a plus,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Follow me in merry pleasure,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
While I buy another treasure,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Fast away our shopping passes,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Hail the new age, lads and lasses,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Now we add to our collections,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Making lots of new connections,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Happy Holidays

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Loving What is Real
Written by Guest Columnist: Lyn Andeen

Like the famous Velveteen Rabbit, some of my antiques are now real. It is not that they can talk and take on a living form, but rather it’s the stories and meaning they have brought to me.

Some of my favorite things in my collection are not necessarily the most valuable, but are those that have an association or story that goes along with them. It isn’t even their condition but the story behind, the history of, or my personal experience when finding the treasure.

One of my favorite things is a blue Shaker bucket with chrome yellow interior.  That description alone should put it at the top of a list.  But that is not really why. It is the fact that on what must have been one of many tedious antiquing jaunts for my then 4th grade daughter she spied the illusive prize and encouraged me to buy it.  She is now a mom of her own with three little ones in tow.  She also prizes this bucket not for the beautiful craftsmanship of the Shakers or the beautiful form and color, but for the wonderful memories of childhood.

Another of my gifts came from a dealer friend.  I had been on a great vacation all through New England.  I loved buying something special, always an antique, as a ‘souvenir’ of my trips.  We had traveled thither and yon and I hadn’t found anything on which to spend my not-so-plentiful cash.  I had pretty much given up, then, one town away from home at a shop I frequented often, a friend pulled a beautiful gameboard from behind the counter.  Over the next 20 years Paul would remind me of the great gameboard he sold me.  I treasure this because of the memories of a great trip, the motto of looking in your own backyard, and the years of friendship I had with this now passed dealer friend.

There are many that put the value on a piece by its condition, but we all concede that “good wear” is a good thing.  It isn’t just that it shows authenticity, but testifies to its history:  the hands that held it or child who loved it.

I acquired those first two antiques over 20 years ago, but it’s never too late for something to come to the forefront.  On a recent trip back to Massachusetts, my husband and I were visiting old friends and I spied a poor rag doll faded and dirty from years of neglect.  My friend had found her in the corner of an old barn.  “Isn’t she wonderful, poor thing” Pat said.  She was so dirty that I had to shake her out before even undressing her to wash her faded, barely colored, dress.  After turning her dress inside out to show color and a good cleaning, she is absolutely adorable and sits proudly alongside other tattered friends.  I love that she came from a cherished friend who also loves the well loved.

I could go on and on.  We all have these stories and should share them.  It isn’t the ownership or value that makes our ‘treasures’ just that… treasures, but the connections we make with our ‘treasures’ past owners and the relationships and history we build in finding them.

In this season of giving and loving it is important to remember what makes us all ‘real’: the love and stories we share.

I would like to thank my mother for my love of beautiful things and my husband and daughter for their support; my friend Tom for encouraging me to become an antique dealer over 25 years ago; my friend Sue for the miles of antiquing trips; and the rest of my friends for sharing their stories and love.

About Lyn Andeen
Lyn Andeen has been an avid collector and dealer for the past 28 years. She has been in group shops, setup at countless antique shows and has a true artistic eye. Lyn's passion is for quality 18th through early 20th century Americana, decorative arts, Shaker and folk art. You can find Lyn online through Andeen Antiques.


Poll Question - Happy Holidays to All!

In last's month poll, the vote was between traditional holiday decorations vs. turning everyday antiques into holiday decor. We had two example pictures.Traditional holiday decor won out by 59% to 41%. View the exact results here.

As we enter 2012, what are your plans for antiquing. This month's poll is asking:

Vote NowCompared to 2011, during 2012 do you expect to spend more, less or the same on antiques?


Lyn's article this month, Loving What is Real, highlights how antiques can speak to our hearts in different ways. Whether through the connection to history, the story of the acquisition or the people we've met and become friends with. Some dealers we know are not collectors, they simply buy to sell as a business. We are not one of those dealers. We started as collectors over 30 years ago and Tom quickly became a dealer, but we are still collectors too. Some antiques we buy and sell almost immediately. Others, we hang on to for a while. Either way, for at least some period of time, each antique finds a place in our home and in our hearts.

Our hearts are filled with joy as we wish each one of you a Merry Christmas or Happy Hanukah and a new year filled with peace, happiness and good health.

Tom & Sheila Baker

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