The Antique Mile is a group of local antique, vintage and home decor shops located on North 4th Street in Albuquerque's quaint Village of Los Ranchos.
These shops specialize in different antiques, eras, collections & products.
Their staffs are friendly, helpful experts in home decor and design, lighting and porcelain repair, faux and decorative painting, and more. Be certain to ask for their expert advice and take advantage of their varied services.
The Antique Mile is a popular destination with some of the best local shops in close proximity to Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Happy Holidays!

Well....If you missed the
Customer Appreciation Event early this month, 
 you missed
 a "Heck of a Good Time".
  Antique dealers and collectors, as well as, repeat customers and intrigued Christmas shoppers took advantage of  the celebrated event and visited these fine Albuquerque Antique Stores and their huge variety of  Antiques, Christmas food and treats,  entertainment and music, and lots of special Christmas deals and prices offered to 
Albuquerque locals and visitors alike.
wwwWOW!

There are still more great deals, collectibles, antique furniture and lots of gifts to take advantage of.
Lots of Abq. holiday shopping at its best.  Make sure you visit any one of the special Antique stores, on North Fourth Street in Los Ranchos,
to complete your Christmas shopping.  Always free parking and lots of New Mexican dining.

Lots of thanks and appreciation to all the
 Customers, Dealers and Vendors...
Happy Holidays!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Albuquerque Antique Mile celebrates Customer Appreciation Day


We would like to show our Customers our sincere appreciation for their patronage over the years, as well as, invite prospective customers to visit our Antique Mile.
Please join the Seven Albuquerque Antique Mile 
Stores on North Fourth Street, for refreshments, 
discounts & Holiday Cheer!
Saturday, December 4th,
10:00am-5:00pm
If you need directions, refer to the  map at left.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Visit the ANTIQUE MILE during Abq. International Balloon Fiesta!!

There's lots to do while visiting Albuquerque.
  Make sure you don't miss
 Albuquerque's Antique Mile!!
"Even the most streetwise Albuquerquean would be surprised by a ramble along Fourth Street Northwest ...The street's traditional Antique Mile has been given a dose of glamour, with new destinations existing side by side with family businesses that have been around a half-century or more", says Sunset MagazineLocal IQ Magazine and the Weekly ALIBI magazine have also acknowledged Albuquerque's Antique Mile and its popularity.

The area is quaint, the Albuquerque antique shops are clean and all stores specialize in different eras, collections & products. Their staffs are friendly and helpful.
  Many consider this collection of Albuquerque's antique shops their personal favorites and
 some of  the best antique stores in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

See what all the fuss is about!!!
Bring your friends and make a day of it...
Visit Albuquerque's Antique dealers at the Albuquerque Antique Mile in Los Ranchos or Albuquerque New Mexico.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Antique Mile sponsors LAVENDER FAIR on FOURTH STREET

In a collaborative effort along with the Lavender in the Village event and weekend (www.LavenderintheVillage.com),
the Antique Mile is sponsoring the first ever
 LAVENDER FAIR ON FOURTH STREET.
This event will promote Fourth street businesses and commerce, as well as, provide a venue for the many talented Artists and Crafters in the vicinity.  Fourth Street businesses will participate by providing great discounts, sidewalk sales, free parking and a "Fair-like" atmosphere during the event.  As this is the first year, the sky is the limit.  Who knows what deals and surprises you may find.  Mark Saturday, June 26th from 10:00am - 5:00pm on your calendar.  It's happening on Fourth Street between Ranchitos Rd and Osuna in the Village of Los Ranchos de Abq.
 Click on the map at left for better directions or look for all the Lavender and Purple!! 
If things go well, the party may continue all weekend long.
 Check it out - the more the MERRIER!!

For more info contact the Lavender Fair Chairperson, Donna at 505.344.7300.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

An Introduction to TRANSFERWARE

Transferware is a style of ceramics including pottery, dinnerware, and other delicate items. It uses transfer printing, a decorative technique which was developed in England in the mid-18th century, particularly around the Staffordshire region.
The process starts with an engraved copper plate similar to those used for making paper engravings. The plate is used to print the pattern on tissue paper, then the tissue paper transfers the wet ink to the ceramic surface. The ceramic is then fired in a low temperature kiln to fix the pattern. This can be done over or under the glaze, but the underprinting method is more durable. The process produces fine lines similar to the engraved prints in old books. Before transfer printing ceramics were hand painted, a laborious and costly process.
Twentieth century major English manufacturers include Crown DucalEnoch WoodRoyal StaffordshireRoyal CrownfordAlfred MeakinSpodeJohnson Brothers, and Mason's. The most actively sought-after patterns, are: Crown Ducal's "Bristol", "Calico", "Castles", "Charlotte", "English Chippendale", "English Scenery", "Friendly Village", "Historic America", "Italian", "Liberty Blue", "Old Britain Castles", "Rose Chintz", "Tonquin", "Tower", Vista", and more. The process was popular in other countries including Germany.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

How to COLLECT ANTIQUE QUILTS


Are you intrigued by the idea of collecting antique or vintage quilts? Perhaps you love the idea of the fellowship of quiltmaking. Do you imagine the women who made them and appreciate the time that went into piecing a quilt together? Each genuine article is a piece of our history that connects us to our past. Here are some tips to help you spot antique quilts among the imitations.


