Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Vintage Wooden Playpens: A Good Idea Gone Sour

 Should You Buy a Vintage Wooden Playpen by Abbott ?

  

In theory, a sturdy wooden playpen sounds like a great idea for infants and toddlers who need a place for some contained quiet playtime. But health and industry standards have changed and most older nursery furnishings are no longer safe to use. In fact it is suggested that these items be dismantled and discarded. Read more:  http://www.answers.com/Q/Where_can_I_find_the_value_of_an_Abbott_vintage_wooden_playpen

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Monday, July 20, 2015

Getting Advice On How Much Mom and Dad's Collectibles Are Worth

Figuring Out What To Do With Antiques and Vintage Collectibles From Mom and Dad's Home 

Selling mom or dad's collectibles, art and antiques can be quite the challenge for adult children who are not familiar with vintage.  Just because parents were collectors of "STUFF", doesn't mean that somehow by osmosis their kids know the difference between bric a brac and true collectible vintage treasures.

Take Photographs of Mom and Dad's Vintage Collectibles and Post on I Antique Online.com 

Before you contact a professional (i.e. antique dealer, appraiser, shop owner etc, take pictures with your cell phone or camera. Next, I might suggest that you Visit I Antique Online.com (my site) and post these pictures of what you have in the group "Whadja Find"  as well as in the relevant topic groups i.e. "Depression glass", "pottery" etc. Starting with the general group forum Whadja Find,  you will have an opportunity to discuss what you have with many very knowledgeable members of our site. We now have almost 18,000 members in our antiques and collectibles community. Our revised Whadja Find group has close to 1000 members.

Evaluating The Advice You Get When Asking About Mom and Dad's Vintage and  Antique Treasures



You will discover that I Antique Online.com is a friendly welcoming site with a mixture of members from all backgrounds. We have experts in many areas as well as seasoned collectors who are not afraid to tell you what the bottom line is. Of course this is a social network which means the content is user generated, so you will have to decide if the answers you get make sense. But I think you will find that we are a good place to begin to figure out whether what you have is something special or tag sale or charity bric a brac.

Photos taken by C. Dianne Zweig at the Sandwich Antique Center, Sandwich, Mass.
   
C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Creating a Vintage Coastal Display Using Beachy Collectibles

Country Cottage Charm For Beach Style Displays of Antiques and Coastal Collectibles


 What I love about the displaay this gal created at The Sandwich, Mass Flea Market is the use of a painted weathered basket to display sea shells and tins. The combination of vintage tin objects with costal collectibles makes for a very delightful cottage style look. This idea works nicely for a display in an outdoor summer Flea Market, indoor Antique booth or your beach inspired home.  


C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Adding An Element of Surprise When Displaying Antiques and Collectibles

How To Add A Hint of Whimzy To Your Outdoor Antique Booth Displays to Engage Buyers
 This is a very well done display of older collectibles. If it was a painting, the viewer could say that the composition is very successful. But then the gal who made this vignette (spotted at the Sandwich, Mass Flea Market took her display one step further. She added a set of newer wooden kitchen utensils and placed them smack in the middle of her well organized "story". The element of surprise is what attracts the buyer to take another look at this interesting display.  


C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Varying Sizes,Heights and Shapes When Grouping Vintage Collectibles In Your Antique Booth or Outdoor Flea Market Display

Creating Chic Flea Market Displays  

If you look very closely you willl note that what attracts the viewer to this charming vignette of vintage items is the variety of interesting shapes, sizes and heights. Another visual plus is the use of a black tray as the background for white and glass objects. The tray sits on an old covered basket which is another delightful display element used in this collection.     
C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Displaying Ordinary Small Vintage Objects In Your Antique Booth Or Store

The Art of Creating Attractive Displays of Small Common Vintage Collectibles
This lovely display was spotted at one of my favorite summer Flea Markets in Sandwich, Mass on Cape Cod. Here ordinary items are mixed together in a wooden tote creating a very delightful display. The dealer at this market grouped together a variety of different items to make for a very charming display. Using an old wooden box or tote that has divided compartments is a great way to organize small objects.  


