August is vacation month, and many people are out enjoying themselves and spending money–maybe perusing antiques stores and flea markets, or going to outdoor antiques fairs, like one of my favorites, the Maine AntiquesFestival in Union, Maine, which is the site of one chapter of Killer Stuff and Tons of Money. (Celebrity sightings there the last [...]
What is it about warm crispy bread, the staff of life, the stuff of breakfast? The pleasure of my repast this morning –peanut butter on whole-grain toast– reminded me I’ve been wanting to write about vintage toasters. But first a little about toast, or ‘tost,” as it was called in Britain in the [...]
The paperback edition of Killer Stuff and Tons of Money was released on May 29, 2012, with a fantastic new cover design and even a more user-friendly subtitle: “An Insider’s Look at the World of Flea Markets, Antiques and Collecting.”
The paperback cover features a mid-19th century Staffordshire porcelain hound dog figurine (especially cool [...]
This short video shows images of some of the objects mentioned in Killer Stuff and Tons of Money
Watch Video Here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LF-Y5ZvJclg
The video was produced by the University of Missouri to accompany their article about my book, ”Bazaar America.” You can read the article [...]
I wanted to share this great letter I received from Rob Dickson of New Jersey, which is both heartfelt and humorous. Thanks for writing Rob!
Greetings Ms. Stanton,
When I was a teenager I use to get up at 5:00 or 6:00 a.m. on weekends (strange for a teen, I [...]
I love that Erik, who deals in ephemera, wrote an actual letter on paper and mailed it with a stamp. Letter writing is a lost art in the advent of email. What a pleasure to get a letter in the mail! Click to enlarge image.
I received a wonderful snail mail letter from a [...]
The final 2011 antiques show and flea market in Brimfield, Massachusetts–one of the largest outdoor antiques shows in the world–is September 6-11. www.brimfieldshow.com. Wish I could go, but I’m headed to Missouri to teach! So here’s a story from the July 2011 Brimfield show… I almost like when something I own breaks, because then I have an excuse to treasure-hunt [...]
In homage to my mother, who “picked” treasures out of our town dump and refurbished them in the 1960s, I found this wonderful vintage lawn recliner at my local transfer station in the “free” section. The tag reads:
“Airlite Aluminum Corp., Brooklyn, NY, 167 – 41st Street.”
There’s a date of 1948, updating a [...]