Collecting Quilts
If you are considering beginning a quilt collection, approach the process as you would if you were collecting in any other area.
There are really just two rules: collect what you love and always do your homework!


Think about:

  • What kind of quilts appeal to you (size, color, fabric, pattern)
  • Area of specialization, if any (regional, historic time period, ethnic origin, contemporary)
  • Whether you plan to use your quilts, display them, or store them
  • What price range you can afford
  • Whether you have the time and means to care for them properly.
Want some tips for buying antique quilts, and getting your money’s worth?

Tips for Buying Antique Quilts

Price tags for antique quilts can run into the thousands. Remember that fabrics will deteriorate over time, and with use. To make sure you’re getting value for your dollar, always consider these factors:
  • Condition (pay more for good condition)
  • Quality of repairs (if any)
  • Age (as with any antique, the older the quilt, the more valuable it is)
  • Beauty
  • Rarity (an unusual design is typically more valuable)
  • Craftsmanship (the quality of design, piecing, stitching, use of appliqué or other embellishment)
  • Provenance (pieces that are signed, or attributable through history to a particular family, will bring a higher price).

Always establish the credibility of the source you are purchasing from, as with anything of value. Many antique quilt dealers are members of state-specific or regional antiques associations.

Monday, February 1, 2010

A beginner's guide to collecting antique postcards


In these days of email, voicemail, faxes, and phones, postcards are starting to seem quaint and antiquated. Since 1893, when the first picture postcards were sold at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago, postcards have been the communication tools of choice for travelers and tourists. The format has changed only a little over the years. In late 1901 the words "Post Card" began to appear on the back of printed cards. Until 1907 only the name and address of the recipient was allowed on the back of a postcard; any message had to be written on the face of the card, on and around the design. Beginning in 1907, cards were printed with "divided" backs - a line down the center separated the address from the message, and kept the face of the card unmarked. Just five years after the first appearance of postcards, the postcard publishing industry flourished: the period between 1898 and 1918 is called the "Golden Age" of postcards. During those twenty years billions of cards were mailed as adults and children around the world took up collecting.

Collecting postcards is still an enjoyable hobby. Although a card which cost one penny in 1912 might cost two or five or twenty dollars today, it is possible to amass an impressive collection of postcards without an enormous financial investment. And one of the best things about postcards is that they take up so little space.
There are a couple of things a beginner can do to get started collecting postcards. First, do some reading. There are good reference books at your library, including The Encyclopedia of Antique Postcards by Susan Brown Nicholson; The Postcard Price Guide by J. L. Mashburn; The Collector's Guide to Post Cards by Jane Wood; and Picture Postcards in the U. S. 1893-1918 by Dorothy Ryan. You can also find several periodicals, such as "Barr's Post Card News," published in Lansing, Iowa and "Postcard Collector," published in Iola, Wisconsin.

Next, decide what kinds of postcards you'd like to collect. You'll create a stronger collection and make shopping easier if you have some kind of focus. Do you like view cards? Perhaps you'd like to search for cards from a particular region or city. Perhaps you'd like birthday postcards or holiday postcards. Halloween postcards and cards with images of Santa are considered "very collectible" - meaning that they are popular, can be hard to find, and can be expensive compared to other cards. Are you interested in advertising, animals, politics, or sports? You can find cards in these topics, too. Or you might want to restrict your collection to a certain time period, like 1900 to 1920 or the World War II years. Once you have at least some idea of what you want, it's time to start shopping.

For the true thrill of the hunt, nothing beats prowling through antique stores, flea markets, and estate sales for old postcards. You'll need to be observant, because postcards are often tucked into shoeboxes in the corners of shops and stalls, or pasted into albums stacked under tables. Of course, you can always ask, but it's so much more fun to seek and find.

There are some real advantages to starting a postcard collection in antique stores. First, you'll see what's out there - what types of cards are easy to find and which are more elusive. Second, the more you study and handle antique cards the better you'll get at dating unmarked cards and spotting reproductions. Third, you can find some real bargains. If a dealer is charging the same price for all the postcards, that's a great big clue that he or she doesn't know how to price them individually. This can, of course, work to your disadvantage - you may be charged $5.00 for a $2.00 card - but the more time you spend shopping for cards, the more likely you'll spot the $10.00 card in the $5.00 box.

Regional postcard clubs are a good way to meet other collectors, learn about the hobby, and acquire cards through trade. Clubs also frequently sponsor postcard shows, where you can buy cards from dealers who will display their merchandise in albums or boxes. Sometimes postcards are sold at coin and stamp shows or trading card shows. Some postcard dealers sell their stock through the mail or in actual brick and mortar shops. The selection and quality of cards at shows and in postcard shops is much better than you can find in generalist antique stores. Dealers almost always price cards individually, and while the cards should be fairly priced, it is unlikely that you will find any bargains. Good postcard dealers know how to price their stock for the market.