C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Setting Up Your Art Studio Or Craft Room Space

Discovering Your Art Studio Space Quirks


Once you have shlepped all your art supplies, products, materials, tables, easels etc into your new art space, where do you actually set up shop so you can work comfortably and productively? Each artist has to find out what their unique work vibe is.  Do you like working near windows? Are you an artist who prefers being "hidden" away from public view? "Do you want to paint near the air conditioner or further away? Are you storing paints to close to the sun? Take your time planning out where tables, paints, papers will go and respect the fact that your ideas about placement will keep changing as you begin to work more and more in a given space.

Tips About Art Studio Lighting

The long and the short of this blog is that you shouldn't get too bogged down with where things are going when you first move into a new art studio.  Additionally, be real careful about the kind and location of your lights. I'm still trying to remedy my overhead lighting. Talk to lighting experts and read up on this topic before setting up your lights. While I like the "warmth" of my track lighting in the in between season before the heat goes on,  it gets way too hot under all the lights I ambitiously installed. Yes I want  to be able to see what I  am doing and I also want to light up my gallery walls, but I so think I went way overboard.  So hot that you can fry a chicken is not the goal!  Explore your lighting very carefully.
               
Try hard to take some time to "live in" your space before declaring your interior design a done deal.

Visit my art studio website: http://www.cdiannezweig.com/


C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Exploring Contemporary Abstract Mixed Media Art: C. Dianne Zweig Artist, Connecticut Abstract Artist

What Is Abstract Mixed Media Art?

I remember pitching a book to a well known publisher a few years ago on the subject of making mixed media abstract art. The editor told me that the title couldn't contain the words
"mixed media" because that was a dead zone. I couldn't grasp that viewpoint since I was emersed in making mixed media art and all my friends were speaking the "mixed media language".

Mixed Media Art Is More Than Collage Art

Lo and behold, not too long after my introduction into the publishing maze I began to see an
explosion of titles released on just that subject matter....mixed media art. Many people think of the   mixed media boom as the result of the renewed popularity of scrapbooking and associate this form of art with collage art.

Visual Artists Use Mixed Media In Their Work All The Time

Visual artists however refer to mixed media in many forms of art making, not necessarily limited to collage. When you add pastel marks to an acrylic painting, you are using mixed media. The same is true when you are adding black ink to a water color painting.

The Art of Connecticut Artist C. Dianne Zweig


I describe my work as mixed media abstract art. I use all types of products, materials and surfaces when making art. I switch back and forth from creating a piece that is primarily painted with acrylics (painting) on a sheet of heavy watercolor color paper to painting on drawing paper and then tearing the paper to form a new piece of work (collage).  In both forms I will introduce other media (products) such as crayons, pastels, inks and processes such as printimaking, rubbings, resistance etc.
     
 To see more of my artwork view my website http://www.cdiannezweig.com/


C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Introducing Contemporary Mixed Media Art Website of Artist C. Dianne Zweig, Influenced by Mid-Century Design

New Website: CDianneZweig.com: Mixed Media Contemporary Art 
of C. Dianne Zweig

I am delighted to announce my new ART website C. Dianne Zweig Contemporary Mixed Media Art   (cdiannezweig.com).

My loyal followers may think of me as the "Kitschy Collector" of Vintage and Retro kitchenwares, but I am also an Abstract Mixed Media artist. My work is influenced by Mid-Century palettes and designs. Of course spending decades of strolling through Antique shops and markets is also so much a part of me.

Online Portfolio of Mixed Media Contemporary Art by Artist C. Dianne Zweig

After a long wait, my son Ben, a Creative Specialist at Social Edge Consulting designed a very attractive website for me to use as an online art portfolio of my work. My site also includes a blog under the section "Updates" which keeps you informed about my exhibitions, events and art related topics. I will be regularly   sharing tips and demo's about my art process. For those of you who might be interested in taking classes or workshops in Mixed Media collage, please check out the "Workshop" section.

If you are a Mixed Media Artist, please feel free visit my new site and join in on discussions on the comment section of any of my blog posts.
   

