Sunday, December 15, 2013

Ingredients for an authentic Victorian Christmas Tree

An excerpt from Victorian Home Magazine

Creating a true Victorian-style Christmas in your home can be fun and easy.  Tailor your embellishments to suit your home and personal style.  The list below can help guide you when choosing elements for your holiday tree.  For more information, visit the Golden Glow of Christmas Past.  This website provides detailed information about Victorian Christmas decorations; browse under the Collecting Area tab.  Historic holiday house tours also provide great ideas for Christmas décor.

Elements of an Authentic Victorian Christmas Tree
.               Angels, fairies and dolls
.               Beaded garland
.               Crocheted, macramé and tatted ornaments
.               Decorated cabinet cards, postcards and greeting cards
.               Flowers, both faux and fresh
.               Gilded fruit and walnuts
.               Gingerbread shapes
.               Greenery and berries
.               Nuts and pinecones gilded, natural or sugared
.               Ornaments: Dresden, glass or paper
.               Paper chains
.               Paper cups and cornucopias
.               Popcorn strings
.               Ribbons
.               Small Gifts and toys

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

WELCOME to Albuquerque!!

Visit our shops in a relaxed and quaint atmosphere at one of Albuquerque's most unique destinations - 
North Fourth Street!
(To print a map, point your mouse to the far right then just above)

Thursday, August 1, 2013

THE BANG FOR YOUR BUCK - Finding Antiques at (Stores and) Flea Markets

via Laurie Gaines of the West Palm Beach Antiques Festival and Victorian Homes Magazine

Focus your efforts on specific items, like things you collect or something for  a particular spot in your home.  If you are looking for a painting or piece of furniture, be sure to measure the area beforehand.  Bring color swatches to match fabrics.  Carry pictures of what you want; sometimes a dealer will have just what you're looking for back in his shop, or even out in his truck.

Things you will need:
- List of measurements
- A tape measure
- Photos of where the item will go
- A shopping trolley (to help you get merchandise back to your car)
- Packing blanket or old sleeping bag to wrap items
- Bubble wrap for china
- A hat, sunscreen or umbrella for outdoor fairs
- Comfortable shoes

(Victorian) Items to look for:

Lamps, silver and jewelry are fairly easy to find.  Look for Victorian furniture in the South and Midwest regions.  Linens, clothing and quilts are increasing in rarity, as they get more fragile every day.  Most shows will have English china from the Staffordshire region or various types of Flow Blue.

To Negotiate or Not to Negotiate:
Dealers are often open to negotiation, but don't insult them by offering half their best price.  Remember, they have to find the merchandise, clean it, repair it and often carry it to several shows - they deserve a fair profit.

How to Determine Authenticity on the Spot:
Look for wear in the right places.  Don't be afraid to ask questions. Good dealers will willingly share their expertise with you, making you a more knowledgeable buyer.  Establish a relationship and tell them what you are looking for, in case they come across it later.

Friday, July 12, 2013

The ANTIQUE MILE invites you to Albuquerque's North Valley for the Lavender Festival

Enjoy some fun in the Sun and then
 visit the Antique Mile on 4th street for lots of shopping.
  Our stores will be offering sales, refreshments and expert advice in decor & design, lighting and porcelain repair, faux and decorative painting, and lots more.
Visit for more info.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Decorating DO’s and DON’Ts

an article from Victoria Magazine

“A house is made of walls and beams; a home is built with love and dreams.” – Dr. William A. Ward

Decorating a living space is among the most satisfying endeavors we can undertake.  Every step throughout the process has its own rewards, and often the crowning achievement is realizing what is most important to our sense of well-being.

DON’T purchase small scale furniture and accessories because you feel your rooms are small.  This often results in a dollhouse look.

DO invest in larger-scale pieces to fool the room into feeling bigger.

DON’T overdo the window treatments.  Overly fussy swags, jabots, ruffles, and trims can end up looking theatrical.

DO remember less is more when it comes to window dressing.  The treatment should not distract from a beautiful view outdoors, treatments are meant to soften the transition from indoors to out.

DON’T hang mirrors in places where they DON’T reflect anything worth showcasing.  For example, a mirror hung high over a fireplace mantel reflecting a ceiling fan is dizzying.

DO hang mirrors where they reflect light, expand a small space, or reflect a treasured arrangement or collection.

DON’T purchase art solely to match a room’s colors and style.  A contemporary, colorful abstract can be unexpectedly beautiful in muted tones of a traditional space. 

DO make your purchasing decisions based on art you love.  Select pieces that make you feel serene or happy. Whether it’s a grand oil painting or small pencil sketch, hang it and enjoy it.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Antique Cards for your VALENTINE

We've got a nice selection on the ANTIQUE MILE.

Delitolgy is the formal name in the U.S. for postcard collecting.  According to Shiloh Postcards, it is currently the third largest 
collectible hobby in the world.
  Postcards continue today to be the most popular form of souvenir for travelers.
According to Collectors Weekly, Greeting cards were popularized in the United States in the 1880s, when offset lithography made them inexpensive.  Louis Prang was one of the first American printers to make a name for himself in the greeting-card business, but he was undercut by numerous English companies, who exproted their cheaper cards to the States
Folded greeting cards appeared around 1910, the same year Hallmark was founded.  When folding was added to the older technique of die-cutting, the greeting card as we know it today had arrived.
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