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  • 08 Dec 2017
    My annual walk through the Mall show with Scott Gottula, GM of the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver, took place this week during our Holiday Party for dealers. Check out the decor in the dining area. Scott's been the General Manager at the Mall since its founding 19 years ago, and he's a wealth of good information on what's going on in the antiques business in Denver. The Mall and its sister operation, iAntique.com, form a synergisitc business model that has led to the success of both enterprises, and Scott's the guy who put it together in Denver. In this week's interview Scott shares some of his secrets. If you watched my other annual interviews with Scott you know there's always new information helpful to dealers and customers. Hope you can join us this coming Sunday evening, December 10, 2017 for this week's program. We're on at the usual time: 5PM PST, 6PM MST, 7PM CST, 8PM EST. Gary
    11 Posted by Gary & Carol Stover
  • My annual walk through the Mall show with Scott Gottula, GM of the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver, took place this week during our Holiday Party for dealers. Check out the decor in the dining area. Scott's been the General Manager at the Mall since its founding 19 years ago, and he's a wealth of good information on what's going on in the antiques business in Denver. The Mall and its sister operation, iAntique.com, form a synergisitc business model that has led to the success of both enterprises, and Scott's the guy who put it together in Denver. In this week's interview Scott shares some of his secrets. If you watched my other annual interviews with Scott you know there's always new information helpful to dealers and customers. Hope you can join us this coming Sunday evening, December 10, 2017 for this week's program. We're on at the usual time: 5PM PST, 6PM MST, 7PM CST, 8PM EST. Gary
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  • 30 Nov 2017
    It's time for our monthly Bargain Show, and I've found quite a few real bargains selling for less than $100 at the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver. The Windsor chair pictured is one of them. If you've liked my Facebook page, then you're automatically entered into our monthly contest in which we select someone to receive the Find of the Month. Please join us this coming Sunday, December 3, 2017 to see all the great bargains I found, then rejoin us the following week, when we announce the winner. If you haven't yet liked my Facebook page, you still have time, and once entered you'll be eliglible for each month's contest. We're on at the usual time: 5PM PST, 6PM MST, 7PM CST, 8PM EST. Hope you can tune in. Gary
    43 Posted by Gary & Carol Stover
  • It's time for our monthly Bargain Show, and I've found quite a few real bargains selling for less than $100 at the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver. The Windsor chair pictured is one of them. If you've liked my Facebook page, then you're automatically entered into our monthly contest in which we select someone to receive the Find of the Month. Please join us this coming Sunday, December 3, 2017 to see all the great bargains I found, then rejoin us the following week, when we announce the winner. If you haven't yet liked my Facebook page, you still have time, and once entered you'll be eliglible for each month's contest. We're on at the usual time: 5PM PST, 6PM MST, 7PM CST, 8PM EST. Hope you can tune in. Gary
    Nov 30, 2017 43
  • 22 Nov 2017
    Our program Sunday evening, November 26, 2017 will be on Antique Inkwells. In the show I did a couple of weeks ago on antique candlesticks I tried to make the case that there was such variety in the category that a collection could be almost unlimited, and that was very much a part of the appeal. I think you could say the same thing about antique inkwells. But don't take my word for it! Join us and have a look at 4 great examples I found here in the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver, and then we'll compare them with 4 examples currently offered for sale on Ebay. We'll be on at the usual time: 5PM PST, 6PM MST, 7PM CST, 8PM EST. Gary
    67 Posted by Gary & Carol Stover
  • Our program Sunday evening, November 26, 2017 will be on Antique Inkwells. In the show I did a couple of weeks ago on antique candlesticks I tried to make the case that there was such variety in the category that a collection could be almost unlimited, and that was very much a part of the appeal. I think you could say the same thing about antique inkwells. But don't take my word for it! Join us and have a look at 4 great examples I found here in the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver, and then we'll compare them with 4 examples currently offered for sale on Ebay. We'll be on at the usual time: 5PM PST, 6PM MST, 7PM CST, 8PM EST. Gary
    Nov 22, 2017 67
  • 15 Nov 2017
    In this week's show we'll look at many pieces of porcelain & pottery in an attempt to identify which are transfer decorated & which are hand painted. If you've watched the several programs I've done on identifying various kinds of prints and how to distinguish original works of art, then you'll see that this week's show is a lot like that, but instead of works on paper, etc. we'll be examining ceramics. It's trickier than you might think. During the taping of the show I picked up a piece of Alfred Meakin Bleu de Roi thinking that it must be transferware, but then when I examined it with a loop, it looked like it was hand painted. We'll consider whether transferware is always less desirable than hand painted (HINT: it's not), and we'll date the pieces. Hope you can join us this coming Sunday evening, November 19, 2017 for this week's program. We're on at 5PM PST, 6PM MST, 7PM CST, 8PM EST. (If you've got a scheduling conflict, no worry, the video will be up in the Archive a few days afterwards.) Gary
    73 Posted by Gary & Carol Stover