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Learn All About Bakelite In The Kitchen With Group Moderator Barbara E Mauzy On I Antique Online.com

Bakelite in The Kitchen: A Popular Group Forum on I Antique Online.Com

If you like kitchen collectibles, stop by our Bakelite in The Kitchen   group forum on my site I Antique Online.com. Author Barbara E. Mauzy, an expert on this topic, is the moderator of this group.
Barbara became an avid Bakelite collector when she was researching the subject for her book. She began taking photographs of kitchewares with Bakelite and then fell in love with the collectibles herself. She shares many photos of her finds in this group as well as helps members identify, value and learn about their Bakelite kitchen collectibles.

Photo courtesy of Barbara E. Mauzy

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Coming Out Of Your Shell: Displaying Small Artwork In Your Antique Booth or Shop


Displaying Unframed Small Artwork In The Opening of A Vintage Planter   

It's hard to display unframed small artwork (postcard size or smaller) in a crowded Antique booth unless you use a tiny easel or lean the mini artwork up against another object. Another option is to showcase small artwork by combining it with a pottery planter or vase. In the picture shown, I have propped this little orginal canvas on top of a vintage shell motif planter. I like conserving space and having my collectibles serve dual purposes. I also use compatible colors so it looks like it makes sense.

Photo taken by C. Dianne Zweig

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Using Instagram To Promote Your Antique Business

Promoting Your Antique Business Using Instagram

I'm probably one of the last people to discover Instagram as a great way to promote my antique business Kitsch n Stuff and my website I Antique Online.com, but in case there are any other slow to catch on folks out there, this post is for you. Disclaimer: Do not read further if you already spend to much time online because you will have a hard time staying away form Instagram once you get started.

What Antique Collectors Need To Know About Instagram

Instagram is a photo and video sharing social network service with a lot in common as Pinterest.com showcasing lots of terrific photos of some of your favorite antiques, collecitbles and art. You will find the app in the App store. You can load on your iPhone as well as on your iPad.

The difference is that baby boomers are loving Pinterest, while your kids are probably living on Instagram because of it's immediate impact  Don't get me wrong there are plenty of young people using both services so why not reach out to everyone. Even if promoting a business is not a goal for you, you will have so much fun seeing so many collectors and dealers sharing photos of their antiques and collectibles. You have no idea how many Pyrex collectors are out there!  Hashtags are nothing to be afraid of.

Don't Be Afraid of Hashtags

All they really are are tags or categories. So if you post a picture of a vintage tablecloths you might add the hashtag #vintagetablecloth as well as #collectibles, #vintage kitchen.

Photos taken by C. Dianne Zweig
  
C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Monday, May 11, 2015

Street Chic Art & Fashion June 4th, 2015 Bodytalk Boutique

Street Chic Art & Fashion June 4th, 2015
Bodytalk Boutique

Channel your inner whimsy and join us for an evening of quirky, edgy, spontaneous original art along with a playful and stylish summer collection of contemporary fashion. 

Opening Wine & Cheese Reception   
at Bodytalk Boutique
Thursday, June 4, 2015
5:30-8:00 PM

Featuring original abstract Mixed Media, Surreal paintings, assemblage art, woodcuts, found object art.
Bill Healy 
DAVID Holzman
C.DIANNE Zweig

Artwork will be on exhibit at Bodytalk June 4 through June 20th, 2015  


STREET CHIC IS  TOTALLY COOL !  What do Bill Healy, David Holzman and C. Dianne Zweig have in common? They are three area artists who are bringing their offbeat art to Bodytalk Boutique for a sizzling summer show  which features an evening of quirky, edgy, spontaneous original art along with a playful and stylish summer collection of contemporary fashion. This exciting and off the wall  indoor and outdoor event takes place at Bodytalk Boutique, 21 East Main St., Avon 860-678-7855 on 
on June 4th, 2015, 5:30-8:00.

