Is It A Good Idea To Hide Bad Smells With Good Smells In An Antique Store Or Home ?
"Do You SMELL Antiques And Collectibles Before You Buy Them? ) a few weeks ago.
I guess I'm smell sensitive because my nose knows it isn't happy. Cold weather, dry heat, fumes,
antiquing.....the whole kit and kaboodle....adding to my smell meter.
Today, I was poking through a whacky book called "Interior Design For Idiots" and I landed on a page called "smells". O.K. what pearls of wisdom did this author have to say about smells? Should you try to get rid of them and how?
After all, as an antique dealer, I like many others in the biz are surrounded by all kinds of stale or icky smells that go with the business of buying and selling old stuff (musty, dusty, damp, smokey smells). We go down to basements, up in attics, into garage spaces. We hunt, we poke, we pack, we unpack, we wash, we polish...we are always exposed to smells.
Camouflaging Smells In Antique Stores
Many antique dealers, especially the Romantic cottage collectible types have been known to camouflage nasty smells with candles, air fresheners or incense. Is this a good idea? Shall we take a poll?
Interior Design For Idiots: Advice On Smells
"Kill your rooms. Ruin them beyond repair. Disgust visitors, family members and pets. All that's required to accomplish this is to inflict extreme odors on your interiors. And not just bad odors, wither. Overuse of pot-pourri has sent many a guest reeling. Lemon freshness has been known to asphyxiate laboratory rats. Be wary of this trap, it is easy to fall into. Let your nose be your guide as you lightly provide ambience with delicate scents".
Antique Stores: Good And Bad Smells
Many people are sensitive to smells and will not shop in stores that have strong smells, good or bad.
Readers, what do you think? Please share your ideas, experiences and comments.
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.
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