Friday, August 22, 2008
Jane, this post is for you!
I stopped by The Ivy on Ventura Blvd in Studio City a few days ago with the boy to browse their antiques. Boy and I want to collect a few antique pieces for our home. Nothing crazy . . . but we'd like to get a small collection going. The Ivy does antiques as well as antique inspired modern furniture AND reupholstery. They have a HUGE upholstery fabric department upstairs, all really crazy pretty and unusual stuff. And for the last few weeks they've had a TEN DOLLAR A YARD sale! Did I mention this is REALLY WIDE upholstery fabric? And PRINTS I'VE NEVER SEEN ANYWHERE ELSE (except maybe home design magazines)? AND they sold me 1/2 yard quantities for purses!
I bought three 1/2 yards . . .mixed toiles. God, if I still lived alone I'd be doing my WHOLE HOUSE over in mixed toiles right now! But boy, being male, isn't totally into them so these are going to have to be for purses :)
Meanwhile . . .I've got a few large orders of new coins in. All turn of the century or even older. I can't wait to get a new collection of SERIOUSLY antique pieces going in my shop! I'm wearing an english Georgian period penny necklace with brass and sea foam quartz right now and its positively edible.
Question for blogfriends: How much more do you think I should charge for pieces that are REALLY OLD. Like, Victorian and older. Like, years starting with 18 or 17? Boy thinks I should price them high . . . I tend to agree but I dont' know how high. Similar necklaces with more modern coins I price around $26 - $28 . . . for the very old pieces I was thinking I'd up some of the gemstone and pearl quality as well and sell them for $36 - $38. Does that sound anywhere near reasonable?
Off this weekend to a wedding (boy's cousin) in wine country. HOORAY for old grape juice! :)