Bodytalk Boutique has just celebrated 30 years of  featuring fashion forward apparel and is pleased to showcase three unique artists who work very differently but yet share a common passion for offbeat style, bold color and spontaniety. C. Dianne Zweig, who  organized this Street Chic art show, is an Avon artist specializing in Abstract Mixed Media inspired by Mid Century designs. She has a full time studio (9B) at The Farmington Valley Arts Center in Avon, CT.  Bill Healy, a lover of pop
culture and nostalgia  is widely known for his Metal Men robots created out of vintage advertising tins and old metal appliance parts. His robots can be found in many museum collections. Bill is also a oainter cranking out  bold figurative graffiti style paintings which remind you of a combo of Folk Art and Outsider Art. David Holzman, an art educator at Simbury Public Schools and Central Connecticut State University leaves the real world each day to escape into his home art studio where he creates paintings described as surreal and suggestive of spontaneous expression. His carved wood reliefs and paintings are edgy,quirky and exciting.  

Street art is thought of as art created in public places. True to the objective of involving the community in the art experience, Bodytalk is planning some outdoor art experiences such as a giant mural which visitors will be encouraged to paint, draw and add their marks to. There will also be other artsy surprises, music and refreshments.-- 


C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Friday, March 27, 2015

Storing Art Studio Paint Brushes in Vintage Pottery Vases

Using Vintage Pottery As Storage Containers For Art Studio Paint Brushes 

I like to use either vintage pottery vases or handmade studio pottery as containers in my Mixed Media art studio. Other artists may use empty glass jars or old coffee tins. Some artists seem to pay attention to the overall look of their studio, while others could care less and focus only on their work. I guess I fall into the category of wanting to "stage" even the supplies and storage containers I use.

Buying Vintage Vases In Junk Stores

My favorite place to shop for "stuff" for my art studio is in junk shops or at flea markets. I usually spend under ten dollars for most of my pottery or ceramic vases. I picked up the vase shown because I adored the design pattern which mimics my own artwork which is inspired by Mid Century design.

BTW, the white sculptural head shown as well, also came from a junk shop!

Photo taken by C. Dianne Zweig


C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Adding A Red Accent To Your Antique Booth Displays

Creating Exciting Antique Booth Displays With The Right Color Combinations

If you have been out shopping in Antique stores or browsing through Home magazines, you will note that Blue and White antiques are back in favor once again. Some people would argue that blue and white is always in style, but I have noticed a renewed interest in these popular collectibles after a dormant period.

When displaying lots of blue and white antiques and collectibles, consider using a touch of red or orange in your display to add interest and break up the monotony of  similar colors.

Photo taken by C. Dianne Zweig at Coffee Trade Antiques, Avon, CT

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Stacking Antiques and Collectibles To Save Space In Your Antique Both


Tips When Displaying and Stacking Kitchen Collectibles 

If you rent space in an Antique Mall, you probably have more stuff than room for all your stuff. So it is important to find ways to neatly and safely display your kitchenwares and treasures.

You might consider stacking collectibles, by turning a bowl upside down to form a pedestal for another object such as the pitcher shown in the photo. Lots of different items can be stacked on top of upside down bowls. Consider, another (smaller)bowl, pitchers, beverage glasses, tea cups and more.

Make sure the assemblage is quite stable and not on a shelf that is too cluttered. Always test the arrangement to make sure a buyer will have any easy time putting the top piece back.

Photo taken by C. Dianne Zweig at Coffee Trade Antiques, CT


C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Six Tips About Buying Vintage Tin Kitchen Canister Sets


What You Need To Know When Buying Older Metal Kitchen Canisters 

When you buy and sell kitchen collectibles for a long time you get smarter and smarter about the purchases that you make. Here are some tips about metal buying kitchen canisters.

1. Almost all sets have four containers.
2. Check metal canisters for dings and dents.
3.Take the lid off the canisters and look inside for rust.
4. Look at the colors and designs on the canisters, checking for brightness, fading, peeling.
5. Be sure you have a real set of  matching canisters with the same background color etc.
6. Make sure the lids of the canisters really fit.


C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Monday, March 16, 2015

Longing For A Vintage Pink Princess Phone

When Your "Device" Was A Princess Telephone By Western Electric

I never thought I would say this, but I think I am longing for the days before iPhones. I just returned from a trip to the Mall to buy a new phone. Yikes, it took over two hours and that is not counting the time I put in yesterday researching the so called "device" which is now a common household word.

