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Killer Stuff and Tons of Money” is a killer edition to your library.” Hello Lovely, Inc.

“ This is one of those books that I want everyone to read.” Truth, Beauty, Freedom and Books

“This non-fiction book read like a ‘can’t put it down’ all-consuming novel… Filled with interesting facts, humorous stories, and fascinating characters.” 52 Flea

“Something about this book made it completely unputdownable for me.” English Major’s Junk Food

“ The way Ms. Stanton interweaves historical information with her narrative of her experiences with Curt makes this book a page turner.” Blogger – The Shabby Nest

“The triumph of this book is the easy, casual writing and the way in which Stanton has made a somewhat esoteric topic gripping reading.” Blogger BookNaround

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“An intoxicating read that rips away the lace curtain from the antiques biz.”

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“Curt Avery is the fake name of the very real hero of Killer Stuff and Tons of Money, which is too bad. Because after whipping through Maureen Stanton’s utterly engaging, heavily researched account of her old college buddy’s life on the yard-sale flea-market antiques-show auction-house circuit, I wanted to invite myself into his multi-state universe and hang out with all those dealers, collectors, sport shoppers, decorators, scholars and especially the pseudonymous Windsor chair restorer whose brilliantly altered and repaired pieces have fooled a number of top antiquarians and museums.”

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A Never-Ending Treasure Hunt

“For the habitually ‘lucky’ antiques dealer at the heart of Maureen Stanton’s Killer Stuff and Tons of Money, preparation means cultivating a deep knowledge of objects—Shaker furniture, heirloom porcelain, 18th-century weathervanes—while opportunity results from meticulously examining tens of thousands of items every year at flea markets, auctions and antiques fairs.

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Book Offers Look at Professional Antique Dealer

“Curt Avery buys and sells antiques at flea markets and shows. He knows his stuff. He can date a watercolor to the 1890s by the style of the fishing pole it shows, or a stitched sampler to the late 18th century by a quirk in the lettering.”

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“Adventures in the Trade”

“Maureen Stanton, a nonfiction essayist who teaches at the University of Missouri, has covered six grueling years in the life of an American dealer in Killer Stuff and Tons of Money…

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“A tour d’horizon of the world of antiques, from the flea markets to antiques shows to high-end auction houses, with a brief stopover at eBay and the Antiques Roadshow . . .”

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The Allure of Antiques

“Call it the Antiques Roadshow effect: You pull over at a yard sale, just to stretch your legs, when an ugly painting of a woman holding a rolling pin catches your eye. Five dollars? Jeez, I wouldn’t want it for free . . . But wait. Could that be an undiscovered classic? Whistler’s mother-in-law, maybe! . . . “

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Killer Stuff and Tons of Money is a deeply researched, memorably written narrative about the world of people who buy and sell antiques as their livelihoods…”

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“While television shows like Antiques Roadshow may give the impression that valuable objects are hidden in every attic or dumpster just waiting to be discovered, dealers on all rungs of the antique ladder know that true jackpot finds are more often the result of years of apprenticeship, hard physical work and hours of research…”

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“Maureen Stanton met Curt Avery (a pseudonym) in the 1980’s while in graduate school. Later she met him again when he flew from Massachusetts to Ohio with $4,000 in his pocket to look at a couple of old bottles he was interested in buying. He decided to bid on one of the bottles and stood behind a pole while using her as a decoy to bid in order to fool one of his competitors. He sometimes used this technique since people in the audience, who had no intention of bidding, only began bidding when they saw him raise his paddle or nod to the auctioneer, which was often their first clue that the item might be of some special worth. For the next six years Ms. Stanton followed him as a participant observer as he toured the country selling and buying goods at flea markets and antique shows.”

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Nonfiction Guides and a Review of Stanton’s Killer Stuff

“For the record: this is, sort of, a review of the dynamite Killer Stuff and Tons of Money by Maureen Stanton, which is subtitled Seeking History and Hidden Gems in Flea-Market America, and which I couldn’t stop reading——it’s a solid day’s reading, one of those books you’ll start early and won’t really be able to put down or shake till you’re finished.”

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(August, 2011, p. 34-D) Killer Stuff and Tons of Money: Seeking History and Hidden Gems in Flea-Market America

“Maureen Stanton’s behind-the-scenes look at the nitty-gritty side of the antiques trade …is full of anecdotes, illustrating lessons learned the hard way, and the victories that come with this business. [Her] book educates and entertains while giving an honest insider view of the trade.”

 

         “Popular television shows such as ‘American Pickers’ and ‘Picker Sisters’ make treasure hunting loook both easy and profitable and have spurred a renewed interest in behind-the-scenes looks at the antiques business.  While the shows are entertaining, a more accurate and in-depth depiction can be had in Maureen Stanton’s fascinating new book…

 

    “[A] very well written story of ‘Avery,’ a middle-market antiques dealer who plies his trade from  Brimfield, Massachusetts to York, Pennsylvania. The book is a must-read for everyone in the trade…[and] a narrative that will have wide appeal to many people.”

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AUTHOR INTERVIEWS

Flea Market ZoneNew book investigates flea market culture, business, life

Kirkus InterviewAmerica’s Flea Markets in ‘Killer Stuff and Tons of Money’

Portland Press Herald Author Q & A: The real deal

Worthpoint InterviewRead it here