  • In this week's show we'll look at many pieces of porcelain & pottery in an attempt to identify which are transfer decorated & which are hand painted. If you've watched the several programs I've done on identifying various kinds of prints and how to distinguish original works of art, then you'll see that this week's show is a lot like that, but instead of works on paper, etc. we'll be examining ceramics. It's trickier than you might think. During the taping of the show I picked up a piece of Alfred Meakin Bleu de Roi thinking that it must be transferware, but then when I examined it with a loop, it looked like it was hand painted. We'll consider whether transferware is always less desirable than hand painted (HINT: it's not), and we'll date the pieces. Hope you can join us this coming Sunday evening, November 19, 2017 for this week's program. We're on at 5PM PST, 6PM MST, 7PM CST, 8PM EST. (If you've got a scheduling conflict, no worry, the video will be up in the Archive a few days afterwards.) Gary
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  • 10 Nov 2017
    Depending on your personal preference, and perhaps your age, you either love or hate aluminum Christmas trees!  They were hugely popular in the early 1960's, considered quite modern, and were a drastic change from the live trees of the past.  The branches were individually wrapped in paper bags and quite easy to assemble without the worries of dried out needles falling everywhere, and it took very little space to store them!  What more could you ask for, plus they could be used time and time again.  Trees were available in various sizes from 2 feet to 8 feet, and could be found in multiple colors ranging from silver, gold, teal, pink and flocked versions.  Complementing the brightness of the aluminum tree, the color wheel became hugely popular as well.  Unfamiliar with a color wheel?  It was a rotating electric device that uses different optics filters within a light beam.  It was positioned on the floor next to the tree, as the light wheel turned in front of a light bulb.  It then spun very slowly from one translucent color to the next providing the tree a color hue on the tree ranging from red, blue, green and yellow. There has been a surge in the aluminum trees' popularity in the past few years and they've become a serious collectible. If you happen to be in or near the State of North Carolina, take you kids and family to the Aluminum Tree & Ornament Museum in Brevard, N.C.  It's the worlds only museum dedicated to vintage aluminum Christmas trees and will definitely "brighten" your day.  If not, stop by The Brass Armadillo stores.  They typically have several styles of aluminum trees at this time of year as well as color wheels.  Check them out! In my next blog, I'll be talking about vintage Christmas bulbs.  Be sure to stop by!    
    94 Posted by Betty Jean Shearin
  • Depending on your personal preference, and perhaps your age, you either love or hate aluminum Christmas trees!  They were hugely popular in the early 1960's, considered quite modern, and were a drastic change from the live trees of the past.  The branches were individually wrapped in paper bags and quite easy to assemble without the worries of dried out needles falling everywhere, and it took very little space to store them!  What more could you ask for, plus they could be used time and time again.  Trees were available in various sizes from 2 feet to 8 feet, and could be found in multiple colors ranging from silver, gold, teal, pink and flocked versions.  Complementing the brightness of the aluminum tree, the color wheel became hugely popular as well.  Unfamiliar with a color wheel?  It was a rotating electric device that uses different optics filters within a light beam.  It was positioned on the floor next to the tree, as the light wheel turned in front of a light bulb.  It then spun very slowly from one translucent color to the next providing the tree a color hue on the tree ranging from red, blue, green and yellow. There has been a surge in the aluminum trees' popularity in the past few years and they've become a serious collectible. If you happen to be in or near the State of North Carolina, take you kids and family to the Aluminum Tree & Ornament Museum in Brevard, N.C.  It's the worlds only museum dedicated to vintage aluminum Christmas trees and will definitely "brighten" your day.  If not, stop by The Brass Armadillo stores.  They typically have several styles of aluminum trees at this time of year as well as color wheels.  Check them out! In my next blog, I'll be talking about vintage Christmas bulbs.  Be sure to stop by!    
    Nov 10, 2017 94
  • 08 Nov 2017
    I just acquired a collection of antique candlesticks, and it struck me how varied they are! There are pewter ones, brass ones, glass ones, porcelain ones, wooden ones, silver plate ones, sterling silver ones, candelabras, etc. This would be an interesting category to collect not just because they're candlesticks, but also because you can have such variety in a collection. Please join us this coming Sunday evening, Nov. 12, 2017 for this week's show. We're on at the usual time: 5PM PST, 6PM MST, 7PM CST, 8PM EST. Also, we'll be announcing the first winner in our new monthly drawing for Bargains in the Mall. Hope you can tune in. Gary
    86 Posted by Gary & Carol Stover
  • I just acquired a collection of antique candlesticks, and it struck me how varied they are! There are pewter ones, brass ones, glass ones, porcelain ones, wooden ones, silver plate ones, sterling silver ones, candelabras, etc. This would be an interesting category to collect not just because they're candlesticks, but also because you can have such variety in a collection. Please join us this coming Sunday evening, Nov. 12, 2017 for this week's show. We're on at the usual time: 5PM PST, 6PM MST, 7PM CST, 8PM EST. Also, we'll be announcing the first winner in our new monthly drawing for Bargains in the Mall. Hope you can tune in. Gary
    Nov 08, 2017 86

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