Pink Vintage Princess Phone

Be honest don't you long for the days when you owned your very own Princess telephone? Remember the color palette of Princess phones, pink, blue, beige, white and turquoise? Having your very own Princess phone was a very big deal in the sixties.

Remember Phones With Night Lights?

Remember how the phone was also a night light? I really miss the days of simple phones. I'm even feeling a bit nostalgic today about pay phones. I'll tell you what's got into me. I actually just returned from the Apple store and I'm simply unglued at the moment. The process took hours. And all I could think about was that I'd lose my Word With Friends App when I handed in my old phone. What if my games in progress were lost in some "cloud "somewhere and gone forever? I have over ten games going on....my fans will be distraught if our games our vaporized.

Get A Grip Girl: There Is More To Worry About Than iPhones

A tropical cyclone devastates the island of Vanuatu, Russia is amping up it's Northern Fleet, UCONN Men's basketball lost last night and I am fretting over my iPhone apps? "Get a grip girl", I told myself. I promised myself I would go home, make a cup of tea and pretend I could handle the fact that the new iPhone no longer has my old ring tone. I'm in shock right now, forgive me ....I need to a Princess Phone and my favorite doll to cuddle with.

Top image courtesy of http://socutethings.tumblr.com/post/1457650068/telephone 

Old Advertisement courtesy http://farmgirlpink.blogspot.com/2014/03/bell-telephone-pretty-pink-princess.html 

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Candy Collectibles: Learning About The History Of Popular Candy Brands On Candy Favorites.com


 Photo from my collection on Retro Candy
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Where To Find Information About Your Favorite Nostalgic Candy And Collectibles

Candy related collectibles are very popular and favorites among many different types of collectors including buyers of vintage advertising, candy store collectibles, old drugstore, Soda Fountain, Emphemera, Pop Culture, Nostalgia, molds, machinery and more.




What Do Candy Collectors Buy ?

Collectors like to find products in original packaging, old candy racks, candy advertisements and signage, candy cartons, jars, candy containers, tins, display cabinets, candy premiums, candy molds and equipment etc.
Photo from my collection on Retro Candy
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Introducing Candy Favorites.com

Candy Favorites.com is an interesting website with early roots as McKeesport Candy Company established in 1927. Their company motto is that "the future of candy is rooted in the past".


Candy Nostalgia and History Across The Decades

While the  primary purpose of Candy Favorites.com is to sell candy, this company clearly loves
the stories that go with their brands. Candy Favorites.com devotes many pages on their site on the education of candy with sections discussing "Candy Timeline", "History of Candy", "Nostalgia Ads" "Candy in Pop Culture" and so much more.

I really had a ball reading the articles about Candy in Pop Culture.

Visit http://www.candyfavorites.com/
Have you seen my Retro Candy Board on  Pinterest.com  

References To Explore
Candy Containers http://www.kovels.com/price-guide/candy-containers.html

Pez Collectors http://www.pez.com/collectors/

Candy Wrapper Archive http://www.candywrapperarchive.com/ 

Collecting Candy.com

Candy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candy

National Confectioneers Association http://www.candyusa.com/

I Antique online.com

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.comDianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists 

Creating A Brick Wall On Canvas For Your Antique Mall Booth Or Shop


How To Paint A Faux Brick Wall For Your Antique Mall Booth

Strolling down the aisles of The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, I spotted a new dealer who had just completed the decorating phase of her new booth. She created a Faux brick wall (which really looked like the real thing) using canvas tarp which can be purchased at large household stores such as Home Depot or Lowes.

Sponging On The "Bricks"

This talented dealer mixed up brick color paint and with the use of a rectangular sponge dipped into the paint she applied the "brick shape" to the canvas. By sponging on the paint with random pressure, you get the look of bricks with white and brick red uneven combinations.

Adding Brackets To The Brick Wall

To fully get use out of the "brick wall" metal brackets were mounted to the canvas cloth with rods to hang antiques and collectbles. What a great idea and I have to be honest, it's a very simple one....even I could do this LOL.
 
Photos by C. Dianne Zweig

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

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