Internet auction sites also carry lots of postcards, but this is not a good place for a beginner. It is impossible to adequately assess a postcard without feeling the paper and inspecting the condition. Creases, tears, and soil always detract from the value and should be reflected in the price. Stay away from Internet sales until you have a clear sense of what you want.

Before you buy, the most important thing is to look, look, look. The more time you spend studying old cards the better you will get at spotting genuine antiques. Until you reach that level of confidence, try these tips:

1. Only buy cards that have a legible postmark on them. A handwritten date may be genuine, but might not be; a government postal cancellation mark is pretty trustworthy. If a card is postmarked 1914, for example, you can be reasonably sure the card is at least 86 years old.

2. Notice the thickness of the card stock. Modern cards tend to be thinner and feel glossier than antique cards.

3. Notice the overall condition. Even cards in excellent condition will show signs of discoloration, fading, grime, and/or handling after 80 or 100 years.

4. Check the design of the card. If the paper feels right and the back is undivided, it probably dates before 1907.

5. Read the small print. Seems like obvious advice, but sometimes it's easy to be fooled: check to see if there is a copyright date or even if the word "Reproduced" appears on the card.

As you begin to amass a collection of postcards you will want to store them. If you want to preserve and protect the cards, you will need to follow some basic guidelines. Postcards are made of paper, and all paper is acidic to some degree. This means that your cards will self-destruct over time, no matter what you do. You can significantly delay the inevitable by housing your collection in a controlled environment. If possible, maintain the temperature between 70 and 75 degrees F. and the relative humidity at 50 to 55 percent. Limit exposure to light of all kinds, but especially avoid direct sun. Never use anything but pencils near your collection, and keep your cards far away from glue or tape. Keep your hands clean and hold loose cards only around the edges. Store cards upright in acid-free boxes or in archival-quality pages or albums. Separate cards from each other with acid-free paper or Mylar sleeves. Mylar or polypropylene pages and sleeves are ideal because they allow you to study the cards without actually touching them. Suitable storage materials can be obtained from library and archival suppliers like Gaylord, University Products, and Light Impressions; some postcard dealers also carry storage supplies.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

VASELINE GLASS ARTICLE provided by the Vaseline Glass Collectors, Inc. website

Vaseline Glass was primarily made from 1840, up to just before WWII,  and then was continued from 1959 to the present.  Current manufacturers include: Fenton Glass and Mosser Glass, as well as some small independent shops such as Gibson Glass and Jack Loranger (HotGlass.cc). Vaseline Glass was in its' heyday during the Victorian period from the 1880's to the 1920's. The yellow-green glass did not sell as well as other colors of glass, so during the depression years, glass manufacturers started adding more iron oxide (commonly known as RUST) to the glass mixture (but still included the Uranium Dioxide) and this had the effect of making the glass more green. Because of this, most green depression glass will glow.  The government confiscated all supplies of uranium during WWII and halted all production of Vaseline Glass from approximately 1943 until the ban was lifted in Nov. 1958.
Only after years of testing by the various regulatory departments of the government were glass companies once again allowed to make this glass.  In Victorian times, glassblowers who made Vaseline Glass usually died at a relatively young age of lung cancer, and the 'stories' have persisted for years that this was due to their exposure to molten Vaseline Glass. However, when this information was discussed with different experts on radiation (from University of Missouri and University of Oklahoma), they felt that there may have been other reasons for their early demise, as radiation tends to affect the thyroid glands the most.  I guess this will also be a subject for long debate.
Due to the tight regulations on Uranium Dioxide and the expense of this ingredient, only very limited quantities are being produced today. Due to this, most collectors are aware of the limited nature of its' production and this is reflected in the marketplace.
Vaseline Glass Collectors, Inc., (VGCI), is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization incorporated in 1998 to educate and unify Vaseline Glass collectors everywhere! There are different definitions of what is or is not "vaseline glass," depending on what part of the world you are located. Our organization uses this definition: Vaseline Glass is a particular color of yellow-green glass that is made by adding 2% Uranium Dioxide to the ingredients when the glass formula is made. The addition of the Uranium Dioxide makes the glass color yellow-green. Vaseline Glass is ALWAYSverifiable by using an ultraviolet light (blacklight) on the glass item. When this is done, the glass turns a bright florescent green! Sometimes, even the most trained eye can be fooled by a piece of glass that looks like Vaseline Glass, but will not 'glow' or fluoresce bright green under a blacklight. Not all yellow-green glass will turn florescent GREEN when a UV light is shined on it. When manganese is added to the glass formula (which also makes a yellow-colored glass) instead of Uranium Dioxide, for instance, the end product will glow under a black light, but the color is an orange/peach color OR a lime green color that is much fainter than the bright neon green under UV light. Manganese was added to the glass mixture to counteract the minor traces of iron that would give the glass a  'coke-bottle' greenish tint to it.
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