Wednesday, February 23, 2005

New Items Listed on Material Pleasures

Well, I couldn't stand it...I had to play with some of those quilts I won last weekend.

1930s Vintage Quilt: Double Wedding Ring w/ Pink Back

Antique Quilt: Graphic Grandmother's Cross 1880s

1930s Vintage Quilt: Dresden Plate

And my favorite, 1930s Vintage Quilt: Floral Applique with Lavender

I also was able to list some vintage Persian Textiles from Iran and an Italian Brocade Tablecloth as well.

I have some research to do on some antique lace to do tonight. There is nothing more relaxing than pouring over lace reference books with a magnifying glass and comparing lace. I am totally serious. Something I have to do after I put the girls to sleep. I highly recommend the book "Guide to Lace and Linens" by Elizabeth Kurella. She really breaks lace done easily so you can understand it.

On a personal note, I am a stay at home mom of two girls, ages 4 1/2 and 7. Today we register the little one for all day Kindergarten. They grow so fast, I can't believe she will be getting on that yellow school come September. My older one is in First Grade, and so I don't start bragging too much, I'll just say, she is my angel. I operate my Antique Textile Business online at home so I can be with them all day. They trek with me to auctions and estate sales and help out with the bidding. They have been coming to auctions with me for the past 3 years, so they know what to expect and what is expected of them. They are good kids as long as you keep them busy (coloring, reading, video games) and well fed. Soda is a special treat for good behavior.

Until next time...
My best,

Material Pleasures

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Buying Frenzy at a Textile Auction

Ever go to an auction? I am not talking eBay, I mean real life, with a real auctioneer. You get to actually preview the items you are bidding on in real life...Touch them...Look at the details.
This past weekend I attended a textile auction in Upstate NY that offered over 500 lots, 90% of them were quilts. Many were hanging in all their glory, most were delicately folded on tables and we were constantly reminded to "Please put the quilts back on the table you found them".
Some important things to keep in mind at an auction such as this is:

#1 - Be organized! Buy the catalog and take lots of notes...With so many items, you are not going to remember all the details.
#2 - Use a pencil! You don't want to be walking around 200 year old textiles with ink. Using white gloves is recommended but not required always, you don't want that 5 karat diamond (or that ragged finger nail) snagging a lace insert.
#3 - Do everything you need before the auction starts. I hate missing a beat, so I have registered, used the ladies' room, and have my Diet Pepsi and snack handy all before the auctioneer is up on his podium.
#4 - Preview everything well...Know what you intend to buy, know your maximum price, and stick to it. Stay disciplined so you don't get caught up in the heat of a bidding frenzy and overpay what you had wanted.
#5 - Have your Bidder's Number ready...and use it! Don't try to be cool with that one finger by your nose to only works if the auctioneer knows you and what you bid on and there isn't a lady with a big hat in front of you. Use your paddle or bidding number to bid. The auctioneer will be sure to see you and you won't miss bidding.
#6 - Don't be afraid to yell out to get the auctioneer's attention...he's human...he might not see you right away. If you don't know his name, a good old fashioned Brooklyn "Yo!" does fine.
#7 - Know the terms of the auction: Buyer's Premium? Payment methods? Delivery Options? You don't want any surprises at the end of the day.
#8 - Have lots of fun!
There is almost nothing more exciting that being surrounded by all those glorious quilts this weekend...and being able to touch them, handle them...and even bring a few home. I'll share some pics as soon as I take them.
Happy Bidding!
Material Pleasures